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December 20th, 2013

Living Life to the Fullest After Epilepsy Surgery

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Jill Staloch before and after

Jill Staloch with her daughter -- left, in the hospital in May 2012, before her first surgery, and right, in July 2013.

My name is Jill Staloch, and I had my first seizure when I was a freshman in college. Epilepsy never impacted my life, besides having to take medications and having a yearly appointment with my doctor. It wasn’t until 2010 that my life changed because of seizures. I had been seizure free for at least 10 years, but during my pregnancy, I started to have multiple seizures weekly.

During this time, I was worried about my baby’s health, I could no longer drive or be left alone, I was having difficulties doing tasks at work, and I eventually had to be on bed rest. Even after delivering a healthy baby girl, I continued to have seizures. I still was unable to drive and couldn’t be alone with my daughter, and my family worried about me. Epilepsy had taken control of my life. My husband researched different ways we could get help. He said we needed to go to the Mayo. I was resistant but knew something different had to be done.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Frederick Meyer, Dr Jeffrey Britton, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, neurosurgery, patient stories

November 3rd, 2013

My story – Richard

By Rich walshres

I had an excellent experience at the Mayo Clinic. I was treated for HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) by Dr. Dearani of the cardiovascular section. Not only do I have my life back after two years of fatigue, but also two other problems were corrected. I am a type 2 diabetic who took insulin morning and night, and with each meal. It has been almost two months since surgery, and I have taken no insulin. My blood sugars have been normal. Maybe shocking my heart helped my pancreas produce insulin. I also had wounds on my ankles. My local doctor suggested surgery. At Mayo, the wound doctor told me there was an excellent chance this would be taken care of with the heart surgery. The ankle blisters no longer appear. It is amazing how solving one problem takes care of others.

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October 29th, 2013

My story — Diane Whittington

By Diane Whittington theresa125

My story is short and sweet. About 28 years ago, in 1984-85, Dr. Ian Hay treated me for Graves Disease, over-active thyroid. I was 4 months pregnant when it was discovered, which didn't seem to be a good thing. Dr. Hay, I am forever grateful to you for everything you did. You told me at that time, that the cases of a pregnant woman with Graves Disease were rare, but your knowledge, wisdom and compassion saved my life and my baby's life. All those long trips to Rochester, and elevator rides to the 18th floor were worth it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Diane Whittington

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October 28th, 2013

My patient story – Naomi Evers

By NaomiEvers naomirevers

I am writing to thank the Mayo Clinic Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and giving special thanks to Dr. Jeffery Britton and Dr. Fredric Meyer.

First, my name is Naomi R. Evers, and I am currently working in Nicaragua with an organization that I founded called Provider’s Servants Inc. My job is to buy and give needed supplies to organizations and churches and to offer my voluntary aid as well. This August we celebrated our one-year anniversary and were able to do something amazing. Through our purchases of medical supplies and treatments, and our connections with Nicaraguan organizations, over 600 people living in the Guatuzo Rain Forrest were able to receive medical assessment and treatment. The most common health issues in that region involve parasites because of the filthy water. This year, dengue has also been much more common. An elderly gentleman died of the disease just one week prior to our arrival.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, in March of 2006, through the Mayo Clinic Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, I received treatment and had two inches by four centimeters removed from my brain. Thank you! Prior to the surgery I was having seizures on a daily basis and was unable to work or live a normal life. I would certainly not be able to do what I am doing now were I still having the seizures.

The current plan is that in November, Provider’s Servants will once again purchase and deliver the needed supplies and donate medical attention to the people in Los Guatuzos. Mayo Clinic, Dr. Britton, Dr. Meyer, this would not be possible without you. THANK YOU!

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July 19th, 2013

Harmonica Helps Pulmonary and Lung-Transplant Patients Breath Easier

By Lauren Venoy LaurenVenoy

Mayo Clinic lung-transplant patient, Larry Rawdon, shares how the harmonica can help other patients breath easier.

After surviving two separate lung transplant procedures in 2005 and 2008, musician Larry Rawdon is sharing new ways of healing through music with other patients at Mayo Clinic in Florida. It was, after all, music that led him to Mayo Clinic and aided in his recovery after he was diagnosed in 2002 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Prior to coming to Mayo Clinic, Rawdon had little hope of his condition improving. But a chance meeting in 2005 at a music festival with cardiothoracic surgeon Octavio E. Pajaro, M.D., changed his outlook on his condition and created hope for Rawdon and his family.

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Tags: cardiothoracic, cardiovascular, Cesar Keller, Florida, Harmonica, Larry Rawdon, lung transplant, MayoClinicFL, Octavio Pajaro, pulmonary, transplant, transplantation

December 16th, 2012

Psychologist finds help for shaking disorder through mindfulness training

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Bill Hunt

Bill Hunt is enjoying new activities in retirement after finding help for anxiety and tremors at Mayo's Integrative Medicine program.

Very suddenly one day, Bill Hunt became anxious and began trembling uncontrollably. "His symptoms came on so quickly, I was sure he had a serious neurological disorder," says Bill's wife Mary Friedel-Hunt.

Extensive testing for dreaded diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's disease came back negative. "My fear of those things subsided, but Bill's shaking continued," says Mary.

Bill, a retired clinical psychologist, was shaking so violently and constantly that he couldn't think, sleep or walk. "He literally became a bundle of nerves and required heavy medication to get any relief," remembers Mary, who is also a psychotherapist.

"We were each other's caretakers," explains Mary. "He took care of me because he was retired and doing all the cleaning, cooking and finances while I worked." It was painful for Mary to see Bill so helpless. It was also difficult for Bill, whose legendary irrepressible and unassailable spirit became paralyzed by extreme anxiety. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Amit Sood M.D., Bill Hunt, integrative medicine, Matthew Clark PhD, mindfulness

November 22nd, 2012

A good team on her side

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Associate Margaret_Marie

Jane FauselJane Fausel has always believed in taking care of her health. She loves working in the earth at her north-central Phoenix home, does water aerobics and Chinese breathing exercises, has never smoked. So she was shocked by the diagnosis she received in January 2007.

"Around Christmas, I started coughing severely," Jane recalls. "At first, I thought it was just due to the Arizona desert weather." But when Jane began coughing up pink-tinged fluid, she saw her doctor and underwent a battery of tests. The diagnosis was lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States among both men and women. It claims more lives than colon, prostate and breast cancer combined. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Alternative Medicine, Dr. Ross, Jane Fausel, Lung Cancer, Matthew Clark PhD

March 26th, 2009

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By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network LeeAase

On the Mayo Clinic page in Facebook, Claire from Denver recently said:

Mayo is incredible - they gave me my life back. I was in the hospital for an extended time, and they became my family. I could not have asked for any better place for care - especially if you have a rare disorder or condition.

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