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Aug 21, 2019

Racing Toward a Brighter Future After Nerve Transfer Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For six months after surgery to repair an injured radial nerve, Patrick Metzger couldn't lift his wrist or extend the fingers in his right hand. Seeking help, he made an appointment with the Peripheral Nerve Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. There his care team gave him new hope that he could regain his hand function.

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Racing Toward a Brighter Future After Nerve Transfer Surgery
Aug 19, 2019

After Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Allma Says Goodbye to Diabetes

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For decades, Allma Johnson managed her diabetes with insulin and diet. But at 43, her heart and kidneys were failing as a result of the disease, and she needed a kidney and pancreas transplant. Today, thanks to the transplant she received at Mayo Clinic, Allma's diabetes and its devastating complications are gone.

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After Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Allma Says Goodbye to Diabetes
Aug 16, 2019

Reenergized After Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment for Painful, Debilitating Symptoms

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Margaret Parry is moving with ease around her Wyoming home and community these days. She has plenty of energy, she's excited about life and she feels good. It's a 180-degree difference from a year ago when an undiagnosed condition made each step she took a painful proposition.

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Reenergized After Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment for Painful, Debilitating Symptoms
Aug 14, 2019

From Tumor to Toddler: A Montana Man's Path to Fatherhood

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a newlywed couple trying to have a baby, Derin and Sandra Gebhardt were anxious and worried when they failed to conceive. But Mayo Clinic surgeons provided new hope after successfully removing a tumor near Derin's brain that was the cause of their infertility and the root of his other health problems.

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From Tumor to Toddler: A Montana Man's Path to Fatherhood
Aug 12, 2019

Spinal Fusion Surgery Revives an Active Lifestyle

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a sudden injury left her with multiple ruptured disks in her lower back, Pat Henneberry knew Mayo Clinic was the place she wanted to go to help her get back on her feet.

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Spinal Fusion Surgery Revives an Active Lifestyle
Aug 9, 2019

After Setback, Kaidra's Cancer Journey Continues With Family, Friends and Mayo Clinic by Her Side

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Kaidra Froelich was terrified by the brain cancer diagnosis that brought her to Mayo Clinic. But her expert surgical team got rid of the tumor. Then the disease came back. Now Kaidra and her Mayo team are determined to beat the cancer a second time as her family and friends rally around her.

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After Setback, Kaidra's Cancer Journey Continues With Family, Friends and Mayo Clinic by Her Side
Aug 7, 2019

Despite a Rare Blood Vessel Abnormality, Allison Dances On

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When a cavernous malformation was discovered in her brain, Allison Nilsen turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. The care and treatment she's received at Mayo has allowed her to complete her college degree and continue doing what she loves.

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Despite a Rare Blood Vessel Abnormality, Allison Dances On
Aug 5, 2019

Beating Melanoma is a Family Affair for the Devans

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Doug and Byron Devan were diagnosed with melanoma, the son and father turned to Mayo Clinic to help them fight the disease. Their physician recommended innovative immunotherapy treatment, and now both men are in remission.

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Beating Melanoma is a Family Affair for the Devans
Aug 2, 2019

Fighting Leukemia, Then Joining the Team

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Nicklaus Lego was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer, he was told his chances of survival were slim. To beat the disease, Nic needed a bone marrow transplant and an expert medical team. At Mayo Clinic, Nic found both. And in the process, he discovered a new life's mission.

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Fighting Leukemia, Then Joining the Team
Jul 31, 2019

After Back Surgery, Jamie Ruden's on the Court Again and Looking to Help Others

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Division 1 women's college basketball player Jamie Ruden could no longer play through, or live with, the chronic back pain that was keeping her from playing her usual style of basketball, she came to Mayo Clinic for the surgical fix she knew she needed.

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After Back Surgery, Jamie Ruden's on the Court Again and Looking to Help Others
Jul 29, 2019

Flashback: Trailblazing Female Physicians and Scientists at Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
In diverse fields from endocrinology and pathology to epidemiology and public health, female physicians and scientists provided significant contributions during the early days of Mayo Clinic.

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Flashback: Trailblazing Female Physicians and Scientists at Mayo Clinic
Jul 26, 2019

Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For more than a decade, Mike Ramsey suffered from debilitating pain due to a severe spinal deformity. He thought disability and pain would always dominate his life. Then he met a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic who offered him a path to relief. Today, Mike is pain-free.

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Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel
Jul 24, 2019

Cancer Survivor Encourages Others to Heed the Signs

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Steve Larson was stunned when he received a diagnosis of testicular cancer in his mid-30s. Prompt treatment cured his disease, and now he's urging other men to get checked if they have symptoms of this highly treatable form of cancer.

