PAD Personal Stories
Facing PAD can be a daunting task. You have every reason to be hopeful and positive about your outlook.
You’re in good company: hear from other patients sharing their experience with PAD.
“It’s important to ask questions, get a second opinion and do whatever you can to save your limb. A diagnosis like that doesn’t end your life but challenges you to do more with your life.” Read Frank's story.
“To me, it was something I had to deal with as a result of the heart attack, but I had no idea how prevalent it was or how dangerous it could be.” Read Bernie's story.
“You need to do everything your doctor tells you to, but doctors or a pill can’t do everything. You need to trust your gut and learn as much as you can.” Read Cheryl's story.
“I’m a retired librarian with a postgraduate education and it took me a while to realize that I couldn’t rely on my doctors to just take care of my condition. I learned to look at it a little bit differently.” Read Teri's story.
“I want people to know that being diagnosed with PAD is not a death sentence if you decide you’re going to take steps to control it.” Read Steve's story.
“Even though I knew about PAD, I didn’t recognize the symptoms and didn’t realize it was hereditary. I didn’t put two and two together.” Read J.B.'s story.
“I remember being scared when I realized how serious this was, and more scared when I saw that it could lead to amputation." Read Lynn's story.
“The primary thing the diagnosis did was it made me feel empowered. I started getting tests and pressure readings every six months to monitor circulation in the legs. It’s made all the difference.” Read Frank's story.
“You have to continue to walk and walk, stop and rest, and then push on again. It’s a struggle that you have to push through and keep going the best that you can.” Read Conway's story.