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July 15, 2019

Autoimmune Disease No Handicap to Golfing Greatness

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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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Tags: Ankylosing spondylitis, Dr. John Cangemi, Dr. Ronald Butendieck Jr., Inflammatory bowel disease, Ophthalmology


July 8, 2019

Second Opinion Leads to Less-Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

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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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Tags: Dr. Prasad Iyer, Endoscopic mucosal resection, esophageal cancer, Kristyn Maixner


June 12, 2019

Careful Evaluation, Compassionate Care Solve Distressing Digestive Problems

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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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Tags: Digestive health, Dr. Jorge Machicado, Judy Nichols, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, ulcerative colitis


March 15, 2019

Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

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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.

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Basel Sharaf, Dr. Jennifer Radtke, Dr. Kurt Kennel, Dr. Michael Kendrick, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Sleeve gastrectomy


February 13, 2019

Comprehensive Care Makes for a Brighter Future

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When Stephanie Van Doren came to Mayo Clinic, she never expected to learn she had a genetic defect that raised her risk for a potentially fatal heart condition. But thanks to her physician’s all-inclusive approach, Stephanie and her family now have information they need to live life to the fullest.

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Tags: Clinical Genomics, Dr. Timothy Woodward, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Genetic testing


January 18, 2019

Rabbi Returns to His Life’s Mission After Bile Duct Treatment

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When debilitating itching and fatigue prevented him from working, Rabbi Melvin Gruber turned to Mayo Clinic, where a series of specialized procedures allowed him to get back to teaching and sharing his knowledge with his community.

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Tags: Dr. John Martin, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Liver Disease


September 17, 2018

Subduing Pancreatic Cancer Involves International Odyssey

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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.

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Tags: Dr. Michael Kendrick, Dr. Santhi Swaroop Vege, International Patients, Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure


August 29, 2018

Feasting Fear-Free

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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.

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Tags: Dr. Imad Absah, Eosinophilic esophagitis, Mayo Clinic Specialty Pharmacy, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology


July 6, 2018

Rising Up to Overcome an Eating Disorder

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For more than 10 years, Victoria Magnus struggled to control an eating disorder. A 2017 visit to Mayo Clinic set her on a new path. By sharing her story, Victoria hopes to help others while increasing awareness about eating disorders and the lasting consequences they can have.

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Tags: Dr. Michael Camilleri, Eating disorders, Pelvic floor dysfunction program


June 1, 2018

Facing Death and Fighting Back

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When doctors said there was nothing they could do for his end-stage liver disease, Danny Willis refused to give up. He obtained a lifesaving transplant at Mayo Clinic. And even a near-fatal setback after that couldn’t stop him from reclaiming his health.

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Tags: Dr. Julie Heimbach, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant Program, Outpatient Transplant Infection Disease Clinic, Paul Deziel, Sleeve gastrectomy surgery


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