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Friday, November 11, 2022

November Athlete of the Month

BLOOD CLOT SURVIVORS CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

Let me repeat...

BLOOD CLOT SURVIVORS CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone on @TeamSTOPTHECLOT who participated and crushed the NYC Marathon this weekend.

What an inspiring day!

It looked to be an amazing day for everyone involved.

#STOPTHECLOT had their very own cheering section along the course which I am sure was rocking and helped the runners out there get after the finish.

Almost 10 years since the time I ran the NYC Marathon and I can still remember all of it. It is truly an experience that you will never forget. But the experience is even better because @TeamSTOPTHECLOT was in their polka-dots representing a cause that is making a difference.

THANK YOU to everyone in the team for your efforts in fundraising but also in your efforts to complete the marathon.

Over the past several months we have been celebrating members of the 2022 @TeamSTOPTHECLOT with a post on this blog. Since we had our biggest crew to date I have some amazing stories to share so please come along to meet another member of the team.

Please allow me to introduce to you ALEX. She has certainly an incredible story that you will want to read. I am truly amazed... and inspired by what Blood Clot Survivors CAN DO!

If you are willing and able you can still donate to Alex's Fundraising Effort by using the following link >>> https://donate.stoptheclot.org/fundraiser/3858591

My Story...


I dedicated nearly a decade trying to become the best version of myself in the sport of rowing, and in my final year of training toward my goal of making the Olympic team I developed a blood clot in my left shoulder. Ten pushups during a pre-practice warmup left my arm swollen, achy and purple. I consulted with the team doctor, who suspected I was dealing with a clot, and got myself to the ER immediately. 

A few tests later and the staff was able to confirm that I had developed a sizeable clot in my sub-clavean vein due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Years and years of impingement between my clavicle, first rib and over-used muscle had formed scare tissue that had ultimately closed off my vein.

I spent the next three days alone in the hospital, during the height of the pandemic, including a full 24 hours in the ICU with a 14-inch catheter in my arm that dripped clot-busting medicine into my vein. I returned just four days later to have my first rib surgically removed to free up space in that thoracic outlet region and to prevent the same type of clot from forming again. 

I was lucky enough to have a great team of loved ones, coaches and PT's who helped expedite my recovery process. I was on the spin bike three days after surgery and back in a boat just 12 weeks after surgery. Needless to say my goal of making the Olympic team had been significantly impacted by this untimely challenge, but it was important to me to see my journey through to it's end in whatever way I could - so I set a new goal: get healthy enough to compete at Olympic trials. I am extremely proud and grateful to say that I was able to reach that goal and race a pretty courageous regatta with my double's partner.

I consider my experience a lucky one for a number of reasons, but most notably, I could not have had a better support system. I had a team of doctors and friends within my rowing and personal communities who knew exactly what was happening from the very beginning and as a result my treatment timeline was as stream-lined as possible. Additionally, I was lucky enough to know two other athletes in my sport who had gone through the exact same thing. They were both incredibly helpful through the entire process and made it all a little less scary.

This leads me to why I am so excited about supporting the National Blood Clot Alliance! They have a mission 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. I had great care after the major symptoms developed, but I have since learned that there were many indicators that I missed that could have helped to identify the clot in an earlier stage. With that said, not all clots are the same and not every person has access to the resources they need to deal with them. I am really humbled by the opportunity to help build community and awareness around this issue so that more clot stories can end safely and positively.

Thank you for your support!

How about that?!?!?

A Blood Clot Survivor at the Olympic Trials for rowing... THAT IS AMAZING.

I would love to learn how to row someday... It looks so elegant and fluid... 

But again, the tenacity and dedication to overcome a set back like blood clots to return to the Olympic trials and try again is simply unreal.

NEVER STOP trying ALEX. 

Thank you for the inspiration to never ever give up!

Get inspired! You can do this!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

Friday, October 14, 2022

October Athlete of the Month

Here comes the fall!

Can you believe it?

I was just outside doing one my long runs in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon at the end October in the beloved CLOT BUSTER @TeamSTOPTHECLOT polka-dots. As I was running all around I saw all of the trees changing colors and leaves falling all over the place. Are you ready? Although the colors are beautiful saying goodbye to the summer takes me a while... 

However, inspiration comes on strong at this time of the year because World Thrombosis Day happens on 10/13 and STOPTHECLOT.org always has an event to celebrate this massive day of awareness around the world. 

Are you going to run between 10/13 and 10/17 in the "RACE TO STOP THE CLOT Virtual Fun"? Register here >>> https://bit.ly/nbcarace COME ON RUN WITH US!!!

Also, inspiration comes in the form of @TeamSTOPTHECLOT getting ready to run in the upcoming NYC Marathon. This year we have our largest group of Blood Clot Survivors and Friends taking on this incredible race while they spread awareness about NBCA's mission. I can't believe how many people we have running this year. Very proud and inspired to see this effort grow as much as it has since our first go back in 2013.

