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May 16, 2014

Joyous Victory: Lung Cancer Survivor Finds Her Niche, Gives Back to Help Others

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Written by Eunice Nishimura My journey started innocently enough as a neck strain I received while playing with my daughter’s golden retriever in October 2010. As the year ended, the discomfort had increased, and I sought out my physician in January 2011. He set up appointments for MRI and MRA exams. Once done, I quickly […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, clinical trial, Dr. Helen Ross, Dr. Steven Schild, Giving, lung cancer, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Patient Stories


May 8, 2014

A Healthy Assist for a Special Delivery

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

JoAnna Goebel refused to let diabetes stop her from welcoming a healthy baby into the world When soon-to-be moms find out they are pregnant, many are eager to share the happy news with loved ones. When JoAnna Goebel learned she was expecting, she got on the phone, too. One of her calls wasn’t to a […]

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Tags: diabetes, Diabetes Technology Clinic, Endocrinology, Patient Stories, pregnancy, technology, type 1 diabetes


April 30, 2014

Enjoying a ‘New Normal’ After Epilepsy Surgery

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

A few years ago, Jessica Veach’s life was going according to plan. She’d started her career as an elementary school teacher — a dream she’d had since she was 8 years old — and was settling into married life with her husband, Colin. Jessica was also successfully managing epilepsy, which she had been diagnosed with […]

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Tags: Dr. Katherine Noe, Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories, seizures


March 15, 2014

My Story – Lorrie Schroder

By Lorrie Schroder Lorrie Schroder

I have been going to Mayo Clinic since 1985. When I was 6 years old, a doctor gave me an injection into left buttocks of Terramycin, and within minutes my left lower leg was paralyzed (motor and sensory). Terramycin is very acidic. After six months, I was able to walk. Sensation returned, but I was left with a […]

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Tags: Patient Stories


March 7, 2014

Knocking “Care Coordination” Out of the Park

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

Written by Barry M. Bloom When I arrived at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., that September day almost five years ago, my care for colon cancer was fractured and really a mess. I had suffered through a second bout of the disease, when the cancer jumped from the colon to the lung. After surgery to […]

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Tags: chemotherapy, Colon Cancer, Dr. Donald Northfelt, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, oncology, Patient Stories


March 6, 2014

Game On! … in Ruth’s battle with depression

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

For many years, those lucky enough to share a work space with Ruth Tibesar, a lab technician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, had come to expect to hear at least one thing when they came to work every day: Laughter. Because that’s just the kind of person Ruth Tibesar is — she enjoys making those […]

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Tags: Depression, Dr. Kyle Cedermark, Dr. Robert Morgan III, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Mood Disorders Unit, Patient Stories, Psychiatry and Psychology


February 27, 2014

Diet restrictions inspire new career

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

Frances Shaw’s health and career mixed together in a muffin batter. With her perseverance and answers from Mayo Clinic, both her health and career as a baker and entrepreneur, are turning out golden. Frances Shaw didn’t set out to be a baker. Her career essentially found her as she tried to find ways to manage […]

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Tags: Celiac Disease, Dr. Christopher Sletten, fibromyalgia, Pain Rehabilitation Program, Patient Stories


February 19, 2014

Keeping a Positive Outlook Despite a Difficult Disease

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

For her first 38 years, Jayne Bushman was a picture of health. But then one morning she woke up with an earache, something she says she’d never before experienced. Her first stop was to see her Family Medicine doctor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester who, unable to pinpoint the exact cause of her pain, sent […]

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Tags: Dr. Ulrich Specks, ENT, kidney transplant, Maureen Kelley, nephrology, Patient Stories, Sue Fisher, Wegener's granulomatosis


February 14, 2014

Transitional Care Team Helps Sandy Dyson Get Back on the Dance Floor

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

If Proud Mary is playing, Sandy Dyson wants to be dancing. But last spring, it looked like Dyson’s dancing days might be behind her. After knee replacement surgery, the 71-year-old Kennebec, S.D., resident was in so much pain that just walking seemed like punishment. Thanks to a “wickedly good team” of rehabilitation specialists in the Mayo […]

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Tags: Josh Berndt, Knee Replacement, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca, Patient Stories, Rehabilitation, Sandy Dyson, Transitional Care


February 5, 2014

Colorado Nurse Finds Answers to Medical Mystery

By Sara Jacobsen Sara Jacobsen

Written by Sara Jacobsen Everyone who visits the Mayo Clinic has a story. Though my story may be a lot like all of the other patients who have come and gone through the Mayo Clinic system, I want to share my gratitude for the organization, facility and clinic that Mayo is. The year 2013 proved […]

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Tags: Dr. Karen Mauck, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Patient Stories


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