Patient Stories

I Am a Survivor: Sarah Longwell’s Blood Clot Story

I have always heard it said, “pain is weakness leaving the body,” and as a Marine, I’ve always been one to push my limits, but nothing could prepare me for what was to come. I found enjoyment in long distance runs long after I completed my time in the Marine Corps and trained for marathons.…

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A Knee Injury Turned Dangerous: Jamie Kreger’s Blood Clot Story

My story begins with a knee injury in October 2015. I was in an immobilizer brace for about four weeks. I was also taking birth control pills. I was 39 years old and very active. On November 6, 2015, I woke up and then passed out once I stood up. About twenty minutes later, I…

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The Most Terrifying Experience of My Life: Sue Moreland’s Story

I was 23 years old when I gave birth to my daughter in June 2010. During the last few months of my pregnancy, I sat and laid in bed a lot, because I suffered from sciatica, a condition in which compression of the spinal nerve causes pain in the lower back. Everything was normal with…

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I Survived the Clot: Macie Baker’s Story

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Sharing Patient Stories Saves Lives: Kerrianne Goolsby’s Experience

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You are Stronger than You Think: Nicole Babalas Nichols’ Blood Clot Story

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A Clot at 19 Years Old: Ashley Graves’ Blood Clot Story

As any teenager does, I struggled with the insecurities of acne. After exhausting many acne clearing options, I decided to see my doctor about it. When I went to see my doctor, I brought up the fact that I knew other girls who were on birth control for their acne and I wanted to try the…

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A Pain in the Neck That Almost Killed Me: Dan Jensen’s Blood Clot Story

My name is Dan Jensen. I am 42 years old, and, until a rare blood clot stopped me in my tracks, I had considered myself somewhat invincible. That last statement deserves some qualification. I have always considered myself to be medically lucky. Cancer does not run in either side of my family, my grandparents lived…

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My Saving Grace: De’Shawn Spears’ Blood Clot Story

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Staying Positive Despite Numerous Blood Clots: Martin Lemieux’s Blood Clot Story

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