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Stories from patients, family, friends and Mayo Clinic staff

Jun 20, 2017

Advanced Cancer Is No Match for 80-Year-Old-Dynamo

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Comprehensive treatment at Mayo Clinic, coupled with a can-do attitude, helps Nanci Sills navigate a difficult cancer diagnosis. [...]
Advanced Cancer Is No Match for 80-Year-Old-Dynamo
Jun 16, 2017

Flashback: 1939 — Lou Gehrig Comes to Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with ALS in the 1930s, the famous baseball player Lou Gehrig not only got the answers he was seeking at Mayo Clinic, he left an enduring mark on the health care organization that still lingers today. [...]
Flashback: 1939 — Lou Gehrig Comes to Mayo Clinic
Jun 15, 2017

Coordination Helps Jim Kissinger Get the Comprehensive Care He Needs

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Trying to manage a variety of serious medical conditions on his own was a daunting task. But now, thanks to his Mayo Clinic Health System care coordinator, Jim Kissinger has a knowledgeable partner to turn to when he needs some help. [...]
Coordination Helps Jim Kissinger Get the Comprehensive Care He Needs
Jun 12, 2017

Transplant Drugs Offer Cure for Farmer With Rare Heart Disorder

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with a severe heart condition, Hal Stahl turned to Mayo Clinic, where an expert on the rare disease offered Hal a unique treatment alternative that made all the difference. [...]
Transplant Drugs Offer Cure for Farmer With Rare Heart Disorder
Jun 9, 2017

Young Mom’s Long Wait Ends With Gift of a New Heart

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Sarah Bradley's heart failed when she was only 27 years old. Today, after more than two years living with the assistance of a device that kept her blood flowing and her health stable, she’s the grateful recipient of a new heart. [...]
Young Mom’s Long Wait Ends With Gift of a New Heart
Jun 6, 2017

From Employee to Patient After Startling Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After receiving a surprising diagnosis, Patty Brown navigated her multiple myeloma treatment with support, guidance and care from her Mayo Clinic team — and a few pancakes. [...]
From Employee to Patient After Startling Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis
Jun 2, 2017

Innovative Radiation Treatment Slows Liver Cancer's Progression

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with advanced liver cancer, Mark Turnbull had few treatment options. But physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System offered a unique approach to radiation therapy that slowed the cancer's growth and extended Mark's life expectancy. [...]
Innovative Radiation Treatment Slows Liver Cancer's Progression
Jun 1, 2017

College Professor Beats Breast Cancer With Her Hometown Team

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Throughout surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for breast cancer, Polly Browne knew she could rely on the expertise of her multidisciplinary health care team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. [...]
College Professor Beats Breast Cancer With Her Hometown Team
May 26, 2017

The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn't Stop

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Hurricane Matthew blew into the East Coast, the storm brought significant destruction with it. But it couldn't derail Robert Gall's liver transplant and his second chance for a healthy life.  [...]
The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn't Stop
May 25, 2017

A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Steve Grinstead was eager to resolve a medical condition causing troubling symptoms. Physicians around the country turned him down for surgery. His team at Mayo Clinic found a solution that put him on the road to recovery. [...]
A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix
May 22, 2017

From the Foothills of the Himalayas to the Mecca of Modern Medicine

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Dr. Tsering Dhondup came to Mayo Clinic on a route that took him through India and Tibet. Today, as a nephrology fellow, his rich life experiences are helping him make the most of his training at Mayo Clinic. [...]
From the Foothills of the Himalayas to the Mecca of Modern Medicine
May 19, 2017

Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate

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Esophageal cancer can be deadly if it's not caught early. Fortunately for Mary Helen Duggar, her Mayo Clinic doctors found her cancer when it could still be treated. Today she's working to help others learn more about the disease. [...]
Beating Esophageal Cancer Odds to Become an Advocate
May 16, 2017

From Patient to Advocate to Caregiver: Taking Charge of My Heart Health

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A heart attack at age 39 shocked Sandy Driggers into action. After surgery, Sandy lost weight, began exercising and went back to school to become a nurse. Now she helps others facing heart health challenges. [...]
From Patient to Advocate to Caregiver: Taking Charge of My Heart Health
May 11, 2017

Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient Builds a Life-Giving Legacy

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Years of health challenges that led to two kidney transplants motivated Ed Pompeian to establish the Gift of Life Transplant House, where people navigating their own transplants receive lodging, along with plenty of support and encouragement. [...]
Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient Builds a Life-Giving Legacy
May 9, 2017

