I was 18 years old with a stabbing, cramping pain in my left calf. I had no idea what was wrong but my gut instinct told me I needed to drive home from college, to the people who would care most for me if all hell was breaking loose in my body. Turns out, I was right. A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) blood clot had formed throughout my entire left leg.
I was told that I have two predispositions called Factor V Leiden and the prothrombin mutation, which made my body more likely to form a clot. I had been taking birth control pills for years but had recently switched prescriptions. The new pill, plus my genetic predispositions created the perfect storm of factors that led to the deep vein thrombosis in my leg—which would change my life forever.