Writing down an experience and sharing it with others can be therapeutic, as can reading about how other patients have handled their challenges.


Every patient has a story and NATF invites you to share yours. We would love for you to continue your Patient Perspective!

Newest Patient Stories Articles


On October 26, 2022, I went downstairs to my basement and felt a heaviness in my chest. I reached the bottom step and I felt like I had just run…
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Dennis B.

“A Threatening Run” by Dennis B. What is this a picture of? Those of us that run with smart watches such as an Apple iWatch will recognize it as the…
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Steve T.

It was a warm Saturday in mid-June when Steve noticed that something was “off.” As an avid athlete, he’d spent years participating in triathlons – multisport races that incorporate biking,…
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March 15, 2015 is a date that probably doesn’t stand out to most of us – but Jared remembers that day clearly. It was the day he was hospitalized with…
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Joelle and Matthew

In the spring of 2001, Matthew Hochman felt some unusual pain in his right calf. As an avid basketball player, he thought he’d pulled a muscle during a game. “My…
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Melissa H.

In the winter of 2007, Melissa Hogan woke up with a swollen leg and ankle. As a healthy 24-year-old, she had no idea what was causing the swelling. At her…
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Brenda is a dedicated mother and hardworking professional that experienced a deep vein thrombosis (DVT or a blood clot in the leg) after surgery. She attends NATF’s in-person blood clot…
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Sam R.

Sam, an athletic 21 year-old, experienced her blood clots while studying at Colby College in Maine. Inspired by her experience, she is interning this summer at the Thrombosis Research Group…
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Steve Brenner passed away from a pulmonary embolism in August of 2016. His wife, Michele Brenner, shares his story: My husband, Steve Brenner, died of a massive pulmonary embolism on…
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  Peter is an avid athlete, who enjoys swimming and running, a family man, and a professional. After experiencing a PE, he found himself with a lot of questions about…
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Bart Coyne, a heart transplant patient, experienced deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in April 2017. Here is his story about how a positive attitude and the support…
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Melissa S.

Melissa is a mother to two beautiful children, a loving wife, and a dedicated professional. After experiencing a stroke, SCAD, and pulmonary embolism (PE), Melissa became a regular attendee of…
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