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November 23, 2016

Body Builder Regains Energy After Surgery for Myasthenia Gravis

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Six years ago, Robert Clark thought he was having a stroke. His left eye drooped shut, and he began to have difficulty swallowing. A competitive body builder used to working out six times a week, Robert rarely got sick. So when a local physician dismissed his symptoms, he sought out a friend who worked at […]

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Tags: Dr. Matthew Thomas, Dr. Paul Brazis, Florida Campus, minimally invasive surgery, myasthenia gravis, Robotic Thymectomy


May 10, 2016

Love and Determination Help Brennan Get Back on His Feet in Time to Walk Down the Aisle

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Before October 2015, Brennan Farley had never broken a bone in his body. That changed dramatically when a horrific vehicle accident landed the 30-year-old farm worker in Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, for two months. Due to Brennan’s extensive injuries, doctors were concerned he might not be able to walk again. But with the […]

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Tags: Critical Care, Emergency Department, General Surgery, Rehabilitation, Trauma


October 19, 2015

Sidelined No More – Scrambler Therapy Puts Tess Wilson Back in Action

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Each year after their big Thanksgiving meal, Tess Wilson’s family has a tradition of playing games in a gym to burn off some calories. For much of her high school and college years, Tess spent that afternoon sitting on the sidelines watching the rest of her family run around. Severe, chronic pain made it impossible […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Scrambler Therapy


December 19, 2014

Operating Room (OR) 10 and Dr. Charles William Mayo

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

 Read time: 5 minutes Written by Elaine Stewart, Mayo Clinic Health System Home Health and Hospice During a recent visit to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, I was reminded of some great memories from my days of working at Saint Marys Hospital over 50 years ago. I want to share some of those memories. My first […]

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Tags: Dr. Charles W. Mayo, Employee Story, Mayo Clinic history


June 30, 2014

Nicole’s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

When Nicole Jahns was just five months old, her parents – and her doctors – knew something was wrong. She wasn’t gaining weight like a five-month-old should, and she wasn’t, as her doctors put it, “thriving.” They soon discovered why. Nicole had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr. Mark Wylam, lung transplant, nursing, Patient Stories, Transplant


April 18, 2013

Atlanta to Jacksonville: Short travel for answers from Mayo Clinic

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Diane McIver’s first visit to Mayo Clinic mixed health care with pleasure – she and her now husband tagged their annual physical appointments with a trip to the golf course. At the time, they were just dating and enjoyed “a fabulous mini vacation combining our health care with an activity we both love!” exclaimed McIver.  […]

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Tags: 5268, 5334, Diane McIver, Executive Health Program


December 26, 2012

“I wanted to do something for myself”

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Heidi wanted to reward herself for getting through a hard time in her life. Her choice: cosmetic surgery.

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Tags: 3989, 5187, 5267, 5309, 5335, cosmetic surgery, Heidi Hockel, Mayo Clinic, Nho Tran, Oren Friedman, plastic surgery


December 14, 2012

A midsummer morning’s luck

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Tom Halverstadt survived a devastating brainstem stroke because of several lucky factors, including bystanders who summoned emergency help and a treatment team that had the expertise he desperately needed.

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Tags: 2301, 5292, brainstem stroke, Dr. Chong, Dr. Demaerschalk, Dr. Hoxworth, endovascular surgery, Mayo Clinic, Tom Halverstadt


October 9, 2012

A Family Doctor’s View of Mayo Clinic

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

“First onboard and seated on the aisle, I watched my fellow passengers as they slowly filled the small regional jet. I was struck by how many of them limped, used walking devices, lugged oxygen tanks, or had skin conditions. It took me a moment to comprehend why. Then it came to me – we were […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic, President, Richard Roberts, WONCA, World Organization of Family Doctors


March 1, 2012

Singing Praise After New Esophageal Cancer Treatment

By Stacy Theobald Stacy Theobald

Esophageal cancer took Jorge Rivera, 47, by surprise. An auto loan manager and a father of three, he had a full life and a passion for performing sacred music with his family. Rivera, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, had “the usual” heartburn symptoms from what he describes as a typical Puerto Rican diet. But a […]

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Tags: 1136, 3169, 5267, 5275, 5279, 5334, Cancer, esophageal cancer, Jorge Rivera


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