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TEAM STOP THE CLOT NYC MARATHON 2015

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BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance

ORGANIZER: National Blood Clot Alliance

EVENT: 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015

Jennie Loucks

THE STORY:

We go about our daily routines, and don't give many sicknesses, diseases or issues a second thought, because, hey, that'll never happen to us, right?

I'd like to take you all back to October of last year.  

It's happening again, I'm drowning, I can't tell in what, but I can't get the air I need, it's just not coming.  I jolt awake; it was only a dream.. But wait, I still can't breathe.  My chest is on fire, and I'm only able to swallow puffs of air at a time.  It takes all my strength to reach over to wake Colt, my boyfriend.  Am I having a heart attack? How is this possible?  Night after night, I lay there terrified of falling asleep, knowing the pain is coming, and when it hits, I'll have to ride it out, crying, gasping.  It only comes in 30-45 minute bursts, but they seem to last for eternity.

October 17th was different.  I kept waiting for the pain to subside, but it had claimed my chest, crushing me from the inside.  We rushed to the ER, where I wait and wait to be seen. Finally, as the pain subsists and my breathing returns to normal the doctor arrives.  One chest x-ray later, I'm headed home, prescription in hand.  Diagnosis: pleurisy.
 
The pain, it's always there.  Every night I fall asleep knowing that the crushing pain will come for me sometime before the morning light.  Some nights I'm lucky, most nights, Colt and I spend the wee hours breathing slowly together, waiting for the pain to subside.  It always does, and then it's back to the day as usual, work, long Saturday runs, Tuesday track nights...  I'm fine, until the night. 

The nightly attacks have really taking a toll on me, and I need relief.  I arrive at Urgent Care, where after a second chest x-ray, I'm giving a stronger prescription. The pesky pleurisy just doesn't want to give up.  I wonder, will the nightly pain become a part of my life that I must adjust to?  The notion is terrifying.
 
It's November 11.  Today is different.  I've awoken and the pain is still there, nagging, pulling, blocking the deep breaths I need so desperately. I return to Urgent Care, where I'm advised to head back to the ER.  I suffer through the most excruciating pain of my life, lying on my back for the CT scan, and then, we wait.

The doctor slowing opens the door, and the words leave her mouth, "You should be dead".  

Diagnosis: numerous blood clots filling the lower lobes of both of my lungs.  I'm admitted immediately to the ICU, and from there, the next 5 days are a blur.

On November 23rd, I stood at the Route 66 Marathon finish line, watching all my teammates cross the finish line, one after the next.  I laughed, I cried at least 10 times, and wished with every bone in my body that I was out there with them.  I had trained right there with them, up until that last week before the race, then bam, my world was turned upside down.  

While many diagnosed with blood clots are not nearly as fortunate as I was, to walk away, alive, let alone with the go-ahead from the doctor to get back into my tennis shoes, on November 28 I laced up for a short, slow three miles.

Would I ever be able to run again?  The thought had been consuming me for weeks.  Guess what, I DID.  I pushed away all the fears I'd felt. I told myself that this would not be the end of running.  It started out at a snail's pace, but then I sped up, faster, then faster, then I was flying.  I decided then and there that it'd be a new beginning for running and I.
 
Since being diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms and subsequently Factor V Leiden, I have had to make many lifestyle changes, including getting super in-tune with my body.  However, I have not and will not let blood clots control my dreams or me. 

Since November, I have completed my first 50K, and I’ve also run a 15K and a marathon this year! I hope to check several more marathons off of my bucket list before I head up north to run the NYC Marathon in honor of the those who lost the battle with blood clots and for all of my fellow survivors!   

Tragically, too many lives are affected by blood clots, and too many lives are lost because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low.  Study after study have shown that fewer than a 1 in 4 people have any recognition of blood clots or their signs and symptoms. On average, 274 people die every day from blood clots.  They can just as easily affect athletes as well as those less physically fit.  They affect men and women; rich and poor – blood clots do not discriminate.  

The National Blood Clot Alliance 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. 

NBCA is a 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. 

