Real Stories from People living with DVT
Caitlin Augustine's Story
“My name is Caitlin Augustine. I was diagnosed with a DVT when I was 18 years old during my freshman year of college. I actually had started noticing my symptoms when I was about 12 years old and having chronic pelvic pain, but because of my age they dismissed it as ovarian issues and immediately put me on birth control. After a routine tonsillectomy I was home on bed rest for about a week. About 2 weeks prior to my official diagnosis, I started experiencing pain that felt like a pulled muscle. When it started radiating down my leg doctors dismissed it as sciatica. Eventually the pain was so intense that I was unable to get out of bed. It felt like the lower left side of my body was on fire. My parents told me we really needed to get to the doctor.
“We learned that it was DVT. At the time we had no idea what that meant. It was like a foreign language to us. The doctors had me on blood thinners but they didn't know if I would make it through the night. It was a tough time for my family and me. It was a relief to finally educate myself and find out all the information about DVT. I think that's when the healing process truly started. Knowing that DVT was something I would have to live with for the rest of my life, but it was manageable. As long as I'm alive that's all that matters.”
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