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Mar 22, 2019

Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story

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When Lena Spotleson sought treatment for unexplained stomach pain, the 26-year-old was shocked to learn she had late-stage cervical cancer. But the aggressive treatment Lena received at Mayo Clinic eliminated the cancer. Now, in an effort to help others, she's sharing her perspective on being a cancer survivor. [...]
Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story
Mar 20, 2019

Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights

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A lifesaving heart transplant at Mayo Clinic helped Elise Campbell break free from the physical limitations of a rare genetic heart condition she had lived with since she was 14. Now Elise is relishing the opportunity to enjoy experiences she never thought possible. [...]
Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights
Mar 18, 2019

Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength

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Brenda Braatz has been dealing with breast cancer since 2013. Although the diagnosis and its treatment haven't been easy, Brenda is thankful for the expert care, compassion and encouragement she's received from her Mayo team. [...]
Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength
Mar 15, 2019

Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

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A lifetime of food addiction resulted in Jessica Erickson's weight becoming unmanageable. When she looked for medical help, she found a Mayo Clinic team that offered her the care and support she needed to become a smaller, healthier version of herself. [...]
Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective
Mar 13, 2019

Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle

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Pam Stubbs hadn't felt well in years. But now, thanks to a successful liver transplant at Mayo Clinic, Pam feels better than ever, and she's channeling newfound energy into her passion for horseback riding. [...]
Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle
Mar 11, 2019

Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Mary Shelley struggled for years to control her erratic blood sugar levels, which affected every aspect of her life. A pancreas transplant in 2018 helped her overcome many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, and it has allowed her to experience life in ways she never thought possible. [...]
Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes
Mar 8, 2019

Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment

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When Bruce McVety's prostate cancer returned after a seven-year remission, his doctor suggested he go to Mayo Clinic to receive a test that wasn't available locally. Bruce listened. Today, after comprehensive treatment, the cancer is undetectable, and Bruce is grateful for his renewed health. [...]
Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment
Mar 6, 2019

Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Marisa Bella, living with a rare neurological condition meant managing sustained pain and an unnatural head position, as well as dealing with unwanted reactions from strangers. For years Marisa navigated life while suffering the physical, mental and emotional effects of her illness. That all changed in 2018 when a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon helped her get her life back. [...]
Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace
Mar 4, 2019

Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida

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When Melinda and Matt Little found out their baby girl, Aida, was deaf, they wanted to do everything they could to enable her to hear. A multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic helped them achieve that goal. [...]
Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida
Mar 1, 2019

Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling's Independence

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Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he's pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurosurgery. [...]
Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling's Independence
Feb 27, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Chronic Pain, Thanks to Nerve Stimulation

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Ron Schlicht thought the chronic pain he'd been living with in his right leg was never going to go away. That began to change, however, after Ron came to Mayo Clinic and met the care team in the Pain Clinic. [...]
Saying Goodbye to Chronic Pain, Thanks to Nerve Stimulation
Feb 25, 2019

A Heartfelt Cure

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Fainting spells had plagued Julie Caimi since childhood. But until she went to Mayo Clinic, she had no idea the underlying cause was a congenital heart defect. An expert surgical team at Mayo corrected the problem, and now Julie's symptoms are gone. [...]
A Heartfelt Cure
Feb 22, 2019

Repaired Deviated Septum is a Breath of Fresh Air

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With a deviated septum that blocked her nasal airway, Mistie Melver couldn't breathe through her nose, and she rarely got a good night's sleep. That changed when, after two failed surgeries, she turned to Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, Mistie found a care team committed to ensuring her nasal obstruction repair was a success. [...]
Repaired Deviated Septum is a Breath of Fresh Air
Feb 20, 2019

Teamwork, Tenacity at the Heart of Mat Walker's Recovery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Mat Walker had a device implanted to aid his failing heart, it was just the beginning of a long road to better health. But a host of Mayo Clinic care providers assembled to assist Mat as he worked toward his recovery goals. [...]
Teamwork, Tenacity at the Heart of Mat Walker's Recovery
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

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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

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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

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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
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