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Ginette's Top Tips for Breast Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them

Ginette Weiner began her fight against breast cancer in 2008, and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She is a patient at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and under the ongoing care of Donald Northfelt, M.D. She brings a fresh, honest and engaging perspective to patients and their loved ones with the following advice for breast cancer patients and their families. [...]

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Sister’s Kidney for Little Brother

For his entire life, radio host James Rabe has known that one day he'd need a new kidney. A disease called Alport Syndrome slowly caused his kidneys to fail. As his condition advanced, the search for a new organ began. His big sister stepped up and gave part of herself [...]

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Life after C. difficile

Dianne Shea thought that the fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea and endless bouts of diarrhea from C. diff would take away her independence. But after a fecal transplant, she says, "My life began again."   Written by Dianne Shea I've been a paraplegic and a Mayo Clinic patient for more than [...]

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Richard Rubenstein: Overcoming Rectal Cancer

A routine colonoscopy in 2007 saved Richard Rubenstein’s life. Richard, a retired executive from Scottsdale, Ariz., had expected to receive a clean bill of health, especially since he had no alarming symptoms or any family history of colorectal malignancies. Instead he received shocking news – he had stage 3 rectal cancer. [...]

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A lifetime of lessons in 20 short years

It hasn't been an easy path for Ashley Jagodzinski. To say the least. So you'll pardon Ashley and her mom (Mayo employee Erin Jagodzinski) if they're a touch enthusiastic about Ashley officially starting her college career this fall. A few things conspired to stop Ashley from getting to this point. Three [...]

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Young girl becomes champion for scoliosis screening

It's a rare teenager who puts in overtime. Kelsey O'Leary is that teen. At age 12, Kelsey was diagnosed with scoliosis and fitted with a brace by Mayo Clinic physicians. The Rochester, Minn., girl wore the brace day and night — logging more than the recommended hours — for three [...]

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Little Sofia takes big steps with the help of Mehta casting

              ............................................................................................................................................................. After Mehta casting at Mayo Clinic, 3-year-old Sofía Egües saw the curvature of her spine reduced from 60 to 35 degrees and has taken steps she was previously unable to.  Three-year-old Sofía Egües has progressive infantile scoliosis. In November 2012, despite having received [...]

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Make Good Things Come From Bad

During a hospitalization for pneumonia more than 20 years ago in her hometown of Barrington, IL, Ilse Hein received very frightening news: she had multiple myeloma. Initially she understood that she had a skin cancer (a melanoma), though she soon learned that multiple myeloma was actually very different: a complex [...]

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Life Restored for Patient at Mayo Clinic

Kenneth Piehl describes the intense pain he felt from extensive blood clots in his legs and the overwhelming feelings of, 'joy and pride' he shared with the Mayo Clinic staff, who successfully administered his Mechanical Thrombectomy procedure. Mayo Clinic's Robert McBane II, M.D. explains the path to what Kenneth calls, [...]

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Finally! Relief for Unbearable Acid Reflux: The LINX Procedure

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 [...]

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For patient in Honolulu, Mayo Clinic is just one click away

Living in Hawaii definitely has its benefits — the beautiful scenery, the tropical weather, the ocean. But, what if you are living with a chronic condition and there aren't any specialists on the island? For Traci Downs, the answer was Mayo Clinic and Patient Online Services, a tool that enables [...]

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Mayo Clinic Young Volunteers - W.E. C.A.R.E.

Volunteering at Mayo Clinic is an awesome opportunity and our Mayo Clinic Young Volunteers here in Rochester, Minn., are proud to be part of this world-class institution. Team Leaders on our MCYV Council wanted to showcase some of the qualities of our volunteers, and W.E. C.A.R.E. is an acronym that [...]

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Surprise amyloidosis diagnosis leads to combined heart-liver transplant

At the end of a routine physical in 2006, Dan Carey’s doctor asked if there was anything else he wanted to discuss. Dan exercised regularly and felt good. Except for one thing. “I get out of breath when I walk up stairs,” he told his doctor. A chest X-ray revealed [...]

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Seizure-free after new surgery

One of Arden Berge's most surprising discoveries while he was a graduate student in meteorology had nothing to do with the weather. "I'd been lying on the bed reading, and all of a sudden I looked up and there were paramedics standing over me," says Berge. He'd soon learn why. [...]

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Thoroughness is credited by Canadian for early Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

John Henderson of British Columbia is a details man: a Chartered Accountant for whom accuracy and thoroughness are paramount. So while health care is excellent in Canada, about 15 years ago Mr. Henderson, now 62, decided his routine check-ups were not as thorough as they should be for a man [...]

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Holiday Health Hints and the Faces of Stroke Prevention

As I get ready to celebrate the holidays with my family this year, I’m preparing to pay special attention to my father and grandmother. Both have had a stroke in the past. And while both are doing well, I learned earlier this year while working on a project that the [...]

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Repaying a gift: Scholarship recipient says thanks in a special way

About 14 years ago, Joe Lueken was working at his grocery store and noticed occasional tremors. "I didn't think anything of it, but it got to me more and more," Joe said. After a trip to a local physician, followed by examination at the Mayo Clinic, he received a diagnosis [...]

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Grateful for his life and glad to help others

When Bruce Schwartau was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a chronic liver disease, he understood he'd eventually need a liver transplant. Until then, he didn't want his condition to change his life. For years, it didn't. Bruce continued his university course work, traveling to communities throughout southern Minnesota to teach. [...]

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Multifocal motor neuropathy

Cecilia Van Gorp woke one morning to find that she had lost movement in her right hand. "I immediately called the doctor, fearing I had had a stroke," says Van Gorp. A visit with her doctor ruled out a stroke. Several appointments with specialists and numerous tests followed, but didn't [...]

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Family Pressure Brings Timely Treatment

Tom Sherrard often told his wife, Kris, that they really needed to spend more time in Minnesota. Tom has vacationed in Northern Minnesota ever since he was a youngster. Today he, Kris, and daughters Megan and Sarah continue to vacation at the family summer home, where they enjoy boating, fishing, [...]

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