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Nov 3, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

For Gary Pearson, a physical required to renew his driver’s license led to evaluation of a suspicious lump on his neck that turned out to be tonsil cancer. With prompt diagnosis and treatment at Mayo Clinic, Gary is now cancer-free.

When Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to maintain his commercial driving privileges, he left with much more than a renewed driver’s license. The 58-year-old departed his appointment with an urgent directive from the nurse practitioner that examined him to see his primary care doctor. The reason: Gary had a bulbous lump on his neck.

“If she hadn’t found it, who knows how long it would’ve taken to detect it,” says Gary of Claudia Swanton, the advanced practice nurse in Mayo Clinic’s Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine who performed the exam.

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vera00 responded 3 days ago · View

I am here to tell the world of the good works of Great Dr Kumar. My name is Don Vera and this testimony is worth sharing. My man left me and my kids for 14 months to suffer. It was not so easy for me. I contacted so many spell casters who scammed me of my money but nothing happened. I love my husband so much and i did not lose hope and i kept [...]

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I am here to tell the world of the good works of Great Dr Kumar. My name is Don Vera and this testimony is worth sharing. My man left me and my kids for 14 months to suffer. It was not so easy for me. I contacted so many spell casters who scammed me of my money but nothing happened. I love my husband so much and i did not lose hope and i kept [...]

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14-Year-Old Writes the Book on Beating the Odds

When Nate Munene Kirera came to Mayo Clinic, he had seizures almost every day and was debilitated by the side effects of medication to treat his condition. After working with his Neurology care team, his seizures are under control, and he’s thriving.

Nathaniel Kirera wasn’t expected to survive birth. When he did, then he wasn’t expected to live to see his first birthday, much less his 14th. He also wasn’t supposed to be able learn, let alone write a book. But he’s done all that, and today his medical odyssey is behind him.

That Nate has achieved so much despite having multicystic hydrocephalus, a condition in which half of his brain and its fluid drainage system formed abnormally, is no surprise to his mother Ann Makena, who, while she was pregnant, dreamed of a son walking and talking.

“The doctor said. ‘I’ve seen very bad conditions, but I’ve never seen anything this bad,’” Ann says. “I said, ‘It’s not that I don’t trust you … but I really felt very confident about this child. I said, ‘No I’m just going to leave it up to God.’”

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ann2makena responded 1 day ago · View

Thank you for the blog. God bless you. It has been a blessed to have Mayo clinic in our family life. It truly is a place of miracles.

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Mystery Solved – Diagnosis Moves Patient from Frustration to Peace of Mind and a Plan

Karen Gibson at Mayo Clinic with her husband. I want to share my story to possibly help another person and to hopefully help others who are still facing their own health unknowns.

I struggled for years with extreme fatigue, major skin problems, muscle weakness, escalating eye issues, and a host of other unexplained symptoms. I moved to Georgia with more and more symptoms. I developed relationships with new doctors and developed new symptoms – seizures and heart-related syncope. I went to see a neurologist, who began to run tests. In the meantime, I had regular quarterly blood panels by my regular physician, who upon reporting to me by phone noted no irregularities. I was told time and time again to stop chasing a diagnosis. My family continued to watch my decline.

After running numerous tests, my neurologist could only ascertain that I may have had some mini-strokes. My neurologist referred me to a major university hospital. After two visits, and being practically laughed out of the place, I began to have serious doubts about my symptoms and began to believe the many specialists and psychologists who told me it was emotional response.  [...]

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sindyscot17 responded 1 day ago · View

I want the world to know a great man that is well known as Dr Miracle,he has the perfect solution to relationship issues and marriage problems. The main reason why i went to Dr Miracle was for solution on how i can get my husband back because in recent times i have read some testimonies on the internet which some people has written about Dr Miracle and i was so pleased and i decided to [...]

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I want the world to know a great man that is well known as Dr Miracle,he has the perfect solution to relationship issues and marriage problems. The main reason why i went to Dr Miracle was for solution on how i can get my husband back because in recent times i have read some testimonies on the internet which some people has written about Dr Miracle and i was so pleased and i decided to [...]

