Can't really under estimate how far this blog can reach and the number of folks I am able to meet.
I am THRILLED that we get the chance to read more and more inspiring stories about people surviving blood clotting incidents.
This month's Athlete of the Month is certainly one of those survivors and an individual with a story that is worth reading to get you off the couch and moving.
Please let me introduce you to SARA WYEN and read on about what she had to say about the questions I asked her...
2) How did you get started in that sport?
3) What is the latest milestone you achieved or plan to achieve? (Long bike ride, some race coming up or that you did)
4) Tells about your clotting episode. Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission?
All the doctors blamed my blood clots on oral contraceptives, which I had been taking for over seven years at that point. It wasn’t discovered until one doctor decided to dig a little deeper, thankfully, that I had antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Antiphospholipid syndrome is an autoimmune disorder in which your body mistakenly produces antibodies against certain normal proteins in your blood potentially leading to the formation of a blood clot(s) deep within the veins of the leg (DVT). Damage to other organs depends on the extent and location of the clot. If a clot travels to your lung it can cause a pulmonary embolism (PE). There’s no cure for antiphospholipid syndrome, but medications can be effective in reducing your risk of blood clots.
I remember vividly the day I was sitting (very uncomfortably) in my doctor’s office when he looked up from his charts and said, “You know, in all my years of practice, you were the sickest I have ever seen someone. You’re lucky to be alive, in fact, but we’re going to figure this thing out.”
After eight months, I am still on daily injection blood thinners and on the road to recovery.
5) When were you able to get back into your activity? How did it feel that first time?
6) 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...)
8) What is your favorite food? Either generally or after a workout. For me there is nothing better than a Chipotle Burrito...
9) If you could go some place to visit and explore, where would like to go?
10) 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.
Sara - THANK YOU a million times over for sharing your story with us.
Without a doubt you will be back racing in the Clot Buster polka-dots that you make look so good. Thank you for willingness to spread the word about blood clots and blood clotting disorders.
I very much appreciate what you wrote about me on your blog... THANKS!
Here is wishing that you in fact get to see the Rocky Mountains some day. That is a trip that you MUST do.
Thank you for reading,
The Clot Buster