BENEFITING: National Blood Clot Alliance
ORGANIZER: National Blood Clot Alliance
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Late last July my husband and I had just got back from a vacation in Utah when I noticed extreme tiredness, lack of energy and rapid heart rate. After brushing it off for a few days as jetlag, I finally went to seek medical help and was diagnosed with bilaterial PE with infract. My lungs were completely riddled with blood clots. All of this seemed like a bad dream. I had just turned 30 a few months before and didn’t seem possible that someone that ate relatively healthy and exercised a great deal could be faced with this problem. My lifestyle went from running marathons and double workout days to barely being able to walk up the stairs.
In January I was diagnosed with type 1 protein S deficiency. Overall the doctors believe that it was a mixture of a long flight, summer heat, running a half marathon at altitude, and birth control that all caused the perfect storm. I feel lucky to have survived. I will now be on anticoagulation for the rest of my life.
Over the last several months with the support of many friends, family and my husband I’ve been able to get back out there and build up my strength and endurance once again.
Since this event I’ve crossed paths with many people who have had similar experiences. I’ve also had too many conversations with people who have or know someone who has lost a loved one due to blood clots.
My recent experience with blood clots, as well as hearing the experiences of others is why I’m so passionate about raising money and running this year’s NYC Marathon. I’ve been accepted as part of Team Stop the Clot and need your help in raising funds that will help spread awareness about blood clots and clotting disorders.
Even the smallest donation will help this cause and help me to reach my fundraising goal. Thank you!
-National Blood Clot Alliance wrote -
Thank you for helping us Stop The Clot!
Chances are you, or someone you know has had a blood clot. It may have been called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE), but nonetheless, in everyday terms, it was a blood clot. And, there's a good chance it was very serious, maybe even fatal. In the state of New York alone, the Surgeon General estimates there are over 6300 deaths per year due to DVTs and PEs. That’s more than 17 people dying each day – just in New York. You can check out the stats for your state, by clicking here.
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.
We're 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.
We accomplish our mission through programs that build public awareness, educate patients and healthcare professionals and promote supportive public and private sector policy. What better opportunity for public awareness than this partnership with the ING / New York City Marathon! We're thrilled! And, we’re even more thrilled that you’re here to help make this partnership and our mission succeed!
So, thank you for supporting our important cause! Together, we'll reach the finish line for the marathon and hopefully, for blood clots.