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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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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

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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Military Man Celebrates Independence...from Stroke

At 23, Sean Bretz was the picture of health. As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, you’d expect nothing less. But then last June 5, the machinery technician woke up with what he described as “an excruciating headache.” Attributing it to a  late night out with friends, [...]

Created by Cynthia Nelson Weiss

Stroke Treatments Then and Now

by Raquel Rivas It was 1979 when at 76, my grandmother suffered a stroke. Thirty-three years ago there was little people could do but deal with a stroke and its after effects. My grandmother thankfully regained her speech but she went through months of physical therapy and only regained a [...]

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After My Uncle Had a Stroke

As a recent graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in public relations, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to become an intern in the Public Affairs department at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Given its reputation for providing first-class patient care while pioneering research and education, I [...]

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Clot-Busting Drug Study Aims to Help Stroke Patients With no Options

Coughing. That is the sound that awoke Jennifer McDougal on the morning on Dec. 28, 2010. Her husband, Rodney, was in the bathroom preparing for work, and coughing. Suddenly, he collapsed. Rodney, then 42, had a history of hypertension, so Jennifer immediately took his blood pressure. It measured 230/100 — [...]

Created by Stacy Theobald

Seeing the Light Helps Parkinsonism Patient Walk

It began with a headache in 2007. That was followed by weakness on his left side, a slight slurring of his speech and tremors. Doctors thought Wayne Puckett, then 42 and a father of five, had suffered a stroke. But over the next two years, the headaches persisted. Complicated migraine [...]

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Mark McNeary: "A miracle of a different sort"

For Mark McNeary, a retired music industry executive, his miracle story began shortly after finishing Saturday morning chores at his ranch in Kingman, Ariz. Sudden, searing head pain and throat problems made it clear that he needed immediate medical attention. His wife, Julie, drove him 30 miles to the nearest [...]

Created by Susana Shephard

Before and After Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) Diagnosis

Kari Ulrich, a patient with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), shares her story of struggles before and after being diagnosed with FMD in 2007.

Kari writes: "Looking back to my early twenties, I suspected that the symptoms I was experiencing were not something every twenty year old faced. I always looked [...]

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Modifying your stroke risk

This post was written by Kristin Davies, a registered nurse at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus. As a nurse who works with stroke patients and their families at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, I am amazed by the control we can have over our bodies, despite their complexity. A stroke, in [...]

Created by Cynthia Nelson Weiss

Happy Holidays, Happy Heart

Ah, the holidays a time when most people have added chaos in their lives. Between stressing over finances and the best gifts to buy, fighting traffic at the mall and packing the calendar with parties, it can be the complete opposite of comfort and joy. As a result, the holidays [...]

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Garrison Keillor's "Brush with Mortality"

Syndicated columnist and radio host Garrison Keillor shares his story of a recent stroke in his Chicago Tribune column, published today: The doctor who saw me in the ER wrote in her report: "nice 67 y.o. male, flat affect, awake, alert and appropriate." I had appeared with slurred speech and [...]

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Stroke Awareness: Do you know the signs?

Despite the fact that I have been a Mayo Clinic employee for almost 19 years, and have worked for over five of those years with our comprehensive Stroke Center, I was shocked to find out that I didn't know all the signs and symptoms of stroke! It’s not just slurred [...]

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