Thrilled to celebrate birthday after blood clot
JO Stitt was not sure if she would make it to her 38th birthday.
The born and bred Gladstone woman had a blood clot in her right lung in March this year.
After she experienced sharp stabbing pains on her right side around to her shoulder she knew something was wrong and went to the Gladstone hospital.
"It was really scary and a big shock," she said. "It (the blood clot) was covering my whole right lung and covering the arteries to my heart."
She was told it was "lucky" she arrived at the hospital at that time.
For six weeks she experienced lung infections and other health problems which related to the blood clot.
The mother of two was on blood thinning injections and medications and underwent regular blood tests.
"Now they've all come back negative and I haven't been on the medication for a couple of months," she said.
She and 15 friends gathered on Saturday, August 30 at the Harvey Rd Tavern to celebrate her birthday.
"It was my 38th so we all just went out to celebrate," she said. "Life's just too short."
Since March she has also lost 41kg - and the past six weeks she has had a personal trainer.
The group had dinner at the Harvey Rd Tavern, before making their way to the public bar, then to Diceys and finished up at the Gladstone Reef Hotel.
"It was probably my first time going out in two and a half years," she said.