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Feb 18, 2019

Embracing Life Wholeheartedly

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When Kim Russell was born in 1960 with a congenital heart defect, doctors weren't optimistic about her survival. Today, thanks to the individualized care and personal support of her Mayo Clinic team, Kim has exceeded all expectations. [...]
Embracing Life Wholeheartedly
Feb 15, 2019

Puzzling Symptoms Explained by Hydrocephalus Diagnosis

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It took some time to discover the source of the troubling symptoms that plagued Dorothy Sorlie. But once she was diagnosed with normal pressure hydrocephalus, neurosurgery fixed the problem and allowed Dorothy to return to the activities she loves. [...]
Puzzling Symptoms Explained by Hydrocephalus Diagnosis
Feb 13, 2019

Comprehensive Care Makes for a Brighter Future

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When Stephanie Van Doren came to Mayo Clinic, she never expected to learn she had a genetic defect that raised her risk for a potentially fatal heart condition. But thanks to her physician's all-inclusive approach, Stephanie and her family now have information they need to live life to the fullest. [...]
Comprehensive Care Makes for a Brighter Future
Feb 11, 2019

Quick, Coordinated Action Solves a Polar Problem

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Just as things were settling down in the aftermath of a polar vortex in the Midwest, a new issue presented itself at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. And staff stepped up to meet the challenge. [...]
Quick, Coordinated Action Solves a Polar Problem
Feb 11, 2019

A Lifetime of Gratitude for Lifesaving Cancer Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Thirty years ago, Brad Morris' life came to a grinding halt when a rare, life-threatening tumor was found in his chest. Hoping for the best possible outcome, Brad sought care at Mayo Clinic, where he found expert oncology and surgical teams that gave him a chance at survival. [...]
A Lifetime of Gratitude for Lifesaving Cancer Care
Feb 7, 2019

What A Doctor Learned When He Became A Patient

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a cardiologist, Andrew Calvin, M.D., is very familiar with the world of health care. But when he found out he needed surgery, he was a little unnerved. Support from his spouse and care team got him through it, though, and taught him some important lessons along the way. [...]
What A Doctor Learned When He Became A Patient
Feb 5, 2019

Life-Threatening Infection Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Alex Zabaski became seriously ill when an infection destroyed one of his heart valves. But emergency heart surgery at Mayo Clinic eliminated the danger and restored Alex's heart health. [...]
Life-Threatening Infection Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery
Feb 1, 2019

Sports Medicine Propels Ray Yeary to New Heights

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When it comes to outdoor pursuits, Ray Yeary is more than a weekend warrior. A lifelong backpacker and adventure sports enthusiast, Ray has been able to take on increasingly more strenuous activities thanks to the comprehensive care he's received at Mayo's Sports Medicine Clinic. [...]
Sports Medicine Propels Ray Yeary to New Heights
Jan 31, 2019

Living and Loving Out Loud

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Affected by hearing loss for years, Jerry and Madalaine McDaniel created a world for themselves that revolved around their quiet home environment. But when the couple was offered a chance to escape the silence, they leaped at the possibility of a return to sound. [...]
Living and Loving Out Loud
Jan 28, 2019

Heart Care Gives Pat Rozeske New Rhythm

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Heart problems were wearing down Pat Rozeske and sapping her strength. But cardiac surgery and rehabilitation have renewed her energy and put her on the path to better health. [...]
Heart Care Gives Pat Rozeske New Rhythm
Jan 27, 2019

Neurosurgery Inspires Athlete's Career Path

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More than a decade after nerve transfer surgery restored mobility to his right shoulder, Peter Rechenberg is not only able to do Olympic lifts, he's using his experience at Mayo Clinic to bring healing to others. [...]
Neurosurgery Inspires Athlete's Career Path
Jan 23, 2019

Close to Her Heart: Rare Tumor Leads to the Right Team at Mayo Clinic

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When Alice Alimurung was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening tumor, she embarked on a hunt for a surgeon with enough expertise to remove the mass. The search led Alice from the Philippines to Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, where she found an experienced surgical team that saved her life. [...]
Close to Her Heart: Rare Tumor Leads to the Right Team at Mayo Clinic
Jan 21, 2019

Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Kandie Nelson didn't know she had a medical problem until the moment she wasn’t able to speak clearly. Now Kandie and her family are helping researchers learn more about the abnormally formed blood vessels that triggered her symptoms. [...]
Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations
Jan 18, 2019

Rabbi Returns to His Life's Mission After Bile Duct Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When debilitating itching and fatigue prevented him from working, Rabbi Melvin Gruber turned to Mayo Clinic, where a series of specialized procedures allowed him to get back to teaching and sharing his knowledge with his community. [...]
Rabbi Returns to His Life's Mission After Bile Duct Treatment
Jan 16, 2019

Treatment Advances Keep Lung Cancer in Check, Care Close to Home

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, Kurt Jacobson has received state-of-the-art care from Mayo Clinic without needing to travel far from his home in northern Wisconsin. [...]
Treatment Advances Keep Lung Cancer in Check, Care Close to Home
Jan 15, 2019

Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, the chronic pain of Crohn's disease isolated Breanne Spence from family and friends. At Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center, Breanne learned how to manage the pain so she could take control of her life again. [...]
Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain
Jan 14, 2019

Heart Surgery Puts Sarah Bopp Back in the Race

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Sarah Bopp began having shortness of breath and chest pain, she was surprised to learn that the problem was a heart condition that could have taken her life. But now open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic has the 29-year-old back in competition and more fit than ever. [...]
Heart Surgery Puts Sarah Bopp Back in the Race
Jan 9, 2019

Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, artist Jennifer Hunter harbored an intense fear of surgery and lived with chronic pain. When the pain became debilitating, she decided to find a way to use her art to manage her anxiety. [...]
Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery
Jan 8, 2019

Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a trip overseas, Hugo de Jager was gripped by fatigue, abdominal pain and severe headaches. The culprit was cerebral malaria. Although the diagnosis is uncommon, and the condition life-threatening, experts at Mayo Clinic worked together to help Hugo achieve a remarkable recovery. [...]
Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria
Jan 7, 2019

Heart Surgery Re-energizes Gymnast

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition known as Ebstein anomaly, Dannika Mechtel came to Mayo Clinic for care. Surgery not only repaired her heart, it restored her vitality, so she can keep competing in the sport she loves. [...]
Heart Surgery Re-energizes Gymnast
Jan 2, 2019

Shoulder Injury Can't Sideline Young Coach

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Nicholas Oeltjen, a physical education teacher and coach, suffered a complex shoulder injury, his Mayo care team crafted a treatment plan that got him back on the field. [...]
Shoulder Injury Can't Sideline Young Coach
Dec 28, 2018

Turning the Compass Toward New Understanding of Skin Disorders

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A seasoned traveler, Lou Appignani relishes exploration and discovery. So when he was diagnosed with an inflammatory condition that affects his skin, he and his wife, Laurie, decided to contribute to medical research at Mayo Clinic to help dermatology experts unravel the mysteries behind skin disorders. [...]
Turning the Compass Toward New Understanding of Skin Disorders
Dec 26, 2018

Weight Loss Sets the Stage for Successful Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
With hard work and determination, Ann Statz lost more than 100 pound in preparation for knee surgery. Now she's feeling much better and reaping the rewards of renewed health. [...]
Weight Loss Sets the Stage for Successful Surgery
Dec 21, 2018

Couple Buoyed by Mayo Clinic Care in Sickness and Health

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Gary and Carolyn Lockner, a trip to Mayo Clinic is more than a doctor's appointment. To the Lockners, Mayo Clinic not only provides physical healing, it also offers emotional support and renewed hope. [...]
Couple Buoyed by Mayo Clinic Care in Sickness and Health
Dec 19, 2018

Palliative and Hospice Care Ease Difficult Transitions

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As they've faced the realities of a terminal illness, Jim and Nancy Moessner appreciate the support and assistance they've received from Mayo experts in palliative care and hospice care. [...]
Palliative and Hospice Care Ease Difficult Transitions
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