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December 14, 2021

When life throws you lemons…

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

When Lisa Ayer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, little did she expect that a tiny, yellow candy would be the catalyst to give her hope for the future. “I did not tolerate chemo very well. The taste alone made me sick. But then my sister told me about Lemonheads. They were a godsend,” […]

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Tags: lemonhead delivery, Lisa Ayer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Pancreatic Cancer


October 28, 2021

New therapies, holistic modalities and hope help photographer see future

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Had it not been for the persistence of a co-worker, Jeremy Paterno might be living a different journey. It was the first Tuesday in 2020 when Jeremy Paterno, a photographer at Mayo Clinic in Florida, began noticing some small oddities. “That day, I had a couple flighty moments where my right hand was off, like […]

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Tags: glioblastoma, Glioma, Integrative Medicine, Jeremy Paterno, MayoClinicFL, Meditation


October 25, 2021

‘Sneaky’ cancer spurs mom and daughter to action

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

When Lisa Pitre, a Mayo Clinic speech pathologist from Jacksonville, Florida, went in for a routine mammogram in summer 2019, nothing on her imaging was concerning. By October, though, Lisa was diagnosed with stage 4 invasive lobular carcinoma, an aggressive type of breast cancer. “I learned that 20% of breast cancers are not detected on […]

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Tags: Alyssa Pitre, breast cancer, invasive breast cancer, Lisa Pitre, lobular carcinoma, mammogram, MayoClinicFL


October 21, 2021

Integrative health paves road to recovery for young breast cancer patient

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

October holds a bit more significance these days for Michelle Couchenour, a wife, mother of two and dance instructor from Jacksonville, Florida. It’s a time of year to raise awareness for breast cancer, especially since Michelle is not far removed from her initial diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2018, Michelle found […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Integrative Medicine, Jacoby Center for Breast Health, MayoClinicFL, Michelle Couchenour


October 14, 2021

Finding joy after rare neurologic diagnosis

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

When Joy Carol finds something she is passionate about, she embraces it. A love of international development work and education led to a 35-year career working with international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children and Child Fund. Although New York City was her home base, Joy visited and supervised programs in more than […]

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Tags: breast cancer, central nervous system, Dr. Kurt Jaeckle, joy carol, MayoClinicFL, paraneoplastic syndrome


September 16, 2021

Diversity in bone marrow transplantation gives gift of life to mom of five

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Family is everything to Felicia Curtis. The mom of five from Gainesville, Florida, knew she had to fight when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with her youngest child. Over the next several months, Felicia underwent several rounds of chemotherapy to fight the cancer. Her son was […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant program, Cancer, diverse bone marrow donor, Dr. Ernesto Ayala, Felicia Curtis, MayoClinicFL, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stem cell transplant


September 2, 2021

“Divine design” gives multiple myeloma patient transplant, care at home

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Ann Arneson describes her journey to Mayo Clinic as “divine design.” Ann — a retired teacher, a leader in her church and ministry, mother, grandmother, and line dance enthusiast — is Mayo Clinic’s first bone marrow transplant patient to recover at home thanks to the new advanced care at home program. “I know that people […]

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Tags: advanced care at home, Ann Arneson, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Vivek Roy, MayoClinicFL


August 26, 2021

Preventive screening during COVID-19 pandemic leads to early diagnosis of treatable breast cancer

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers have been concerned about a growing number of patients delaying or skipping preventive screenings because they have been hesitant to see their health care provider. Experts have stressed that it’s not only safe to come in for preventive screenings, but also it’s important to avoid future health problems […]

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Tags: Andrea Beckendorf, breast cancer, breast cancer screening, COVID-19, Dr. Daniela Stan


August 8, 2021

Dancing through complex care during COVID-19

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Twin Cities journalist Sonya Goins, like so many, has been coping with the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as working remotely and not being able to see family and friends. If all of that weren’t difficult enough, for the past year, she’s also been battling breast cancer and Crohn’s disease at […]

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Tags: breast cancer, COVID-19, Crohn's Disease, Dr. Karthik Giridhar, Dr. Tina Hieken, Sonya Goins


July 29, 2021

Complex brain surgery gives woman more time with family

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Julie Berg’s life revolves around three things: family, friends and faith. The 79-year-old has a large extended family that enjoys celebrating large and small milestones together, and she has a wide network of close-knit friends across two states. Through it all, her strong Catholic faith has been the foundation of her life. When Julie’s health […]

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Tags: brain tumor, COVID-19, Dr. Alla Byakova, Dr. Eric Gomez-Urena, Dr. Manish Sharma, Glioblastoma multiforme, Gwen Krogwold, Julie Berg, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health system in New Prague, Neurosurgery


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