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December 17, 2012

A Young Woman’s Battle Against Breast Cancer – One Day at a Time

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

  “I think it’s cancer,” are not words that anyone, especially a 29 year old nurse recently relocated to Arizona, expects to hear. Jennifer McGoldrick faced these words and the eventual diagnosis of breast cancer shortly after moving to Scottsdale to continue her nursing career at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She shares her journey of undergoing multiple […]

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Tags: 1136, 2375, 3640, 3719, 4728, 5250, 5315, 5333, Alanna Rebecca, Arizona, breast cancer, chemotherapy


October 24, 2012

Inflammatory Breast Cancer – Suzy’s Story

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

Suzy Underhill’s life took an unexpected turn less than a year ago when she discovered a large lump under her breast. She immediately went to see her gynecologist who recommended that she consult with a specialist. Suzy’s good friend had told her to schedule an appointment at Mayo Clinic and soon after she consulted with […]

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Tags: 1136, 3640, 3719, 3723, 4050, 5250, 5333, Arizona, breast cancer, Cancer, chemotherapy, Inflammatory Breast Cancer


October 17, 2012

Male Breast Cancer – Henry’s Story

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

Henry Corral had always enjoyed a full life in Arizona – staying fit, spending time with his family and working in the high tech industry.  In March of 2011, his life turned upside down. He received a diagnosis that few men expect to hear – breast cancer. The incidence of male breast cancer is rare […]

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Tags: 1136, 2375, 5279, Arizona, breast cancer, Cancer, Henry Corral, hormone therapy, male breast cancer, mastectomy, Mayo Clinic, oncology


October 10, 2012

Breast Cancer Hits Home Three Times in One Year

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

A mother and her three daughters – all diagnosed with breast cancer. Kathleen O’Brien shares her family’s history battling a disease which eventually took her mother’s life and now has struck three more times. Kathleen and her sisters, Angel and Brenda,  carry the BRCA gene which means they face a much higher risk of developing both […]

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Tags: 1136, 2375, 3640, 3719, 3723, 5250, 5333, Arizona, BRCA, BRCA gene, breast cancer, Cancer


September 28, 2012

Sidelined by Concussions, Sydney’s Now Back in Action

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

One goal changed her life. Now almost two years after a devastating concussion, Sydney Urzendowski is changing the goals of her life. Sydney, of Elkhorn, Neb., was an active teenager, always on the go and had high aspirations in playing sports for a long, long time. Things changed for her when she was playing soccer […]

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Tags: 5292, 5333, Arizona, concussion, David Dodick, Mayo Clinic, return to play, sports, Sydney Urzendowski


August 10, 2012

Teamwork makes the routine extraordinary

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

There was no doubting the value of the team approach on the early morning of Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. In what was otherwise a fairly routine procedure — cataract removal — this time required the assistance of the ophthalmologic surgeon, nurses, a cardiologist and a […]

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Tags: 1234, Arizona, cataract surgery, cataracts, Dave Patel, James Billingsley, Mayo Clinic, mcimg, mcvid, Patient Story, Teamwork


February 28, 2012

Mark McNeary: “A miracle of a different sort”

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

For Mark McNeary, a retired music industry executive, his miracle story began shortly after finishing Saturday morning chores at his ranch in Kingman, Ariz. Sudden, searing head pain and throat problems made it clear that he needed immediate medical attention. His wife, Julie, drove him 30 miles to the nearest emergency room at Kingman Regional […]

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Tags: 2301, 5292, 5333, Arizona, Bert Vargas, Mayo Clinic, stroke, telemedicine, Telestroke


February 3, 2012

Living with Cancer: Blessings and Hope Abound

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. For Robert Hoopes, a facilities manager from Glendale, Ariz., the diagnosis hit home – twice. In 2006, Kara, his wife of more than three decades, discovered that she had advanced colon cancer. After a two year battle, she sadly passed away at the age of 54 leaving behind […]

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Tags: 1136, 2246, 5239, 5275, 5279, 5333, Arizona, Cancer, clinical trials, Mayo Clinic, Patient Story, Robert Hoopes


October 21, 2011

A Family Member’s Point of View

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

By Lindsay Engelstad I was not a patient at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, but my mother was. Prior to her going into the hospital, I always hear people say “Go to the Mayo Clinic it is the best place to be if you are sick”. Yeah right, it is a hospital and all hospitals are the […]

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Tags: 1136, 3640, 3719, 3723, 3739, 5252, 5279, 5333, Arabia, Arizona, breathing, Hodgkin's


October 18, 2011

Knowledge: A Powerful Tool in the Battle Against Breast Cancer

By Susana Shephard susanashephard

Tamieko, a 38 year old woman, was completely caught off guard when she was diagnosed with Stage I/II breast cancer in December 2010. After two years of observing suspicious changes in her breast that appeared normal on mammograms, she requested that her attending physician do a breast biopsy. The results shocked her and took her […]

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Tags: 1136, 2375, 3640, 3719, 5250, 5279, 5309, 5333, Arizona, breast cancer, Deborah Bash, Donald Northfelt


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