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Archive for December 3rd, 2012

Cancer & Coordinated Approach to Care

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

James DonnellyProfessor  had a feeling in his throat area for months, but was told not to worry about it. After two to three years it hadn't gotten better. Though he had no pain, his speech was beginning to slur, and he was referred to another doctor.

The second doctor diagnosed the cancer and described the surgery he recommended. When he left the office, Jim called his wife, Gayla, and told her, "You're not going to believe this, honey. I have cancer." When she asked him to come right home, he replied, "We're going to the Mayo Clinic." Read the rest of this entry »

Liver transplant a rebirth for Wachira Loth

Posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

There was a time when Wachira Loth, an interpreter and licensed practical nurse for the Minnesota Department of Health, was afraid to look in the mirror.

"I was scared of myself," he says of the months leading up to his liver transplant in 1998. "My skin and eyes had changed. I couldn't eat so had lost a lot of weight. I was miserable." Read the rest of this entry »