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

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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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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Mark Lindsay

Mark Lindsay is a passionate businessman who owns Boston Boat Works. He experienced a DVT 12 years ago, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing what he loves: sailing and…
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Nancy Marriott

On September 13th, just two days before her 70th birthday, Nancy Marriott was rushed to the emergency room in Boulder, Colorado with extreme shortness of breath.  She had been near…
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