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Hoyt Finnamore (@hoytfinnamore) posted · Tue, May 19 4:48pm · View  

Patient's Cancer Journey Inspires Hope and a New Career Path

Kristin Yukness at a power lifting event. Kristen Yukness knew what her doctor was going to say next. After a finding of bilateral deep vein thrombosis after a routine flight, Kristen had a strong feeling – based on her family history – that her condition had been caused by an underlying form of cancer.  [...]

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Pamela79 (@pamela79) responded:

Great Article! I have been fighting cancer for years; this article is really inspiring!

Edited: 05/19/2015 @ 4:48pm

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Margaret Shepard (@Margaret_Marie) posted · Mon, May 11 5:17pm · View  

Research forges path to effective treatment for sclerosing mesenteritis

Carol Bolton outside Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Carol Bolton enjoys a breath of fresh air between appointments outside Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

With more than three decades of experience as a nurse and nurse manager, Carol Bolton of Exeter, Calif., was acquainted with most medical conditions. But in 2004 when she began experiencing abdominal pain along with episodes of diarrhea or constipation, she was baffled by what it could be. Most likely, she thought, it was related to grief over the abrupt death of her husband of 35 years.

But when the pain persisted and grew worse, she saw a gastroenterologist, who ordered a computed tomography (CT) scan. Carol was shocked to learn that a mass (about the size of a quarter) had been found in her mesentery. The mesentery, a membrane that anchors the small intestine to the back of the abdominal wall, is comprised of delicate folds or leaves filled with blood vessels and nerves. [...]

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Mayo Clinic (@mayoclinic) responded:

Dr. Pardi responded as follows: "At Mayo, SM is generally treated by a gastroenterologist. In our division, there is a team of doctors in the General GI clinic who sees these patients. Collectively, we have seen over 200 patients with this diagnosis. The frequency of follow up varies greatly based on the details of an individual case and the ability of local doctors to provide some of the follow up needed after consultation at Mayo."

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Mary E (@marezdotes) responded:

Do you have any closer affiliated clinics to either the Pittsburgh, PA, or Durham, NC regions?

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Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss (@cindyweiss) posted · Mon, May 11 1:47pm · View  

Brain Hemorrhage Can’t Keep Cyclist From Pedaling On

Donnie continues to recover from a brain hemorrhage that caused a stroke.

At age 42, Donnie DeWitt was the picture of health. A former Marine, he loved to run, surf and was an avid cyclist. But three years ago, while on a bike ride near his home in St. Augustine, Florida, Donnie collapsed. He’d suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that led to a stroke.

He was brought to Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center in Jacksonville, where physicians said the damage was so extensive that Donnie had less than a five percent chance of survival.

“We didn’t know if he was going to live, what the outcome would be,” says Belinda, Donnie’s wife. [...]

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Paul Scotti (@pscotti) posted · Mon, May 11 11:09am · View  

Patient with “Double Trouble” Diagnosis Finds Answers at Mayo Clinic

67-year-old Kendall Schwindt of Sun City, Florida, a retiree who spent 26 years with Walmart and who has remained active playing golf and riding his motorcycle.

Being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a serious blood cancer, is difficult enough to accept. But being told that you also have a rare hematologic condition called amyloidosis — a disorder that could prevent you from receiving the bone marrow transplant necessary to combat your myeloma — could put anyone’s strength to the test.

Such was the case for 67-year-old Kendall Schwindt of Sun City, Florida, a retiree who spent 26 years with Walmart and who has remained active playing golf and riding his motorcycle. After experiencing a sudden illness in March 2013 while visiting his son, Schwindt knew something wasn’t right. After visiting his family doctor, he was told he had a very high creatinine level in his blood and was sent to a local nephrologist for a kidney biopsy.

His diagnosis — multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell present in bone marrow. Plasma cells normally make proteins called antibodies to help the body fight infections. But that wasn’t only devastating news Schwindt would receive. [...]

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DM (@atltolse1) responded:

I would love to know if there is any info on people rejecting treatment and choosing a more natural approach ? Example: Choose a nutrition expert, move to some place that relaxes you like a beach community, and for drugs maybe marijuana ? Nature seems to know what she's doing, Man on the other hand only thinks he does !

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