Back in August you got read about DAVID - https://clot-buster-triathlete.blogspot.com/2022/08/august-athlete-of-month.html He is keeping us his training and he will be ready to crush it come Marathon Time. You can also see his fundraising page HERE.

So for this month's Athlete of the Month post I wanted to highlighted another runner in the team.

ASHLEY is Blood Clot Survivor and nothing is getting in her way to keep breaking down barriers. 

Please read on to learn more about Ashley and her journey...

In December of 2013, I decided to join a local gym after just moving to a new area, and spent a lot of time doing group classes and walking on the treadmill. One day while I was walking, I looked down and noticed some swelling in my lower left leg. I figured the swelling was just from the exercise, but I would soon find out that I was wrong.

A few weeks had passed, and I noticed the swelling was still there. I convinced myself it wasn’t serious and that it was just a lingering side effect of the exercise. I mentioned these symptoms to my mom and she immediately went into “mom mode” and begged me to call my doctor…so I did. Since the swelling was in my left leg, the doctors thought it could have been something to do with my heart and had me come in right away. I saw the first person that was available who wasn’t even my doctor, and after a brief line of questioning, they sent me in for an ultrasound on my legs. I was sure this was overkill and that everything would come back clear, but I was wrong again.

The doctors made me wait for the ultrasound results before I could go home, and the results that were read to me changed my life forever. The ultrasound indicated superficial clots in my left leg, (inflamed veins due to a blood clot just below the surface of the skin). This was all foreign to me, as blood clots were something I knew nothing about until that day. Luckily, the clots were on the surface and this didn’t seem to be too serious – but since I was a healthy 24 year old they wanted to figure out what risk factors may have lead to this. I was sent down to the phlebotomy lab where they drew several vials of blood, and a few days later the results showed I had factor V Leiden, a blood clotting disorder.

I was referred to a cardiologist in Boston and embarked on a 6-month-long journey full of tests and countless doctors appointments. During this period, I received an MRI which revealed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in both of my legs. I spent months on injected anticoagulants, and was now a 25 year old sporting compression stockings on a daily basis – all from something I didn’t know existed 6 months prior.

Once I was given the green light, I began exercising again. I trained for my first, and what I thought would be my my last, 5k! I told myself I would do just one small race to prove to myself that I could complete a race after my diagnosis; and here I am - 7 years later having run numerous 5ks, a handful of 10ks and half marathons, and the 2021 Boston Marathon all under my belt! This goes to show that blood clot survivors can do anything!

THANK YOU ASHLEY for being a part of the team this year.

BLOOD CLOT SURVIVORS CAN DO ANYTHING.

NEVER STOP GOING FORWARD!

So glad that you have been able to recover and continue to push your efforts from a 5Ks all the way to Marathons... SO IMPRESSIVE.

If you would like to donate to Ashley's Fundraising Efforts please do so HERE.

Get inspired to run, to represent, to celebrate and to spread awareness.

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

Friday, September 16, 2022

September Athlete of the Month

Wow...

Sorry about the delay in getting this post going this month.

Somehow the month of September started and got away from me. I don't even know how I lost track of time... maybe all of the training miles I am doing in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October is taking its toll on my brain's capacity to keep up... I mean the legs and body are sore and tired along with the mind... 

But, just like Blood Clot Survivors we will overcome and keep going on day at the time counting the small victories along the way.

Speaking of victories...

How about SERENA WILLIAMS and her performance at the US Open? 

BLOOD CLOT SURVIVORS CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

She is an inspiration for sure. 

Yes, she did not win the whole tournament but as she is facing the twilight of her professional tennis career she delivered some captivating victories that are worth appreciating.

That is what being a survivor is all about. That is what the stories I have been sharing for almost 15 years of this blog are all about... 

Doing what you can! 

Appreciating the small progress or victories along the way that may eventually lead to bigger success!

Overcoming the challenges.

Doing what you can the best that your body will allow you to as you recover.

There is not much else to say about Serena's career that has not been said... She does need to someday plan on wearing some CLOT BUSTER @TeamSTOPTHECLOT polka-dots to truly wrap up and put a nice bow on top of all of her accomplishments.

Many years ago when news came out about her diagnosis I of course had a post about her celebrating that she is a BLOOD CLOT SURVIVOR... https://clot-buster-triathlete.blogspot.com/2011/03/march-athlete-of-month.html

Since this may be the end of her professional tennis career I think that it would nice to dedicate September's Athlete of the Month in 2022 to her. May she go on and continue to be a force for inspiration and good for all of us. It will be fascinating to see what she will do next and the success that she will have along the way.

BLOOD CLOT SURVIVORS CAN DO ANYTHING!

Thank you for reading, 

The Clot Buster

My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 100th Triathlon Finish !!!
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