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Friday, February 03, 2017

February Athlete of the Month

Come on winter!

Time for you to go.

Can't help it but without having snow to play in I really do not like the cold... I can deal with it when the sun is out and I can be teased that wearing my sun glasses somehow makes me feel warmer inside...

However, now that we know that we will have 6 additional weeks of winter I just have to accept the harsh reality and continue to sip my hot chocolate to achieve that coveted warmth inside...

Now, I can also reach that same warmth inside by reading blood clot survivor stories.  It is hard and uplifting at the same time to read about the surprise/shock, struggle, and eventual recovery that blood clot survivors can make after a clotting incident.

Of course every story is different and unique to each individual.

Our bodies will dictate the actual pace of the recovery and there is nothing we can do about that other being patient.  From my experience talking to blood clot survivors with many diverse backgrounds the "being patient" component is the most difficult to master as you listen to your body...

How do you explain to a teenage athlete to be patient...?

Well, personally I don't have the answer but I know someone who share her story about her clotting incident with STOPTHECLOT.org so you can find out from the source how to overcome the "being patient" component of the survival equation...

Please read on for JENNY's STORY...


I hope that you are able to get the same "warmth inside" as I did by reading this personal account.

No doubt that Jenny will not be going through the worst time of her life again and she will overcome this hurdle of the second knee surgery without any complications.  Their past experience gives her and her medical team the arsenal of knowledge they need to be successful.

Here is wishing Jenny the BEST OF LUCK on her recovery.  Looking forward to hear what else she will be able to accomplish!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

Friday, January 06, 2017

January Athlete of the Month

For 2017 I get to open up my series of blog posts with an athlete story that I am driven to share because it brings home the very reason as to why NBCA (www.STOPTHECLOT.org), myself, and many others do what we do.

In early December I saw in social media a post that I could not believe...

Through my readings of triathlon news I've heard of CRAIG PERCIVAL's and his accomplishments as a triathlete.  One of those had to do with being the first person to complete 8 Ironman-distance events in 8 consecutive days, in the 8 states and territories of Australia, which he achieved!!! 

During this monumental challenge he was able to raise over $80,000 for the John Maclean Foundation, a foundation that helps kids in wheelchairs achieve their dreams.  This is truly a testament as to the character of Mr. Percival. Nothing other than dedication, care, and support of everyone around him.

Unfortunately very tragically and suddenly Craig Percival was taken away from his family.  


"Craig passed away on December 4th 2016, following post surgery complications after undergoing knee surgery a few weeks earlier.  A clot passed through to his lung causing respitory issues, triggering a severe heart attack, starving the brain of oxygen.  7 days after the heart attack, Craig's life support was switched off and his organs donated to recipients."

I am not sure about you but this hit me like a ton of bricks would.

I was simply stunned.

Devastated that a World Class Athlete with a World Class Heart was taken away because of a blood clot...

It is hard to believe that a preventable blood clot caused this tragedy.

Even harder to believe is that Mr. Percival is just one of hundreds if not thousands with a similar faith that can in fact be prevented if the appropriate precautions are taken.  

So it is fitting that on this first blog post of 2017 we celebrate the life of Mr. Craig Percival and re-focus on our mission to spread awareness about blood clots and blood clotting disorders because that awareness can save lives.

As a result of this tragedy Mr. Percival's family is in need of some help... If you have it in you please consider donating via the following link...


Every little bit can and will help!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Here is hoping that 2017 it is full of CLOT BUSTER #STOPTHECLOT polka-dots

 Celebrate that Blood Clot Survivors can do anything and that they are spreading the word about blood clots and blood clotting disorders.









































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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