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New Weight-Loss Device Helps Mark Harlan Improve His Health

A new approach to reducing obesity not only helped Mark Harlan drop the excess weight he’d been carrying for years, it improved his overall health and wellness.

Mark Harlan tried diets. He tried exercise. He modified his behavior and his lifestyle. Yet nothing worked to keep off extra weight that had plagued him for years. Nothing worked, that is, until Mark underwent a cutting-edge procedure designed to help those who don’t qualify for gastric bypass surgery to shed excess pounds.

In December 2016, Mark was the first person in the nation to receive the Obera intragastric balloon. The grapefruit-sized, saline-filled, silicone balloon was placed and inflated in Mark’s stomach during a minimally invasive, outpatient endoscopic surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus.

In the six months Mark had the balloon — the device was removed during a second endoscopic procedure in June 2016 — he lost 30 pounds, or about 15 percent of his body weight, says Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Barham Abu Dayyeh, M.D.

The balloon helps its recipients by taking up space in the stomach so they eat less. It also slows the pace at which the stomach empties, so they feel full longer.

“It’s a useful tool because it’s simple,” says Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Christopher Gostout, M.D. “It’s easy to put in and very low-risk.”

The device’s effectiveness was born out in a recent, randomized clinical trial comparing people who had the intragastric balloon procedure, along with behavioral therapy, to those who only received behavioral therapy. Those with the balloon lost 29 percent of their excess weight at the end of one year, compared to a 14 percent loss in those who only received behavioral therapy.

In addition to his weight loss, Mark saw decreases in health problems associated with obesity, including a drop in his blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as a reduction in the amount of insulin he needs to control his type 2 diabetes.

Mark continues to work with a multidisciplinary team of physicians at Mayo Clinic to keep the weight off, including experts in Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Psychology and Nutrition.

“It’s a lifelong commitment on both parts — on both the part of the team and myself,” Mark says.

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Jun 6, 2014 by @susanashephard · View  

Coping with a Rare Disorder: Cronkhite-Canada Syndrome

2014-06-27David Hirschy of Prescott, Arizona, has worn many hats  from record producer to chef to silversmith. In fact, his love of food made him think something was wrong a few years ago when he lost his sense of taste. He began to have other symptoms, too, which led him to Mayo Clinic in Arizona where he was diagnosed with the extremely rare Cronkhite-Canada syndrome  so rare that there have been less than 500 cases reported in the past 50 years.

In the following video, David and his Mayo physicians, Lucinda Harris, M.D., gastroenterologist, and Giovanni De Petris, M.D., pathologist, share his story.

 


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Several individuals that have CCS have shared their stories at cronkhitecanada.com

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Local Politician Doesn’t Skip a Beat With Mechanical Heart Pump

Heart failure threatened to derail Junior Boatright’s busy life, but a left ventricular assist device has helped him get back on track while he waits for a heart transplant.

While Walter “Junior” Boatright was running for a second term as Nassau county commissioner in northeast Florida in November 2012, he started to feel winded. At first, he chalked it up to getting older and just not having the same energy he used to, while campaigning 15 hours a day.

But after the campaign was over, and he had won the election, the Callahan, Florida, native says he was out of breath just walking out to the mailbox.

“It was like I had run down the road and back,” Junior says. “I knew something wasn’t right.”

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Jan 15, 2013 by @MakalaJohnson · View  

Unraveling the Mystery of Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

Imagine listening in real time to the thump, thump of your own heartbeat, the rush of your blood pulsing through your veins, and even the slightest twitch of your eyes - all in surround sound.  Those are but a few of the symptoms that Wendy Tapper was experiencing when she arrived at the Mayo Clinic in May of 2012.

The Journey to Mayo

Wendy TapperOutgoing and energetic Wendy, of Kansas City, Mo., enjoyed a career as a producer and publicist.  Bringing people and ideas together was second nature to Wendy and aided in her determination to find the answers in her own health care.

For three years prior to coming to Mayo Clinic in spring 2012, Wendy went from doctor to doctor and endured batteries of tests, scans, appointments and misdiagnoses.  Her rare condition ultimately revealed by Mayo physicians was masked in part by two distinct illnesses - breast cancer and a stroke. 