Click the big orange DONATE button today to do your part in helping my team cross the finish line! Our thanks to you for supporting our important cause. Together, we'll reach the finish line for blood clots and the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon! 

Help me STOP THE CLOT!

$3,050

MONEY RAISED
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  • Terri

    $25

  • Morgan Wulf-James

     

  • Megan McManus

    $25

  • Melissa Cloud

    $25

  • Blanca Zavala

    $25

  • The Horns

    $25

  • Donovan and Sarah Mohler

    $25

  • Nathan A Bates

    $50

  • Misty "The Hubs"

    $25

  • The Stapleton Family

    $50

  • Phil Kean

    $25

  • Ben Randle

    $25

  • Susan

    $100

  • BRYON BRIGGS

    $100

  • Robin Williams

    $25

  • Roland "The Clot Buster" Varga

    $35

  • Devin Knox

    $25

  • Tess Hobson

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Chelse and Chris and kiddos!

    $10

  • C Clay

     

  • Courtney Hale

    $50

  • Shannon and Jon

    $35

  • Kristin and Josh Wise

    $75

  • Eddie Erwin

    $25

  • Elizabeth Jones

    $50

  • Tammy Duckwall

    $25

  • Myles McDonough

    $25

  • Curtis Green

    $25

  • Jerry Cook

    $25

  • Hubby

    $100

  • Betsy

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Kristi Moon

    $100

  • Jake and Courtney Byers

    $20

  • Jennifer Miller

    $25

  • Jamie Hall

    $20

  • Jackie Miller

    $25

  • Anna Carlisle

    $30

  • Anna's Mom

    $25

  • Gabe Waterman

    $25

  • Amber Smith and Peter Mazza

    $25

  • Wade

    $25

  • Colleen

    $25

  • Jack & Shell

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Tyler & Brooke Layton

    $40

  • Colleen

    $20

  • Chris Clay

    $30

  • Carrie Wetz

    $25

  • Running Friends

    $200

  • Austin, Andrea, & Cailyn

    $15

  • Whit

    $55

  • Allen Moon

    $20

  • Sean Cryer

    $25

  • Rachael G

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Ronnie & Angela Calhoun

    $30

  • Paula Lee

    $25

  • Rodriguez Family

    $10

  • Susan

    $100

  • Jen L.

     

  • Jean Luc PIcard

    $20

  • Tiffany

    $50

  • Sara Wassenaar and Rich Frutiger

    $50

  • McCormicks

    $50

  • Aunt Nay-Nay

    $25

  • Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas

    $20

  • Steve Owen

    $25

  • z

    $50

  • Dr Marlin Flanagin

    $50

  • Amy Kearbey

    $55

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122% Raised of$2,500 Goal

The Team: $86,148 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Phil Kean

Amount Raised

$51,665

 

103% Raised of$50,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Faith Delaney

Amount Raised

$6,736

 

225% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mike Nieto

Amount Raised

$5,090

 

102% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristine Hinterkopf

Amount Raised

$5,011

 

100% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Angie Morefield

Amount Raised

$3,519

 

88% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jennie Loucks

Amount Raised

$3,050

 

122% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Beth Dauer

Amount Raised

$3,050

 

102% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Candace Lee

Amount Raised

$2,656

 

106% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Amy Kearbey

Amy Kearbey

DONATION: $55

4 years ago

Dr Marlin Flanagin

Dr Marlin Flanagin

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

z

z

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Steve Owen

Steve Owen

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas

Miguel Gonzalez-Abellas

DONATION: $20

Good luck, Jennie! 4 years ago

Aunt Nay-Nay

Aunt Nay-Nay

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

McCormicks

McCormicks

DONATION: $50

Good luck! We love you:) 4 years ago

Sara Wassenaar and Rich Frutiger

Sara Wassenaar and Rich Frutiger

DONATION: $50

In gratefulness for your help to Stop the Clot and in loving memory of Anna Frutiger! 4 years ago

Tiffany

Tiffany

DONATION: $50

Jennie, you inspire me every day in your strength and courage. Keep it up! I'm so proud of you! 4 years ago

Jean Luc PIcard

Jean Luc PIcard

DONATION: $20

"Make it so!" 4 years ago