Patient Stories

Don’t Lose Hope After a Blood Clot: Steven’s Story

In the winter of 2012, I started to feel strange tightness in my right calf and mild discomfort behind my knee. Instead of seeing my doctor, I spent a lot of time researching potential causes, including DVTs. The situation changed in April when my right ankle and calf swelled like a sprained ankle. I treated…

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How I Overcame the Worst Time in My Life at 17 Years Old: Jenny’s Story

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A Blood Clot in My Brain Changed My Life: Jen’s Story

I am a 33-year-old relatively healthy female. I don’t smoke, don’t drink, and I am fairly active. On August 19, 2016, I woke up with a headache that refused to subside even with pain medication and acupuncture. The following morning the pain worsened, which then induced vomiting and a drooping eyelid. I went to Urgent…

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Youth Doesn’t Equal Invincibility & Health is Priceless: Helen White’s Story

The day my life almost ended was a picturesque, snow-dappled Saturday in December. I was a 22-year-old on an adventure, visiting Germany for the first time and staying with some old friends. I couldn’t wait to see what an authentic German “Weihnachten” had to offer. Little did I know, my life was about to be…

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I’m a 22-Year-Old Nursing Student, and I Experienced a Blood Clot: Katie Lynch’s Story

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The Day that Changed My Life: Philip Begley’s Blood Clot Story 

My name is Philip Begley, I am 56 years old, and I live in England. My story began on November 22, 1999. My truck was in for MOT annual service, so my boss said to start work late the next day. The next day came, Tuesday, and I was sitting down, putting my boots on…

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My Back Pain was A Sign of Blood Clots: Kassidy Ferranti’s Story

Five years ago, at the age of 23, I developed dozens of blood clots in both of my legs, my pelvis, and my stomach. The development literally happened overnight. Two weeks earlier, I was experiencing daily back pain on my lower right side. My OB-GYN chalked the pain up to ovarian cysts, which had never…

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MTS, rare and silent, can cause deadly DVTs: Lorilyn Bridges’ Story

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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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