On the morning of November 21, 2017, I went to the Northwestern ER with (what I thought) was a really bad upper respiratory infection. A few hours later, I was diagnosed with an acute saddle pulmonary embolism (PE) - a blood clot in the artery of my lungs that was damaging lung tissue and starting to strain my heart. The CT scan showed several smaller clots in both lungs, as well.
Earlier in 2017, my brother and I decided to run the Chicago Half Marathon. Since my diagnosis -- even on days I couldn't move without pain -- my goal (obsession?) has been to make it to that starting line on September 23, 2018.
The resources available through the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) have been invaluable; I know more about my diagnosis, what I need to watch out for in the future, and - most importantly - have never felt alone in my recovery experience. I am happy to do a small part to support their ongoing educational efforts!
Thank you for your support!
If you do not know about the signs/symptoms/risk factors, I urge you to check out www.stoptheclot.org for more information.