The moment I was told I had blood clots in my leg, I remember crying uncontrollably on the hospital bed. I was so scared that I’d have to give up running and I’d never be able to toe the line again. I started running properly when I was 11. It’s brought such value to my life. I’ve met so many friends along the way, visited loads of places, won a few big races, failed lots and recently been injured more days than I can actually train! But I’ll never give it up, its in my blood (lol). This experience has made me realise that I love running even more than I thought I did, if that’s even possible! I’m thankful that I’ve done athletics for 13 years because I know my body and I listen to it. Because I wouldn’t be here today if I hadn’t acted as quickly as I did.
So what are the main causes of a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)? Age, usually over 65s are more likely to develop one. Being immobile, pregnancy and obesity are some of the main causes. It’s safe to say that I don’t fit the usual criteria of getting a DVT. Which is why I struggled to find any information about blood clots in younger people especially younger individuals who exercise! I’ve asked all the experts, can I run? can I do weight training? And it’s still a grey area. I can run but not too much, I can run fast but not exert myself. It’s trial and error. I won’t be the last person of my age to be diagnosed with a DVT and I want to help spread the word and awareness of Deep Vein Thrombosis. I will be talking all about, running, working, compression socks, racing, how to make wearing one sock fashionable (A tough challenge), appointments, fears, everything about my life will be discussed. I will be honest, and I’ll share all the details but I’ll try and make it fun! So please read, enjoy and share! It could make a difference to someone’s life.