In late summer of 2018, at the age of sixteen, I was diagnosed with a vascular condition known as May Thurner Syndrome, complicated by blood clots in the deep veins of my left leg, pelvis, abdomen and lungs. On a Sunday night in late August, I developed a sharp pain radiating from my abdomen down my left thigh spreading to my calf. I realized that my entire left leg was swollen. Following multiple tests in the Emergency Department, the blood clots were identified. With the help of Dr. Powell’s vascular surgery team , Dr. Madrid’s hematology team, and the PICU team at Dartmouth, four operations over the course of eight days led to the removal of most of the clot, re-establishing blood flow in my veins.
My life has changed significantly over the last fifteen months. I am now chronically anticoagulated with a blood thinner. Blood tests and hospital visits are a regular part of my life as I am at risk for developing another blood clot. I wear a black compression stocking on my left leg at all times, which helps to promote blood flow in my left leg. This is why I have named this fund raising effort the Black Sock Foundation.
I can’t thank my friends and family enough for helping me manage this new diagnosis. I would like to give back to the staff and physicians at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth who helped me address this challenging medical problem. I have created a “Black Sock” patch with the design of the compression stocking that I wear every day, and as a fund raising effort, I plan on selling the patch for $1 throughout the community, and donating all the proceeds to CHAD Pediatric Hematology. I wish to spread awareness of May Thurner Syndrome and the problem of pediatric blood clotting disorders, and help fund efforts to manage these life altering conditions.
Thank you very much for visiting my Hearts in Action fundraising page and considering a donation to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD)! A one to five dollar donation would be greatly