PEP Talk: Patients Educating Patients

Have you been recently diagnosed with a blood clot and have questions about your recovery? Please join NBCA via zoom the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm EST for a virtual patient to patient support group for DVT and PE survivors. Topics throughout 2023 will focus on women’s health, men’s health, mental health, lifestyle changes, treatment options, frequently asked questions, and family health history. We will also be featuring a variety of guest speakers – both patients and health professionals – throughout the year. The goal of each PEP Talk is to provide much needed and valuable support, resources, and recovery guidance for individuals who have been impacted by blood clots.

Meet the Hosts:

Leslie Lake

In 2018, Leslie suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism (PE). Her quest to learn more about venous thromboembolism (VTE) led her to the National Blood Clot Alliance. Despite living in New York City, Leslie was shocked by the lack of information available to her after her PE. Leslie volunteers her time to lead the organization and is committed to raising public awareness so no person affected by blood clots is without the necessary information they need to prevent or successfully treat VTE, and that they also have the information they need to navigate the spectrum of lifestyle issues that can follow a blood clot diagnosis. Outside of work, Leslie is an avid equestrian, dog mom, and resides in Manhattan.

Todd Robertson

In 2011, Todd suffered the first of six blood clots and in 2017 experienced a close call with his first pulmonary embolism. He is a carrier of the inherited clotting disorder, factor V Leiden, and is homozygous, making him aggressive in the abnormal clotting department. He is a motivational speaker for blood clot trauma recovery and is a local patient advocate for new patients. He is working on his first book, “Blood Clots: A Road Map to Recovery”. Todd runs several Facebook support groups, including Team Stop the Clot® Facebook Support Group and has developed a level of trust and friendship with thousands of patients over the years. He loves to road and mountain bike, white water canoe, and stays active all year round. You can find Todd outside with his dog, Jett, who is his paddleboard partner and best friend!

PEP Talk Agenda 2023


January PEP Talk: Learn How to Take Action and Advocate to Help Stop the Clot®

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 7:00 pm EST

Watch Recording

Did you know there is little #federalfunding for #bloodclot education and awareness efforts in the United States? Think your voice does not matter? Think otherwise.
Join NBCA on January 10th at 7 pm EST as we host Heide Bajnrauh, 2x pulmonary embolism survivor and senior policy advisor at Akin Gump in Washington DC. Heide will teach us how to use our individual and collective voices to advocate #Congress for more blood clot education and awareness efforts in March during Blood Clot Awareness Month. Learn how to communicate with your state representatives and work with NBCA on policy initiatives. This is a “must attend” event for anyone who wants to help raise #awareness and save lives. #Yourvoicematters. Your story matters. Together we can Stop the Clot®

Watch Previous PEP Talks


Are you interested in sponsoring a PEP Talk? Email Tarin Patrikis: tpatrikis@stoptheclot.org for more information

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