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October 14, 2021 · Leave a Comment

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


September 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Diversity in bone marrow transplantation gives gift of life to mom of five

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Family is everything to Felicia Curtis. The mom of five from Gainesville, Florida, knew she had to fight when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with her youngest child. Over the next several months, Felicia underwent several rounds of chemotherapy to fight the cancer. Her son was […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant program, Cancer, diverse bone marrow donor, Dr. Ernesto Ayala, Felicia Curtis, MayoClinicFL, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stem cell transplant


September 2, 2021 · Leave a Comment

“Divine design” gives multiple myeloma patient transplant, care at home

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Ann Arneson describes her journey to Mayo Clinic as “divine design.” Ann — a retired teacher, a leader in her church and ministry, mother, grandmother, and line dance enthusiast — is Mayo Clinic’s first bone marrow transplant patient to recover at home thanks to the new advanced care at home program. “I know that people […]

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Tags: advanced care at home, Ann Arneson, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Vivek Roy, MayoClinicFL


August 19, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Getting to the heart of the matter

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Ten years ago, Elizabeth Scovil, a 46-year-old wife and mother of four from Forest City, Florida, collapsed at the gym. Luckily some local paramedics were there and came to her rescue. But then it happened again. “I am an athlete. I was always working out,” says Elizabeth. She began experiencing episodes of dizziness, and her […]

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Carolyn Landolfo, Dr. Venkatachalam, Elizabeth Scovil, Heart Disease, MayoClinicFL, Patient Story, Ventricular tachycardia, Women's Heart Clinic


August 11, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Pharmacist advocates for stroke awareness

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

A pharmacist for a regional grocer, health and wellness was the foundation of Faye Baracats’ life. She advocated daily to her patients the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, eating well, and exercising. Faye, 42, and mom to two teenagers, also practiced what she preached. She followed a Mediterranean diet and exercised regularly. During her […]

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Tags: cerebrovascular disease, COVID-19, faye baracats, MayoClinicFL, stroke


August 5, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Liver transplant helps Bob Lemoine pay it forward

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

It was more than 20 years ago when former information technology manager, Bob Lemoine was diagnosed with hepatitis C and eventually, liver cancer. In September 2009, Bob was told that he had 3-6 months to live. After being referred to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, Bob got a new lease on life when on Jan. […]

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Tags: Bob Lemoine, hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, MayoClinicFL


June 22, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Back from the brink and looking forward: Karen Detweiler overcomes rare neurologic disorder

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

In February 2020, as COVID-19 began its spread across the world, Karen Detweiler of DeLand, Florida, and her two adult children, Jonathan Detweiler and Susan Reeve, were facing their own crisis: Karen Detweiler’s pending passing from an incurable neurologic disorder. A retired community college professor and English teacher, Karen started having seizures in the summer […]

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Tags: Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Dr. Gregory Day, Karen Detweiler, LGI 1-antibody encephalitis, MayoClinicFL, neuroimmunology lab


May 30, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Speaking out for stroke awareness

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Ilah Breen was visiting her daughter in early April this year when she realized something was amiss. “I was knitting, and everything was fine. The next thing I knew, my knitting made no sense. The needles didn’t completely disappear, but they got blurry. And I couldn’t figure out what the yarn was,” recalls the 72-year-old […]

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Tags: cerebrovascular disease, Ilah Breen, MayoClinicFL, stroke, Thrombectomy


April 4, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Now seizure free, epilepsy patient shares her music as a blessing to others

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Destiny Rhodes finds solace in music. Diagnosed with temporal-lobe epilepsy when she was 17 months old, Destiny says when she started playing guitar as a teenager, it became a constant source of comfort during her uncertain health. Despite medication, Destiny’s seizures continued for more than 20 years, often occurring several times a week. The medication […]

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Tags: Destiny Rhodes, Dr. Anteneh Feyissa, Epilepsy, MayoClinicFL, responsive neurostimulation, RNS, seizures


August 31, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Colon Cancer Treatment Provides More Time to Celebrate the Everyday

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, Amy Figgs was told there was little that could be done. Unwilling to accept that, Amy sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. There her care team crafted a treatment plan that has renewed her hope for the future.

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Dr. Amit Merchea, Dr. Justin Burns, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, MayoClinicFL


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