Patient Stories

Kelly Hogan Deep Vein Thrombosis / Pulmonary Embolism Patient Story

By: Kelly Hogan A year ago today, I had no idea the curve balls 2009 would throw at me, and I would have never guessed they would involve a life-changing experience involving my health. You see, I’m the “healthiest person” all of my family, friends and colleagues know.  I’m studying for my Master’s in nutrition,…

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“Airplane Girl” Leah L. Wajdyk’s Deep Vein Thrombosis / Pulmonary Embolism Patient Story

My orthopedic surgeon dubbed me his “airplane” girl, because of an ironic twist of fate (and twist of my knee!).  Believe it or not, I tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in my right knee as I was getting onto an airplane in October 2006.  One would think I might be injured throwing a football…

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Kelsey Minarik’s Blood Clot Survival Story

By Kelsey Minarik While I was on a 5 hour plane ride from Los Angeles to Manhattan, I felt a lingering ache in the back of my left knee that was uncomfortable, but nothing that caused me to feel immediate alarm. I am only 21 and have been an athlete my entire life, so I…

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Sara Golieb’s Blood Clot Survival Story

I took what I thought was a routine flight to visit my family in Florida in October 2009.  My leg had been bothering me a little before the flight, due to chronic Achilles tendonitis.  When I got off the plane in Florida, my leg seemed stiffer than usual.  The flight was uneventful, and since it…

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Caitlin Augustine’s Blood Clot Story

My name is Caitlin Augustine; I’m 22 years old and lucky to be alive.  I have already suffered through three DVTs, a life threatening condition.  Today, I made it my mission to raise awareness of this deadly health risk – one that causes over 100,000 deaths a year. The first time I ever heard of…

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Lotus Blanford’s Blood Clot Story

By Lotus Blanford I noticed that I had severe cramping in my right calf in 2003, and ended up in the hospital for a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  The birth control pills I was taking then were the likely culprit, and I know now at age 51 to avoid hormone based birth control or replacement…

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Theresa Boland’s Blood Clot Story

By Theresa Boland I was 30 years old and 6 months pregnant with my first child when I developed an acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  I had no prior knowledge of clotting disorders and had been on birth control for 10 years before I conceived.   It was a Thursday night when I first felt a…

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Firefighter George Dennis Tells His Blood Clot Survival Story

George’s persistence helped save his life after his first pulmonary embolism was misdiagnosed and his initial DVT was not treated. I reported for one of my 24 hour shifts as a Firefighter/Paramedic in November, 2007.  There was a “carbon monoxide” call that required me to be on a ladder for an extended time that meant…

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Elaine Richard’s Patient Story

I am a married 39 year old mother of two.  A year ago my busy life was put on hold when I developed a blood clot in the renal vein of my left kidney.  I started feeling dull pain in my lower back at work, and I felt winded and tired.   I work full time…

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Desirre McClurg’s a rare and extreme DVT – Phlegmasia Cerulea Dolens

Desirre McClurg is a young woman who lived through major blood clots with extensive treatment, and wants to share her story, and what she describes as the “new normal” her life now is. My family and I had just returned from a ski trip to New Mexico in January 2009, and it was one of…

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