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

Brenda

Brenda is a dedicated mother and hardworking professional that experienced a deep vein thrombosis (DVT or a blood clot in the leg) after surgery. She attends NATF’s in-person blood clot…
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Sam R.

Sam, an athletic 21 year-old, experienced her blood clots while studying at Colby College in Maine. Inspired by her experience, she is interning this summer at the Thrombosis Research Group…
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Steve

Steve Brenner passed away from a pulmonary embolism in August of 2016. His wife, Michele Brenner, shares his story: My husband, Steve Brenner, died of a massive pulmonary embolism on…
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Peter

  Peter is an avid athlete, who enjoys swimming and running, a family man, and a professional. After experiencing a PE, he found himself with a lot of questions about…
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Bart

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 S.

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

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

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

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

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

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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