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Cancer Survivor Encourages Others to Heed the Signs
Jul 22, 2019

Expert Fetal Care Makes a Lifesaving Difference for Ulisse

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When an ultrasound revealed devastating news about the baby they were expecting, Sara and Ugo Colombo turned to Mayo Clinic. The family's Mayo care team helped Ulisse Colombo beat long odds and go on to be the happy, active little boy he is today.

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Expert Fetal Care Makes a Lifesaving Difference for Ulisse
Jul 19, 2019

Living and Breathing His Truth About Organ Donation

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
At 71, Robert thought he was too old to qualify for lung transplantation. Affected by a devastating, rare disease that destroyed his lung function, the Florida retiree had all but given up hope that the illness wouldn't claim his life — until his Mayo Clinic medical team stepped in and encouraged him to pursue a transplant.

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Living and Breathing His Truth About Organ Donation
Jul 17, 2019

From Health Care Advisor to Transplant Patient to Mayo Clinic Employee

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Piper Nieters Su had spent years in Washington, D.C., working with institutions like Mayo Clinic on health care policy reform. Piper's relationship with Mayo Clinic changed dramatically, however, after she was diagnosed with a rare liver disease.

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From Health Care Advisor to Transplant Patient to Mayo Clinic Employee
Jul 15, 2019

Autoimmune Disease No Handicap to Golfing Greatness

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Billy Dowell Jr. was working toward a goal of playing professional golf when his body betrayed him. He was beset by several autoimmune disorders that left him overwhelmed. With consistent, comprehensive support from his Mayo Clinic Care team, however, not only has Billy gotten his conditions under control, he's successfully returned to golfing.

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Autoimmune Disease No Handicap to Golfing Greatness
Jul 12, 2019

Careful Evaluation, Teamwork Lead to Successful Epilepsy Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
There was a time when Gavin Vreeland was afraid he might hurt his daughter should he have a seizure while caring for her. Despite taking medication, his epileptic episodes happened frequently and without warning. But after specialized imaging and targeted brain surgery at Mayo Clinic, Gavin is now happily embracing his little one seizure-free.

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Careful Evaluation, Teamwork Lead to Successful Epilepsy Surgery
Jul 10, 2019

Scoliosis Surgery Preserves Teen's Mobility, Boosts Self-Esteem

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As an active teenager, Mason Orth struggled with the back brace she had to wear to correct her scoliosis. And she was hesitant to move forward with the other treatment option presented to her, spinal fusion. But a consult at Mayo Clinic revealed another option — one that has yielded dramatic results.

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Scoliosis Surgery Preserves Teen's Mobility, Boosts Self-Esteem
Jul 8, 2019

Second Opinion Leads to Less-Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Mike DiGennaro was diagnosed with stage 1 esophageal cancer, he wanted a minimally invasive treatment option. He found that, and more, at Mayo Clinic.

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Second Opinion Leads to Less-Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Cancer
Jul 3, 2019

Interpreting Languages, Connecting Cultures

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
In her work as a medical interpreter in Mayo Clinic's Language Services, Samira Jubran uses her love of serving others to connect patients and health care providers, while building bridges between cultures.

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Interpreting Languages, Connecting Cultures
Jul 1, 2019

When Faced With Complex Heart Surgery, Physician Picks Mayo Clinic

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When he learned that he needed heart surgery, Andrew Ross, M.D., knew that in order to take care of his patients, he had to take care of himself. To do that, he turned to Mayo Clinic.

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When Faced With Complex Heart Surgery, Physician Picks Mayo Clinic
Jun 28, 2019

Genetic Test Solves Mystery of Family Bleeding Disorder

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When a problem with low blood platelet counts surfaced in three generations of the Riggs family, Mayo Clinic doctors went to work to discover what was causing the disorder. Genetic testing revealed the answer, and now, armed with that information, the family is moving forward with confidence.

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Genetic Test Solves Mystery of Family Bleeding Disorder
Jun 26, 2019

Moving Well and Feeling Good With Holistic Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, Linda Feges has relied on a multidisciplinary care team at Mayo Clinic to help her address symptoms related to movement disorders. Recently, that team also opened the door for Linda to receive treatment for an odd lump on her face. Now, the lump is gone, and Linda is grateful for the comprehensive, compassionate care she's received.

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Moving Well and Feeling Good With Holistic Care
Jun 24, 2019

Living and Thriving Beyond Opioid Addiction

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Ken Start is an optimistic, energetic husband, father and grandfather with a job and family he loves. It's a life Ken's fought for, but one he almost sacrificed to opioid addiction. For 15 years, Ken was addicted to prescription pain medication, an addiction that was finally broken with the help of Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Program and Addiction Services.

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Living and Thriving Beyond Opioid Addiction
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