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Oct 23, 2017

Freed From Lymphedema by Unique, Minimally Invasive Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
  Joni Carithers was forced to deal with swelling in her arm due to lymphedema for years following breast cancer surgery. But in 2016, microsurgery at Mayo Clinic finally relieved the discomfort that had vexed her for so long. [...]
Freed From Lymphedema by Unique, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Oct 21, 2017

Bring Him Now: Transplant Teams Bring Together 'Mayo Clinic at Its Finest' For Young Patient

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When 4-year-old Maksim Messerer's kidney function declined suddenly and unexpectedly, surgical staff from across Mayo Clinic quickly came together to perform his kidney transplant several weeks ahead of schedule. [...]
Bring Him Now: Transplant Teams Bring Together 'Mayo Clinic at Its Finest' For Young Patient
Oct 19, 2017

Lifestyle Changes Yield Positive Results for Wisconsin Woman With Diabetes

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Debbie Hundley learned she had diabetes and realized what it was doing to her body, she was determined to make the adjustments needed to get the disease under control and keep it that way. [...]
Lifestyle Changes Yield Positive Results for Wisconsin Woman With Diabetes
Oct 16, 2017

Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Cements Brothers' Bond

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Always close growing up, a successful kidney donation and transplant strengthened the connection between siblings Jim Von Holtum and Greg Vaske. [...]
Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Cements Brothers' Bond
Oct 13, 2017

Outdoors Enthusiast Uses Exercise to Curb Early Onset Parkinson's Disease

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
  Mountain biker, hiker and skier Robert Berlin, M.D., was just 53 when he began experiencing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Today, thanks to health care tailored to his lifestyle, he remains active and optimistic. [...]
Outdoors Enthusiast Uses Exercise to Curb Early Onset Parkinson's Disease
Oct 12, 2017

Ankle Surgery Gives Swimmer Another Chance to Pursue Her Dreams

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Frustrated by ongoing pain, Lexi Riley considered giving up on swimming — a sport she loves. But ankle surgery at Mayo Clinic solved the problem, and now Lexi is thrilled to be back in the pool. [...]
Ankle Surgery Gives Swimmer Another Chance to Pursue Her Dreams
Oct 9, 2017

Effective Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer Calls for Customized Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Thirty-five-year old mother of three is amazed to find her cancer in remission thanks to her Mayo Clinic team's knowledge and individualized care. [...]
Effective Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer Calls for Customized Care
Oct 6, 2017

From Surviving to Thriving, Thanks to the Pain Rehabilitation Center

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Marissa Koscielski's back injuries led to chronic pain that eventually forced her into a wheelchair. Participating in Mayo Clinic's pediatric pain rehabilitation program helped her overcome the pain and put her back on her feet. [...]
From Surviving to Thriving, Thanks to the Pain Rehabilitation Center
Oct 5, 2017

Teen Navigates Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome With the Help of Clinical Genomics

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After years of dealing with mysterious symptoms, Nicole Rickert was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Now she's working with her team at Mayo Clinic to get the care she needs to move forward into a healthy future. [...]
Teen Navigates Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome With the Help of Clinical Genomics
Oct 2, 2017

Leah Nelms Feels Like Herself Again After Comprehensive Care for Breast Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After experiencing serious complications due to cancer treatment, Leah Nelms needed a team of experts who could work together to provide her with wide-ranging care. She found that team at Mayo Clinic. [...]
Leah Nelms Feels Like Herself Again After Comprehensive Care for Breast Cancer
Sep 29, 2017

Surgery Frees Ross Wasdin to Be an Active Father Once Again

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Surgical removal of a large mass of tangled blood vessels relieved painful symptoms and allowed Ross Wasdin to turn his attention back to enjoying his family and having fun. [...]
Surgery Frees Ross Wasdin to Be an Active Father Once Again
Sep 26, 2017

Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery Restores Active Lifestyle for Mini Kincaid

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
  Over time, knee pain began to severely limit Mini Kincaid's enjoyment of the activities she loved. But with robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic, Mini is ready to get back in action. [...]
Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery Restores Active Lifestyle for Mini Kincaid
Sep 22, 2017

