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Jan 24, 2020

Leaning on One Another -- and Mayo Clinic -- to Fight Two Difficult Diseases

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Bob and Kelly Rodenberg wed 10 years ago, they hadn't a clue how their pledge to love one another through sickness and health would play out. But when they both developed incurable illnesses, their vows took on greater significance. Today, thanks to the work of committed Mayo Clinic care teams, the pair continues to live out their promise.

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Leaning on One Another -- and Mayo Clinic -- to Fight Two Difficult Diseases
Jan 22, 2020

Tiny But Mighty, Lorelei Overcomes Devastating Digestive Disease

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Jordyn and Michael Threat, having a premature baby was frightening on its own. Then learning that their firstborn, Lorelei, had a potentially fatal digestive system disease was an additional shock. But despite her size, Lorelei was tough. And with the support of a compassionate Mayo Clinic team, she rebounded time and again.

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Tiny But Mighty, Lorelei Overcomes Devastating Digestive Disease
Jan 20, 2020

Spinal Cord Stimulator Ends 17 Years of Chronic Pain

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A snowmobile accident left Blake Sunde with limited use of his right arm and triggered severe, chronic pain that lasted for years. But two years ago, a new treatment option changed everything and restored the quality of life Blake had been missing for so long.

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Spinal Cord Stimulator Ends 17 Years of Chronic Pain
Jan 17, 2020

After Facial Surgery, Tammy Says Goodbye to Years of Sleep Apnea

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Before coming to Mayo Clinic, Tammy Olson had been told the severe obstructive sleep apnea she'd been living with for years was beyond treatment. After meeting Christopher Viozzi, M.D., D.D.S., a Mayo Clinic oral and maxillofacial surgeon, however, Tammy found the help she so desperately needed.

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After Facial Surgery, Tammy Says Goodbye to Years of Sleep Apnea
Jan 15, 2020

With Her Seizures in the Past, Keeley Faces a Promising Future

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, Keeley Allen and her family lived in fear that a seizure would strike and render the teen helpless. Unresponsive to medication, the seizures were unusual and ambiguous. Worse than the unpredictability of the seizures was the uncertainty about how to make them stop. At Mayo Clinic, however, the family's concerns about Keeley's seizures finally were put to rest.

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With Her Seizures in the Past, Keeley Faces a Promising Future
Jan 13, 2020

New Hope for Regaining His Old Life After Being Paralyzed

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a surfing accident, Chris Barr thought life as he knew it was over. After enrolling in a regenerative medicine clinical trial at Mayo Clinic, however, he began to realize all was not lost.

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New Hope for Regaining His Old Life After Being Paralyzed
Jan 10, 2020

Expert Care, Teamwork Lead to Tailored Treatment for Alexa's Rare Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Alexa Lofaro spent six months taking medications for a condition she didn't have. Once she arrived at Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team specializing in her disease not only provided the right diagnosis, but also conducted the genetic testing necessary to find the right medication for her.

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Expert Care, Teamwork Lead to Tailored Treatment for Alexa's Rare Cancer
Jan 8, 2020

Surgery for Chest Wall Deformity Restores Danielle's Active Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Danielle Goldsmith was told nothing could be done to reverse the effects of a chest wall deformity she'd had since birth, she took her health into her own hands by researching all her options. That research led Danielle to Mayo Clinic.

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Surgery for Chest Wall Deformity Restores Danielle's Active Life
Jan 6, 2020

Back in Control After Successful Incontinence Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, Roxann Neumann, kept spare clothes in her car and desk for the days when incontinence got the best of her. But after an innovative surgery that resets the nerve signals between the brain, bladder and bowel, Roxann's incontinence has improved immensely, and the extra clothing is back in her closet.

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Back in Control After Successful Incontinence Treatment
Jan 3, 2020

A Welcome Dose of Furry Comfort

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
With her warm brown eyes, big floppy ears and calming presence, Luna, a trained facility dog, spends her days bringing cheer to Mayo patients.

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A Welcome Dose of Furry Comfort
Dec 30, 2019

Quick Recovery From Kidney Cancer With Ablation Therapy

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A diagnosis of kidney cancer was not the news Carol Adams wanted to hear. But with the minimally invasive option offered by her Mayo care team, Carol's cancer treatment turned out to be quick and painless. Now the diagnosis and the cancer are behind her.

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Quick Recovery From Kidney Cancer With Ablation Therapy
Dec 27, 2019

Physician's Love of Philosophy Grows Into a Passion for Helping Patients

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a medical oncologist, Evanthia Galanis, M.D., has a simple philosophy — patients need answers quicker. Dr. Galanis brings this perspective from her research and clinical experience to her new role as Mayo Clinic's executive dean for development, where she's seen the impact philanthropy can have when joined with Mayo Clinic's patient-centered values.

