Peggy Paul wrote -
I thought I was done marathoning. Here we go again. In 2014, together with son Joey (and many of you supporters), I crossed the finish line of the NYC marathon, having raised over $4000.00 for the Breast Cancer Fund, and thought, "I'm done." That was until daughter Margaret experienced a life-threatening blood clot...
Nearly two years ago, Margaret was just a regular 20 year old college student-athlete complaining of some lingering hamstring and abdominal pain. The pain had not been diagnosed, all assumed it was sport related, figured it would just go away...it went on this way for a couple weeks. But the pain didn't go away. That doesn't happen when it's a blood clot. October 22, 2015 was the night that changed her course. After a night in the ER in Klamath Falls, still undiagnosed, she drove herself home to Portland and was immediately admitted into the ICU in Portland where she stayed for 4 days, 6 days in total, treating a massive blood clot that set up home from her abdominal cavity to her knee. Her iliac vein that feeds her abdomen and leg, was extremely compromised. The docs did amazing work with their surgeries and treatment but upon discharge, we were told her vein was damaged by the clot, she was too young to put in a stint, but they were hopeful she would get right back to walking...and maybe even run...in her future. At that point, running seemed the least of our worries. We were just grateful she didn't lose her life, her leg, her spirits!
Two years later, to the date, on Oct 22, 2017, Margaret and I are hoping to run the Marine Corp Marathon, all 26.2 miles, as a charity runner for the National Blood Clot Alliance. The clot changed the way we all look at life. Margaret's story is a positive, hopeful one...that's not always the case with those who suffer from a blood clot. Many that are affected by blood clots also struggle with atrial-fibrilation, or A-fib, a disease that husband/dad Scott has been dealing with as well for the past several years. In between cardioversions, ablations, medications...he knows the risks of clotting and pulmonary embolisms all too well. Scott and Margaret have been, what we affectionately call, the "blood thinning twins" as keeping their blood from clotting now, and in the future, will always be top of mind.
And so, won't you join "our team" of Paul runners who want to Stop the Clot? Thank you!