Personally we have a significant change with the addition of our 3rd child... Certainly we are VERY FORTUNATE and doing are best to figure out our new family dynamics now that the parents are our numbered.
It is not too difficult when you have a face like this to look at...
Soon enough I hope to be able to get this little on in CLOT BUSTER #StopTheClot polka-dots... probably next up we will have "performance polka-dot oncies..."
So we have reached February 2016 already... don't ask me how we got here so fast. It seems like yesterday when I was just finishing up the January post of these series.
Since the last January post a lot of things are coming together for our world of spreading the word about blood clots and to celebrate blood clot survivors. Coming up very soon we have a couple of events in which blood clot survivors are getting the word out... Please take some time to check this out...
50kaday.run >>> Blood Clot Survivor attempting a Guinness World Record... Simply Amazing CHECK IT OUT!
http://www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com/ >>> Blood Clot Survivor working the NBCA - STOPTHECLOT.org booth to spread awareness and then also participating in the event to show all that Blood Clot Survivors CAN DO ANYTHING!
Speaking of Blood Clot Survivors the world of social media continues to bring us all together and allows me to meet more individuals that are overcoming the challenges from blood clots and simply going on to be an inspiration not only to me but to many people out there who are looking to battle the challenges of their own clotting episodes...
This month I would like to share with you the story that was shared with me from a clot survivor whose name is TEAGAN ANDREWS. I am Thankful that Teagan was willing to share her story with us so that we can learn more about her challenges and how she was able to overcome them.
Please read on and be inspired...
" 1) What is you sport/activity of choice? Why do you enjoy it?
Running is definitely my sport of choice! When I was recovering from my PE and couldn't run, I took up swimming and cycling, but given the choice I will always choose running. It’s fun, it's social, I get to see beautiful places, I guess the only down side is the laundry : )
2) How did you get started in that sport?
I started running when I was 19, just to relieve stress in college. I joined the track team my senior year and truly fell in love with running
4) Tell about your clotting episode. Are you on blood thinners now? How long were you out of commission?
In 2011, shortly after my 26th birthday, I noticed that it hurt to take a full breath. I thought that I pulled a muscle in my ribs or something but it got progressively worse over the next couple of absolutely miserable days. I had no appetite, was in a ton of pain, couldn’t sleep, and generally just felt off. After three days of this I went in to my PCP who ordered a chest x-ray, where he noticed that I had fluid in my lungs. He sent me to get a CT scan immediately. That CT scan was maybe the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life. Trying to breathe while lying down was pretty much torture. After the CT scan, I was waiting there for the results (happy to be upright), when the person who reviewed the results came in with oxygen for me and said that they ordered an ambulance as I had “an impressive number” of blood clots in both of my lungs and also infarctions. So. . .I got an ambulance trip (first one ever! Very exciting.)
I would also encourage them to take up a new sport. It helped me SO MUCH to learn something new so that I could see tangible progress forward toward goals. I did triathlons for the first couple of years after my PE’s instead of running. This new sport enabled me to set PR’s for which I really had no context, and kept me pretty distracted from how long it was taking to get back into running.
And finally, I would say, be open with the important people in your life about what you’re going through. They want to be there for you, just like you want to be there for them when they go through difficult times."
TEAGAN's story is a clear example that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE for Blood Clot Survivors. So much so that she is even breaking down her own barriers by getting much faster and achieving many personal bests.
There is a great deal of hope for anyone who is a survivor of blood clots and by reading stories like Teagan's they can certainly start their road to recovery.
Never stop doing what you love. There is hope for everyone!
Thank you for reading,
The Clot Buster