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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

July Athlete of the Month

This continues to be an unique time in our lives.  It seems like we are going a bit backwards on our attempts to overcome the challenges of the virus.  

We are currently and simultaneously experiencing a broad range of emotions and feelings that it is not dissipating.  

Everything is hitting us all at once including the summer heat. 

FEAR
ANGER
FRUSTRATION
ANXIETY
INSPIRATION
REFLECTION
CAUTION
AWARENESS
SADNESS
EMPATHY
LOVE
OPPORTUNITY

If you had to choose one from the list above, which one would it be? Why?  From last month to this month I will continue to stick with my previous selection as explained below.  However, I also have to add HOPE to the list above.  I am not sure how I missed it from last time but it is certainly part of the foundation of any resolution of our feelings during this time. 

From my perspective I would select INSPIRATION.  Without a question I am influenced by the purpose of this blog "Inspire to Overcome"...  However, it also applies to the broad range of circumstances that are currently affecting us.  I want to believe that from all of the social unrest and after a great deal of listening to learn along with reflection we can all be inspired to change in the way that makes sense to you that afford healing to those who need it.

I want to believe that Inspiration can help you overcome the fear and anxiety you could potentially feel because of the current situation. 

This blog, for more than 10 years now, has attempted to convey the message of Inspiration.  Learning from others, from their experiences can yield a powerful message that can help you or anyone really overcome physical and mental challenges.

Given the current conditions  all around us I feel that continuing to do this post has some value because blood clots are not going to wait for the social unrest or the pandemic to end.  It feels strange to try to do this on a time like this as it seems out of place.  But then again it could me a massive difference for someone who could be reading the personal account being shared on this month's edition of the blog.

July's edition of Athlete of the Month post brings us someone who is not letting his blood clotting incident define him.  He continues to pursue a lifestyle that allows him to stay healthy, teach others to be healthy, do what he loves, and even push the envelope to sign up for an incredible challenge in NYC.  Please read on to learn more about CHARLES and his life beyond blood clots.


*** What is you sport/activity of choice? Why do you enjoy it? 

Still at 41 years old I play baseball. For 14 years I have been managing a men’s league team called the South Florida Beach Bums. It’s aimed to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle for adults. I have players 18-40+ years old, all races that are bonded by the sport! I also do CrossFit and run! 

*** How did you get started in that sport? 
I’ve played baseball since I was a kid into college. After college I decided to create the Bums so that I can mentor young adults via the game. I also ran cross country in college and found it as an excellent opportunity to focus and clear my mind 

*** What is the latest milestone you achieved or plan to achieve?
* NYC marathon, Nov 2020
* I ran a half marathon in 2015. 


*** Tells about your clotting episode.  Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission? 
In 2012 I was misdiagnosed multiple times, doctors telling me I had a calf strain. I was I. 2-a-day workouts preparing for my 1st Vegas trip and pool parties. flew to Europe and felt awkward. 6 weeks later I was in the hospital w DVT and PE. After a year on Coumadin, I was healthy! NOPE. Another DVT put me on Xarelto for life 

*** When were you able to get back into your activity?  How did it feel that first time?   
I went to the hospital in Aug of 2012. I was cleared to run again Jan 1 of 2013. That was the HARDEST AND WORST 1-mile run ever!!!

*** What is your favorite piece of gear for your favorite activity? 
I rock my polka-for tech shirt for any major accomplishment! 

*** How much are you getting out doing your sport?  
Before Covid I was playing baseball every Sunday. I do CrossFit in my garage 5x week and run 3x week!

***What is your favorite food?  
Mac and cheese

*** If you could go some place to visit and explore, where would like to go? 
I love Italy. But for me, any baseball related trip! 
*** What would like to say to someone who is going through a clotting episode, perhaps very similar to yours?  How can people return to
do what they enjoy? 
Don’t think too much. Educate oneself at wwww.stoptheclot.org and also be vulnerable to our group. Overcoming these DVT/PE isn’t easy but we have all been there!

Thank you Charles for your willingness to share your story!

Here is hoping that you get the opportunity to take on the challenges of the NYC Marathon while wearing the CLOT BUSTER #StopTheClot polka-dots!  

May this summer brings you the joy of some baseball for both playing and watching.  Someday we will return to normal but for now we need to do our best to deal with our "new" normal.

Stay Safe and Be Well during this time and always!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

Thursday, June 04, 2020

June Athlete of the Month

This is a unique time in our lives.

We are currently and simultaneously experiencing a broad range of emotions and feelings.

Everything is hitting us all at once.

FEAR
ANGER
FRUSTRATION
ANXIETY
INSPIRATION
REFLECTION
CAUTION
AWARENESS
SADNESS
EMPATHY
LOVE
OPPORTUNITY

There probably are many others that I failed to capture.

If you had to choose one from the list above, which one would it be? Why?

From my perspective I would select INSPIRATION.  Without a question I am influenced by the purpose of this blog "Inspire to Overcome"...  However, it also applies to the broad range of circumstances that are currently affecting us.  I want to believe that from all of the social unrest and after a great deal of listening to learn along with reflection we can all be inspired to change in the way that makes sense to you that afford healing to those who need it.

I want to believe that Inspiration can help you overcome the fear and anxiety you could potentially feel because of the looming pandemic.

This blog, for more than 10 years now, has attempted to convey the message of Inspiration.  Learning from others, from their experiences can yield a powerful message that can help you or anyone really overcome physical and mental challenges.

Given the current conditions  all around us I feel that continuing to do this post has some value because blood clots are not going to wait for the social unrest or the pandemic to end.  It feels strange to try to do this on a time like this as it seems out of place.  But then again it could me a massive difference for someone who could be reading the personal account being shared on this month's edition of the blog.

The story for this month's post comes from STOPTHECLOT.org and it is one that you will certainly appreciate.

Please read on and get INSPIRED TO OVERCOME just like all of the Survivors do everyday!

Here is hoping that we make it through to the other side.

Keep overcoming every day!

Thank you fore reading,

The Clot Buster

Friday, May 08, 2020

May Athlete of the Month

There is hope during this time.

There are survival stories from this crisis.

This blog has looked after the stories of Blood Clot Survivors but for this edition we are making a bit of an exception.  Sorry this time around we are taking a break from the CLOT BUSTER #StopTheClot polka-dots. Please read on and you will understand.

For this month's edition of this blog post it is very prudent to share the story of Dr. Scott who is a member of the MASAB (Medical & Scientific Advisory Board) for STOPTHECLOT.org 

This is certainly a story of survival but it is not from blood clots.

Although Dr. Scott is involved with the care of patients with blood clots as well as advising STOPTHECLOT.org his recent experience of survival is very much relevant to the current crisis we are all involved with across the globe.  

It is difficult to imagine what Dr. Scott went through and even more difficult to comprehend is the magnitude of people going through and episode like his.  He is definitely one of the lucky ones to be able to come out and tell their story.

This article I am referencing here is from the Detroit Free Press.  

Please take a moment to read it because it is definitely worth it.

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/04/29/henry-ford-doctor-ventilator-beats-covid-19-came-close-death/3041655001/

There is hope indeed during this time.

Although this has been a long and strange time we will make it through this.  There is no question about that.

One day at the time as everyone is playing a role and your role makes a difference.

Keep hanging in there and NEVER GIVE UP!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

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My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!
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