BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
In May 2016, at the age of 28, I was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in my right lung). I was in enormous pain, could barely breathe, and couldn't walk more than a few steps. A good portion of my lung wasn't functioning due to the lack of blood flow. As the ER doctor put it, "Well, it's not dead but...." It was by far the scariest moment of my life. Quite frankly, I'm lucky to still be alive. I'm still here and happier than ever. Although I can't play contact sports or have more than a beer or two per day thanks to what will be a lifetime of blood thinners, I thank God everyday that I'm still kicking. The clot is on my mind every single day. And almost every hour too. My stomach drops every time I experience even a tiny bit of chest pain or have trouble breathing. It's been an extremely emotional year. But I have an incredible support system around me. My wife, my family, my friends, and my co-workers have all helped me get through this. I am forever grateful. This Memorial Day weekend, less than a year after the pulmonary embolism, I'll be running my first-ever 5K. Mainly because I want to prove to myself that I can do it after what I went through. And also to raise awareness for blood clots in general. On average, one person dies every six minutes from a blood clot. It's estimated that between 100,000 to 300,000 deaths from blood clots occur each year, which is greater than the total number of people who lose their lives each year to AIDS, breast cancer, and motor vehicle crashes combined. Any donations are greatly appreciated. All money raised goes to the National Blood Clot Alliance/Stop The Clot. Thank you!