Kevin experienced lower back, but he didn't think much of it - until one morning he woke up in too much pain to walk. Testing revealed blood clots in Kevin's leg and factor V Leiden. Kevin says, "I also wish it was more widely known that a cause of lower back pain could be blood clots. Hardly any of the doctors I interacted with were aware of that, and I have had many excellent and heroic doctors who helped keep my body intact."
Jen had a blood clot in her brain that changed her life dramatically, but it didn't change her passion to live an adventure-filled life. She writes, "While on anticoagulants, I completed a 5K mud run, went backpacking, zip lining, to amusement parks and paddle boarding. I will not let the blood clot define me or what I’m capable of doing."
Two months after she started taking estrogen-based birth control for acne, Ashley wasn't feeling well. She went to the urgent care at the urging of her family and was soon diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism or blood clot in her lung. Surviving a blood clot has changed her perspective on life. Ashely writes, "Now, I live life everyday thankful to be alive. I take nothing and no one for granted."
Kassidy was 23 years old when she developed dozens of blood clots in both of her legs, her pelvis, and her stomach. Prior to her diagnosis, doctors thought she needed her appendix removed because she had the worst back pain she had ever experienced in her life. Kassidy is sharing her story to help educate other people about the signs and symptoms of blood clots and to encourage them to be an advocate for their health.
10 Centimeters from Death: Rebecca Bushell’s Blood Clot Story
Rebecca was only 18 years old when she experienced a blood clot in her leg. She thought she pulled a muscle, but when her pain got worse and she experienced swelling, Rebecca was rushed to the hospital where she was admitted with an extensive blood clot. Rebecca writes, "Blood clots aren’t just something simple – they are dangerous and they kill people every day. Awareness about blood clot risks, signs and symptoms is the key to preventing deaths and illnesses."
Macie Baker experienced a blood clot when she was just 15 years old after injuring her leg during a fall. Macie says, "I want to focus my future on doing what I can to help save as many children’s lives as possible by spreading awareness so people know the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. Blood clots don’t just happen to adults, they happen to children too. Hopefully, my efforts will help to Stop The Clot and Keep Awareness Flowing."
How I Overcame the Worst Time in My Life at 17 Years Old: Jenny's Story
Jenny was just 17 years old and very involved with with school activities and sports when a knee surgery due to an injury resulted in a blood clot. Her experiences throughout her diagnosis and recovery completely changed her life. Jenny writes, "The NBCA survivor stories have inspired me to share mine, and I loved reading them after my blood clot. I hope that I can help someone in the future. Just remember that you can get through it."