While those illnesses and the treatments Wendy was receiving are life-altering, they were compounded with the escalation of an underlying third and separate issue.  It was the escalation of her symptoms of dizziness, hearing loss and a drastically diminishing quality of life that brought Wendy to Mayo Clinic. [...]

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Scrappinkathy responded Nov 21, 2016 · View

I went to Mayo and ended up seeing someone who doesn't do that surgery. Really irritated me that I told them exactly what my diagnosis was and I wanted to see someone very familiar with it. Instead they give me a novice. I'm back at square one. Very frustrating. I'm done with mayo in Rochester.

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After 5 years and visits to many doctors, I'm finally on my way -- surgery is scheduled for April (taking the conservative approach w/ tympanotomy & repair of round window). Dr. Haverkamp at the Cleveland Clinic is amazing; he and his team zeroed in on the SCD diagnosis right away, despite at least 4 other ENTs hearing me describe the exact same symptoms and diagnosing me with everything ranging from otosclerosis to basically "having the [...]

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Skillful Spine Surgery Gets Rid of a Rare Tumor and Keeps Mike LaBorde on His Feet

Mike LaBorde came to Mayo Clinic facing a daunting diagnosis and high-risk spine surgery. But through the care and expertise of his Mayo Clinic surgical team, today Mike’s back to business as usual.

For more than a year, Mike LaBorde thought he had carpal tunnel syndrome. His left hand and arm often tingled and felt numb. He wore a brace for a while, but it didn’t help. Then he had carpal tunnel surgery, not once, but twice. The surgeries made no difference.

“I was quite aggravated that the surgery was not successful,” Mike says. “But I was told that nothing is 100 percent guaranteed. I just kept working and doing the best I could. And it kept getting worse and worse.”

When the symptoms didn’t fade, Mike’s primary care doctor suspected a herniated disc, so Mike had an MRI. What that test revealed changed everything. [...]

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Fri, Feb 10 at 3:00pm CST by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Playing Piano Again After Stroke Is Music to Judith Johnson’s Ears

Successful treatment at Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center in Florida prevented Judith Johnson from suffering long-term complications from a stroke and preserved her treasured piano-playing skills.

In October 2016, Judith Johnson, Ph.D. — who is retired from the library at Florida State College at Jacksonville — was at home recovering from back surgery. While she was sitting in bed talking on the phone with a friend, something suddenly went wrong. Judith felt herself sliding in between the bed and the nightstand. Though Judith doesn’t recall what she said, her friend realized something was happening, hung up, and immediately called 911 and called Judith’s son.

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Nov 4, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Multiple Medical Emergencies Give Nurse A New Perspective on Mayo Clinic Care

After receiving treatment for two serious falls and going through a surgery, nurse Jackie Traurig has a heightened appreciation for the health care Mayo Clinic provides.

Jackie Traurig in the body cast needed to heal her fractured lumbar vertebra and with the nurse from Orthopedic Surgery who helped ease her nerves, Lori Pierce, who she calls “the biggest angel in the world.”

As a nurse for more than eight years at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, Jacklyn Traurig knew firsthand the value of the organization’s team approach to health care. But although Jackie was practiced at providing quality care, she didn’t truly see just how exceptional Mayo Clinic’s style was until she found herself in back-to-back medical crises.

A fall on the stairs landed Jackie in the Emergency Department with a broken back. Then, while still healing from the first event, Jackie fell again. This time, she slipped in a stairwell and suffered a concussion and broken collarbone. A CT scan following that fall revealed a brain tumor.

Despite all this, Jackie looks for the good in her experiences.

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gina22 responded 6 days ago · View

THIS IS NOT A JOKE. TRUST GREAT DR KUMAR. My names are Gina Tom from United States. Great Dr Kumar is really powerful and knows how to do his job perfectly. If not for him i could not imagine what would have happened. My ex was always picking up an argument with me and was always beating me. He started acting strange and funny and left me for no cause for another girl. I thought [...]

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Write your reply here...THIS IS NOT A JOKE. TRUST GREAT DR KUMAR. My names are Gina Tom from United States. Great Dr Kumar is really powerful and knows how to do his job perfectly. If not for him i could not imagine what would have happened. My ex was always picking up an argument with me and was always beating me. He started acting strange and funny and left me for no cause for another [...]

