One of our dedicated clients will be hosting a charity ride here at Prime Cycle! On December 3rd we will be raising money for The National Blood Clot Alliance, check out her story below and how you can help.
During a kickball game, I kicked a double, YEY! As I ran the bases it felt like my heart was coming out of my chest. I chalked it up as being out of shape. The next day, I had trouble breathing as I walked to the path station and headed to work. I felt dizzy and by the time I got to my desk the pain in my chest was unbearable. My boss came over and noticed that I was in distress. I saw the company nurse who told me to go see my doctor. I saw my doctor that same day. My doctor gave me muscle relaxers and said it might just be a pulled muscle, but said if the chest pains persisted then I should go to the ER.
The very next day, I was in my apartment alone and could barely talk to my mom over the phone. I was gasping for air. I told her I was fine and luckily she refused to accept my stubbornness and took me to the ER. (Thanks MOM)
Immediately I was given a bed and an IV, once the tests results came back I was rushed to Intensive Care Unit ICU because I had multiple blood clots in my lungs. Blood clots in the lungs are known as a Pulmonary embolism (PE).
According to the Center of Disease Control :
Sudden death is the first symptom in about 25% of people who have a PE.
Up to 30 percent of people will die within one month of being diagnose with PE.
Aprox 900,000 people per year in US are affected by PE/DVT
60,000-100,000 Americans die of PE/DVT each year
I had to fight back tears because at 28 years old I had to face my own mortality. Luckily I was surrounded by a strong team friends and family. I learned about risk factors but I am now dedicated to creating awareness. It is so important that people learn what the symptoms of PE are so that they can be treated immediately. WE CAN SAVE LIVES!
I am hoping to raise awareness about blood clots and the signs you should look out for:
-Shortness of breathe
-Rapid heart beat
-Sharp chest pain
Come help raise awareness for The National Blood Clot Alliance with Kerri here at Prime Cycle on December 3rd at 12! Sign up to cycle for $40 a person, all proceeds go to the NBCA. There will be prizes and raffles giving out after the ride, including ANJ braclets made by Megan Kirkum, free Prime Cycle ride, VIP Wendy William Tickets & SirReal Fashion T-Shirts. Sign up on our website or call the studio to be added in the class!
You can also donate on Kerri's fundraising page! https://www.crowdrise.com/cycle-to-stop-the-clot1