Just about nine years ago, I had a 4 week old son and was learning how to be a new mom. I woke up one Friday morning and had horrible pain and swelling in my left leg. This was not the first feeling of something being wrong, but it had all of the sudden become increasingly worse. My husband rushed me to the ER. After a few scans, it was determined that I had a blood clot from my groin to my ankle. I was immediately put on IV heparin and put in the ICU. A great friend came and brought my son home. My husband stayed with me fearing what would happen. We came to find out that my DVT was linked to having a C-section and being in bed for 12 hours post surgery, with limited movement. We also found out, that I have a genetic blood clotting disorder, called Factor V Leiden, which also was a contributing factor to my DVT.
It was a long recovery process, I had a hard time walking and was in a lot of pain for a long time. But I was able to recover and start taking care of Jack on my own after about a month. Without the support and help of my family and friends we would not have been able to get through that difficult time.
I am reminded of my DVT daily because of the permanent discoloration and frequent swelling in my left leg. I have to continue to take precautions for myself because of my disorder. The reminders are not only physical, they are mental as well. Every time I have a pain, I can't help but worry if it is a clot. This worry, will never go away for me.
We have also found out that Jack, my son, has Factor V Leiden, as well. However, I am here to tell the story and want to share and help raise awareness. Recently my sister developed a blood clot, because she knew the warning signs, she knew to get to the hospital immediately. I would like to share what I know with others, to help educate people and make sure this does not happen or if it does happen, they know what to do.
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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.
While there are many faces to blood clots, each one is so different. As you will see in the following stories, blood clots do not discriminate. Regardless of age, race or gender, we’re all at risk. No matter how young or physically fit you may be, you can still be affected. Please take the time to read the stories featured in this campaign and consider donating to the National Blood Clot Alliance to help us continue our mission of advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke.
- 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.