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May 22, 2019

Defeating Foot Pain With Neurostimulation

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Unrelenting foot pain dictated Valerie Nicolaison's life for years. It eventually took away her ability to drive, cook, walk and stand. In 2018, however, Valerie's pain met its match when she received a device that stops pain signals in their tracks.   [...]
Defeating Foot Pain With Neurostimulation
May 20, 2019

Genetic Testing Reveals Answers During Long Medical Odyssey

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Debra, Kyle and Todd Christy After searching nearly three decades for an explanation to his challenging medical problems, whole-exome sequencing at Mayo Clinic finally provided the information Kyle Christy needed to better understand his condition and chart a way forward. [...]
Genetic Testing Reveals Answers During Long Medical Odyssey
May 17, 2019

Tackling Two Liver Diseases With One Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
John Poterucha, M.D. and Julianne Vasicheck Collaboration among a multidisciplinary care team at Mayo Clinic helped Julianne Vasichek successfully navigate not one, but two, rare liver diseases. [...]
Tackling Two Liver Diseases With One Transplant
May 15, 2019

Thankful for the Gift of Motherhood After a Long and Trying Journey

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Jess, Chet and Alex Pederson At times, Jess Pederson thought she might never become a mother. She struggled through infertility treatments and faced the risk of preterm labor. But now, as Jess watches her healthy baby boy thrive, she's grateful for the compassionate care she received along the way. [...]
Thankful for the Gift of Motherhood After a Long and Trying Journey
May 13, 2019

Prompt Diagnosis and Expert Care for Guillain-Barre Syndrome Save Rich Bradley's Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Rich Bradley was about to travel to Europe to learn more about his late uncle's heroism during World War II when he suddenly faced a battle of his own — a severe form of Guillain-Barre syndrome that required specialized care at Mayo Clinic. [...]
Prompt Diagnosis and Expert Care for Guillain-Barre Syndrome Save Rich Bradley's Life
May 10, 2019

Mother's Day Has Special Meaning After Stroke and Heart Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After weathering a stroke and heart valve replacement, the prospect for Ashley Zimmerman to fulfill her dream of becoming a mom seemed dim. But with guidance and care from Mayo Clinic specialists, now Ashley is looking forward to celebrating her first Mother's Day with her baby boy. [...]
Mother's Day Has Special Meaning After Stroke and Heart Surgery
May 8, 2019

Tackling a Rare Brain Tumor With Expertise and Skill

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Marrissa Janssen was scared. Her biggest fear was that doctors wouldn't be able to get rid of the entire mass. But after consulting with experts at Mayo Clinic, Marrissa's fear turned to hope. Now, after surgery and proton beam therapy, the tumor is gone. [...]
Tackling a Rare Brain Tumor With Expertise and Skill
May 6, 2019

Genetic Testing Generates Optimism for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Jean Niven learned she had ovarian cancer, her desire to find a knowledgeable, compassionate physician led her to Mayo Clinic. Then, when her cancer returned, genetic information opened the door to fresh treatment options. [...]
Genetic Testing Generates Optimism for Ovarian Cancer Treatment
May 3, 2019

Sinus Surgery Renews Rebecca Bough's Quality of Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Rebecca Bough and Garret Choby, M.D. Rebecca Bough had resigned herself to the fact that the chronic stuffiness and decreased senses of smell and taste she'd been living with were never going to go away. But then a Mayo Clinic care team helped change all that. [...]
Sinus Surgery Renews Rebecca Bough's Quality of Life
May 1, 2019

Left Ventricular Assist Device Delivers Restored Health and Vitality

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
In 2006, Ron Schneider was told to get his affairs in order by a local medical team who said they'd done all they could to fix his failing heart. After seeking a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, however, Ron's now feeling and living better than he has in years.  [...]
Left Ventricular Assist Device Delivers Restored Health and Vitality
Apr 29, 2019

Hip-Hop Artist and HR Rep Alexander Ou Leads His Dreams

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Alexander Ou achieves a rewarding balance between his work at Mayo Clinic and a music career by staying focused on his desire to make a positive impact on the world around him. [...]
Hip-Hop Artist and HR Rep Alexander Ou Leads His Dreams
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
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