Local blood clot survivor speaks out to raise awareness

Sherri Miller is a mother, daughter, wife, and blood clot survivor.
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Published: Jun. 26, 2022 at 12:03 AM EDT
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(WBNG) -- Sherri Miller is a mother, daughter, wife, and blood clot survivor.

“I’ve actually had two blood clots seven months ago when I gave birth do my daughter. Come to find out, it was from the IV from when I was being induced. A couple weeks later, I had pain in the middle of my arm and it went up and traveled into the upper part of my arm. I knew something wasn’t right because it was red and it was warm,” Sherri said.

Which is when she knew it was time to take action.

“I had an ultrasound done and come to find out I had a superficial blood clot in my vein.”

Then, weeks later in December, news of a second blood clot - a Pulmonary Embolism in one of Sherri’s lungs.

“I had a rapid heart rate and I had upper back pain. I didn’t have shortness of breath, but that’s usually a sign of a Pulmonary Embolism. Chess heaviness and shortness of breath; I didn’t have any of those, but I did have a rapid heart rate and when I was in the emergency room, they picked up on it.”

Sherri said looking back, she didn’t consider the possibility of blood clot risks because she never had issues of them in the past.

Now, she’s sounding the alarm.

“There are a lot of risks that cause blood clots; Immobilization, dehydration, obesity, pregnancy, major surgeries and things like that.”

Other risks include birth control and hormone replacement therapy that contains estrogen, trauma - particularly when the vein is injured - smoking, and family history of blood clots.

Signs that could mean you have a blood clot include swelling, leg or arm pain, red or blue skin discoloration, leg or arm warm to the touch, shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heart rate, and unexplained coughing - sometimes with bloody mucus.

“Don’t ignore any pain,” Sherri said. “If you feel kind of like a weird sensation, don’t ignore it because blood clots do take a lot of lives and that’s the reason why blood clots take a lot of lives - because a lot of people tend to ignore their symptoms.”

According to the National Blood Clot Alliance, on average, one American dies of a blood clot every six minutes.

If you want to earn more about Sherri’s mission or story, she’ll be at the Conklin Fair in July 14 to continue sharing her story and spreading awareness of the dangers of blood clots.

Those looking for more information can contact Sherri at 607-727-1154.

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