On Sunday, November 3rd we (Mimi & Christie) will join Team Stop The Clot® to take on the five boroughs of New York City in the TCS New York City Marathon. To tackle the second toughest thing we have faced together.
In May 2013 on a Saturday morning 911 was called to our apartment:
“Early on the Saturday morning before Mother’s Day, I suffered a massive pulmonary embolism that travelled from my legs to my lungs, stopping my heart. Having been revived twice in the ambulance en route to the hospital, I spent 36 hours in an induced coma, and two additional weeks in recovery. I’d nearly lost my life due to a medical condition caused by hormonal birth control, which had been 100% preventable. The symptoms were obvious, but neither my doctors, friends, nor I knew enough about blood clots to seek adequate and timely treatment. Fortunately, I am now fully recovered from this incident and training for the New York City marathon. But I will always need to monitor my health through a hematologist. My involvement with the National Blood Clot Alliance has already made a difference. For example, this past year, I urged a colleague to visit a doctor based on the symptoms he described, which were common early warning signs of blood clots.” - Mimi
“Immediately after Mimi passed out, I called 911, and the quick response time of the EMTs was critical to her survival. Luckily, I’d been there for the incident and knew enough about Mimi to help the EMTs rule out possible explanations. However, it took a second ambulance and a female EMT who understood the dangers of birth control as a trigger for blood clots to suggest that her condition might be the result of a pulmonary embolism. The first responders, doctors, and nurses seemed to try a little harder that morning, but in the moment nobody there could have guessed this story would have such a fortunate outcome. For years after I suffered from anxiety attacks worried that I, or those around me, would have a blood clot and the outcome would not be so fortunate. Becoming better educated about blood clots has enabled me to move past the stress brought on by Mimi’s ordeal and allowed me to address anxiety. Running the New York City marathon is a way to celebrate Mimi’s recovery.”- Christie
Our family is grateful to have survived this ordeal, and although we may have faced an uphill journey to recovery, many families are not so fortunate. We can, should, and need to do more!
Your donation to our Team Stop The Clot® page will help the NBCA continue its primary mission to advance prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of blood clots, such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke. For more information about the NBCA visit the website https://www.stoptheclot.org/
Together, we can save lives!
Thank you in advance for your support.
Mimi MacKinnon & Christie MacKinnon