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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
Jun 21, 2019

Skilled Care and Kindness Help Overcome a Rare Salivary Gland Tumor

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Susan Roupp's tongue began cramping, she looked to Mayo Clinic to find the cause of this strange symptom. During her care team's investigation, they uncovered a mass in Susan's cheek that turned out to be an aggressive cancer. In addition to being grateful for the quick diagnosis and expert care, Susan was impressed by the empathy she received from her entire Mayo team.

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Skilled Care and Kindness Help Overcome a Rare Salivary Gland Tumor
Jun 19, 2019

Shoulder Surgery Helps Weightlifter Keep Pulling Toward Her Dreams

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Delaney Willingham damaged her right shoulder during a high school meet, she feared her competitive weightlifting days were over. But now, after arthroscopic shoulder surgery at Mayo Clinic, Delaney's fully recovered from her injury, and she's back to high-level competition.

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Shoulder Surgery Helps Weightlifter Keep Pulling Toward Her Dreams
Jun 17, 2019

Beating Back a Brain Tumor Amid Loss

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Katie Garrison embarked on treatment for a brain tumor, she did so supported by her husband, Joe. Midway through her journey, however, Joe died from complications due to his own cancer, and Katie leaned on her Mayo Clinic care team. Now, with their compassionate care and customized therapies, Katie continues to make encouraging progress.

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Beating Back a Brain Tumor Amid Loss
Jun 14, 2019

Seeing Dramatic Results After a Frightening Eye Injury

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When one of his eyes was severely injured, Leo Druliner's parents were worried that, due to the trauma, their toddler might never regain his vision in that eye. But a team of Mayo Clinic specialists went to work to repair the damage, and now Leo's on the road to a successful recovery.

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Seeing Dramatic Results After a Frightening Eye Injury
Jun 12, 2019

Careful Evaluation, Compassionate Care Solve Distressing Digestive Problems

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Severe digestive issues had disrupted Lynda Rassbach's daily life and forced her to miss out on meaningful events with her family. After a series of confusing diagnoses, she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she received answers and treatment that restored her freedom.

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Careful Evaluation, Compassionate Care Solve Distressing Digestive Problems
Jun 10, 2019

Changing Careers After Cancer Treatment to Make a Difference for Others

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After going through a demanding regimen of cancer treatment, Jay Masters decided he wanted to use the experience to help others facing difficult health challenges. So he quit his job and came to work for Mayo Clinic. Editor's note: When Jay Masters first came to Mayo Clinic, he was a patient [...]
Changing Careers After Cancer Treatment to Make a Difference for Others
Jun 7, 2019

Off to New Adventures After Bidding Incontinence Goodbye

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, Catherine Hebert always carried a pair of underwear in her purse. She often needed them. Affected by stress incontinence, she leaked with even slight exertion. Now, after undergoing an outpatient procedure to treat the incontinence with urinary mesh, Catherine stays dry, and her extra undergarments stay at home.

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Off to New Adventures After Bidding Incontinence Goodbye
Jun 5, 2019

Looking to the Future Despite Multiple Myeloma

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Linda Kent has been living with multiple myeloma for seven years. After having only a partial response to the treatment she was on when she lived in Idaho, she moved to Florida and began a different treatment regimen at Mayo Clinic. Today, Linda is more hopeful than ever as she begins new treatment as part of a Mayo clinical trial.

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Looking to the Future Despite Multiple Myeloma
Jun 4, 2019

Flashback: 200 Years Since the Birth of Dr. William Worrall Mayo

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
2019 marks two centuries since the birth of William Worrall Mayo, M.D., on May 31, 1819. Learn more about Dr. Mayo's humble beginnings in Salford, England.

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Flashback: 200 Years Since the Birth of Dr. William Worrall Mayo
Jun 3, 2019

Special Delivery for the Nardinger Family

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Holly Nardinger went into labor weeks before her due date, Holly's health care providers in Red Wing, Minnesota, teamed up with a Mayo Clinic neonatologist 50 miles away to ensure baby Clara's safe arrival.

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Special Delivery for the Nardinger Family
May 31, 2019

Working His Way Back After a Stroke

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
On a summer evening in July 2018, Dan Boswell was hit by a stroke. His wife's quick action to summon emergency help likely saved his life. Today, with the help of his Mayo Clinic team, Dan is doing all he can to recover from the stroke and meet his goal of returning to work.

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Working His Way Back After a Stroke
May 29, 2019

Two Cancers, One Unified Multidisciplinary Care Team

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Joyce Gabbert came to Mayo Clinic for treatment of a rare form of head and neck cancer. But she soon learned that wasn't the only cancer diagnosis she was facing. At that point, a coordinated care team came together to create a treatment plan that put Joyce on the path to becoming cancer-free.

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Two Cancers, One Unified Multidisciplinary Care Team
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