• Lauren Humphreys

Blood Clot Anniversary

Exactly one year ago, I was admitted into the ICU after a CT scan revealed the unthinkable – a blood clot in my brain. It’s an eerie feeling thinking about that day, and I am very emotional writing this post.

At the time, I was in excruciating head pain and had been for 3 days. Despite the fact that I was somewhat delirious, I vividly remember hearing the words, “you have a blood clot in your brain.” As I was admitted in the ER, I remember crying and feeling overcome with terror and helplessness. Fortunately, Rob was by my side supporting me the entire time and kept his composure. I don’t know what I would have done without my sweet husband. After the initial shock factor, learning that surgery wasn’t required also brought significant relief.

Other than follow-up appointments, 7 months of blood thinners, and occasional headaches, my life pretty much resumed to normal. Despite the cons, this silly blood clot has changed me for the better.

I’ve been a happier and more empathetic person as a result of this experience. I am even more grateful for my health and the overwhelming support I received from family and friends. While I was in the hospital, several doctors told me I was incredibly lucky with the outcome of this situation. The harsh reality is that I could have died or suffered a stroke resulting in serious complications. But I didn’t, and for that I feel so blessed.

Fast forward one year, and so many wonderful memories have been made. I completed my 2 toughest marathons to-date (one because of hills and the other because of high heat). Rob and I recently purchased a new house and have a pending offer on our current house. I will be posting about this soon! I will also be starting grad school in the fall! There are still many unknowns, including the root cause and long-term consequences, but I intend to continue to live my best life. With that, here are some wise words I try to live by:

  • Push limits.

  • Never underestimate yourself.

  • Forgive more.

  • Worry less.

  • Spend time outside.

  • Nourish your body.

  • Be kind.

  • Celebrate often.

  • Do what makes you happy.

  • Most importantly, love more.

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