Stroke of Luck — Quick Response and New Treatment Keep Curtis Wood in the Game

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Quick assessment and expert care are key to successful stroke treatment. Curtis Wood benefitted from both through Mayo Clinic's Comprehensive Stroke Center. [...]
Stroke of Luck — Quick Response and New Treatment Keep Curtis Wood in the Game
May 5, 2017

Aggressive Treatment Turns the Tide in Taylor Overby's Fight Against Colon Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Despite repeated treatment, Taylor Overby's colon cancer kept coming back. Then the 25-year-old's care team at Mayo Clinic offered her a unique surgical option, and that has made a world of difference.  [...]
Aggressive Treatment Turns the Tide in Taylor Overby's Fight Against Colon Cancer
May 4, 2017

Bariatric Surgery Generates Far-Reaching Benefits for Scott Decker

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Extra weight was ruining Scott Decker's health and draining his bank account. Bariatric surgery helped Scott lose the weight and set the course to a healthier, happier life.   [...]
Bariatric Surgery Generates Far-Reaching Benefits for Scott Decker
May 1, 2017

Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title — Brain Cancer Survivor

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn’t know was that she’d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here's Nicole's story, in her own words. [...]
Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title — Brain Cancer Survivor
Apr 28, 2017

Prompt Treatment for Saydee Prevents Permanent Eye Damage

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Today, 8-year-old Saydee is happy she can see well and ride in a car without feeling dizzy. At a visit with pediatric ophthalmologist Naomie Warner, D.O., in the Eye Care Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, last year, Saydee was diagnosed with lazy eye. [...]
Prompt Treatment for Saydee Prevents Permanent Eye Damage
Apr 27, 2017

Pectus Surgery Frees William Kranz to Enjoy a Pain-Free Future

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
William Kranz delights in telling people he is "living his life behind bars," with two more years to go. But William welcomes that time because, to him, those bars represent freedom and better health. The "bars" are actually metal rods inserted under William's ribcage during a surgical procedure at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus. They freed him from the pain and emotional distress that burdened him for most of his 36 years. William, from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, was born with pectus excavatum, a condition where his breastbone was sunken into his chest. It eventually impeded his breathing and interfered with his heart function. "Breathing was a daily chore for me," he says. "I remember just lying in bed at night, crying, because I would hold my chest, and my heart was beating so hard, it felt like it would beat right out of my chest."  [...]
Pectus Surgery Frees William Kranz to Enjoy a Pain-Free Future
Apr 24, 2017

Mayo Clinic Mentors Build Confidence in Young Technovation Participants

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Zulbiye Jorgensen, a project manager in Mayo Clinic's Center for Connected Care, began mentoring a team of Byron, Minnesota, high school girls in 2016 as part of the international Technovation Challenge, she asked the girls what careers they were considering. "Every single one of them said they wanted to do something in medical," she says. "It's a no-brainer with Mayo Clinic right there." But the girls' sights were set on different employment options by the end of the program. The challenge invites teams of middle and high school girls to identify a community need, develop a mobile app to meet that need, devise a business plan to launch the project, and create a video pitch. It had the intended effect of opening the students' eyes to opportunities in tech careers.  [...]
Mayo Clinic Mentors Build Confidence in Young Technovation Participants
Apr 21, 2017

Patience and Persistence Propel Patient Through Double-Lung Transplant

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Steve Shank knows what it's like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa. [...]
Patience and Persistence Propel Patient Through Double-Lung Transplant
Apr 18, 2017

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Heal a Veteran's Wounds

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Fritz Kruger of Hayward, Wisconsin, wondered how breathing pure oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized tube could heal his body. Fritz, 56, suffered from side effects of radiation therapy for prostate cancer when he was referred for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in fall 2016. A U.S. Air Force veteran who served from 1986 to 1995, including in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Fritz was treated for cancer at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System. He had his prostate removed in 2012, followed by radiation treatments. As of August 2016, Fritz was showing no signs of cancer, but the radiation had taken a toll on his body. "I had blood in my urine," says Fritz, who also was feeling other painful effects. "There was so much scar tissue that they couldn't find the opening from my kidneys into my bladder." Fritz's VA doctor recommended hyperbaric oxygen therapy. A search of hyperbaric facilities within reach of Fritz's home led him to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. [...]
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Heal a Veteran's Wounds
Apr 13, 2017

Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size. Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove a substantial growth that occupied nearly half of her brain space, a perfect aesthetic of her head was not guaranteed. In fact, much about Rayna's development — including her very survival — wasn't assured. [...]
Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor
Apr 11, 2017

Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
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." [...]
Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team
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