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I Knew Something Was Wrong: Jessica’s Story

I was 25 years old in January 2011, and I knew nothing about blood clots.  Several months prior to that January I felt a mild, irritating pain in my right side.  It occurred mainly when I was laying down too long, hiccupping, or when my breathing was heavy. I went to my doctor; she ordered…

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As a Doctor, I Was in Denial: Tanya’s Story

  My name is Tanya Warwick, MD. I am a Vascular Neurologist – a doctor who evaluates, treats and studies diseases that affect the structure and function of the blood vessels supplying the brain, such as strokes – at the University of California San Francisco/Fresno. I am also a patient who had a pelvic DVT…

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Cancer Patients are at Risk for Blood Clots: Dave’s Story

  This is my Dad’s story. His name was David Smith. My Dad died of a pulmonary embolism (lung clot) on October 24, 2012. He was only 63 years old. His sudden death has devastated our family and left us wishing we had been aware of the signs of pulmonary embolism (PE) and able to…

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Even Babies Can Get Blood Clots: Julian’s Story

  I want to share my story. My mom helped me write this: My name is Julian Adams, I’m 5 years old. I live in Belgium. When I was (exactly) 1 year old, I developed a blood clot in my leg, as a result of the chicken pox. I was very sick and I was…

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I Don’t Know Why This Happened: Sydney’s Story

  My life changed drastically on November 15, 2012. I was diagnosed with an Acute Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot in the lung) in my right lung. I remember the day before. I was walking from my college class to my car and running out of breath. This was unusual for me because I was always…

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I Thought it Was Appendicitis: Samantha’s Story

  My name is Samantha and I am 20 years old. On April 12th, 2013 I walked into the emergency room (ER) thinking I had appendicitis. A week prior my 6’2″ friend sat on my back for while I played cards on the floor. Since then, I was having symptoms like nausea and an extreme…

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Teenagers Can Get Blood Clots: Amy’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 the patient stories that appear here, does not imply that NBCA is connected…

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I Put My Health First Now: Kimbery’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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There is Life After Blood Clots: Rebekah Bradford’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 the patient stories that appear here, does not imply that NBCA is connected…

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Be Your Own Advocate: Michelle’s Story

My name is Michelle, and like many of the patient stories on this site, I stumbled upon the Stop The Clot Facebook page during my research for more information on blood clots. On October 29, 2013, I survived a life-threatening blood clot in my calf (deep vein thrombosis or “DVT”) and lungs (pulmonary embolism or…

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