Luckily, Mary Kay spoke up about the fact that “something
didn’t feel quite right.”
“I felt like if I hadn’t told my medical team, it would have
been overlooked,” she shares. “If you feel like something is
not right, you need to get it checked out.”
Mary Kay was in the hospital a total of 12 days due to
her foot surgery, DVT and PE, in addition to her delivery.
At the same time, their newborn daughter was also in the
hospital recovering from surgery for hydrocephalus, which
doctors determined was a result of a hemorrhage stroke she
suffered during her development.
After her discharge from the hospital, Mary Kay
describes it as a “chaotic time” with a newborn baby who
was recovering from a serious medical condition, coupled
with doctor appointments to treat and understand her blood
clots. She was prescribed blood thinners for six months and
began wearing compression stockings.
Today, Mary Kay and her family live a happy, healthy
life. But blood clots are still always top of mind for Mary
Kay. Whenever a friend or loved one presents potential
symptoms, she always encourages them to listen to their
body and seek prompt medical attention.
In addition to her awareness work for blood clots,
Mary Kay is a strong advocate and leader for pediatric
stroke, which her baby daughter experienced all those
years ago. She founded the International Alliance for
Pediatric Stroke (IAPS) in 2013 and now travels the
world to educate the public about the dangers of pediatric
stroke. Her now 18-year-old daughter Michelle is healthy
and works alongside her mother to raise awareness about
Looking back on that stressful time in her life, Mary Kay
shares that it helped her to become an advocate for her own
health—a lesson she always reminds others.
“Always listen to your body and ask questions,” she says.
“If something doesn’t feel right, tell your doctor.”
symptoms, Mary Kay always encourages them to listen
to their body and seek prompt medical attention.
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