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Nov 6, 2013 by @mayoclinic · View  

Life after C. difficile

Dianne Shea thought that the fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea and endless bouts of diarrhea from C. diff would take away her independence. But after a fecal transplant, she says, "My life began again."  

Diane Shea with her fan clubWritten by Dianne Shea

I've been a paraplegic and a Mayo Clinic patient for more than 10 years. My legs decided to stop working over a period of just a few short months due to a spinal tumor. So I didn't think I was a stranger to adversity. Then I met a nasty little bug they call C. difficile. The name is not ironic. At first I thought I had a very violent form of the flu with fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea and (the worst by far) countless, endless bouts of diarrhea.

My days were filled with nothing more than being assisted to the bathroom, cleaning up, getting back into bed, then starting all over again, weaker than before. I required around-the-clock care. I couldn't get dressed, could hardly eat anything, didn't have enough energy to do the smallest of tasks, and couldn't have any fun. Most importantly, I couldn't get through physical therapies for my legs.

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ls92390 responded Thu, Feb 9 at 3:46pm CST · View

PS, I am only 26 and perfectly healthy other than heartburn 🙁 and yes, on vanco for the 2nd time! already did the taper. My gastro and infectious doctor truly are amazing.... so glad i live in Seattle.

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These spores live in most intestines. It is when they overgrow that cdiff happens. I take dr. Axe SBO probiotics, bone broth protein(in my coffee, it helps with inflammation in the body), and therapeutic grade peppermint oil. I can't believe that people get over this so quickly. I thought it would never end, but it did! FMT is the way to go!

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Tue, Feb 7 at 11:29am CST by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Liver Transplant Gives Jacksonville Man New Hope, Twice

As a two-time liver transplant recipient, Richard Parker is exceptionally grateful to his donors and their families and gives credit to his team at Mayo Clinic for his renewed health.

There is no doubt in Richard Parker’s mind that he’s been given not one, but two new leases on life because of Mayo Clinic.

Richard underwent a liver transplant in 2007 at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. For years after that, all was well. But then, in 2016, his transplanted liver failed, and he turned to Mayo Clinic once again. A second transplant now has him back on his feet and extremely grateful to his donors and his care team. [...]

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Fri, Feb 3 at 12:03pm CST by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Astounding Recovery for an 8-Year-Old Boy Shot by an Arrow

Accidentally shot with an arrow that severed his spinal cord, Curtis Bressler’s doctors feared he’d never walk again. But Curtis proved them wrong. Today, he’s back to walking, running and jumping, just like any other 8-year-old boy.

It’s a story that plays out like a Hollywood movie. A young boy is accidentally struck by an arrow and narrowly escapes death. The arrow pierces the 8-year-old’s backbone and splits his spinal cord. He’s paralyzed from the waist down, and his doctors fear he’ll never walk again. But remarkably, the story has a happy ending.

It's not a script, however. It's the story of Curtis Bressler, of Truman, Minnesota, who was injured last fall when an arrow shot by his teenage brother ricocheted off the target and hit Curtis instead. [...]

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Jan 29, 2009 by @csmmayo · View  

Bridging the Distance

Mayo Clinic uses technology to connect patients with home, family and friends

A group of high school guys trading stories, laughing and joking is nothing out of the ordinary. Tyler Olson, a 17-year-old junior at Lake Mills High School in Iowa, is usually right in the middle of such gatherings. But on Sept. 5, 2008, everything changed for Tyler. That evening, during the first play of a varsity football game, a tackle went wrong and landed him in the hospital with a spinal cord injury. The severity of Tyler’s condition required a transfer to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. And although there’s only about 80 miles between Lake Mills and Rochester, the confinement of a hospital room can make the two towns seem a world apart. [...]

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lucie2 responded Thu, Feb 2 at 11:24am CST · View

I have used CarePages since 2007... It worked well then. I am using it now as well, or trying to. For a while it worked... minimally (not being able to upload pictures in the gallery, the update page not always displaying correctly --though I was able to post updates) Tried to contact their support, who never responded. Now, since yesterday, cannot even connect (get a too many redirects message). It seems that the site may [...]

