About 12 years ago, Megan was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (PE) and two clotting disorders – factor V Leiden (FVL) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Since then, she has experienced several additional health problems. In December 2017, Megan’s problems included severe migraines with vision loss, and overall vision issues. This was accompanied by severe fatigue and intermittent speech issues. Further investigation and testing revealed small clots in her retina.
Megan found NBCA’s website several years ago and remains a frequent visitor to read new articles and receive support. Presently and unfortunately, she has not had any relief from her migraines and vision problems. About two months ago, Megan’s husband, Doug, created a Facebook fundraiser to help raise awareness about blood clots and clotting disorders and hopefully help educate their family and friends about the complexities of Megan’s health situation.
Through it all, Megan is grateful for the support she has received from her husband. She is most appreciative to her family and friends for their ongoing support too, and specifically for their contributions to Doug’s fundraiser. Megan credits their adopted fur babies – cats Donald and Stella, and puppy Ava – with making her health easier to manage. Megan and her family are firm believers in the power of laughter, so in tough times, her sense of humor has helped to make things easier.
Megan and Doug, on behalf of all of us at the National Blood Clot Alliance, we express our heartfelt thanks for joining our team and helping to make a difference in the lives of others.