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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
Nov 20, 2019

Taking Life One Easy Breath at a Time

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Tim Thomforde was diagnosed with COPD, his quality of life began to gradually decline, and he had to abandon many of the activities he enjoyed. Since undergoing a double lung transplant two years ago, however, Tim has had experiences he never dreamed possible when he was struggling with COPD.

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Taking Life One Easy Breath at a Time
Nov 18, 2019

A Commitment to Global Health Spurred On by a Spirit of Service

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Each year, Mayo Clinic pediatric surgeon Christopher Moir, M.D., serves as a visiting faculty member at hospitals in Africa. This work has expanded his view of how health care can be delivered and reinforced his admiration for those who practice medicine under persistently challenging circumstances.

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A Commitment to Global Health Spurred On by a Spirit of Service
Nov 15, 2019

Motorcycle Dreaming After Two Heart Transplants

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Dale Leighton underwent a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic, the motorcycling enthusiast believed his days of poor health were behind him. But the new heart failed to work. For Dale, who's dealt with life-threatening heart disease for years, that meant a second heart transplant and a second journey through recovery.

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Motorcycle Dreaming After Two Heart Transplants
Nov 13, 2019

Crossing the Finish Line With Help From Sports Medicine

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a decade of running 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons, pain was keeping Kaitlyn Johnson from the sport she loved. Though she feared her running days were over, a comprehensive treatment plan developed by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine allowed Kaitlyn to get back to running and achieve one of her biggest personal goals.

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Crossing the Finish Line With Help From Sports Medicine
Nov 11, 2019

Rewriting the Script for Parents of Babies With Down Syndrome

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For new parents of babies born with Down syndrome, the educational brochures that were at their disposal made them feel less than hopeful. Mayo Clinic's Office of Patient Education knew they could do better, so a team set about creating new materials to provide families with a more optimistic outlook.

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Rewriting the Script for Parents of Babies With Down Syndrome
Nov 8, 2019

Opening Doors for Cancer Research in Native American Communities

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Mayo Clinic's 14-year partnership with Diné College has opened up opportunities for students like Corinna Sabaque to gain experience in fields where Native communities are often underrepresented and underserved. In Sabaque's case, those opportunities launched a career in cancer research.

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Opening Doors for Cancer Research in Native American Communities
Nov 6, 2019

Arizona Family is 'Transplant Strong' for Son's Journey to Kidney Health

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Kendon Holdaway found out he would need a kidney transplant, his close-knit family rallied around him. With his mother as his living donor, and his father and siblings stepping up to be caregivers, the transplant turned into a bonding experience that drew the family even closer.

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Arizona Family is 'Transplant Strong' for Son's Journey to Kidney Health
Nov 4, 2019

Comprehensive Dental Care Produces Show-Stopping Smiles

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Feelings of gloom set in whenever Carys Rees-Baker and her family discussed the surgery Carys needed to fix her underbite. But the shadow lifted when Carys met a team of Mayo Clinic dental and maxillofacial specialists whose compassion assured her she would be well-cared for and the treatment well worth the effort.

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Comprehensive Dental Care Produces Show-Stopping Smiles
Nov 1, 2019

Vision Preserved With an Innovative Approach to Brain Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Jo-Ann Rosemont learned she had a meningioma in her head, she followed her care team's advice and had regular checkups for more than a year to make sure it wasn't growing. But after one of her local doctors insisted that she get a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, Jo-Ann ended up undergoing a unique surgery that saved her eyesight.

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Vision Preserved With an Innovative Approach to Brain Surgery
Oct 30, 2019

Second Opinion Opens the Door to Lifesaving Cancer Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
LeAnn Kuper couldn't have been more surprised when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and told it was incurable. Despite that shocking news, the upbeat interior designer was undeterred. LeAnn took her case to Mayo Clinic and found a determined physician who offered her a promising alternative.

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Second Opinion Opens the Door to Lifesaving Cancer Care
Oct 28, 2019

'Trio of Angels' Provide Care and Comfort for Breast Cancer Patient

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Going through a medical evaluation after being diagnosed with breast cancer was a nerve-wracking experience for Traci Miller. But members of her Mayo Clinic care team quickly stepped up to calm her worries and ease her fear.

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'Trio of Angels' Provide Care and Comfort for Breast Cancer Patient
Oct 25, 2019

Seeing Teamwork at Its Brightest

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Linda Schweikert's eyesight took a turn for the worse overnight. But thanks to an expert team working across organizations, Linda got the vital treatment she needed in time.

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Seeing Teamwork at Its Brightest
Oct 23, 2019

Back in the Game After Pain Rehabilitation

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
At 35, Tyler McDonald felt like his best years were behind him. Affected by mystifying mobility issues and severe pain, he needed a cane and heavy pain medications to move through his days. Withdrawn and depressed, Tyler's outlook was grim — until he met a Mayo Clinic neurologist who opened a door that led Tyler to a happier future.

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Back in the Game After Pain Rehabilitation
Oct 21, 2019

Lillian's Gift: Finding New Purpose Driven by Grief

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Mark and Anna Stanfield's daughter, Lillian, arrived at 35 weeks gestation, but she was stillborn. While the family still mourns the loss of their baby girl, they have worked to further research focused on stillbirth, as well as provide comfort to others dealing with pregnancy loss.

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Lillian's Gift: Finding New Purpose Driven by Grief
Oct 18, 2019

Breaking the Silence and Stigma of Mental Illness

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Struggling and on the brink of suicide, Mark Markham turned to an expert team of mental health professionals at Mayo Clinic to help him regain his footing. With their guidance and care, Mark has been able to find his way back to a fulfilling life of purpose.

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Breaking the Silence and Stigma of Mental Illness
Oct 16, 2019

Surviving Aortic Dissection and Navigating Its Aftermath

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Surviving an aortic dissection is a tale not all patients live to tell. For Eric Salter, living through the traumatic experience was nothing short of miraculous. What's been even more remarkable to the 45-year-old, though, is the life-changing care he's received from his Mayo Clinic cardiologists who are committed to helping him live a long life.

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Surviving Aortic Dissection and Navigating Its Aftermath
Oct 14, 2019

Expert Care and Compassion Move Cary Hill Beyond a Second Brain Aneurysm

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Having already lived through the effects of one ruptured brain aneurysm, Cary Hill knew she couldn't risk it happening again when scans showed that another aneurysm had grown on her brain. So she came to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion — and a second chance.

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Expert Care and Compassion Move Cary Hill Beyond a Second Brain Aneurysm
Oct 11, 2019

A Long Road Through Infertility to Parenthood

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Lacey Berning dreamed of having a little girl. What she never imagined, however, was that the journey to that child would be wrought with delays and heartache. But Lacey never gave up hope, and with support from a team of Mayo Clinic infertility specialists, she and her husband finally realized their dream of becoming parents.

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A Long Road Through Infertility to Parenthood
Oct 10, 2019

Flashback: Transformative Gift Creates Mayo Clinic as It's Known Today

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Tuesday, Oct. 8, marked the 100th anniversary of when Dr. Will and Hattie Mayo along with Dr. Charlie and Edith Mayo signed a deed of gift that transferred ownership of the land, buildings and equipment of the medical practice from the Mayo family to Mayo Clinic. They also donated the [...]
Flashback: Transformative Gift Creates Mayo Clinic as It's Known Today
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