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Apr 26, 2019

Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum After Brain Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Tanner Effinger knew something was seriously wrong. Despite seeing multiple physicians in Virginia and Idaho, no one could figure out what was causing his weight loss, fatigue and anemia. Within days of arriving at Mayo Clinic, however, Tanner was diagnosed with an unusual brain tumor. After it was surgically removed, all of Tanner's symptoms disappeared. [...]
Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum After Brain Surgery
Apr 24, 2019

Second Opinion on Salivary Gland Tumor Paves Way to Motherhood

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Bryna Halloran was diagnosed with a salivary gland tumor that didn't align with her age, gender or medical history, she turned to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. At Mayo, Bryna found a physician who listened to her concerns, and she was offered a treatment plan that exceeded her expectations. [...]
Second Opinion on Salivary Gland Tumor Paves Way to Motherhood
Apr 22, 2019

Comprehensive Care for a Complex Diagnosis Offers New Hope

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Travis Morris first came to Mayo Clinic, he had no explanation for the debilitating symptoms that had brought him to Rochester, Minnesota. By the time he left, however, Travis not only had a diagnosis, he had a treatment plan that's now helping to significantly improve his quality of life. [...]
Comprehensive Care for a Complex Diagnosis Offers New Hope
Apr 19, 2019

Hitting the High Notes After Battling a Rare Tumor

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Mackenzie Rolison had been singing in choirs for years when she was diagnosed with a rare tumor. It required surgery that significantly affected her vocal cords. But after receiving further treatment from a multidisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Mackenzie was thrilled to regain her voice. Singing has always been a big [...]
Hitting the High Notes After Battling a Rare Tumor
Apr 17, 2019

Straightforward Approach Fixes Fibroids

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Karen Pauly, left, with her family, Jamison, Nathan and Autumn. When Karen Pauly began looking for treatment to address her painful uterine fibroids, she needed a care team that could take all her medical concerns into consideration. Karen took her quest to Mayo Clinic, where she received minimally invasive therapy that has dramatically improved her life. [...]
Straightforward Approach Fixes Fibroids
Apr 15, 2019

Going From Gang Life to Taking Care of Others' Lives

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Sophorn Khoun spent his childhood and teen years immersed in inner city gang culture. Now Sophorn has moved beyond that and made a new life for himself centered on helping and healing. [...]
Going From Gang Life to Taking Care of Others' Lives
Apr 12, 2019

Back on Track After Heart Bypass Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A suspicious finding during a routine physical led to a diagnosis of coronary artery disease for Mark Guthrie. Heart surgery quickly followed, and now the longtime track and field coach is back to work and feeling great. [...]
Back on Track After Heart Bypass Surgery
Apr 10, 2019

Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. [...]
Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace
Apr 8, 2019

Rising Above a Rare, Debilitating Disorder

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome — an extremely rare autoimmune neurologic condition — Tara Zier looked to Mayo Clinic for help. There she found valuable guidance and gained a new outlook on how to manage her condition. [...]
Rising Above a Rare, Debilitating Disorder
Apr 5, 2019

Difficult Diagnosis Inspires Corinne Berg to Empower Others

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Corinne Berg was a little girl when she saw firsthand the devastating effects that breast cancer had on her family. Read the story of how Berg learned of her own risk for breast cancer and how she has used that experience to educate herself and others. [...]
Difficult Diagnosis Inspires Corinne Berg to Empower Others
Apr 3, 2019

From Sadness to Smiles: Art Inspires Emotional Healing

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Bill Hoffman arrived at Mayo Clinic's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, he was so weak he could barely move. Not only was his strength gone, his happiness had disappeared, too. That began to change when Bill picked up a paintbrush and immersed himself in the creative process. [...]
From Sadness to Smiles: Art Inspires Emotional Healing
Apr 1, 2019

Flashback: 1938 -- Gift of Classic Anatomy Book Rooted in Respect and Care for All

