For me it is truly a privilege to be a part of this community of individuals that, in some instances, come face to face with their own mortality and (thankfully) more often than not they can walk away from their clotting incident and start their very own come back story. From this platform I get to share with all of you the news of the troubles of the clotting incident but also the process of coming out of the "recovery maze" which can vary from person to person.
I am thrilled to be doing this but at the same time I wish that I did not have to because then it would mean that we have no blood clotting incidents and no blood clotting disorders...
But unfortunately that is not the reality and because of that I will continue to share the stories that come way so that the experiences of others can guide some out of their own recovery maze...
The text that you will find below I received from an email early in January TIM PETERS a clot survivor who is searching and looking for the way out of his maze and I am more than happy to share his information for all to read... THANK YOU TIM FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO SHARE!
Below is the story of my recent diagnoses of my first DVT/PE event. I am a 49 year old husband and father of two daughters, during my time on this great planet of ours I have had 10 surgeries, 3 from two separate head trauma injuries, 4 for defects to my feet from having a disease called Charcot Marie Tooth and 3 other miscellaneous procedures. As you can tell I have spent my fare share of time in the ER and hospital beds. A good sense of humor I found was important in getting through and recovering from these events. I also never let any of this stop me from being highly active. In my youth I raced motocross and cross country motorcycles and have been racing mountain bikes and cyclecross bicycles since 1995. I stopped the bicycle racing for a few years but this was my year back and for the most part was going well until a few weeks ago.
Thank you Tim's sister (the doctor) for providing the guidance needed to get Tim seen and saved from his clotting incident.
Well Tim certainly you can and WILL kick my butt any day on the bike. I know that you will be throwing down on two wheels as soon as this freezer time ends and we are all able to shed some layers. But the only layer you will have then will be your very own CLOT BUSTER STOPTHECLOT.org polka-dot jersey for sure. Here is hoping that we get to share a ride together someday!
THANK YOU once more for your willingness to share your story. WONDERFUL to read the positive outlook you have which can indeed be a catalyst to keep you going. Over the fall and winter you walked... coming spring you will be riding again!
Thanks for reading,
The Clot Buster