By Dee Davis
“I became very short of breath in March 2013. My primary care physician sent me to a cardiologist in Conyers. I was told I should see a pulmonologist, which I did. After several months of seeing one, then the other, the cardiologist sent me to another cardiologist in Atlanta. She took one look at me and sent me to the hospital. I was immediately given a chest X-ray, which revealed that both of my lungs were filled with blood clots. I was told by several physicians that they had never saw anyone live with that many clots in their lungs. I was hooked to a machine that gave me a blood thinner. The clots began to dissolve, however, I was left with permanent clots in my lungs. Hence the CTEPH.
I was put on very expensive medicine, which I take three times a day. My hope is that I can continue to take care of myself and be as healthy as I am five years later. I travel quite a lot, visiting my three children and my very precious and special grandchildren. I thank God for giving me my wonderful doctors and the meds I take.”