Patient Stories

Jim Smith’s DVT Story

Jim Smith had DVTs in each leg and a PE after a prostatectomy, something that he did not think could happen to him, yet he is now dealing with complications. My story begins in 2006 when I had abdominal surgery for a prostatectomy.  I was hit with a massive pulmonary embolism (PE) ten days after…

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Cassandra Bradshaw’s Blood Clot Story

The personal story below is intended for informational purposes only. The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) holds the rights to all content that appears on its website. The use by another organization or online group of any content on NBCA’s website, including the patient stories that appear here, does not imply that NBCA is connected…

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In Memory of Kyle Baca: His Blood Clot Story as Told by His Mother

I am the mother of Kyle Baca, who at age 14 was the victim of a “massive bilateral pulmonary embolism” (PE) on the morning of October 30, 2010.  I knew Kyle was sick, but I thought it was an upper respiratory infection at the time.  He played football that season for his high school freshman team,…

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Eric Vignando’s Fatal DVT After Knee Surgery as Told by Sophie Lambert

My late boyfriend, Eric Vignando, passed away at 49 years old on November 29, 2010. Eric had knee problems after ski accidents, and he finally went in for a partial knee replacement after having pain for 20 years.   His surgery was on Nov 12, 2010.  His surgery went well, his doctor was pleased, and Eric…

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Sarah Bell’s Story About May-Thurner Syndrome and Blood Clots

At age 26 in June 2006, I was diagnosed with a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that extended from my ankle to my groin on my left side.  I was unable to walk, because of intense pain and swelling in my leg, and I thought I was going to die.  I was too scared to move,…

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Sharon Sullivan’s Blood Clot Story

Four years ago, I found out that taking birth control pills could almost take my life! Shortly after returning from my honeymoon in December 2007, I felt severe abdominal pain. My former primary doctor changed the brand of my birth control pills, prescribed ibuprofen for pain, and eventually sent me for a pelvic ultrasound that…

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Melanie Friedman’s Blood Clot Story

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In Memory of Garrett Elder: His Blood Clot Story

My son Garrett  Elder had a stomach virus in April 2008, and a strep throat two days later that was treated with a full course of antibiotics.  He developed pneumonia on day 3 and complained of leg pain during the night.  His breathing became heavy and his leg became swollen and hard. We took him to…

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Nick Sanders Story as Told by his Parents, Pat and Dan Sanders

Nick Sanders was one of those individuals that you could not forget. It wasn’t just that he was 6 feet 6 inches tall, had red hair and played football. He was also a fun loving son, brother, grandson as well as a loyal friend and colleague. On his 25th birthday, Nick was embarking on his…

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Nicole Sheldon – My Story with DVT and PE

My experience with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) started in June 2011, three months after I got married and spent a three week honeymoon “road tripping” around New Zealand with my husband.  Late one night, I felt a twinge of pain behind my left knee.  I ignored it, figuring that I tweaked…

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