SURVIVOR SPOTLIGHT:CHARMAINE JENSEN 

What do people want to know about me?

There are two important things in life that keeps me going and that is my son Matthew who is soon to be 30 years old (is Autistic and has had challenges in life, but is a blessing) and my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I have been a Christian most of my life. Thank you to my mother for starting me at going to church at a young age, it continued to the present.

The photo below is a picture of my son and I when we took a cruise to the Scugog Islands about 6 years ago.

I have been a survivor most of my life and I have never been the type of person to allow for any challenge in life to hold me back. Yes, I must confess, I like anybody will have my days of frustrations and feel like want to give up. However; there is something inside of me, that tells me that I can never quit!

Now to share with you all what I felt was the most frightening experience in my life. A few days before my DVT, I had been sleeping on the couch for a few weeks and I was quite ill. I honestly felt like I was going to die and so I obviously subconsciously did not want to die alone, earlier on in the day of April 29th, I chose to go into the bedroom to sleep.

On the late evening of April 29, 2012 below my breath, I screamed out to my husband the best that I could; as he was in another room. I was in severe pain in the chest/lungs and starting to have more difficulty with my breathing to the point of losing my breath. My husband immediately rushed into the bedroom and he then called the EMS. When they had arrived, my husband pointed out my lower left leg from knee down to ankle as being a very bright red. He told the EMS that he felt it was DVT and that it was a good thing that he called then, as I was losing consciousness.  The EMS paramedics continued to exam me in the hallway and I was bagged on route to the hospital. I felt very blessed to have had a great team of paramedics; as they stuck around at the hospital until they were certain I was going to be okay and in a room of my own.

Upon arrival at the hospital, I was examined by a team of doctors and nurses. I was sent for a CT, and an ultrasound of my heart and lungs, and a dobbler of both legs.  It was then determined that I had a severe DVT of my left leg from ankle to pelvis (through the heart and into both lungs) a bilateral pulmonary embolism.  A CT scan and an ultrasound of the lungs showed pleurisy and pneumonia, and of the heart a left ventricle dysfunction, a severe tachycardia.

I was admitted into the hospital for 6 weeks, in close observation for three (3) weeks and just over three (3) weeks on a rehabilitation floor.  Two days after being in the hospital, my right lung collapsed and my heart AFib. I was on oxygen for just under two weeks.

The past couple of years have been very difficult for me from not having the proper care from what I have gone through from the DVT and unfortunately, I have been told it is past too many years for most doctors here to be able to assist me.  I had an appointment with an IR doctor last year and I was told by him that I have severe chronic PTS in my DVT leg and neuropathy.  I recently had MRI done on both legs and I arthritis in both joints from the knee down to the feet.  I am however; very lucky to have found a new very good family doctor as of June 15, 2015 and I can only pray that my health condition will not worsen to much more. I am very hopeful and optimistic about this doctor.

Now there is much more to me than just my health!  I am hoping by the time that I turn 60+ that I can go to my local college, take a course and get my diploma as a Mental Health Support Worker and/or possibly a position as a Peer Support Worker in another field that is common to that of an area of a health issues I have experienced and I can support another person.  In preparation for this the past couple of months, I have been taking a few courses i.e. group facilitator course, introduction to peer support worker course, advocacy course and recently got my Mental Health First Aid certificate.

Now I am sure you all would like to know what I do to unwind and/or destress. I will pull out my Corel Paint Shop Pro X9 program on my lap top and will create some graphics and some of you might have already seen my graphics on my Face Book page.  Here below is an example of what I create.

I have gone through challenges which include breast cancer, my DVT in 2012 and then losing my mother in December 2012.  It has only made me want to hold on to life more and I know that there is so much more out there for me.  You know something, GOD has a purpose for me still! 

What I am trying to do now, is to take life one day at a time.  I am hoping for 2017 to be a better year for me at so many different levels.  I am going to remain optimistic, positive and not give up!  Remember I have got friends out there!

I learned about Surviving DVT a Silent Killer nearly two years ago through a nurse in my own community.  I feel very blessed to be a part of Lisa’s Survivor group, as this group has been a tremendous lifesaver and huge source of support for me in so many ways. I plan to stick around for many more years.

– Charmaine Jensen

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One comment

  1. charmainejensen · December 25

    Thank you so much for posting my ‘Survivor Story’ …

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