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June 2, 2022

Mother, daughter share cancer journey twists, survivors’ advice

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Some personality traits are inherited. A child may be introverted, agreeable or meticulous like a parent. Other traits are learned, such as mannerisms, speech patterns and resilience during adversity. Resilience and strength are traits that Rae Reekie and Amy White have in common. This mother and daughter duo also live on the same street in […]

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Tags: Amy White, breast cancer, Dr. M. Kathleen Christian, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Rae Reekie


January 23, 2022

A third chance for a young breast cancer patient

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Breast cancer does not discriminate ― a truth that a young Florida woman knows three times over. While in college, Jessica Florence found a lump on her right breast. The 21-year-old initially did not believe what she found was serious until she was in pain and experiencing other symptoms. “When I think of breast cancer, […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Sabrina Sahni, Jessica Florence, Mayo Clinic in Florida


October 25, 2021

‘Sneaky’ cancer spurs mom and daughter to action

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

When Lisa Pitre, a Mayo Clinic speech pathologist from Jacksonville, Florida, went in for a routine mammogram in summer 2019, nothing on her imaging was concerning. By October, though, Lisa was diagnosed with stage 4 invasive lobular carcinoma, an aggressive type of breast cancer. “I learned that 20% of breast cancers are not detected on […]

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Tags: Alyssa Pitre, breast cancer, invasive breast cancer, Lisa Pitre, lobular carcinoma, mammogram, MayoClinicFL


October 21, 2021

Integrative health paves road to recovery for young breast cancer patient

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

October holds a bit more significance these days for Michelle Couchenour, a wife, mother of two and dance instructor from Jacksonville, Florida. It’s a time of year to raise awareness for breast cancer, especially since Michelle is not far removed from her initial diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2018, Michelle found […]

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Tags: breast cancer, Integrative Medicine, Jacoby Center for Breast Health, MayoClinicFL, Michelle Couchenour


October 14, 2021

Finding joy after rare neurologic diagnosis

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

When Joy Carol finds something she is passionate about, she embraces it. A love of international development work and education led to a 35-year career working with international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children and Child Fund. Although New York City was her home base, Joy visited and supervised programs in more than […]

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Tags: breast cancer, central nervous system, Dr. Kurt Jaeckle, joy carol, MayoClinicFL, paraneoplastic syndrome


August 26, 2021

Preventive screening during COVID-19 pandemic leads to early diagnosis of treatable breast cancer

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers have been concerned about a growing number of patients delaying or skipping preventive screenings because they have been hesitant to see their health care provider. Experts have stressed that it’s not only safe to come in for preventive screenings, but also it’s important to avoid future health problems […]

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Tags: Andrea Beckendorf, breast cancer, breast cancer screening, COVID-19, Dr. Daniela Stan


August 8, 2021

Dancing through complex care during COVID-19

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Twin Cities journalist Sonya Goins, like so many, has been coping with the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as working remotely and not being able to see family and friends. If all of that weren’t difficult enough, for the past year, she’s also been battling breast cancer and Crohn’s disease at […]

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Tags: breast cancer, COVID-19, Crohn's Disease, Dr. Karthik Giridhar, Dr. Tina Hieken, Sonya Goins


May 6, 2019

Genetic Testing Generates Optimism for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

When Jean Niven learned she had ovarian cancer, her desire to find a knowledgeable, compassionate physician led her to Mayo Clinic. Then, when her cancer returned, genetic information opened the door to fresh treatment options.

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. Gerardo Colon-Otero, Dr. Tri Dinh, Gynecologic cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Ovarian cancer care


April 5, 2019

Difficult Diagnosis Inspires Corinne Berg to Empower Others

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Corinne Berg was a little girl when she saw firsthand the devastating effects that breast cancer had on her family. Read the story of how Berg learned of her own risk for breast cancer and how she has used that experience to educate herself and others.

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Tags: BRCA mutation, breast cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic's Familial Cancer Program


March 18, 2019

Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Brenda Braatz has been dealing with breast cancer since 2013. Although the diagnosis and its treatment haven’t been easy, Brenda is thankful for the expert care, compassion and encouragement she’s received from her Mayo team.

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Tags: breast cancer, Dr. M. Kathleen Christian, Dr. Matthew Sherrill, Dr. Paula Gill, Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center in La Crosse


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