11, 2004 changed my life forever when my 36 year old daughter,
Tiffany died as a probable result of Deep
Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
– a blood clot.
Days after her untimely and unexpected death, I searched the
internet frantically looking for answers: Who could I talk to?
How could such a thing happen? What symptoms should we have
seen? How could Tiffany’s death have been prevented? Where
does a grieving mother turn for support?
As days turned into weeks, God sent an angel, by way of Mayo
Clinic. Patrick Stewart tried to help me make sense of the tragedy.
He told me of the many blood clot fatalities occurring each
year. Yet, he knew of no national organizations or support groups
I heard him, but I wasn’t listening. One thing I did know
for sure though, I didn’t want another family to go through
what our family had just experienced. The loss of such a vibrant,
loving and beautiful life!
Two weeks after Tiffany’s death, my father was taken to
the hospital with unidentified bleeding. Dad was given two pints
of blood. As my research continued, I discovered that after
a blood transfusion, if the blood given to a patient didn’t
mix and match the recipient’s blood, it could cause serious
complications. I took the article to my father and explained,
if he experienced any of the symptoms listed, let someone know
immediately. “Janet my leg hurts really bad,” Dad
said. He pulled up his pants leg and his ankle appeared to be
swollen the size of a baby elephant’s ankle. My sisters
and I took him to the hospital. After thorough examination,
the doctor told us, Dad made it just in time. There was a blood
clot lodged near his heart cavity, and another traveling to
Even as I reflect on past years, I remember my mother being
rushed back to the hospital a week after her release due to
complications from a blood clot. Fortunately, my parents survived
the deadly grip of this silent killer –– my daughter
As more and more stories began to unfold about people being
diagnosed and dying of blood clots, May 2005, I finally heard
and received Patrick’s observation and accepted my charge
to do something to make a difference.
Project Tiffany was established April 2006 to advance the education,
support and advocacy of deep vein thrombosis (DVT);
as well as increase the life chances for those with the condition.
When I put things in perspective, blood clots are much like
the adversary. What does the adversary do,
he’s sneaky, and he comes to kill, steal and destroy!
But I got a news flash –
Not again – not on my watch!!!
I encourage you to read on. Be informed!
your family's health history.
You and your loved ones' lives could depend on it!
us in speading the word about this deadly condition
and Stop DVT in its Tracks Now!