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September 13, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mystery gift of liver for Mayo patient leads to chance emotional meeting

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

As they walked along the beach and collected stones on a warm, sunny day in Hawaii in 2019, Rob and Amanda Blasius of Phoenix reflected on the challenging medical odyssey that saved Rob’s life just a year earlier. That’s when he underwent a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona.  To honor Rob’s precious gift of […]

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Tags: Arizona, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Rob Blasius


June 26, 2014 · Leave a Comment

College Student Overcomes Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

In her early 20s, Erin Ayub has big plans. As a college student in El Paso, Texas, she is also a musician and aspiring writer. She had to put her plans on hold for a bit while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic in Arizona due to a rare illness — anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. […]

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Tags: Arizona, encephalitis, Erin Ayub, Mayo Clinic, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Story


June 25, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Fiction Becomes Reality: Surviving Metastatic Appendiceal Cancer

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

“There’s something weird going on,” explained the surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada. For retired hotel executive Charles Livingston, these words signaled the start of a long journey, which began following an emergency appendectomy. He had experienced abdominal symptoms and received various diagnoses before being rushed to the operating room for a burst appendix. Following surgery, Charles […]

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Tags: appendiceal cancer, Arizona, Cancer, Charles Livingston, Dr. Camoriano, Dr. Wasif, HIPEC, John Camoriano, Mayo Clinic, Nabil Wasif


June 6, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Coping with a Rare Disorder: Cronkhite-Canada Syndrome

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

David Hirschy of Prescott, Arizona, has worn many hats — from record producer to chef to silversmith. In fact, his love of food made him think something was wrong a few years ago when he lost his sense of taste. He began to have other symptoms, too, which led him to Mayo Clinic in Arizona where […]

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Tags: Arizona, Cronkhite-Canada, Cronkhite-Canada syndrome, David Hershey, David Hirschy, Dr. De Petris, Dr. Harris, Gastroenterology, Giovanni De Petris, Hirschy, Lucinda Harris, Pathology


January 17, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Dr. David Fleischer: Treating Esophageal Cancer in Kenya

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic)

Esophageal cancer is a challenging enough condition to treat at the best medical centers in the U.S. When the condition affects scores of people in a developing country in eastern Africa, the challenge is all the more demanding. David Fleischer, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and his colleagues, working in collaboration with […]

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Tags: Africa, Arizona, Cancer, David Fleischer, David Fleischer MD, Dr. Fleischer, esophageal cancer, esophagus, Kenya, radio frequency ablation, RFA, Tenwek Hospital


January 8, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Richard Rubenstein: Overcoming Rectal Cancer

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic)

A routine colonoscopy in 2007 saved Richard Rubenstein’s life. Richard, a retired executive from Scottsdale, Ariz., had expected to receive a clean bill of health, especially since he had no alarming symptoms or any family history of colorectal malignancies. Instead he received shocking news – he had stage 3 rectal cancer. Richard decided to pursue his […]

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Tags: 1136, 3640, 3719, 3723, 3779, 5279, 5315, 5333, Arizona, Cancer, chemotherapy, colorectal surgery


January 7, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Ginette’s Top Tips for Breast Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic)

Ginette Weiner began her fight against breast cancer in 2008, and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She is a patient at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and under the ongoing care of Donald Northfelt, M.D. She brings a fresh, honest and engaging perspective to patients and their loved ones with the following advice for breast cancer patients and their families. Advice for Loved Ones 1.  Do not tell […]

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Tags: 2375, 3640, 3719, 4728, 4729, 5315, 5335, Arizona, breast cancer, Cancer, chemotherapy, Donald Northfelt


October 14, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Antoinette Benevento: Battling Breast Cancer One Day at a Time

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

Joy, music, vibrancy and energy. Antoinette Benevento embraces the gifts of dance and shares how lessons learned as a professional dancer prepared her for her biggest challenge ahead. In December of 2010, Antoinette discovered a large lump in her breast. Alarmed by her finding, she quickly sought medical care and was told it was benign. […]

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Tags: 1136, 2375, 3719, 3720, 4728, 5270, 5279, 5333, Antoinette Benevento, Arizona, Barbara Pockaj, breast cancer


July 23, 2013 · Leave a Comment

A Double Blessing: The Mexican Red Cross Donation

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

As an international patient coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, I have had many opportunities to work with patients to ensure that they receive the best medical care and attention. Helping patients is our number one priority at the International Patients Center. Last year, we had a unique opportunity to reach beyond our four walls […]

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Tags: Arizona, Carlos Bloch, Cruz Roja, David Reidy, Donation, International Patients Center, Los Mochis, Mexican Red Cross, Mexico, Mila Vargas, Robert Ferrigni, Sinaloa


June 14, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Finally! Relief for Unbearable Acid Reflux: The LINX Procedure

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

Who hasn’t experienced the occasional acid reflux from a particularily spicy dinner or an extra slice of pizza? Nothing that an over-the-counter pill wouldn’t relieve, right? Unfortunately, for seven long years, Shawnee Williams, suffered not a few but daily episodes of progressively worsening acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, GERD. At only age 25, she experienced […]

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Tags: 2927, 3169, 4024, acid reflux, Arizona, GERD, Harold, Kristi Harold, LINXX LIN, Mayo Clinic, procedure, Shawnee Williams


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