Conquer the Mountain, Stop The Clot®

Conquer the Mountain, Stop The Clot® Photo
Conquer the Mountain, Stop The Clot® Photo
Conquer the Mountain, Stop The Clot® Photo

The Story

EVENT DATE: Jul 29, 2017

Event Description:  Asheville Super Spartan: Black Mountain, NC The Asheville Super is race #4 of the Spartan NBC US Championship Series. The course is 8-10 miles of trails, mud, mountains including 25 plus obstacles.

My Story: July 25th will mark the 5 year anniversary of the day that would change my life as I knew it. 5 years ago in July I found out that my lungs were riddled with blood clots and that I should consider myself lucky to still be alive. Over the years with the support of many friends, family and my husband I’ve been able to get back out there and build up my strength and endurance once again. Most importantly, I’ve learned to live again. Thanks to a dear friend and support of my husband I was able to punch fear in the face last year and run the Asheville Super as my first ever Spartan race. I instantly fell in love with obstacle course racing—the outdoors, the mountains, mud, nature, the elements and the obstacles. Yes, there are extra precautions to take in this sport for anyone on blood thinners—I’m not afraid to skip an obstacle altogether if needed and do the 30 burpee penalty. Heck, I love burpees. I will once again take on Black Mountain at the Asheville Super on July 29th alongside my fellow teammates, not only to celebrate my 5 year anniversary, but mostly importantly to spread public awareness and education for blood clots, DVTs and other clotting disorders.

I will proudly be fundraising for the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA). I have set a goal to raise $5000 to help this cause, $1000 for each of the 5 years. Even the smallest donation will help reach this goal, help this cause, and create awareness! From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

My Diagnosis: In July 2012 my husband and I returned back from a vacation in Utah when I noticed extreme tiredness, lack of energy and rapid heart rate. After brushing it off for a few days as jetlag, I finally went to seek medical help and was diagnosed with bilaterial PE with infract. My lungs were completely riddled with blood clots. All of this seemed like a bad dream. I had just turned 30 a few months prior and didn’t seem possible that someone that ate relatively healthy and exercised a great deal could be faced with this problem.

My lifestyle went from running marathons and double workout days to barely being able to walk up the stairs. In January 2013 I was diagnosed with type 1 protein S deficiency. Overall the doctors believe that it was a mixture of a long flight, summer heat, running a half marathon at altitude, and birth control that all caused the perfect storm. I feel lucky to have survived. I am now on long term anticoagulation (blood thinners). There are constant struggles with blood thinners but thanks to modern technology and home monitoring I am able to better control my levels with guidance of my doctors, exercise and diet.

Blood Clot Awareness:Tragically, too many lives are affected by blood clots, and too many lives are lost because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low. Study after study have shown that fewer than a 1 in 4 people have any recognition of blood clots or their signs and symptoms. On average, 274 people die every day from blood clots. They can just as easily affect athletes as well as those less physically fit. They affect men and women; rich and poor – blood clots do not discriminate.

The National Blood Clot Alliance works on behalf of people who may be susceptible to blood clots, including, but not limited to, people with clotting disorders, atrial fibrillation, cancer, traumatic injury, and risks related to surgery, lengthy immobility, child birth and birth control. NBCA is a non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and clot-provoked stroke.