My name is Nakia and here is my story!
The last 6 months have been difficult for me health wise. I suffer from Endometriosis and have been dealing with chronic pain. I completed my first marathon (Athens, Greece) in November 2016 all while suffering with that pain. January 2017 I had a laparoscopic surgery to burn off some of the endo and do whatever else needed to be done to relieve me of the pain. I basically stopped running and exercising since pain became my companion. In February I started having horrible leg pain (like I need more pain) and was diagnosed with sciatica nerve. Despite all of that it was time for me to get back on the horse and start running again. I was chosen through a lottery pick to participate in the Broad Street Run here in Philadelphia. It is the nations largest 10 miler and would have been my third time tackling that run! One little problem though...I couldn't breath. I could barely run a block. Ok so I haven't ran in a while and yes the Depo shot (for the endo) has aided in some weight gain...but come on, I just completed a marathon. So back to the doc's office I go! He listened to my heart, did an EKG, had me take many breaths. Everything sounded fine and he was about to send me home with an inhaler to try out. However, my leg picked that moment to start screaming with pain. He felt around and believed he detected a clot. Just as a precaution, sends me to the ER for an ultra sound. Fast forward...I have a PE (pulmonary embolism) in each lung and a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in my left leg. Like wow! Spent 4 days in the hospital, had to give up my bib for the run, will be on blood thinners for the next 3-6 months...BUT I AM HERE! I thank God everyday for this second chance to live. It will be a rough battle back to healthy but a battle I'm willing to face, since the war has already been won!
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.
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.