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Stories from patients, family, friends and Mayo Clinic staff

Dec 14, 2018

Spinal Cord Stimulator Sparks a Pain-Free Journey to Better Health

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After years of chronic back pain, Guy Gottschalk was not optimistic that he would ever find relief. But a visit to Mayo Clinic not only significantly reduced his pain, it gave him the motivation to make important lifestyle changes that dramatically improved his health. [...]
Spinal Cord Stimulator Sparks a Pain-Free Journey to Better Health
Dec 12, 2018

New Liver, New Outlook

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Brian Gurule learned that a rare disease was the reason for his liver failure, he realized it was a race against time to find a medical center where he could get a transplant. At Mayo Clinic, he received the care he needed to give him a fighting chance. [...]
New Liver, New Outlook
Dec 10, 2018

Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
  When Nicole Eisenmann and Mike Loggie became engaged, they held out hope for a dream wedding. When that day was repeatedly postponed due to Nicole's lengthy cancer treatment, the couple decided to stop planning and embrace the present instead. [...]
Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring
Dec 7, 2018

Feeling Fantastic After Heart Valve Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When James Tembrock was told he needed surgery to replace his aortic valve, he wanted to find a medical center where he could have the procedure done using a minimally invasive approach. That search led James to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. [...]
Feeling Fantastic After Heart Valve Surgery
Dec 5, 2018

Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

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Michelle Griffis battled debilitating headaches for more than a year. But after several neurosurgeries and care from a multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic, she's made a full recovery. Now Michelle and her son are back to exploring their world together.  [...]
Headaches Gone, Independence Restored
Dec 3, 2018

Hanna's Lifesaving Liver Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life. [...]
Hanna's Lifesaving Liver Transplant
Nov 30, 2018

Honoring Caregivers by Supporting Mayo Clinic's Mission

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Warren and Marilyn Bateman's links to Mayo Clinic stretch back through decades past, and their commitment to supporting the organization will endure for years to come. [...]
Honoring Caregivers by Supporting Mayo Clinic's Mission
Nov 28, 2018

Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Nancy Hannafin suffered from terrible pain on one side of her face for several years. Finally, a visit to her optometrist led to a breakthrough. Nerve pain was causing the problem, and brain surgery at Mayo Clinic fixed it. [...]
Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye
Nov 26, 2018

Reaching Out to Help Others Across the Globe

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A small group of Mayo Clinic providers have worked with Denis Mukwege, M.D., Ph.D., one of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, to treat victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [...]
Reaching Out to Help Others Across the Globe
Nov 21, 2018

A Passion for Serving Underserved Communities

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Concerned by health disparities in African-American communities, Dr. LaPrincess Brewer developed a program that partners with local churches to foster healthy lifestyle choices and improve heart health. [...]
A Passion for Serving Underserved Communities
Nov 19, 2018

Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves. [...]
Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye
Nov 16, 2018

Video Gives Patient With Tonsil Cancer Perspective, Hope

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Linda had been diagnosed with HPV-related tonsil cancer. When she came upon a video on social media featuring two Mayo Clinic doctors discussing an innovative treatment for the disease, the Georgia woman felt she'd been thrown a lifeline. [...]
Video Gives Patient With Tonsil Cancer Perspective, Hope
Nov 14, 2018

Finding Breast Cancer Sooner

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Jan Jenswold wasn't concerned when she went in for her annual mammogram. Then the test picked up something suspicious, and a follow-up found that Jan had breast cancer. But the early diagnosis brought with it an optimistic prognosis. Today, with her cancer in the past, Jan now encourages others to make mammograms a priority. [...]
Finding Breast Cancer Sooner
Nov 12, 2018

Ditching Vein Pain

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, leg discomfort from varicose veins made it tough for Cindy Stone to stay active. But minimally invasive treatment at Mayo Clinic solved the problem and put Cindy back on her feet. [...]
Ditching Vein Pain
Nov 9, 2018

Learning and Thriving in an Environment That Values Diversity

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Tomi Ifelayo traveled a winding path to get to medical school at Mayo Clinic. But now that she's arrived, Tomi is relishing the opportunities for growth and success that Mayo offers her. [...]
Learning and Thriving in an Environment That Values Diversity
Nov 7, 2018

Seeing Purpose in Sharing

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If not for the help and healing Sandra Blue received at Mayo Clinic 10 years ago, she may be blind today. Filled with gratitude, Sandra continues to be moved to share her journey of how her sight was saved from a severe complication of rheumatoid arthritis. [...]
Seeing Purpose in Sharing
Nov 5, 2018

Back to Pursuing Her Passions After Spine Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Kathie Hanson went from being an active outdoor enthusiast to being unable to walk without assistance. But the care she received at Mayo Clinic has again allowed her to take part in the many activities that fill her life with joy. [...]
Back to Pursuing Her Passions After Spine Surgery
Nov 2, 2018

An Active Life Restored, Thanks to Regenerative Medicine

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For years, Rick Amatuzio lived with severe back pain that kept him from the active life he'd always savored. But advanced diagnostic tests and regenerative medicine therapy at Mayo Clinic ultimately led to a complete recovery. Now Rick once again can play sports and enjoy the outdoors free from pain. [...]
An Active Life Restored, Thanks to Regenerative Medicine
Oct 31, 2018

The Match of a Lifetime

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Ed Waters needed a kidney transplant, his wife, Darlene, stepped up to be his donor. The couple was delighted to find that, just as in the rest of their married life, they were perfectly compatible. [...]
The Match of a Lifetime
Oct 29, 2018

Anyone With Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a Mayo Clinic physician, healthy routines were part of Cathy Madaffari's daily life. Yet in 2015, the former marathoner and mom of three found herself in a surprising role reversal when, instead of being a doctor talking a patient through a tough diagnosis, she was the one facing cancer. [...]
Anyone With Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer
Oct 26, 2018

Putting Pain in the Past

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, Jerry Grant endured debilitating leg and foot pain as the result of a severe spinal injury. When he turned to Mayo Clinic in 2017 for help, he was offered a new pain management device. It made all the difference. Today, Jerry is enjoying a life that's no longer dominated by pain. [...]
Putting Pain in the Past
Oct 24, 2018

Joyriding Once More

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When chronic hip pain drove Brenda Brault to seek medical care, the long-distance runner and triathlete assumed her high-level athletic pursuits were over. Rather than limiting her abilities, however, surgery allowed Brenda's training to keep moving forward. [...]
Joyriding Once More
Oct 23, 2018

Serving the Underserved in Bolivia

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Two Mayo Clinic cardiologists are part of a medical team that provides badly needed care to people in one of South America's poorest countries. [...]
Serving the Underserved in Bolivia
Oct 22, 2018

Breathing Easier After Getting the Right Diagnosis

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with asthma, 12-year-old Ben Anderson was plagued with a chronic cough. For more than two years, his mother searched for an explanation for her son's troubling symptoms until she found a Mayo Clinic physician who offered concrete answers. [...]
Breathing Easier After Getting the Right Diagnosis
Oct 17, 2018

Living to the Fullest With Advanced Ovarian Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A diagnosis of stage 4 ovarian cancer sent shock waves through Michelle Messer's world. But prompt treatment and a comprehensive care plan have seen her through. Now five years after that initial diagnosis, Michelle is savoring each day. [...]
Living to the Fullest With Advanced Ovarian Cancer
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