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Jul 20, 2018

Epilepsy Surgery Frees Kelly Daniels to Enjoy Her Independence

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Kelly Daniels tried to control her seizures with medications. But the drugs were ineffective, and they left her feeling disoriented. Then she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she had brain surgery that stopped the seizures and put her life back on track. [...]
Epilepsy Surgery Frees Kelly Daniels to Enjoy Her Independence
Jul 18, 2018

Prompt Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Yield Ideal Outcome

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When a lump on his neck turned out to be cancer, Lee Dueringer and his care team at Mayo Clinic embarked on a comprehensive treatment plan that quelled the disease without significantly disrupting his life. [...]
Prompt Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Yield Ideal Outcome
Jul 16, 2018

Running Down a Mysterious Disorder

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Determined to understand the reason for the strange hitch in his stride, marathon runner Pat Foley pushed forward for years until he reached the office of a Mayo Clinic movement neurologist. [...]
Running Down a Mysterious Disorder
Jul 13, 2018

Offering Support Through Comforting Touch

By Linda Binner @lsbinner
Using the power of touch, more than 100 Caring Hands volunteers provide hand massages to ease stress and provide comfort to patients and caregivers across Mayo Clinic. [...]
Offering Support Through Comforting Touch
Jul 12, 2018

Saving A Sibling From Afar

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Mary Redepenning found out her sister Barbara needed a kidney, Mary wanted to be the donor. But traveling to Portland, Oregon, was a significant obstacle. Learning Mayo Clinic could perform a remote donation made all the difference. [...]
Saving A Sibling From Afar
Jul 9, 2018

A Sister's Love Saves A Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a lifelong smoker, Sue Franken had resigned herself to the unhealthy habit. But that changed when Sue followed through on a promise she made to her sister. [...]
A Sister's Love Saves A Life
Jul 6, 2018

Rising Up to Overcome an Eating Disorder

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For more than 10 years, Victoria Magnus struggled to control an eating disorder. A 2017 visit to Mayo Clinic set her on a new path. By sharing her story, Victoria hopes to help others while increasing awareness about eating disorders and the lasting consequences they can have. [...]
Rising Up to Overcome an Eating Disorder
Jul 5, 2018

Flashback: 1968 -- 50 Years Later, a Legacy of Caring Support Lives On

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For 50 years, the Bernard H. van der Steen Trust has helped ease the financial burden of cancer patients in need at Mayo Clinic [...]
Flashback: 1968 -- 50 Years Later, a Legacy of Caring Support Lives On
Jun 29, 2018

A Personalized Approach to Heart Health

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Heather Lister knew she had an abnormal heart valve. What she didn't know was that this defect put her at risk for a much more serious problem. But her Mayo Clinic care team gave her the information she needed to make a decision on the best way forward. [...]
A Personalized Approach to Heart Health
Jun 27, 2018

Full-Spectrum Care for a Complex Heart Condition

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Mark Gill came to Mayo Clinic, he was in severe pain and his medical condition was grim. But thanks to a thorough evaluation and comprehensive care, Mark was able to regain his health. [...]
Full-Spectrum Care for a Complex Heart Condition
Jun 25, 2018

Exceeding Expectations With Early Diagnosis, Expert Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Affected by a rare genetic condition that can cause developmental delays, Vera Johnson is happy and thriving in the world her parents have built for her with support from her Mayo Clinic team. [...]
Exceeding Expectations With Early Diagnosis, Expert Care
Jun 22, 2018

2 Teams, 1 Mission: Defeat Breast Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Elena Blevins worked with providers at Phoenix Indian Medical Center and Mayo Clinic through a collaboration that provides patients with comprehensive cancer care. [...]
2 Teams, 1 Mission: Defeat Breast Cancer
Jun 20, 2018