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Given in gratitude for the consideration and compassion that the Mayo family showed to the Strassmann family in the late 1930s, a pivotal 16th century anatomy text now housed at Mayo Clinic is a testament to the enduring connection of friendship. [...]
Flashback: 1938 -- Gift of Classic Anatomy Book Rooted in Respect and Care for All
Mar 29, 2019

Andy's Smile Shows His Progress Two Years After Face Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
In 2016, Andy Sandness had a face transplant at Mayo Clinic. Now, 2½ years later, he's savoring the little things in life many other people take for granted — like smiling. [...]
Andy's Smile Shows His Progress Two Years After Face Transplant
Mar 27, 2019

New Outlook, New Career Path After Beating Colon Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
In April 2018, Evan Beard received the shocking news that he had colon cancer. Evan's local doctor referred him to Mayo Clinic where a multidisciplinary team and the right combination of chemotherapy and surgery made it possible for the young father to beat his daunting diagnosis. [...]
New Outlook, New Career Path After Beating Colon Cancer
Mar 25, 2019

Goodbye to Pain After Long-Delayed Hip Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
The thought of hip replacement surgery made Blake Robinson extremely anxious, and for years, he put off the procedure. But when the pain became too much to bear, his medical team helped Blake overcome his fear. Now with the surgery behind him, and his hip pain gone, he's grateful for the high-quality care he received. [...]
Goodbye to Pain After Long-Delayed Hip Surgery
Mar 22, 2019

Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Lena Spotleson sought treatment for unexplained stomach pain, the 26-year-old was shocked to learn she had late-stage cervical cancer. But the aggressive treatment Lena received at Mayo Clinic eliminated the cancer. Now, in an effort to help others, she's sharing her perspective on being a cancer survivor. [...]
Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story
Mar 20, 2019

Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A lifesaving heart transplant at Mayo Clinic helped Elise Campbell break free from the physical limitations of a rare genetic heart condition she had lived with since she was 14. Now Elise is relishing the opportunity to enjoy experiences she never thought possible. [...]
Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights
Mar 18, 2019

Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Brenda Braatz has been dealing with breast cancer since 2013. Although the diagnosis and its treatment haven't been easy, Brenda is thankful for the expert care, compassion and encouragement she's received from her Mayo team. [...]
Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength
Mar 15, 2019

Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A lifetime of food addiction resulted in Jessica Erickson's weight becoming unmanageable. When she looked for medical help, she found a Mayo Clinic team that offered her the care and support she needed to become a smaller, healthier version of herself. [...]
Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective
Mar 13, 2019

Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Pam Stubbs hadn't felt well in years. But now, thanks to a successful liver transplant at Mayo Clinic, Pam feels better than ever, and she's channeling newfound energy into her passion for horseback riding. [...]
Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle
Mar 11, 2019

Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Mary Shelley struggled for years to control her erratic blood sugar levels, which affected every aspect of her life. A pancreas transplant in 2018 helped her overcome many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, and it has allowed her to experience life in ways she never thought possible. [...]
Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes
Mar 8, 2019

Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Bruce McVety's prostate cancer returned after a seven-year remission, his doctor suggested he go to Mayo Clinic to receive a test that wasn't available locally. Bruce listened. Today, after comprehensive treatment, the cancer is undetectable, and Bruce is grateful for his renewed health. [...]
Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment
Mar 6, 2019

Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Marisa Bella, living with a rare neurological condition meant managing sustained pain and an unnatural head position, as well as dealing with unwanted reactions from strangers. For years Marisa navigated life while suffering the physical, mental and emotional effects of her illness. That all changed in 2018 when a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon helped her get her life back. [...]
Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace
Mar 4, 2019

Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Melinda and Matt Little found out their baby girl, Aida, was deaf, they wanted to do everything they could to enable her to hear. A multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic helped them achieve that goal. [...]
Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida
Mar 1, 2019

Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling's Independence

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he's pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurosurgery. [...]
Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling's Independence
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