Until recently, I had no idea about the signs and symptoms of blood clots or that we’re all at risk – regardless of age, gender or race. I had no idea that almost one million people are affected by blood clots each year in the United States alone and that more people die from preventable blood clots than AIDS, breast cancer and automobile accidents COMBINED.
Despite being prescribed hormonal birth control for nearly 15 years, I never once recall being told that this would increase my risk for blood clots. Blood clots were not discussed with me by my healthcare providers after undergoing major knee surgery or during the pregnancy and birth of my two children.
I am thankful that I have not personally developed a blood clot during any of these periods of increased risk. But my work with the National Blood Clot Alliance has educated me on what to be aware of and how to be my own best advocate when it comes to my health.
I was shocked to learn that the occurrence and fatality of blood clots is so high, however awareness remains critically low (fewer than 1 in 4 people have any recognition of blood clots).
That is why the work of NBCA is so important. Please consider making a gift to support blood clot awareness and prevention today.
About the Challenge & Why it Matters:
Thanks to the generosity of CrowdRise by GoFundMe, the National Blood Clot Alliance and other charities are being challenged to raise as much money as possible over the next five weeks - from November 26st to January 2nd. A total of $300,000 will be awarded to organizations that raise the most money throughout the Challenge, including a $100,000 grand prize cash donation! Every dollar raised increases our chances of winning BIG this holiday season.
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The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is 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. NBCA works on behalf of people who may be susceptible to blood clots, including, but not limited to, people with clotting disorders, atrial fibrillation, cancer, traumatic injury, and risks related to surgery, lengthy immobility, child birth and birth control.