Melanie Bloom: Every
year in our nation there are two million people
who suffer from deep vein thrombosis and out of
that, approximately 300,000 people die from DVT,
which is more than AIDS and breast cancer
combined. You can talk to anybody and they know
about HIV prevention and breast cancer
awareness, but you mention DVT and people say,
“Huh?” just like I did. It is just a
little known condition that wreaks havoc with
people's lives and we are really trying to get
people to find out about DVT, and not in the way
my daughters and I did. We do not want
another family to suffer from something that can
Gary Barg: You mentioned the
Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis. I
think you are doing tremendous work. Can
you tell us how we can get involved, what else
the coalition is doing?
Melanie Bloom: We are
always welcoming members. We now have 70
members of medical societies, hospital
organizations, everything from the ACCP to the
society of hospitals, ACA Group, and Leapfrog;
and so there is a wonderful membership that we
enjoy. Our Web site is also interactive,
so there are places on there where people can
write in their own stories about DVT.
Gary Barg: Melanie, what
would be the one most important piece of advice
you would like to leave family caregivers with?
Melanie Bloom: That is a
really great question. I have two answers,
because one speaks to the personal side, which
is to cherish the time you do have with those
you are caring for because life is fleeting.
And the other would be (putting on my DVT
awareness hat), to just remind people that DVT
will take 300,000 lives this year and yet you,
with simple measures and awareness, can prevent
that from happening to those for whom you care.
Learn more and be proactive with your healthcare
and the healthcare of those for whom you care.