This probably falls into the category of information that cancer patients would rather not know about. However, if you find yourself either dealing with the aftermath of a blood clot, DVT (deep-vein thrombosis) , or PE (pulmonary thrombosis) or suspecting that you might have one– ignorance is NOT bliss. Any one of these constitutes a life-threatening situation– all require IMMEDIATE medical attention.
What John and I did not understand until he came within minutes of dying from a pulmonary embolism is this: having cancer predisposes you to blood clots. Having cancer and just having had major surgery ups the risk still more. Cancer patients who have had major surgery and recover in the intensive care unit have the added risk factor of being bedbound; they cannot walk or use their leg muscles, which further predisposes the formation of clots.
To learn what we learned through hard experience, about blood clots, IVC filters and the many other decisions of a colon cancer patient’s life that could not (until the publication of this book) be understood except in retrospect– I’ve taken a year of my life to put it all down in an easily accessible format that can be read from your computer, Ipad, Ipod Touch, Blackberry or whatever–- available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3331M
Through reading this chapter, you will become aware that an IVC filter is not always the easy fix it appears to be, and is in fact fraught with its own set of undesirable complications.
One simple question was my guidepost and motivation in writing this book: how can what we learned be helpful to other cancer patients? My sole goal has been to use our experience to lessen the suffering of others who follow in our footsteps. The result is one family’s experience illuminated by years of personal research and contemplation aimed at answering the unanswered questions that our doctors would/could never address.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards the support of the 400 monks, nuns and yogis in the seven Tibetan monasteries of Tulku Orgyen Zangpo Rinpoche, who have devoted their lives towards building the foundation for peace and freedom from suffering for all beings in this world.