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Jan 31, 2009 by @barb sorensen · View  

CarePages: Staying Connected with Family and Friends

Mayo Clinic knows that support from families, friends, co-workers, neighbors or others is an important aspect of the healing process.

Because of this, we offer our patients access to CarePages.

CarePages is a free, easy-to-use, blog-like website to help patients share updates about their care before, during and after hospitalization. Many patients find that using CarePages is easier than making and receiving multiple phone calls.

The benefits of CarePages include:

  • Reducing the stress of keeping in touch with everyone by posting information or updates once.
  • Improving accuracy of patient information to family and friends. (There’s less of the “heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend, who….”)
  • Allowing patients/families to provide updates when it works best for them.
  • Providing a place to share photos.
  • Allowing family and friends to leave messages of encouragement, hope and strength for the patient.
  • Notifying friends and family automatically when new updates are posted.
  • Enabling visitors to read stories and connect with others in similar situations.

Security is an important reason CarePages was selected. CarePages is personal and private, and complies with all patient privacy regulations. Privacy controls enable patients to decide what information to share, what photos to post and who can view the page. The CarePage cannot be accessed unless an individual is invited to view the page. Once invited, that person will need to sign in with a user name and password and know the name of the patient’s page to access it. An added benefit is that CarePages has a guest book which enables patients to see who is visiting the page, the email address of the visitor and the number of times they visited the page.

Patients can access CarePages from any desktop computer with a connection to the Internet or through a wireless laptop with Internet access. Mayo Clinic offers free wireless access on campus for our patients and visitors.

If you have a family member receiving treatment at Mayo Clinic or if you and your family are expecting a baby, you are invited to create at CarePage. Step-by-step instructions are available here.

Here's a testimonial from a CarePages user:

 

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James Hicks responded Aug 11, 2015 · View

Today was Day 1@ the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,Minnesota. It's been a refreshing 79 degree day. Most of the day was spent with the Gastro/Intestinal service. We are fortunate to have one of the world's leading experts on Celiac Disease. His team worked Jamie up & then we spent an hour with him. Our schedule has been totally reworked to allow For additional tests. The Mayo Clinic campus is huge & beautiful. We heard about [...]

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lucie2 responded Thu, Feb 2 at 11:19am CST · View

I have used CarePages since 2007... It worked well then. I am using it now as well, or trying to. For a while it worked... minimally (not being able to upload pictures in the gallery, the update page not always displaying correctly) Tried to contact their support, who never responded. Now, since yesterday, cannot even connect (get a too many redirects message). It seems that the site may be abandoned??? If Mayo is a client [...]

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Feb 29, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Professional Outdoorsman Lives Life to the Fullest After Liver Transplant

Steve and Maria Woodford are back to active lifestyles after transplant and cancer care at Mayo Clinic.Being diagnosed with bile duct cancer that eventually necessitated a liver transplant wasn't enough to keep Steve Woodford down for long. A South African native living in Utah, Steve is professional skydiving instructor, backpacker and canyon guide in Zion National Park. He has always lived on the edge with his active outdoors lifestyle. Getting sick unexpectedly during a backpacking trip to Belize two years ago seemed like just another challenge he had to overcome.

"My wife and I had just arrived in Belize to do some backpacking and visit the Mayan ruins, when I woke up itching, and noticed a yellow tint to my eyes and skin," Steve says. "I saw a local doctor for a blood test, urine test and ultrasound, and was told I had hepatitis C and needed to go straight home for immediate treatment. Little did I know what was to come after returning home to Utah."  [...]

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kathyfl responded Mar 9, 2016 · View

Inspiring to say the least! I am 63 and currently on a liver transplant list at Jacksonville. I had hep c for many years. Cleared the virus after my 3rd attempt about a year ago and shortly after that I was diagnosed with liver cancer. I am so incredibly grateful I went to Mayo Clinic. Everyone I have met is optimistic and keeps me hopeful everything will work out fine. I wasn't getting that support [...]

