Later that evening she thought she must have pulled a muscle in her shoulder… in fact this was the start of an agonising twelve months.
Despite trauma and loss, Jenny’s message is inspiring, “Stay strong, listen to your body, express your feelings and get the support needed to get through this! We can do it together!”
I began a new exciting career, training to become a pharmacy technician. All the years of studies finally paid off I was experiencing my prime of life.
I finished work on a Friday feeling good, grabbed a bottle of wine and headed home to relax. Later that evening I thought I must have pulled a muscle in my shoulder but as the hours passed the pain increasingly intensified and now I was experiencing a horrific sharp stabbing pain in my lower left abdomen & upper right abdomen every time I sneezed, coughed or laughed. I took pain relief and went to bed. Two and a half days passed and I was hunched over from all the pain but I just continued my day as usual until I felt faint. I quickly lay myself on the floor and I passed out.
I was diagnosed with bilateral Pulmonary Embolism (PE), unprovoked and so severe my left lung collapsed putting strain on my heart. I was then informed that I defied the odds of surviving due to the severity of the clots and also the amount of time I spent ignoring these symptoms.