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Physician's Love of Philosophy Grows Into a Passion for Helping Patients
Dec 23, 2019

Rare Tumor Triggers Life-Threatening Medical Ordeal

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor while she was pregnant, Dr. Staci Tanouye and her husband, Dr. Amit Merchea, turned to a team of Mayo Clinic specialists to safeguard Dr. Tanouye's health and that of their baby. Under that expert care, their son was safely delivered and the tumor successfully removed.

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Rare Tumor Triggers Life-Threatening Medical Ordeal
Dec 20, 2019

Sparked by a Desire to Help Someone in Need, Kidney Chain Offers Life Renewed

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Although they've never met, Carrie Fairchild and Emilia Haro are linked through the experience of being part of a chain of kidney transplants that Carrie started as an altruistic donor and Emilia benefitted from as a transplant recipient.

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Sparked by a Desire to Help Someone in Need, Kidney Chain Offers Life Renewed
Dec 18, 2019

Heart Surgery Keeps Trip Hedrick Swimming Strong

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a 20-year history of heart disease that's included a heart attack and stent placements to clear blocked arteries, coronary bypass surgery at Mayo Clinic has helped Trip Hedrick continue pursuing his competitive swimming goals.

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Heart Surgery Keeps Trip Hedrick Swimming Strong
Dec 16, 2019

After Treatment for Chronic Pelvic Pain, Marah's Future is Wide Open

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
These days, Marah Johnson feels terrific. Happy and healthy, the 20-year-old is living her best life. It's a new reality for Marah, who had been incapacitated by unexplained pelvic pain until she met a Mayo Clinic physician who demystified her pain and provided a cure.

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After Treatment for Chronic Pelvic Pain, Marah's Future is Wide Open
Dec 13, 2019

Finding Meaning and Renewal Through Cardiac Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Gary Tompkins' heart is damaged from a dangerous cardiac condition. But that hasn't stopped it from feeling joy, love and gratitude for a second chance at life, and for the men and women at Mayo Clinic whose commitment, compassion and friendship has helped him heal.

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Finding Meaning and Renewal Through Cardiac Care
Dec 11, 2019

Regaining Control After a Decade of Epilepsy

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Before coming to Mayo Clinic, Denny Hinshaw had lived with epileptic seizures for more than 10 years, and they were eroding his personal and professional life. Since Denny came to Mayo Clinic for care, however, all that is in the past.

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Regaining Control After a Decade of Epilepsy
Dec 9, 2019

Emergency Air Ambulance Transfer and Expert Critical Care Avert Tragedy

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Tabetha and Matt Cameron live a quiet life. Partners since their teens, the Camerons spend their days enjoying familiar activities close to their northern Minnesota home. The couple cherishes their tranquil existence, especially since Tabetha underwent a harrowing medical trauma that nearly took her life.

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Emergency Air Ambulance Transfer and Expert Critical Care Avert Tragedy
Dec 6, 2019

Freed From Unrelenting Pain, Bea Fiala is Offering Her Own Kind of Medicine: Laughter

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Constant leg pain made it difficult for Bea Fiala to do what mattered to her. In particular, it took her away from the place where she felt most at home — the stage. After traveling to Mayo Clinic in search of answers, however, Bea underwent a minimally invasive procedure that has her smiling and making others laugh again.

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Freed From Unrelenting Pain, Bea Fiala is Offering Her Own Kind of Medicine: Laughter
Dec 4, 2019

Back in the Game After Shoulder Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Mike Gyarmaty dislocated his right shoulder, he hoped corrective surgery at Mayo Clinic would return him to his normal way of life. But that surgery, along with the intense rehabilitation that followed, helped Mike go far beyond those hopes.

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Back in the Game After Shoulder Surgery
Dec 2, 2019

Wide, Wonderful Smiles After Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Rebecca and J Winkowski, learning that their daughter, Everly, would be born with a cleft lip and palate was an unexpected and unnerving discovery. But after meeting a compassionate team of Mayo Clinic physicians committed to Everly's care, those feelings of anxiety and apprehension quickly vanished.

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Wide, Wonderful Smiles After Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Treatment
Nov 27, 2019

CAR-T Versus Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in her 40s, Tanis Milicevic tried a number of treatments to keep the disease in check. But the cancer came back. Then her Mayo Clinic care team offered Tanis a new option, and it made a world of difference.

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CAR-T Versus Cancer
Nov 25, 2019

After 'Just Surviving' on Dialysis, Canna Celebrates Life With a New Kidney

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Canna Caldwell endured a four-year wait for a new kidney. And for 2½ of those years, she required dialysis four days a week — a grueling experience that sapped her energy and narrowed her world. But then Canna got the call she had been waiting so long to receive, and a kidney transplant transformed her life.

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After 'Just Surviving' on Dialysis, Canna Celebrates Life With a New Kidney
Nov 22, 2019

Bomb Blast Takes Soldier's Career From the Armed Forces to Medicine

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A bomb blast caused significant trauma to Senior Airman Josh Labott's patrol. But it was in the aftermath of that catastrophe that Labott found his calling and put him on the path to a career in medicine.

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Bomb Blast Takes Soldier's Career From the Armed Forces to Medicine
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