December 23, 2021
Many mornings, Jerry Wojtkiewicz woke up more tired than when he went to bed. So did his wife, Sally Wojtkiewicz. Jerry was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea in 2016, but he had never adjusted to his continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, getting tangled in the hose and constantly fighting with the mask. “I don’t […]
December 9, 2021
Robert Kass is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. The 69-year-old is an avid rock climber, SCUBA diver and four-decade veteran softball player who once spent weeks sailing across the Pacific Ocean in a two-man vessel. Kass invested in his health through diet and exercise, and says he never had a serious illness in his life. Then, […]
January 31, 2020
Chuck Boetsch’s long journey to a successful lung transplant came to an end with a deep breath. That welcome breath was made possible by new technology that’s making more lungs available for transplantation.
January 27, 2020
When Jay Elsten’s neuroendocrine tumors no longer were responding to traditional treatment, Mayo Clinic offered him a recently approved nuclear medicine therapy. And it worked. Within a week, Jay’s symptoms were gone.
November 20, 2019
When Tim Thomforde was diagnosed with COPD, his quality of life began to gradually decline, and he had to abandon many of the activities he enjoyed. Since undergoing a double lung transplant two years ago, however, Tim has had experiences he never dreamed possible when he was struggling with COPD.
October 22, 2018
Diagnosed with asthma, 12-year-old Ben Anderson was plagued with a chronic cough. For more than two years, his mother searched for an explanation for her son’s troubling symptoms until she found a Mayo Clinic physician who offered concrete answers.
July 9, 2018
As a lifelong smoker, Sue Franken had resigned herself to the unhealthy habit. But that changed when Sue followed through on a promise she made to her sister.
April 18, 2018
Ken Settlemire’s lung cancer care at Mayo Clinic involved an intricate surgical procedure that eliminated the cancer while removing the smallest amount of lung tissue necessary.
February 26, 2018
When a viral infection spiraled into a medical emergency that put Michele Asberry’s ability to breathe at risk, critical care specialists at Mayo Clinic used cutting-edge technology to save her life.
November 7, 2017
Surgery to replace a failing heart valve restored Dorothy Ganong’s quality of life and gave her back the ability to engage in an active lifestyle.
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