Patient Stories

Jeanne Krull’s Story

I was logging more than 100 miles on my bicycle in any given week. So, at 46 years of age, it was not surprising that from time to time my legs ached. Why wouldn’t they? And that was exactly what I told my family physician when she warned me that my leg pain could be…

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Cedric Bill’s Story

As U.S. Army Master Fitness Trainer, I was used to physically challenging my body. So, it was not unusual, when in August of 2002, I shrugged off a sharp pain in the calf of my leg – a pain that had jolted me from a restful morning sleep. “What is it,” I thought, and quickly…

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Kimberly Hennings’ story

Kimberly Hennings of Colorado shares her and her sister’s story of pulmonary embolism.  Kim developed multiple PE’s post-surgery in November 2007.  She later found out she carries prothrombin G20210A genetic thrombophilia, as do all of her family members except her mother.  Tragically, her sister Angela died of a PE at age 40 in July 2008. …

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Owning My Coagulation Health Management

Like many of you who are reading this, I am a Warfarin “lifer.” Also, like many of you, I have experienced the frequent delays and inconvenience of waiting at busy lab sites for the brief procedure resulting in my PT-INR ratios. As a busy professional, I felt a growing need to challenge this “traditional” approach.…

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Jassmin Robinson’s Story

My name is Jassmin Robinson and I am a 14 year old young lady from Ohio.  I was correctly diagnosed with May Thurner syndrome on January 1, 2008.   Another name for this syndrome is iliac vein compression syndrome, because the left iliac vein in the groin is compressed by the right iliac artery. This increases…

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Karen Kirchhoff’s Story

In July of 2004, I was diagnosed with a DVT in my left leg. I had experienced swelling and pain in my left calf, ankle and foot, in addition to fatigue. Until I was diagnosed however, I didn’t have the faintest idea what was wrong with me! My mother had experienced two PE’s years ago. I…

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Jane’s Story

It’s around 4:00 AM, and I’m still awake.  Why?  Because I am 20 years old and want to feel normal again and I can’t make what I am dealing with go any faster. My story started awhile ago.  Unknowingly, I began using a well known brand of birth control patch that was so prominent that…

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Katie’s Blood Clot Survival Story

Katie was a junior in high school in 2007. Her periods were irregular and her doctor suggested that she begin taking birth control pill to regulate them.  We told her physician that her father had been diagnosed with factor V Leiden after a tiny stroke at age 39. We were told that this constituted a…

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My Story of Having a DVT/Pulmonary Embolism

By: David Bock September  2009 I was seriously injured when I slipped and fell in Upland, California on March 8, 2008, while visiting there from my home in Arizona.  I was rushed to the emergency room (ER) of the nearest hospital where the ER doctor diagnosed fractures of my left tibia and fibula in my…

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Jessica Stanley’s Blood Clot Story

Jessica Stanley experienced physical trauma after a bullying incident in high school, from which she developed blood clots in her left leg and lungs. After taking a year off, she was proud to finish her Senior year, and is now a blood clot survivor in her early 20s. My name is Jessica Stanley. Six years…

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