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April 11th, 2017

Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

For more than a decade, leukemia has been part of Kim DeBolt's life. Although the diagnosis brought with it dozens of chemotherapy sessions and two stem cell transplants, her care at Mayo Clinic also put her on the path to a fulfilling career.

It was a quiet, rainy morning in 2002 at the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota. Kim DeBolt was staying at the hospitality house while recovering from a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. Family members were often with her at the house, but Kim was alone that day, and she felt blue. Gazing out her window, she saw on the sidewalk a smartly dressed woman, briefcase in hand, holding an umbrella, heading downtown.

"As I watched her walk by, I thought, 'I want to do that, too. I want to have a normal day, get up in the morning and walk to work. And I want to work for Mayo Clinic,'" Kim says. "I never forgot that moment. I kept it in the back of my mind for a long time." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: acute myelogenous leukemia, Dr Mark Litzow, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Stem Cell Transplant


November 25th, 2013

Identical Twins Share Genetic Makeup, and a Kidney

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

When Ernesto Boleaga learned that he needed a kidney transplant, the perfect donor, his identical twin brother, Jose Luis, was ready and willing to help. And because the Boleagas have the same genetic make-up, Ernesto’s body accepted Jose Luis’ kidney as its own.

For most patients, however, an identical twin donor isn’t an option, and they need to take medication to suppress their immune system so the body doesn't reject their new kidney. Doctors at Mayo Clinic want to change that.

The video below shows the Boleaga’s story and how Mayo Clinic physicians are researching ways to grow organs from a patient’s own stem cells. It's called regenerative medicine, and it offers hope for a solution to organ rejection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAtPL0_EUiY

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Tags: Dr Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, living donor, patient story, Stem Cell Transplant, transplant, regenerative medicine


March 5th, 2012

Incredible Journey: Surviving an Incurable Disease

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

Bobbie Sofia and her family“Couldn’t breathe, gasping for air,” is how Bobbie Sofia describes the first sign that something was wrong.

In 2007, Bobbie Sofia and her husband, Sam, traveled to San Antonio, Texas from their home of almost forty years in Lake Havasu City, Arizona to attend their daughter, Ashley's, graduation from Air Force Basic Training. While enjoying the sights on the River Walk, Bobbie suddenly began gasping for breath. She recovered after a short while, but in the back of her mind, she knew that it was time to see her doctor at Mayo Clinic Family Medicine -Thunderbird.

Her physician ordered a series of tests including a chest x-ray, echocardiogram, lab tests, and electrocardiogram. Bobbie had battled her weight for most of her life but otherwise had no serious medical problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Nothing could have prepared her for the diagnosis - heart failure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Amyloidosis, Bobbie Sofia, Cardiac Amyloidosis, Craig Reeder, CyBorD, D. Eric Steidley, heart failure, Stem Cell Transplant


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