Expert Stroke Care has Allen Witcher Walking, Cooking and Dancing Again

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a stroke, Allen Witcher required complex surgery, followed by months of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Thanks to that comprehensive treatment, Allen now relishes each new day he has to enjoy. [...]
Expert Stroke Care has Allen Witcher Walking, Cooking and Dancing Again
Sep 21, 2017

Working in Harmony to Keep a Musician Singing

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Becky Loar injured her voice, she was alarmed by the prospect of not being able to sing. But her care team at Mayo Clinic provided Becky with the treatment she needed to hit the high notes once again. [...]
Working in Harmony to Keep a Musician Singing
Sep 18, 2017

Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When congestive heart failure led to the need for a heart transplant, Vincent Arnold turned to Mayo Clinic. The care he received took all his medical concerns into account, providing him a way to return to better health. [...]
Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant
Sep 15, 2017

Neurosurgery Frees Peggy Lang From Constant Pain

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with a rare condition that affected her neck muscles, Peggy Lang suffered for years with debilitating headaches, tremors and dizzy spells. But surgery at Mayo Clinic relieved her symptoms, allowing her to enjoy life once again. [...]
Neurosurgery Frees Peggy Lang From Constant Pain
Sep 13, 2017

Cardiology Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor Has Message for Women: ‘Listen to Your Body’

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After surviving a heart attack of her own, cardiology nurse Kristin O'Meara has a clear and important message for women: "Listen to your body." [...]
Cardiology Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor Has Message for Women: ‘Listen to Your Body’
Sep 8, 2017

Breathing Easier After Nose Reconstruction Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Plagued by breathing problems and unwanted changes in her appearance, Diane Kolmer turned to Mayo Clinic for diagnosis and treatment that included reconstructive surgery. Now she's back to looking and feeling like herself again. [...]
Breathing Easier After Nose Reconstruction Surgery
Sep 7, 2017

In Need of a Second Transplant, Remy Marceau Fights On

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Four years after receiving a life-saving transplant, Remy Marceau was devastated when his body rejected the new kidney. Today he's using humor and hope to buoy his spirits as he waits for another transplant. [...]
In Need of a Second Transplant, Remy Marceau Fights On
Sep 1, 2017

From History Teacher to Heart Health Advocate

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a 37-year-old with no major medical problems, Collin Markum was shocked to learn he had a rare cardiac condition. Now after successful surgery and rehabilitation, Collin is working to help fund research and promote heart health. [...]
From History Teacher to Heart Health Advocate
Aug 31, 2017

'Blessed With Life,' Cancer Survivor Vows to Live to the Fullest

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Jane Thomson endured chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat cancer once in 2011 and again in 2014. She reflects on the experience with gratitude for her Mayo Clinic care team while anticipating a promising future. [...]
'Blessed With Life,' Cancer Survivor Vows to Live to the Fullest
Aug 29, 2017

Minor Scrape Leads to Major Health Crisis

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A seemingly innocent scrape on the hand landed Chris Gordon in a fight for his life after it morphed into a serious infection of a flesh-eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis. [...]
Minor Scrape Leads to Major Health Crisis
Aug 25, 2017

Pushing Forward Despite a Serious Lung Condition

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Being diagnosed with a rare, incurable lung disease, known as LAM, has slowed Angela Tewksbury down, but she's not out. By sharing her story, the Mayo Clinic microbiologist hopes to shed light on this uncommon disorder, so others can get prompt diagnosis and treatment. [...]
Pushing Forward Despite a Serious Lung Condition
Aug 23, 2017

Stitch by Stitch — Mayo Clinic Hernia Repair Model Helps Surgeons Hone Critical Skills

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A low-cost model developed at Mayo Clinic is being used as a tool for surgeons on the other side of the world to learn how to effectively repair inguinal hernias — a major health issue in many countries. [...]
Stitch by Stitch — Mayo Clinic Hernia Repair Model Helps Surgeons Hone Critical Skills
Aug 21, 2017

Beating the Odds Against a Deadly Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Laughing often, listening to his physicians and receiving monthly chemotherapy have helped Clyde Erickson thrive while dealing with acute myelogenous leukemia. [...]
Beating the Odds Against a Deadly Cancer
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