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Twin Sisters Share Many Things in Life, Including New Lungs

It’s often said that twins share similar traits and have unique bonds that other siblings simply don’t have. Sometimes those traits are things one would rather not share with their twin, especially when it comes to a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Linda Foster and Brenda Santinelli, 60-year-old twin sisters from [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

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 [...]

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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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Living Donors Help Family Members Battle Kidney Disease

Written by Jane Sullivan Horne When I received a kidney from my brother David 10 years ago at Mayo Clinic in Florida, little did I know that someday my only son would have to undergo the same life-saving procedure after suffering from the same rare kidney disease that has plagued [...]

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Flying High after Successful Laparoscopic Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Barbara Nehr and her husband Adam had recently retired. Their shared passion for designing and flying experimental airplanes had taken them on many adventures in the past 20 years – adventures they planned to continue. But then the Orlando couple’s plans took a detour. A routine test showed Barbara’s body [...]

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Traveling the Road of Life, Seizure-Free

For the past eight years, Nicole Dehn, 30, has had pangs of sadness whenever she passes a small grove of trees on the road near her Jacksonville, Fla., home. The trees are a constant reminder of the day epilepsy took her freedom.

Nov. 14 2005. It’s the day Dehn [...]

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I spent most of the day at Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, [...]

I spent most of the day at Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL near Pensacola and only 40 miles from my home on Ono Island. My issues are minor, comparatively speaking, and hopefully will be able to cure via injections but depending on the upcoming MRI's of my hip and [...]

Created by Patricia Faulkenberry

Living for Today: Husband and Wife Battle Lymphoma Together

It’s tough for anyone to deal with a cancer diagnosis, especially someone at the age of 18. Todd Blake, a Jacksonville, Fla., native, was just beginning life as a freshman at the University of Florida when he was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a serious form of blood cancer. Fast-forward [...]

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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

Amber's BMT Birthday Gift From Her Sister

Sisters Amber and Sabrina Starke wear matching necklaces and rings as a reminder of their commitment to each other and to keep fighting the fight against leukemia. After graduating from high school, Amber started college in May 2003. She passed out at work one day and was taken to her local [...]

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Woman Gives Kidney to Ailing Sister, Walks a 5K Two Weeks Later

When Tammi Cummings learned that her sister, Terri McMillan, needed a kidney transplant after a 40-year history of diabetes finally took its toll on her health, she never hesitated for a second about the idea of providing one of her own kidneys. Cummings, 52, of West Melbourne, Fla., not only [...]

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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 [...]

Created by Lauren Venoy

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