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Forever Changed: Summer’s Story, as Told By Her Partner

My name is Hub Williams and I would like to share my wonderful partner’s story. On January 6, 2016, we lost a loving, caring, and amazing woman — who was only 36 years old — to a pulmonary embolism (PE or blood clot in the lung). Her name was Summer Kylene Gibney. She was very healthy and…

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Blood Clots Changed Our Lives: Corey’s Story, As Told By His Mother

My name is Tammy Capman and I would like to share a story about my son, Corey Capman. He is 17 years old and his story changed our lives in August 2014. Corey is a typical teenage boy. He has school, sports, friends, etc. He is outgoing and confident with goals for his future. Corey…

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A DVT in My Arm Changed My Life: Hailey’s Story

My name is Hailey Rutherford and I am a 23 years old. My story is complicated. I was married last year on February 7 and experienced a lot of life changes. One of those changes was being put on birth control pills. Due to irregular menstrual bleeding, I was switched to a stronger dosage pill. On…

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Knowing Your Risk Could Save Your Life: Jessica’s Story

My name is Jessica Nichols and I am a 28-year-old female living in Cheshire, England. In December 2015, I had the shock of my life when I was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism or blood clot in my lung. I woke up one Saturday with a very sore knee. However, I didn’t think much of it at the…

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Finding Strength in Numbers: Brittney Berlingeri’s Blood Clot Story

We are all incredibly strong, remember that when the bad days outweigh the good ones. My name is Brittney Berlingeri and I am twenty-two years old. Over the summer, I was diagnosed with a pulled muscle that was then diagnosed as “pneumonia,” despite the fact that my D-Dimer test was elevated. I could not breathe. It was…

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Don’t Wait to Get Help: David’s Story

My name is David Chadwick and I am a 27-year-old male. On January 18, 2016, I was walking to a shop that is about three minutes from my house. I typically use this time to make mobile calls, as the reception in my house is terrible. I was on the phone with my friend when she said,…

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Changing My Outlook on Life: Natalie’s Story

On January 25, 2016, I found out I had a blood clot after going to a follow-up doctor’s appointment. Ten days prior, I had cosmetic surgery and was advised that developing a blood clot was possible, but I never thought it would happen to me. Two days after surgery, I noticed my left leg was swelling…

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My AFib Journey: Melissa Duncan’s Story

My name is Melissa, I am 41 years old, a wife, mother of three adult children, and grandma to three handsome boys. I have lived in Ohio my whole life. Fast forward to August 3, 2013, a day that will forever be embedded in my memory. That day started like any other Saturday. I woke…

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Know Your Risk for Blood Clots: Arianna’s Story

My name is Arianna, and I was only 21 when I got the worst unexpected news of my life. A couple days before, I had noticed I had what I described as an “air pocket” in the upper left side of my back that was uncomfortable and wouldn’t go away. Eventually it did and I…

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Blood Clots Can Happen to Anyone: Tamara’s Story

In January 2015, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and started estrogen-based birth control. Two months later, I married an active duty Marine and moved from Georgia to Virginia. Around that time, I started getting severe charley horse pains in my right leg that caused me to cry. I thought maybe I was…

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