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Patient Honors Her Liver Donor and Faith in New Book

Hildred "Peggy" Lyons' first signs of liver problems occurred back in 1968, around the time of her son's birth, when her physician noticed she had elevated liver enzymes. An otherwise healthy woman who worked and also volunteered as a fitness instructor at her church teaching several classes a day to [...]

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A New Chapter: Life After My Liver and Kidney Transplant

Written by Elaine Ginn, transplant patient at Mayo Clinic in Florida As I sit here at the Mayo Clinic lab on the Florida campus waiting to be called for a lab draw of a dozen or so tubes of my blood, my mind returns four years to the time before my [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

Trust Your 'Gut' When Experiencing Possible Signs of Colorectal Cancer

Most people think that colorectal cancer is just an old man's disease, perhaps because current medical guidelines recommend regular screening begin at the age of 50. Truth is, this disease doesn't discriminate in age, gender or race. Grace De La Rosa was 38 when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 [...]

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Her Relay: Overcoming a Childhood Tumor to Being An Advocate for Life

Written by Erin Mobley, Adult BMT Data Specialist at Mayo Clinic in Florida I wanted to go skiing for my seventh birthday, but instead I celebrated in the hospital with family and friends, and a pediatric oncologist.  Two months earlier, in September 1993, on my first day of first grade, I had [...]

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Eluding the 'Widow Maker': The Checkup that Saved His Life

“You have to go to know.” George Roberts will tell you he’s a busy man — too busy to worry about a physical. As vice president of a Florida-based road construction and contracting company and chair of two industry groups, he’s got a lot to oversee. Taking time for a [...]

Created by Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

The Woman Patient: Is Her Voice Heard?

[Editor's Note: Following is an article by Mary I. O'Connor, M.D., chair of the Department of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Florida, sharing her perspective on how gender affects the care of women today.] Should a woman have a female doctor? As a woman and an orthopedic surgeon, I am sometimes asked [...]

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Florida Double Lung Transplant Recipients ‘Pay it Forward’

When Richard Oppelt of Melbourne, Fla., became the first lung-transplant program patient at Mayo Clinic in Florida in June 2001, he never thought that 12 years later he’d be helping someone else with the same situation deal with his recovery. But that’s exactly what Oppelt did in Dec. 2012 when he heard [...]

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Anna's Story: A Personal Approach to Cancer

At age 30, Anna Webster was a busy single mom juggling work and caring for her 11-year-old daughter. She didn’t have time to be sick. But after passing out one evening in the spring of 2009, she spent three days in a Jacksonville, Fla., emergency room while doctors tried to [...]

Created by Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

Harmonica Helps Pulmonary and Lung-Transplant 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 [...]

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Why I'm Now Practicing 'Safe Sun'

Summer’s here and I’m ready to be outside. Whether it’s going to the beach, attending sporting events, or just strolling downtown, I’ve been looking forward to having fun in the sun. After all, having grown up in Florida, I love being outside. But after being on the job at Mayo [...]

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Adventures of a 31-year-old Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

Dorylee Baez lives fearlessly. Whether flying down a zip line or organizing a pancreatic cancer patient group in Puerto Rico, she plunges into life with zest. The 31-year-old academic advisor at Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico, is known as someone who is tenacious, overcoming whatever obstacles get in [...]

Created by Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

Soccer Mom Strokes on the Field

The phrase “soccer mom” might be a cliché, but for Jessica Cook of Jacksonville, Fla., it was apropos. The mom of three boys (ages 6, 10 and 13) spent hours in the car each week driving her sons from one field to another for their weekly soccer practices and games. [...]

Created by Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

To Test or Not to Test - Genetics, That Is

So I wonder if anyone else spent part of Tuesday, May 14, 2013, pondering what they would do. Would they take the test to learn if they were at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer? What if it came back positive? What decision would they make – to keep [...]

Created by Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

Fighting for the Fighters at #TheDonna

Words can't begin to describe my feelings on that cold February morning as I watched thousands of people run through the start line at the sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. As an intern at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Public Affairs, I had [...]

Created by Jason Pratt

An Unexpected Miracle from Down the Hallway

Sometimes miracles happen when you least expect them. No one believes that more than Fleming Island, Florida resident Shirley Thompson, whose tale of how she received two new lungs while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida isn’t exactly the typical scenario. The 48-year old married, [...]

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#TheDonna Series: 4 Divas and a Dude

The sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is less than two days away and many of the 10,000-plus participants are anything but seasoned athletes. Take Karol Rajos, a Mayo Clinic employee, who wanted to find a way to honor her Aunt Esther, a breast [...]

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#TheDonna Series: For Mothers and Others

While one would expect members of Mayo Clinic’s department of neurology to support community events, you’d probably assume it would be related to things like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s or Lou Gerhig’s disease (also known as ALS). But breast cancer? Indeed. It seems as if everyone knows someone who is affected [...]

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#TheDonna Series: A Certified Cheerer and First Aid Captain

Thousands are preparing to lace up their sneakers for the sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer on Sunday, Feb. 17, and in doing so, supporting ongoing research at Mayo Clinic related to breast cancer. But it takes a lot of people to ensure the [...]

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#TheDonna Series: Running for Aunt Donna

Thousands are preparing to lace up their sneakers for the sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer on Sunday, February 17, 2013, and in doing so, supporting ongoing research (PDF) at Mayo Clinic related to breast cancer. Ashley Crofton is one of them. Although she works [...]

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Lymphoma Patient Receives Gift of Life from Bone Marrow

Twelve years ago, Ron Wilson woke up with a swollen neck and knew something was very wrong. After visiting his doctor, he learned that his blood counts were off the charts. Consultation with an oncologist revealed shocking news – Ron was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) & Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a non-curable [...]

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