Instead of gifts for my birthday this year, I would like to have all of you donate to the National Blood Clot Alliance to raise awareness and help prevent Blood Clots! In October of 2019 I went to the doctor with some chest pain and shortness of breath. I expected to be told to get healthier and stop being so anxious. Instead I was told to go straight to the ER because they suspected a blood clot. In only took about an hour and a half before I was told I had a massive Saddle Pulmnary Embolism in the middle of my chest reaching into every aspect of my airway. I had an emergency Catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) and had wires sticking out of my neck for 12 hours. I was in the ICU for 3 days because the treatmenet alone could cause an aneurysm, not to mention that I had many blood clots coursing throughout my body. I was told I was lucky that I came in that day becuase that was the biggest PE they had seen in someone still able to walk and talk. Before October 20th, 2019 I had never thought about blood clots and certainly did not think I would ever get one. I want everyone to be aware of what can cause it and the symptoms of blood clots. Mine was caused by birth control, which I had been on for almost 20 years. Plesae donate any amount you can so we can help spread the word and maybe prevent people from dying! Thank you!