November 13th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
An avid runner, Judi Zitiello, 66, was forced into a six-week hiatus when she developed a meniscus tear in early 2014. TheÂ retired financial executiveÂ wasÂ always active â€“ exercising, hosting dinner parties, and volunteering to run the JT Townsend Foundation, a Jacksonville, Florida, philanthropic organization.
Judi wasnâ€™t too concerned about the downtime at first.Â She knew her body would take time to heal.Â ButÂ the pain lingered. Then Judi began losing weight and her energy waned.
November 5th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
When Lynn Witherspoon was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to move quickly. And she wanted to move to a place she felt would give her the care she needed. So she and her husband moved from their home in North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, to be near Mayo Clinic's Florida campus.
"We live in a rural area, and I felt more comfortable going to Mayo for my cancer care," she says. She'd had relatives treated at Mayo. "So I knew what it offered and its reputation."
Lynn was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. She completed five months of chemotherapy, and had a lumpectomy and removal of some lymph nodes, followed by radiation therapy. Something told her she should take another step to protect her health.Â Read the rest of this entry »
October 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment
Christina Woodside starts off the YouTube video that chronicles her health journey by saying, â€śMy family is like every other average family in America.â€ť Her story, however is anything but average.
As part of an active family, Christina, along with her husband and their five children, enjoyed running, biking, fishing and snow sports.
In 2013, on the day after Thanksgiving, that active lifestyle was interrupted by what Christina initially thought was strep throat. She went to urgent care at a clinic in her hometown of Mankato, Minnesota. A strep test came back negative. ButÂ her white blood cell count was extremely high, and thatÂ pointed to a more serious problem. Read the rest of this entry »
October 26th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
A diagnosis of stage IV melanoma can be a frightening prospect, with surgery and chemotherapy often an integral part of the treatment regimen. But Frank Moseley, a Jacksonville, Florida, native with an advanced melanoma diagnosis, was eager to do whatever it takes, even going beyond the norm, to give him the best chance of recovery.
So when Frank agreed to become the first participant in a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus and be injected with a form of the herpes virus to treat his melanoma, it was no surprise that he was confident it would work.Â Read the rest of this entry »
October 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment
But the slogan on Haonan Jiang's T-shirt, which readsÂ "Tough asÂ Nails," is a more accurate summation of his spirit, and the fight he and his family have been waging.
The 11-year-old from Beijing, China, prefers to be called "Jack." He is suffering from what is known as an anaplastic astrocytoma, a grade 3 malignant tumor, according to his doctors at Mayo Clinic. The typical survival rate after diagnosis is one to three years.
Jack's parents, Ben and Lili Jiang, had promised him a trip to see America when he finished primary school. But instead of sightseeing, their focus is now on Jack and doing anything possible to stop, or at least slow, his deteriorating and deadly condition. Read the rest of this entry »
May 19th, 2015 · 4 Comments
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 â€“ based on her family history â€“ that her condition had been caused by an underlying form of cancer.Â Read the rest of this entry »
May 6th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
March 23rd, 2015 · Leave a Comment
In her early 30s and with â€śa wonderful child, wonderful husband and a great career,â€ť Dawn DeCook-Gibson says the last thing she expected was a breast cancer diagnosis. Following the initial shock of the news, Dawn, from Chandler, Arizona, sought out doctors at Mayo Clinic and was guided through her treatment and recovery by Donald Northfelt, M.D., her oncologist, and Barbara Pockaj, M.D., her surgeon.
â€śI was diagnosed with stage 2b lobular carcinoma breast cancer last year,â€ť she says. â€śI was in shock â€¦ everything just seemed like it was perfect, and then the diagnosis came in. Honestly, it stopped me in my tracks.â€ť
March 10th, 2015 · Leave a Comment
Twelve years after her diagnosis, Jane Jacobs knows the value of finding and treating colon cancer early and is participating in Fight Colorectal Cancer's #StrongArmSelfie campaign.
Jane Jacobs understands the squeamishness some people have as they consider going through tests to check for colon cancer. "No one wants to think about or talk about their colon," she says. "You don't see it. Its job is hardly glamorous. It tends to be part of the body people would rather forget about."
But after being diagnosed and successfully treated for early-stage colon cancer at age 40, Jane, who works in Media Support Services at Mayo Clinic, strongly encourages others to get past their hesitancy and get a colonoscopy.
"The bottom line is that the colon cancer screening process is not as bad as people make it out to be," she says. "It's a fairly straightforward test that can make the difference between an early diagnosis, when the disease can often be more easily treated, and a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness."Â Read the rest of this entry »