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beatingtheodds responded Tue, Jan 31 at 5:27am CST · View

I received my transplant on 2/16/2008 after waiting over 4 years on list. Having ulcerative colitis for 4 years I was diagnosed with bile duct cancer weighing 310 lbs after gaining 60 lbs from the prednisone. Ended up gaining all that weight was the best thing for me. From the CNA's to the surgeons every employee at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN was as caring and attentive as any family member was. The thing [...]

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Mon, Jan 30 at 9:48pm CST by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Rare Heart Condition Turns Young Athlete into Advocate

Joe Meyer became an advocate after heart surgery. Growing up, Joe Meyer loved sports. In elementary school, he played basketball and baseball. The summer before he entered eighth grade, the Jacksonville, Florida, youth decided to give football a try.

Before he took to the gridiron, Joe visited his pediatrician for sports physical. At that appointment, his doctor noticed a heart murmur. Joe, then 14, couldn’t be cleared to play until he went to a cardiologist.

In August 2011, after seeing a pediatric cardiologist and having an echocardiogram and stress test, Joe was diagnosed with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM — an incurable disease, usually caused by gene mutations, in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick.

The diagnosis took Joe away from sports and other physical activity for several years. [...]

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Thu, Jan 26 at 9:52pm CST by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Paired Kidney Donation Opens the Door to a More Active, Independent Life for Kathy Allen

Cathy Allen got a second chance through paired kidney donation. From Kathy Allen’s point of view, paired organ donation just may be the ultimate in generosity. Deciding to donate a kidney to someone you don’t know in a paired exchange can trigger a chain of matches that gives several people the opportunity for a renewed life.

“I can’t thank the donors enough for their selflessness,” says Kathy. “It takes a truly altruistic person to step up.”

Kathy, who lives in St. Peter, Minnesota, benefitted from the generosity of a family friend who volunteered to donate a kidney to her in March 2015. That individual was not a match for Kathy, but he was a match for someone else. Meanwhile, a woman from Illinois whose husband needed a kidney was a match for Kathy. And thus began a paired exchange at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus that, in the end, helped 10 people receive new, healthy kidneys.  [...]

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Mon, Jan 9 at 8:20am CST by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

Mayo Medical Volunteers Find Perspective by Changing Lives in Ecuador

The Ecuadorian people draw one group of Mayo volunteers back again and again.

For years, Kallie Howerton and Kate Hudson had been listening to Kate Welp talk about the mission trips to Ecuador she organizes every year. The nurses work together on the Cardiovascular Surgery Progressive Care unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

“My preceptor planted the seed,” says Howerton, who has worked at Mayo Clinic for three years. “She raved about the awesome trip experience she had with Kate [Welp], and, working with Kate, I realized that she’s awesome. I can learn from her.” [...]

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christianferrog responded Tue, Jan 24 at 9:45pm CST · View

Hi , I am a Dr from Ecuador , i am really interested in helping this year if you come back to Ecuador , let me know information about your trip and everything , thanks.

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Dec 22, 2016 by @SharingMayoClinic · View  

After 20 Years of Seizures, Erica Laney Enjoys Life Following Epilepsy Surgery

After years of trying to manage her seizure disorder with medication, Erica Laney turned to Mayo Clinic, where she had epilepsy surgery that led to a seizure-free life.

For much of her adolescent and adult life, Erica Laney, 31, had frequent petit mal seizures. Less often, she had grand mal seizures that led to loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. The cause of the seizures was abnormal electrical activity throughout her brain.

“The seizures started when I was 11 years old. I would experience three to four a month,” Erica says. “I was unable to talk during these auras and couldn’t remember anything afterwards. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster, and I was heading for the big drop. Then darkness came from behind me, enveloping me in a haze that would lead to a seizure.”

The Mims, Florida, native was diagnosed with seizure disorder and had a series of tests, including MRIs, CT scans, and electroencephalograms, or EEGs. Erica also went through intracarotid sodium amobarbital, or Wada, testing, which looks at language and memory on one side of the brain at a time. While under the care of an Orlando neurologist, Erica took several medications to control her seizures. But she was never fully seizure-free.

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ann2makena responded Tue, Jan 24 at 5:08pm CST · View

What a great story. My son has gone through similar procedure at Mayo and it has really helped his life. I am happy for you and your family. Ann B. Makena.

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