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Saturday, October 03, 2015

October Athlete of the Month

2015 has been an impressive year as it relates to getting the chance to meet many new Blood Clot Survivors...

But for October's Edition of this post I have to CELEBRATE a Blood Clot Survivor that is TRULY an INSPIRATION...

This Blood Clot Survivor is tireless...

This Blood Clot Survivor simply cannot stop...

This Blood Clot Survivor CANNOT be stopped...

Back in October of 2012 I had the honor to feature this individual and ever since I've been just trying to just keep up with him.

Please see the link below to re-visit the story I posted about this amazing individual...

ERIC O'CONNOR Please never stop doing what you are doing...!

Honestly I have a hard time keeping track of what this guy has accomplished this year.

From running 24 STRAIGHT HOURS on a Treadmill to create awareness about STOP THE CLOT...


To running in the upcoming CHICAGO MARATHON and I will be there to see him simply torch that course... There will be some very fast STOP THE CLOT polka-dots running in Chicago and those will be Eric's!

It has been a pleasure to be able to follow this amazing individual and I can't wait to see what is next for him down the road.  If I am lucky enough I hope to tag along and have a pair of STOP THE CLOT polka-dots taking on the next challenge to spread the word and create awareness.

Thank You for Reading!

The Clot Buster

Saturday, September 05, 2015

September Athlete of the Month


It has been a while since I found my way to this space...

I sure have been busy on twitter (@CLOTBUSTER) since 140 characters are so much quicker and these days that is all I have time for...

Certainly marathon training has wedged itself within my daily routine and as I get through each prescribed workout the hope and anticipation of throwing down with 26.2 Miles grows bigger as I am aiming for improvements from my previous personal best.  Of course I am racing the 2015 CHICAGO MARATHON in the CLOT BUSTER #STOPTHECLOT polka-dots to keep up the effort of raising awareness against blood clots and blood clotting disorders as well celebrating all blood clot survivors out there looking to overcome the challenges of blood clots!

Keep up with my latest posts through twitter @CLOTBUSTER...

Speaking of marathon training recently I got introduced to one of those AMAZING Blood Clot Survivors who has decided to have his own epic battle with 26.2 Miles the weekend after the Chicago Marathon at the Columbus Marathon.

Mr. TONY VILLANUEVA will be racing the Columbus Marathon in October as part of the Team CLOT BUSTERS RACING TO STOP THE CLOT!  He even has his very own set of polka-dots ready to inspire you...

Please read below Tony's story that he so graciously shared with us...

" My Story

March 2013, my sister was diagnosed with multiple blood clot disorders which led to my father being tested and finding out that he had multiple blood clot disorders. My sister became adamant that the rest of the family be checked since it was hereditary. My wife insisted that I be checked and when I refused, she sent my two oldest daughters. Well at the age of 1 and 3, they were diagnosed with Factor Five, Prothrombin Gene Mutations and MTHFR. I then went to my doctor and told him about the blood clotting disorders and he stated that since my father had it, my sister had it and my daughters have it, well you definitely got it. My doctor immediately wanted to put me on blood thinners due to the fact that with my job in Law Enforcement I am spending a minimum of 8 hours sitting in a car or at a desk.  Of course I refused to take any type of medication and my doctor told me that I better be careful and be sure to walk around every hour or so to be sure to get some blood flow.
February 3rd 2015, I was at work and was experiencing a “Charlie horse” in my right calf most of the day while at work. I didn’t think much about it at the time but when I was driving home, the pain was uncomfortable and then intensified as I continued to drive. All of a sudden I started to experience chest pain and then numbness in my upper right arm. I then realized that I was dazed and confused and my vision was becoming blurry like that moment right before you pass out. I was driving on a freeway at 65-70 miles per hour and I felt like I was going to pass out. I got off at the exit that I nearly passed and pulled my car over once I got to a safe spot. I realized that I was having extreme chest pain and shortness of breath. I calmed my breathing down because I knew I had to call for help. I remembered that there was a Fire Station about a mile or two down the road and I felt like I could make it there. By the time I got to the Fire Station, my vision and my breathing were back to normal so I decided to drive the five minutes back home.  I made it home and my wife took me straight to the hospital.

The hospital found that my INR levels were low and that I could have had a blood clot. The ultrasound and CAT scan came back negative. I told the doctors about the blood clotting disorders and they said that there was a possibility that I had a blood clot that passed or broken up which caused my symptoms. I was sent home after a shot of blood thinners and was told to see a specialist. Before I could see a Hematologist, I was taken back to the emergency room for the same symptoms within a week where they found a blood clot in my left leg.  Again my INR levels were low and I was given blood thinners and released. I finally got to see my Hematologist and found that I have three Blood Clotting Disorders. After some time off from work, a few more visits to the emergency room, hematologist, and even Cellulitis, I was finally allowed to run again and slowly workout.

My Mission
My mission is simple. I want to do what I can to provide monetary donations to National Blood Clot Alliance. The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and clot-provoked stroke.

