Writing down an experience and sharing it with others can be therapeutic, as can reading about how other patients 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 info@natfonline.org.

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 Mary…
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Brian Blongastainer

DVT and PE:  A Disease with Extensive Emotional Impact July 1, 2009 A Note to the Reader:  This entry is not indented to provide answers, it is meant to illustrate the…
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Deborah Okner Smith

Stone Age to Space Age:  Experiences of a Thrombophilia Patient September 1, 2009 People die from clotting events.  This was true in the “stone age”, before Factor V Leiden (FVL)…
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Caitlin Augustine

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is often thought of as a condition that mostly affects the elderly and adults. Many doctors and lay individuals do not realize or understand the potential…
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Brenda Race

Submitted 2012 In June 2008, when I first woke up with a pain in back of my right leg, I assumed it was a pulled muscle. And although I was…
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Nina Hawthorne

Can you tell me a bit about yourself? What do you do for work? I’m retired now, but I worked in higher education administration when I had my PE. It…
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John Smith

John is a long-term Wall Street employee, who enjoys spending time with his son and two teenage daughters. He is an avid golfer and enjoys hiking. John experienced his first…
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Nina Meins

At the age of 32, I was an active, working wife and mother until deep vein thrombosis (DVT) changed my life. I never had issues with blood clots, in fact,…
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Rajan Laddu

I have faced health problems my whole life. As soon as I was born, the doctors and my parents couldn’t help but notice and worry about how large and abnormal…
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David Osler, MD, MPH

As an avid cyclist, pediatrician, and healthcare executive, I have always had an interest in health and pride myself on being as healthy as possible. Some might even call me…
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