A Noise-Filled Hearing Loss Journey

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Suffering from severe hearing loss and struggling to find answers, Dianne Lee Needham turned to Mayo Clinic's Cochlear Implant Program. Here she shares in her own words how the care she received has dramatically improved her quality of life. [...]
A Noise-Filled Hearing Loss Journey
Jun 19, 2018

Tackling and Taming a Rare Autoimmune Disease

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Kelli Anderson first decided to get her odd symptoms evaluated, she thought she had something resembling the flu. She never dreamed doctors at Mayo Clinic would diagnose her with an uncommon disorder that was attacking her kidneys. [...]
Tackling and Taming a Rare Autoimmune Disease
Jun 15, 2018

Fostering a Peaceful Pregnancy

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A Mayo Clinic prenatal program takes a new approach to improving care for women with low-risk pregnancies. [...]
Fostering a Peaceful Pregnancy
Jun 13, 2018

Routine Checkup Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Brian Schilling was shocked to learn he had a dangerous condition that required surgery to repair one of his heart valves. But the procedure went off without a hitch, and Brian's grateful for the thorough care he received through Mayo Clinic Health System. [...]
Routine Checkup Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery
Jun 11, 2018

Overcoming an Aneurysm With a Valuable New Tool

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Told that no treatment was available for her brain aneurysm, Judy Henderson sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. Her care team deployed an innovative device that effectively treated the aneurysm, giving Judy a fresh opportunity to live life to the fullest. [...]
Overcoming an Aneurysm With a Valuable New Tool
Jun 9, 2018

Looking Toward the Future After a Long Road to Epilepsy Diagnosis

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Undiagnosed epilepsy disrupted Jake Weiss' life for years. But a comprehensive evaluation finally revealed the true nature of his medical condition and gave him a new way forward. [...]
Looking Toward the Future After a Long Road to Epilepsy Diagnosis
Jun 6, 2018

Living in the Present, Grateful for Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Buoyed by her Mayo Clinic care team, Kellie Leasure, a 48-year-old mother of four living with metastatic breast cancer, embraces each day. [...]
Living in the Present, Grateful for Life
Jun 4, 2018

Kidney Transplant Opens the Door to Lanell Johnson's Next Adventure

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Lanell Johnson's path to a kidney transplant wasn't easy. But now that she's received a new kidney and is enjoying a return to good health, Lanell and her husband are eager to move forward. [...]
Kidney Transplant Opens the Door to Lanell Johnson's Next Adventure
Jun 1, 2018

Facing Death and Fighting Back

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When doctors said there was nothing they could do for his end-stage liver disease, Danny Willis refused to give up. He obtained a lifesaving transplant at Mayo Clinic. And even a near-fatal setback after that couldn't stop him from reclaiming his health. [...]
Facing Death and Fighting Back
May 30, 2018

Back to Farm Fields and Family Thanks to Speedy Stroke Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a severe ischemic stroke, Bruce Schmoll has returned to life on his farm thanks to the multidisciplinary care he received at Mayo Clinic. [...]
Back to Farm Fields and Family Thanks to Speedy Stroke Treatment
May 29, 2018

Skier Back on Track After Knee Surgeries

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Multiple knee problems threatened Marva Sahs' ability to take part in the outdoor recreation she loves. But Marva and her Mayo Clinic care team were determined that her injuries would not sideline her. Today she's back to being active in the great outdoors. [...]
Skier Back on Track After Knee Surgeries
May 23, 2018

Surgery to Remove a Cyst Inspires Melissa Webb's Future

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Melissa Webb had an unusual cyst in her throat surgically removed at the age of 6, she had no idea how much the experience would shape the years to come. [...]
Surgery to Remove a Cyst Inspires Melissa Webb's Future
May 21, 2018

Mayo Clinic Staff Take on an Urgent Medical Mission

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When a Mayo Clinic surgical team learned that a child tethered to life support in a foreign country would die in a matter of days without their help, they quickly planned a multifaceted intervention. [...]
Mayo Clinic Staff Take on an Urgent Medical Mission
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