Juliet Mock, a 38-year-old registered nurse living in Wisconsin, first learned about venous thromboembolism (VTE) at the age of 14 when she lost her aunt to a pulmonary embolism. It was discovered that her aunt had two genetic risk factors associated with VTE, factor V Leiden and protein c deficiency. Juliet and her immediate family members were tested, and it turned out Juliet also has the same risk factors but was told not to worry until she decided to have children.
In 2008, Juliet had her first born, a daughter. Her newborn baby ended up in the NICU for seven weeks due to an issue with her lungs. While sitting in the NICU for eight to 12 hours per day with her child, Juliet experienced a pain in her leg. Although she knew the symptoms of a blood clot, she didn’t see any visible swelling and pushed the pain aside. One night, Juliet tried to stand up but could not put pressure on her leg. Her husband insisted they see a doctor, and at the hospital a blood clot was discovered in Juliet’s leg.
Fortunately, Juliet and the doctors were able to treat the clot. She has since been on blood thinners and has not experienced another one . “You would think I’d have known better than to ignore the symptoms of VTE since I’m a nurse and take care of patients with blood clots. I was so focused on my child that I wasn’t taking care of myself,” she said.
Today, when she’s not using her experience to educate patients about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of VTE, Juliet focuses on her spouse of 14 years and two children, including her “mini me” daughter, who also has inherited a genetic risk factor for VTE. Juliet is comforted knowing there are so many experts out there identifying the right treatments and care for patients with VTE.