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After I was diagnosed with right leg deep vein thrombosis, I was on bed rest for 3 months. I had no knowledge of my condition because I didn’t know anyone personally who had blood clots, especially at a young age. As time went on, every day felt the same. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get better, and my life felt like it was over. I couldn’t play soccer, and I had to drop all of my college courses.

Life seemed to be at a standstill. I got to a point where I couldn’t sleep. Some days, I didn’t know if I was going to wake up the next day or not. I had too much anxiety and I couldn’t begin to understand why this happened to me. I was trying to make it through what felt like a dark tunnel.

Over time, I was so thankful to get back to living a normal life. I became well again with some new life adjustments to keep me healthy. After my experience with right leg deep vein thrombosis, I started to do research about the condition.

After all that I've been through mentally, physically, and emotionally, I started writing and sharing my experiences of living with DVT and about DVT. For 3 months, I felt all alone not knowing that many people have blood clots, even young people. I never want anyone to feel or think that they're alone. DVT is a condition that was a part of my life. I love connecting with other people who can relate to me because it gives me hope and others who have similar struggles. Everyone's experience is different.

Support groups are so amazing because it’s uplifting to know that you're not alone in this world and the amount of knowledge we can learn from one another. It is also OK to reach out to people who are going through what you are going through, and it’s easier to talk to them because they can physically, mentally, and emotionally understand what you feel. Support groups will remind you that you’re not alone as much as you think you are.

I started to see life so differently after having a blood clot in my leg and being on bed rest for 3 months. I was only 19 years old, but I learned that you should always value life and take nothing for granted.



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Caroline Kelly

Caroline Kelly

Diagnosed since 2007

Caroline Kelly was first diagnosed with DVT 2007. She has had two recurrences since then and has been on blood thinners for the past 10 years. She is passionate about print modeling and fashion shows and enjoys playing soccer and watching basketball.

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