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

Bart Coyne

Bart Coyne, a heart transplant patient, experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in April 2017. Here is his story about how a positive attitude and the support…
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Melissa Shea

Melissa is a mother to two beautiful children, a loving wife, and a dedicated professional. After experiencing a stroke, SCAD, and pulmonary embolism (PE), Melissa became a regular attendee of…
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Mark S.

Mark’s life changed dramatically when he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot in the lungs. In his own words, here is Mark’s story about how follow-up…
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Lynn Jennings

Lynn Jennings is an Olympic medalist and a nine-time champion of the USA Cross Country Championships. One of the greatest female American runners, she is a passionate athlete who now…
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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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