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Patient Stories

A Life-Threatening Diagnosis at 23 Years Old Changed My Life: Ashley Cassidy’s Story

I was 23 years old in 2013, and I was a healthy individual who was very physically active, running, and going to the gym preparing for boot camp. It was July and two months before I was scheduled to leave for basic training to fulfill my Navy Corpsman contract that I had signed seven months…

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Forever Loved, Always Missed & Never Forgotten: Rickey’s Story as told by his Mother, Dawn Ortiz Colomy

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My Blood Clot Journey: Kaitlyn Hoy’s Blood Clot Story

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Surviving a Silent Killer…the Whole Story: Lisa Cowan Wells’ Story

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A Second Chance at Life: Danet Wolski’s Blood Clot Story

On January 4, 2010, I had just given birth to my first child at the age of 20. It was an emergency C-section that I was not planning on. The next day, I was having a hard time breathing, and I informed the nurses about this. They told me it was normal pain from birth…

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My Lower Back Pain was a Sign of Blood Clots: Kevin Jauregui’s Blood Clot Story

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Surviving Made Me Stronger: DesiRae Feldhauser’s Blood Clot Story

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The Day that Haunts Me Still: Dawn Leslie’s Blood Clot Story

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I’m Ivanna: Baby Ivanna Ayala’s Blood Clot Story

My name is Giovanna, and I am the mother of baby Ivanna. We are from Mexico, and I want you to share our story. My family has a history of genetic thrombophilia – I had three DVTs in my right leg – but doctors said that we didn’t have to worry about our baby, because…

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10 Centimeters from Death: Rebeca Bushell’s Blood Clot Story

I am only 18 years old, and it has been a month since I was diagnosed with an extensive blood clot (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) in my left leg. It first started when I felt some soreness in my leg one day. Not having any education about blood clots, I just thought I had…

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