This site is for people with DVT, seeking comfort and information from others who understand from personal experience.
 
HomeHome  FAQFAQ  RegisterRegister  Log in  

Share | 
 

 Appreciate The Life You Are Given...

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
dero
Admin
avatar

Posts : 904
Join date : 2007-12-09
Age : 57
Location : Near Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

PostSubject: Appreciate The Life You Are Given...   Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:28 am

Article that was printed online at www.naftonline.org this Febuary (2010) by/about a good friend of mine.

Appreciate The Life You Are Given

Jassmin Robinson, a 14-year old patient with May-Thurner Syndrome


My name is Jassmin Robinson and I am a 14-year old female from Ohio. I was correctly diagnosed with May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS) on January 1, 2008. MTS is a disease caused when the left iliac vein is compressed by the right iliac artery, increasing the risk of deep vein thrombosis in the left extremity. This is my story:

I was 8 years old when I started having swelling in my leg. As soon as my mom realized that the swelling in my ankle was not going down, she took me to the emergency room. The doctors wrapped my leg in a soft cast and sent me on my way. Slowly swelling continued up my left leg. My mom then took me to Children’s Hospital where I was sent to many different doctors and specialists, none of whom could figure out the problem. Children’s Hospital referred me to Ohio State University Medical Center where we met with a doctor who diagnosed me with Lymphedema. The doctor said that there was nothing I could do about it but wear compression stockings. I would just have to live with it. The doctor told me to have follow-up appointments every three months.

My mom grew tired of not getting any answers as to why I had primary Lymphedema. No one else in my family had it, nor had I experienced a big fall that could have caused the onset. Frustrated, my mom went to see my primary care physician, who referred us to Grant Medical Center. The specialist I saw there decided to do an MRV (Magnetic Resonance Venography) and a venogram. After these tests, the doctor told us that I had something called May-Thurner Syndrome. He said he could perform an angioplasty procedure that would be beneficial. Finally, my Mom and I got the answers we had been looking for. I had my first angioplasty in December 2006 and a second one in June 2007.

Since the angioplasties, I have a follow-up appointment with my vascular surgeon at Grant Medical Center every three months. Each visit, I have venogram and the doctor looks at my leg to make sure everything is going okay. At a follow-up appointment on November 20th of 2008, the doctor found a blood clot in my left internal iliac vein. Right away, I was admitted to Children’s Hospital and started on Heparin, Lovenox, and Coumadin. I was in the hospital for four days. Now I see a Hematologist every two weeks who administers my Coumadin and does my routine blood work.

Since this was my first clot, I was only supposed to be on Coumadin for six months, but my vascular surgeon would like me to stay on it until my follow-up appointment with him in late August of this year. He will be placing a permanent stent in my leg sooner than expected because I have a stenosis. If he doesn’t put a stent in soon to stop the problem from getting worse, I will have to have clot-busting drugs.

This disease has changed me because I now listen to my body. It has made me appreciate my life and the people around me so much, because I know things could be a lot worse. I would never change having this disease; it makes me who I am today and I believe that it makes me a better person.
Back to top Go down
http://www.lifeafterdvt.forumotion.com
theangrydvtguy



Posts : 10
Join date : 2012-10-18

PostSubject: Re: Appreciate The Life You Are Given...   Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:59 am

This makes me feel guilty about being down an myself when this poor girl had to deal all of this when she was 8 years old.
Back to top Go down
dero
Admin
avatar

Posts : 904
Join date : 2007-12-09
Age : 57
Location : Near Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

PostSubject: Re: Appreciate The Life You Are Given...   Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:43 pm

Thing to ALWAYS remember, we are the DVT survivors, many have not made it this far... RIP


Hence, Life Does Go On After DVT... for some of us.
Back to top Go down
http://www.lifeafterdvt.forumotion.com
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Appreciate The Life You Are Given...   

Back to top Go down
 
Appreciate The Life You Are Given...
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Life DOES go on after DVT :: Why does this forum exist??? :: News in the world.-
Jump to: