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My 30-Year Journey with Mayo

By Makala Johnson

Ardyth CarpenterMy name is Ardyth Carpenter, and in 1982, I went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, after experiencing a TIA. While there, Mayo’s work up discovered a malignancy in my right breast. I had no ill effects from the “mini-stroke” and the clinic was just a 75 mile drive from my home in Mankato but this began a 30 year journey many times through snow and icy roads. I was just 62 years old and still working at an insurance company I loved and had no plans to retire.

My daughters wanted me to be treated at Mayo and knew I would receive the best care and state of the art treatment there. After my mastectomy, I tried to sleep but my roommate in the next bed cried throughout the night. By morning, the kindest nurses got me up and walked me down the hall to other patients who had mastectomies and we visited and comforted one another. This experience gave me the confidence I would need in the long battle with cancer and paved the way to walk on a path that would be one without worry and anxiety backed by the Mayo knowledge and expertise I could always count on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Ardyth Carpenter, Breast Cancer, cancer, Chemotherapy, Lymphedema, mastectomy, Melanoma, radiation, Surgery, thyroid cancer


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Mother and daughter bond over brain surgery

By Margaret Shepard

Margie Hartmann and Jessica McNeilSome mothers and daughters bond over shopping. Margie Hartmann and her daughter, Jessica McNeil, bonded over Gamma Knife surgery.

Hartmann and McNeil had the treatment — a type of neurosurgery that doesn't require an incision — on the same day at Mayo Clinic, for different conditions.

Hartmann had a recurrent meningioma, a slow-growing tumor. Although meningiomas are almost always benign, they can be difficult to remove completely and can recur.

Hartmann knew just who to call when she got the news: Bruce E. Pollock, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who had provided care for McNeil several years earlier when she was diagnosed with an abnormal tangle of blood vessels in the brain (cerebral arteriovenous malformation or AVM). Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: AVM, Dr. Bruce E. Pollock, Jessica McNeil, Margie Hartmann, Mayo Clinic, Meningioma