NBCA works on behalf of people who may be susceptible to blood clots, including, but not limited to, people with clotting disorders, atrial fibrillation, cancer, traumatic injury, and risks related to surgery, lengthy immobility, child birth and birth control. My future, my family and the future of my 3 daughters rely on this research for a better way of living with Blood Clotting disorders. It is a privilege to run for Team Stop the Clot and I plan on making the best of it and impacting the lives of others during my experience.

“Make each day your masterpiece.” -Coach John Wooden"
There is no question in mind that Mr. Villanueva will accomplish his mission of conquering the 26.2 Miles that are awaiting him in October.

If you have it in you and would be interested in donating for Mr. Villanueva's fundraising please take a look at the link below...
Here is wishing Mr. Villanueva all the success possible on all of his training and I can't wait to cheer him on while racing in Columbus!
Never Stop Tony!
You are an inspiration to many!
Keep it up!.
All the Best.
The Clot Buster

Monday, August 10, 2015

August Athlete of the Month

As we enter the month of August we are one month closer to the 2015 running of the New York City Marathon.

As such I have one more opportunity to feature another CLOT BUSTER SURVIVOR who is currently training and preparing for that magnificent race.  She will be a part of Team CLOT BUSTERS Running to STOP THE CLOT!

Please allow me introduce to you SAMANTHA LEE and her personal account below.

What is you sport/activity of choice? Why do you enjoy it? 
Running was always my choice of sports between running for my parish, Blessed Trinity, to running on the varsity soccer field for Stella Maris High School. I enjoy running because it an exciting activity between running to win or simply changing the speed of your running.

How did you get started in that sport? 
My parents placed my brothers and I in every sport possible at a young age. We ran track, played basketball, swam for the swim team, and ran on the soccer fields. We were always running it seemed. I was very blessed to have parents who cared to teach us and have us involved in both sports and education.

What is the latest milestone you achieved or plan to achieve? (Long bike ride, some race coming up or that you did) 
Over the last few months, my greatest milestones were running two half marathons. One half marathon was in central park, and the other one was in Connecticut. It was exciting to complete both half marathons.

Tells about your clotting episode.  Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission? 
Last summer, I was on vacation with my mom and Great Aunt Muriel in the Czech Republic. I began experiencing breathing difficulty in the days leading up to my hospitalization. The day before we were supposed to leave the Czech Republic, my prescribed inhaler broke. My mom and I went to a pharmacy. The pharmacist told me I would need a prescription. He said there was a lung specialist in the next building. The lung specialist took my vitals and took some blood work. An hour later, the blood work came back. The lung specialist told me that she was sending me for another test, the very test that saved my life. The lung specialist helped save my life. The doctors found a pulmonary embolism bilaterally. The doctors put me in intensive care and began treatment. I was diagnosed with DVT a few days later. I was transferred to another hospital for another procedure to treat the DVT. I was hospitalized for seventeen days. Through the love and support of my mom and Great Aunt Muriel, I never gave up hope.

When were you able to get back into your activity?  How did it feel that first time?   
It took me a few months to regain my strength. I begin working out again a little bit at a time. I was nervous the first time working out. The question was “What would I be able to do?”  Would I be able to challenge myself and work out the same way as before? Only time would tell, what would happen next?

What is your favorite piece of gear for your favorite activity? (Bike brand, running shoes, perhaps a running singlet or the Clot Buster's Running Polka-Dot Technical Shirt...) 
My sneakers are awesome. I think the pair I am wearing now is called brooks.

How much are you getting out doing your sport?  (Everyday you do some training, 2, 3, 4 times per week) 
I run at least 5-6 days a week. It feels odd if I don’t run that day. I love running, can’t you tell!! I take at least 1-2 days a week to replenish my strength and relax my muscles.

What is your favorite food?  Either generally or after a workout.  For me there is nothing better than a Chipotle Burrito.
Peanut butter and an apple is my general go to food after a workout. It’s healthy and delicious. .

If you could go some place to visit and explore, where would like to go? 
I would like to go some place with beautiful scenery and were I could run for miles on end, such as, Ireland. I have never been there but I hear it’s beautiful

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? Tells about your concerns and what you look out after as you got back.
If you are going through this right now, you can overcome. Please don’t give up hope. Honestly, Its rough and my story began with a doctor saying you might not survive tonight, and even with these treatments you can have complications. Guess what? I prayed and thought of my nephew back in New York. I had motivation and never loss sight of hope. Hope Prayers and Family got me through this. You can survive too!! I will not be an easy road to recovery. It’s difficult to go back to what you enjoy. But with time heals all things no matter how big or little it may be.  You must have patience even though life will be different for you. I was concerned with how my life would be, the quality of life; I survived and became a marathon runner. Keep the hope alive!!!
Indeed Samantha KEEP THE HOPE ALIVE!

Blood Clot Survivors can do Amazing Things! You are one of those overcoming the challenges and going on to be a marathoner in November.  I can't wait to see pictures of you finishing the race and show those blood clots that they cannot keep you down.

You are an inspiration not only for me but for many other.

Keep hope alive and keep on running until you can't anymore...!

Thanks for reading,

The Clot Buster

My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!
First Time ever My Son got to cross the finish line with me. Without a doubt a Wonderful Experience