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No Matter How Young You Are, You Can Get a Blood Clot: Sara’s Story

I took what I thought was a routine flight to visit my family in Florida in October 2009.  My leg had been bothering me a little before the flight, due to chronic Achilles tendonitis.  When I got off the plane in Florida, my leg seemed stiffer than usual.  The flight was uneventful, and since it…

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Persistence Is Sometimes Needed to Get a Correct Diagnosis: Theresa’s Story

I was 30 years old and 6 months pregnant with my first child when I developed an acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT).  I had no prior knowledge of clotting disorders and had been on birth control for 10 years before I conceived.   It was a Thursday night when I first felt a tingling and slight…

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Adjusting to the New Normal: Desirre’s Story

My family and I had just returned from a ski trip to New Mexico in January 2009, and it was one of those marathon trips where we drove straight through for 11 hours. My legs felt heavy during the trip, and even though we did not make a lot of stops, I kept moving them…

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Died of a PE at 23: Anna’s Story

Anna Frutiger embodied brains, beauty, compassion, athleticism, and as such, seemed the picture of health while she was living her dream of becoming a dentist. No one expected that a blood clot would end her dream, and it seemed beyond belief that Anna died on May 20, 2010 from a pulmonary embolism (PE) due to…

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The Doctor Was Not Convinced That I Had a DVT: Pamela Lynn’s Story

My experience with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) began more than 30 years ago in November 1979 when I was 30, and pregnant with my second child.  I flew with my husband and 3-year-old daughter from our home in Texas to visit my husband’s family in California for the Christmas holidays the next month.   While there,…

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Misdiagnosed With Asthma: Carlos’ Story

My experience with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) started in June 2010 when I was 37 years old.  My symptoms began a couple of days after I returned to Miami from a two week trip to Israel with my wife and best friends.  I felt a sharp pain in my left calf…

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Deep Vein Thrombosis Changed My Life: Caroline’s Story

Caroline experienced debilitating blood clots two separate times in her life, but she’s not letting that stop her. Read about how she overcame her pain and lives her life to the fullest everyday, despite being on anticoagulants.

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Initially Misdiagnosed With Asthma: Anonymous’ Story

I consider myself a healthy 47 year old woman.  I exercise daily, eat healthy food choices, and am a non-smoker. In April 2011, I felt stabbing pains in my back on the right hand side under my rib cage, and the pain got worse every time I took a breath.  My husband drove me to…

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I Couldn’t Catch My Breath: Kim’s Story

My name is Kim Gronholz.  I am a 38 year old married mother of 3, an exercise addict, a former high school English teacher, a school/church volunteer, a stay-at-home mom, and most pertinently, a DVT/PE survivor! My husband and I had just returned home from a 5 day business/pleasure trip to Canada on a Sunday…

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Misdiagnosed With Chest Wall Pain: Jim’s Story

My sport and how I got started are directly linked.  I lost my father and grandfather to blood related cancers when I was a young boy.  In 2005 I became aware of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies Team in Training and got involved.  I became an endurance athlete and began raising money to fight blood…

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