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Fri, Mar 4 · Leave a Comment

Hope for ‘Happy, Healthy Life’ Thanks to Answers for ‘Never Seen Before’ Problems

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Written by Bethany Henthorn Our daughter, Mallory, was born with several congenital defects known cloacal exstrophy (OEIS – omphalocele, bladder exstrophy, imperforate anus and spinal defects) found in 1 and 400,000 live births. After Mallory’s 20-week gestational ultrasound, we were referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar […]

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Tags: Cloacal Exstrophy, Labor and Delivery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, NICU, Obstetrics and Gynecology, OEIS, Patient Stories, Prenatal Monitoring


Wed, Jan 13 · Leave a Comment

Employee, Caregiver, Patient: Many Hats for Andrea Liptac

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Andrea Liptac describes her journey to Mayo Clinic as a “winding road.” She first learned about Mayo in the early 1990s, when she was living in Montana with her family. At that time, her mother, Kelli Liptac, was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, and was referred to a specialist at Mayo […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Dr Barry Boilson, Employee Stories, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Patient Stories, Rochester Campus, transplant, Transplant List, Dr David Joyce


Thu, Sep 17 · 2 Comments

The Flu, a Grocery Store Clinic and a Mayo Clinic Nurse May Have Saved My Life

By Ronald Petrovich ronaldpetrovich

My head pounded incessantly. With every sip of water, I felt like I was swallowing razor blades. I coughed and wheezed so hard that my stomach muscles ached. But as sick as I was, this would be one of my healthiest days, because a visit with a vigilant nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic may have […]

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Tags: bicuspid aortic valve, Cardiovascular Diseases, Heart Murmur, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, influenza, Patient Stories


Wed, Sep 16 · 2 Comments

New Kidney From Sister Gives Hurdler a Chance at 2016 Olympics

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Heads turned when Aries Merritt walked into the lobby at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix at 5 a.m. on Sept. 1, with family and TV cameras in tow. Just four days earlier, he won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. But, on this day, facing one of […]

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Tags: Arizona campus, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Patient Stories


Wed, Nov 5 · Leave a Comment

Not Ready to Slow Down

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

A second opinion at Mayo Clinic helped Harold Magy return to the active schedule he loves For years, Harold Magy was familiar with the inner workings of Mayo Clinic. As a mechanical engineer for more than two decades with a company that frequently worked with Mayo, he knew the ins and outs of many of […]

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Tags: heart failure, Cardiovascular Diseases, Patient Stories


Fri, Aug 15 · 23 Comments

Mystery Solved – Diagnosis Moves Patient from Frustration to Peace of Mind and a Plan

By iggeez iggeez1416

I want to share my story to possibly help another person and to hopefully help others who are still facing their own health unknowns. I struggled for years with extreme fatigue, major skin problems, muscle weakness, escalating eye issues, and a host of other unexplained symptoms. I moved to Georgia with more and more symptoms. […]

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Tags: Lupus, myasthenia gravis, Patient Stories


Mon, Jun 30 · 1 Comment

Nicole’s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

When Nicole Jahns was just five months old, her parents – and her doctors – knew something was wrong. She wasn’t gaining weight like a five-month-old should, and she wasn’t, as her doctors put it, “thriving.” They soon discovered why. Nicole had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr Mark Wylam, lung transplant, nursing, Patient Stories, transplant


Tue, Jun 24 · Leave a Comment

Second Opinion Leads to a Second Chance at Sight

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Audrey Dean has been a lifelong advocate for social justice. After a notable career in social work, she earned a law degree and became senior counsel for the Alberta Human Rights Commission in 1992. At age 75, she is still arguing cases — some before the Supreme Court of Canada. “It’s fortunate that the government […]

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Tags: Dr Joanne Shen, International Patients, Macular Degeneration, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, ophthalmology, Patient Stories, vision loss


Wed, Jun 4 · Leave a Comment

Untangling a complex medical challenge

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Amy Supergan has battled a host of difficult and painful disorders. Now she’s found a way back to enjoying her life and her family. In the summer of 2013, Amy Supergan took a trip to Italy. That may not sound extraordinary, but there was a time when being able to travel and enjoy a vacation […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Dr Daniel LaChance, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Dr Kendall Lee


Fri, May 23 · Leave a Comment

Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Always Eliminate Risk of Heart Disease

By Paul Scotti pscotti

Sometimes even doing everything right to live a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough to ward off a serious illness. Such was the case of 67-year-old Donald Glynn of Jacksonville, Fla., an avid runner who has participated in countless marathons, half marathons and 5K races over the last 30 years. He also watched his diet, weight and blood pressure, […]

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Tags: Donald Glynn, Dr Daniel Yip, Florida, Heart Disease, lvad, MayoClinicFL, Patient Stories, transplant


Fri, May 16 · Leave a Comment

Joyous Victory: Lung Cancer Survivor Finds Her Niche, Gives Back to Help Others

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Written by Eunice Nishimura My journey started innocently enough as a neck strain I received while playing with my daughter’s golden retriever in October 2010. As the year ended, the discomfort had increased, and I sought out my physician in January 2011. He set up appointments for MRI and MRA exams. Once done, I quickly […]

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Tags: Chemotherapy, clinical trial, Dr Helen Ross, Dr Steven Schild, giving, lung cancer, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Patient Stories