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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) responded to their own update Tue, Jan 21 at 3:38pm CDT · View  

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Mon, Oct 14 2013 · View  

Antoinette Benevento: Battling Breast Cancer One Day at a Time

Antoinette Benevento performing at a dance competition.Joy, music, vibrancy and energy. Antoinette Benevento embraces the gifts of dance and shares how lessons learned as a professional dancer prepared her for her biggest challenge ahead.

In December of 2010, Antoinette discovered a large lump in her breast. Alarmed by her finding, she quickly sought medical care and was told it was benign. She felt initially reassured, but lingering doubts over the next six months eventually made her seek a second opinion. Unfortunately, those doubts became a reality as she received a devastating diagnosis – breast cancer.

Antoinette chose to start her “hopeful journey” battling breast cancer at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. [...]

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Tue, Jul 30 2013 · View  

A Double Blessing: The Mexican Red Cross Donation

Mayo Clinic urologist, Dr. Robert Ferrigni, International Patient Coordinator, Mila Vargas, and Carlos Bloch from the Mexican Red Cross gather at the Los Mochis, Mexico Delegation Office.

As an international patient coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, I have had many opportunities to work with patients to ensure that they receive the best medical care and attention. Helping patients is our number one priority at the International Patients Center. Last year, we had a unique opportunity to reach beyond our four walls at Mayo Clinic to help make a difference for thousands of patients in Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Wed, Jul 31 2013 · View  

Finally! Relief for Unbearable Acid Reflux: The LINX Procedure

Dr. Kristi Harold speaks with patient, Shawnee Williams, before her LINX surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.Who hasn't experienced the occasional acid reflux from a particularily spicy dinner or an extra slice of pizza? Nothing that an over-the-counter pill wouldn't relieve, right?

Unfortunately, for seven long years, Shawnee Williams, suffered not a few but daily episodes of progressively worsening acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, GERD. At only age 25, she experienced her first episode of reflux which prompted her to start taking over-the-counter medicine to relieve her occasional symptoms. But over time, these symptoms worsened even with the daily use of proton pump inhibitors. Shawnee explains how, "the burning throat was unbearable. To deal with it every day was excruciating."

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Fri, May 24 2013 · View  

Bone Marrow Transplant Saves Leukemia Patient – Max’s Story

Max Harris

At the age of eight, Max Harris overcame aplastic anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells. Successful treatment led to his recovery and several years of good health.

Years later, a visit to the dentist confirmed that his health had taken a serious turn for the worse. Severely bleeding gums during his dental exam immediately prompted Max to see his physician. The unfortunate diagnosis - acute myelogenous leukemia.

Acute myelogenous leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Upon diagnosis, Max was faced with a challenging road ahead of him -

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Fri, May 24 2013 · View  

A Young Woman’s Battle Against Breast Cancer – One Day at a Time

 Jennifer McGoldrick at the Komen Event

“I think it’s cancer,” are not words that anyone, especially a 29 year old nurse recently relocated to Arizona, expects to hear.

Jennifer McGoldrick faced these words and the eventual diagnosis of breast cancer shortly after moving to Scottsdale to continue her nursing career at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She shares her journey of undergoing multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment while still managing to continue living a normal life and working at Mayo Clinic.

Jennifer's positive attitude shows how the support of family and [...]

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Fri, May 24 2013 · View  

Triple Negative Breast Cancer – Barbra’s Story

Barbra Riley and husbandYears of raising awareness for breast cancer could not have prepared Barbra Riley for the devastating words she heard just over a year ago - "You have breast cancer."

Barbra had dedicated her time and energy to promoting breast cancer awareness through such organizations as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Coaltion of Blacks Against Breast Cancer (CBBC). She never imagined that she would one day be battling such a highly aggressive disease, triple negative breast cancer, but thanks her physicians at Mayo Clinic for always providing answers to her many questions.

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Fri, May 24 2013 · View  

Inflammatory Breast Cancer – Suzy’s Story

Suzy Underhill's life took an unexpected turn less than a year ago when she discovered a large lump under her breast. She immediately went to see her gynecologist who recommended that she consult with a specialist. Suzy's good friend had told her to schedule an appointment at Mayo Clinic and soon after she consulted with specialists at the Breast Clinic.

After several tests her physician at Mayo Clinic delivered the grim diagnosis, inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and fasting growing cancer requiring immediate treatment. Suzy shares with us her journey battling her disease and how the exceptional care provided by her Mayo team along with her supportive family and positive outlook helped to get her through her treatment.

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Fri, May 24 2013 · View  

Male Breast Cancer – Henry’s Story

Henry and Claudia

Henry and Claudia Corral

Henry Corral had always enjoyed a full life in Arizona - staying fit, spending time with his family and working in the high tech industry.  In March of 2011, his life turned upside down. He received a diagnosis that few men expect to hear – breast cancer.

The incidence of male breast cancer is rare and less than 1% of all breast carcinomas occur in men. Henry had no idea that his symptoms could be a sign of breast cancer but fortunately he listened to his body.  He sought the advice of his local physician who referred him to Mayo Clinic.

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Susana Shephard (@susanashephard) published a blog post Sat, Nov 16 2013 · View  

Breast Cancer Hits Home Three Times in One Year

A mother and her three daughters – all diagnosed with breast cancer. Kathleen O’Brien shares her family’s history battling a disease which eventually took her mother’s life and now has struck three more times. Kathleen and her sisters, Angel and Brenda,  carry the BRCA gene which means they face a much higher risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer compared with the general population.

Three sisters battle breast cancer

Three sisters battle breast cancer

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Bakingfun70 (@jojoannsmith) responded:

This is an unbelievable and amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

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