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You can’t hit a moving target

By Margaret Shepard

Earlene Taylor in Egypt.

Earlene Taylor in Egypt

Earlene Taylor is always looking for a new adventure. Whether it's hiking the Andes, bicycling through Vietnam or climbing to base camp on Mount Everest, she's been there, done that, and is ready for more.

Not even cancer can slow her down.

For Earlene, cancer first reared its ugly head in 1979 as a malignant lump in her breast. The disease recurred as metastatic cancer in 1981. Earlene fought back with help from what she calls "the best physicians in the world" at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she and her husband regularly drove from their Iowa home for treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr. Jaroszewski, Earlene Taylor, Lung Cancer, Mayo Clinic


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A new beginning: Woman with rare disorder gets life back after stem cell transplant

By Margaret Shepard

Cindy Farmer and her newborn grandson, Ayden,

Instead of needing a caregiver herself, Cindy Farmer now is able to care for her newborn grandson, Ayden, after a successful stem cell transplant.

For years, Cynthia Farmer was locked in a battle with an unknown opponent. The single mother of three suffered from an array of annoying symptoms that got progressively worse as the years passed. Doctors couldn't determine what was wrong with her and as the ailments continued, caring for her children — and herself — became a major challenge. Self-described as tenaciously independent, Farmer soldiered on the best she could.

She first sought help from the Medical College in Virginia in the late 1980s, but without a diagnosis and appropriate treatment, her health deteriorated to the point that she was legally blind.

"That's when my physician at Medical College suggested I seek a second opinion from Mayo Clinic," Farmer recalls. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Cynthia Farmer, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Mayo Clinic, POEMS syndrome