Many of you know that I suffer from a permanent condition of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) from the onset of over 30 blood clots in my lower extremities manifesting after my return from Iraq. Because there were hardened clots stabilized in the area of my femoral vein; I am a life long medication user of anti-coagulants and frankly, a fear of death by blood clot which is terrifying.
Although many people with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) recover completely, up to 40 percent continue to experience symptoms in their arms or legs for years after their initial diagnosis. Known collectively as post-thrombotic syndrome or post-phlebitic syndrome, symptoms can be painful and debilitating, according to the National Blood Clot Alliance.
I ask that you celebrate my birthday--another year of life I am granted by donating to the National Blood Clot Alliance in hopes that we can drive more awareness to this disease and more advancements can be made to prevent pre-mature deaths.