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Patient Stories

Gaining Understanding After My Blood Clot: Sarah’s Story

Sarah was a full-time college student when doctors discovered a blood clot in her abdomen that blocked almost all of her collateral veins and produced swelling and pain in her leg. They thought the clot was covering her inferior vena cava, but after she had surgery to remove the clot, they realized her inferior vena cava was completely …

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My Strained Muscle was a Blood Clot: Cristal’s Story

I am a female, in my mid-twenties, and I am very active. I experienced calf pain for about two weeks, which I attributed to a strain from uphill running, and other cardiovascular and weight lifting workouts. Towards the end of two weeks, the pain in my …

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Finally Myself Again: Katie’s 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 patient stories that appear here, does not imply that NBCA is connected to…

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The Right Treatment Changed My Life: Jan’s Story

In June 2011, 16 weeks after giving birth to my first child, I started having symptoms of back pain. As a  23-year-old new mother, I diagnosed myself with all sorts of things. I decided that the pain I was experiencing must be my kidneys reacting to alcohol after such a long time without any, and…

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Three PEs Later: Kirsys’ Blood Clot Story

For all of my life, I have struggled with my weight. I saw a coworker who lost weight “overnight,” and when I asked her what she did to lose the weight, she stated that she had gastric bypass surgery. I was 23 years old and 346 pounds, so in June 2003 I decided to go…

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Remembering my Godson and Making a Difference: Dianna’s Story

After three and a half years, I am ready to share my story about blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. My story is tied to my godson, Paul Englert Jr., who unfortunately did not have the same outcome as me. Almost four years ago, he lost his life to a pulmonary embolism at just 19 years…

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When in Doubt, Check it Out: Melissa’s 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 patient stories that appear here, does not imply that NBCA is connected to…

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Getting It Checked Out Could Save Your Life: Wheeler’s Story

I am a true testament to the fact that a blood clot or blood clotting disorder can affect anyone. As a healthy 14-year-old boy, blood clots had never even crossed my mind. My story begins on Christmas Eve in 2016. I was having trouble walking, and my leg was swollen. I was paranoid about it,…

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My Blood Clot Experience as a Professional Fireman: Pat’s Story

My name is Pat, and I am a professional fireman in Iowa. In January of 2008 – after fighting a house fire in subzero temperatures – I got off shift and later that day I was having trouble breathing. I checked my vitals and saw that my oxygen saturation was low, so I went to…

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Surviving Blood Clots is Life-Changing: Jackie’s Story

I was just recently diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my left leg, and acute pulmonary emboli (PE) in my lungs. It all began in early March of 2017, with an unexplained persistent cough. Shortly thereafter, I began to also have shortness of breath. I thought I was developing asthma. Although I initially ignored…

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