In November of 2013, the healthiest year of my life, my world abruptly haulted when I was told to go to the Emergency Room because of two dark spots found in my lungs on an x ray.
I was one week away from running the Philadelphia Half Marathon. I had been training hard to get a personal record, I had given up certain foods to better my diet, and I even gave up happy hours and drinking for the year. Everything about my choices that year were healthy. None of that mattered when I found myself with an annoying pain along my shoulder blade. It was very subtle, but irritating enough to make me go to the doctor.
It was at the doctor that they confirmed my good health. All of my levels were great, and she couldn't understand why I was having a pain. To be safe, she recommended that I get an x-ray, and hours later in the emergency room I was told I had two blood clots, one in each lung and the right one had already started killing my lung. Thank God I went to the doctors when I did.
What people don't know about this story is that three weeks prior I went to see all of my doctors while I was still on my parent's insurace because I would be aging out at the end of October. It was recommended that I consider birth control, so I did: the Nuva Ring. And as a result of the additional estrogen flow, I myself with teo pulmonary embolisms (blood clots) in less than a month.
National Blood Clot Alliance wrote -
March is Blood Clot Awareness month. In honor of this month dedicated to raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors for blood clots, the National Blood Clot Alliance is sharing stories from survivors and families as part of a virtual fundraising project. Our goal is aimed at highlighting and showcasing just how many people, of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances and affected by blood clots.
274 people will die from blood clots today. That means this month alone 8,494 Americans will be killed from a condition that could have likely been prevented. This already staggering number does not take into account the people who will survive but live with complications. Blood clots kill more people every year than AIDS, breast cancer and car accidents COMBINED. It is our mission at NBCA to raise awareness and ultimately reduce this number. Knowing the signs, symptoms and risk factors saves lives.
- The National Blood Clot Alliance, a 501(c)(3), 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.
- Blood Clots kill more people each year than AIDS, Breast Cancer and motor vehicle accidents combined.
- An estimated 900,000 Americans are diagnosed with blood clots each year. 100,000 will die.
- Blood Clots kill one person every 6 minutes
- Although blood clots can be prevented, fewer than 1 in 4 people know the signs and symptoms, making awareness so important.
- 274 people will die today from a blood clot, and tomorrow, and the next day. Every day, 274 Americans will die of a blood clot.
- Many of these deaths could been prevented with increased awareness and education. Knowledge is power!
Visit us at www.stoptheclot.org for additional information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from blood clots.