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Sep 17, 2018

Subduing Pancreatic Cancer Involves International Odyssey

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When she was 38, Radhika Sattanathan received a frightening diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Taking the advice of her physician in India, Radhika sought care halfway around the globe at Mayo Clinic. Today, she's cancer-free. [...]
Subduing Pancreatic Cancer Involves International Odyssey
Sep 14, 2018

Released to Reengage With Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Weighed down by pain and weakness, Valieda Burns became confined and isolated. But neurosurgery to decompress her spine freed her to once again be active, engaged and connected with others. [...]
Released to Reengage With Life
Sep 12, 2018

Handily Moving Forward After Devastating Injury

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Kennedy Folkedahl's hand was cut off during a construction accident, the young man thought life as he knew it was over. But thanks to the support of his Mayo Clinic care team and years of physical therapy, Kennedy is embracing an alternate future with enthusiasm and appreciation. [...]
Handily Moving Forward After Devastating Injury
Sep 10, 2018

Embracing Family Life After Overcoming a Rare Disorder

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Brittany Kale was plagued with nagging symptoms: weight gain, a swollen face, high blood pressure. She also had been trying, unsuccessfully, to get pregnant for years. She finally found relief at Mayo Clinic, where she was diagnosed and treated for Cushing disease. That made it possible for her to start a family and feel healthy again. [...]
Embracing Family Life After Overcoming a Rare Disorder
Sep 8, 2018

A New Kidney With a Little Help From His Friends

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Fred Anderson needed a new kidney, he didn't have to look far to find eager donors. His friends Jim Ross and Ted Schreiber both stepped forward. Although Jim ended up being the donor, all three banded together to ensure the transplant journey included plenty of support and camaraderie. [...]
A New Kidney With a Little Help From His Friends
Sep 6, 2018

Lung Screening Leads to Timely Cancer Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Participating in a lung screening research study at Mayo Clinic paved the way for early diagnosis and prompt treatment of lung cancer for Richard Jarvis. [...]
Lung Screening Leads to Timely Cancer Care
Aug 31, 2018

Colon Cancer Treatment Provides More Time to Celebrate the Everyday

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, Amy Figgs was told there was little that could be done. Unwilling to accept that, Amy sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. There her care team crafted a treatment plan that has renewed her hope for the future. [...]
Colon Cancer Treatment Provides More Time to Celebrate the Everyday
Aug 29, 2018

Feasting Fear-Free

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Knox Rhinehart, who had been plagued by chronic vomiting for years, eating was a torment to be avoided — until he met a Mayo Clinic specialist who understood that treating Knox meant treating his fear. [...]
Feasting Fear-Free
Aug 27, 2018

Getting Bob Back on His Feet

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus for Robert Richter meant the difference between being confined to a wheelchair and being able to actively enjoy his life. [...]
Getting Bob Back on His Feet
Aug 24, 2018

Envisioning a Future Without Breast Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
With coordinated care from a multidisciplinary team and participation in a research clinical trial, Stacy Hanson is successfully combating a daunting breast cancer diagnosis. [...]
Envisioning a Future Without Breast Cancer
Aug 22, 2018

Bidding Farewell to Enormous, Faulty Kidneys

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
"Owner of the world's largest kidneys" was never a title Gene Okun wanted to have. Today, thanks to a living donor and a Mayo Clinic surgical team, he no longer does. [...]
Bidding Farewell to Enormous, Faulty Kidneys
Aug 20, 2018

3D Modeling Powers Innovation in Patient Care

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Thanks to a titanium implant constructed with 3D modeling technology, Isaac Garcia has moved past his diagnosis of bone cancer and is back to enjoying an active life with his family. [...]
3D Modeling Powers Innovation in Patient Care
Aug 15, 2018

New Knee Works Like Magic

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After suffering with debilitating knee pain for years, knee replacement surgery turned back the clock for Linda Bure, who went from walking with a cane to dancing with preschoolers. [...]
New Knee Works Like Magic
Aug 13, 2018

Finding New Purpose After Career-Ending Concussions

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After multiple concussions and memory loss, professional football player Ben Utecht went to Mayo Clinic for help. Since then, Ben's gained insight into the importance of promptly recognizing and treating concussions. Now he's dedicated to sharing that knowledge with others. [...]
Finding New Purpose After Career-Ending Concussions
Aug 10, 2018

Early Detection Sparks Swift Treatment for Brain Aneurysm

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Keith Bruno's family history of aneurysms prompted his primary care physician to order a CT scan during a routine physical. That test and the surgery that followed it saved Keith's life. [...]
Early Detection Sparks Swift Treatment for Brain Aneurysm
Aug 9, 2018

Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Puts Fear and Pain in the Past

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Michele Krause's fear of surgery prevented her from seeking a surgical remedy for her back pain for years. All of that began to change when she heard a Mayo Clinic surgeon explain a less-invasive procedure. [...]
Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Puts Fear and Pain in the Past
Aug 6, 2018

Still Smiling Six Decades After First Facial Tumor

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Nancy Carroll's parents were told the growth on the left side of their then-2-year-old daughter's jaw was likely cancerous, they brought her to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. Almost six decades later, Nancy says that decision changed the direction of her life for the better. [...]
Still Smiling Six Decades After First Facial Tumor
Aug 1, 2018

The Heartbeat Goes on for Dave Andros After Cardiac Arrest

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
With prompt medical attention and expert care, Dave Andros survived sudden cardiac arrest. Now he's eager to share his story with others to promote heart health. [...]
The Heartbeat Goes on for Dave Andros After Cardiac Arrest
Jul 30, 2018

All in the Family: Pulling Together to Help a Young Girl Heal

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Working with their Mayo health care provider in Family Medicine, Hazel Sargent's family is tackling the preschooler's diagnosis of celiac disease head-on. [...]
All in the Family: Pulling Together to Help a Young Girl Heal
Jul 27, 2018

Improving Lives With Creativity and Kindness

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a child, when Jim Rogotzke wanted a toy or device that didn't exist, he'd make it. Today the master electrician has turned that talent toward designing and developing devices to help patients. [...]
Improving Lives With Creativity and Kindness
Jul 26, 2018

Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Time and again, 5-year-old Aaliya Lopez has pulled through life-threatening medical crises, and thanks to ongoing medical support, the future she faces now is as wide open as her smile. [...]
Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds
Jul 24, 2018

Healthier and Happier After Bariatric Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Candace Clark, bariatric surgery meant the difference between struggling with weight issues, including medical problems triggered by obesity, and enjoying renewed health and energy. [...]
Healthier and Happier After Bariatric Surgery
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
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