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Patient Stories

John Smith

"I went hiking with my kids in Colorado in July of 2015. This was many years after my initial blood clot. Everything was fine at the time. I drove from Aspen to Denver, and then flew to New York. The following day my leg was swollen and warm to the touch. I had all of the telltale signs another DVT."

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Nina Hawthorne

 "I’m very grateful for having lived through it. I think that’s a source of resilience for me. It’s a sense of survival. I met the enemy and I lived through it."

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Nancy Marriott

"PE/DVT can be a lot for
for one person to handle alone, both emotionally and physically."

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Writing down an experience and sharing it with others can be a therapeutic experience, as can reading about how others have handled their challenges. Every patient has a story and NATF would like to invite you to share yours. If you would like to contribute a Patient Perspective contact us at

Patient Stories:

  • Mary Beth Hanley - "How My Own Hospital Almost Killed Me: A Doctor’s Story of Survival against the Odds and How All Patients should Protect Themselves from this Silent Killer in the Hospital"
  • Kathryn Mikkelsen - "The Autonomous and Responsible Patient: The Importance of Self-Advocacy"


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