Patient Stories

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

I always love to hear the stories of how people beat cancer and overcame diseases, but I never thought anything bad would happen to me. My name is Jenny, and I am a 17-year-old girl who lives in a small town in Iowa. In my high school, I am involved in many activities, including softball,…

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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

It was just another day of college as I got up to go to my clinical rotation for nursing school. When I got home, I noticed a sharp pain under my left breast that, as the night went on, radiated to my back and up my left shoulder blade. Just to be safe, I went…

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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

I worried a lot about being diagnosed with illnesses that ran rampant in my family, such as breast cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The one thing I never worried about was blood clots.In 2003, I turned 40 years old, and I had surgery to remove the right lobe of my thyroid, due to a suspicious…

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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

My son, Richard Scott Colomy Jr. 3rd, who we call Rickey, was born with vascular malformation and after searching for many medical opinions to help him, we settled with the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP), who provided us with immediate information about his condition. Along with a team of doctors, his plastic surgery specialist …

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

In April 2013, I traveled to Japan to visit my brother, and then to California to visit my grandfather. When I got home from my two-week vacation, I woke up one morning with a shooting pain in my leg. I thought perhaps I slept wrong or I wore the wrong shoes at work the previous…

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