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February 12, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Fresh Approach to Epilepsy Treatment Rekindles Zest for Life

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Janice Breien was anxious to find a better way to manage the seizures that regularly disrupted her daily life. Enter her Mayo care team — ready to listen and provide solutions. Now, with her seizures under control, Janice has a renewed sense of optimism.

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Tags: Dr. Scott Spritzer, Epilepsy, Holly McAbee, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


February 7, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Back on Her Feet and Pain-Free

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Doris Jessesski tried a host of treatments to ease her chronic back pain, but nothing worked. Then a Mayo Clinic Pain Medicine specialist recommended a new type of spinal cord stimulator. That did the trick. Today, Doris’ debilitating back pain is gone.

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Tags: Dr. Evan Nelson, Dr. Matthew Pingree, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spine Stimulation


January 3, 2020 · Leave a Comment

A Welcome Dose of Furry Comfort

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With her warm brown eyes, big floppy ears and calming presence, Luna, a trained facility dog, spends her days bringing cheer to Mayo patients.

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Tags: Lisa Morgan, Luna, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Pet therapy


October 2, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Overcoming Disability and Shyness While Finding Her Place

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When Taylor Sturtz first arrived at Mayo Clinic, it was as an intern in the Project Search program. Through that experience, she gained new skills and found new confidence. Today, Taylor is proud to be a Mayo Clinic employee, and she’s happy to have the opportunity to help others.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Project Search


September 9, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Walking Tall After Spine Surgery

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Gyles Randall lived for years with pervasive pain that radiated down his legs. When he no longer could tolerate the discomfort, he sought medical help and was surprised to be referred to a neurosurgeon. But that referral made a world of difference.

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Tags: Dr. Anthony Burrows, Dr. Meghan Murphy, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca, Spinal fusion surgery, Spine and Neurological Surgery


August 28, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Kindhearted Kid Perseveres Through Multiple Heart Surgeries

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Although 3-year-old Matthew Makela and his family have already been forced to deal with a host of serious medical concerns during the young boy’s life, they navigate it all with grace and gratitude.

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Tags: Congenital heart defects, Dr. Karen Myhre, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Tetralogy of Fallot


July 24, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Cancer Survivor Encourages Others to Heed the Signs

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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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Tags: Albert J. and Judith A. Dunlap Cancer Center, Dr. Sandeep Basu, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Testicular Cancer


February 20, 2019 · Leave a Comment

Teamwork, Tenacity at the Heart of Mat Walker’s Recovery

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When Mat Walker had a device implanted to aid his failing heart, it was just the beginning of a long road to better health. But a host of Mayo Clinic care providers assembled to assist Mat as he worked toward his recovery goals.

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Tags: Amy S. Anderson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Mayo Post Acute Care, ventricular assist device


February 7, 2019 · Leave a Comment

What A Doctor Learned When He Became A Patient

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As a cardiologist, Andrew Calvin, M.D., is very familiar with the world of health care. But when he found out he needed surgery, he was a little unnerved. Support from his spouse and care team got him through it, though, and taught him some important lessons along the way.

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Tags: Dr. Andrew Calvin, Dr. Jonathan Bledsoe, Dr. Scott Spritzer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire


December 19, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Palliative and Hospice Care Ease Difficult Transitions

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As they’ve faced the realities of a terminal illness, Jim and Nancy Moessner appreciate the support and assistance they’ve received from Mayo experts in palliative care and hospice care.

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Tags: Hospice care, Janna Baker, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Multiple sclerosis, Palliative care


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