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February 5, 2014

My Story — Seth Locketz

By Seth Locketz Seth Locketz

I was diagnosed with eosinophillic esophagitis (EE) by another provider, who said I needed to have my esophagus stretched every six months with a balloon. I decided to get a second opinion at the Esophagus Clinic at the Mayo Clinic. Wow, am I glad I did! At first, I was given a soft steroid, which […]

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Tags: Esophagitis, Patient Stories


January 6, 2014

My story – Judy W

By Judy Walters Judy Walters

I had been to so many different doctors for my shoulder pain. Was even told it was all in my “head,” but my husband and I continued searching for answers. We came to Mayo Clinic in Florida, they ran all kinds of tests, they believed my pain. After all those tests, I was diagnosed with […]

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Montero, Dr. Houssam Farres, Dr. Peter Dorscher, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Orthopedics, Pain Clinic, Patient Stories, Physical Therapy, thoracic outlet syndrome


December 20, 2013

Living Life to the Fullest After Epilepsy Surgery

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

My name is Jill Staloch, and I had my first seizure when I was a freshman in college. Epilepsy never impacted my life, besides having to take medications and having a yearly appointment with my doctor. It wasn’t until 2010 that my life changed because of seizures. I had been seizure free for at least […]

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Tags: Dr. Frederick Meyer, Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, Patient Stories


December 20, 2013

My story – Alicia Austerman

By Alicia Austerman Alicia Austerman

When I was 18 years old, I noticed a small lump on my right forearm. I went to my primary care physician and was told it was nothing to worry about. Within one month, five more lumps formed on my right arm. My physician scheduled me for a biopsy and due to complications. I ended […]

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Tags: Cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Patient Stories


December 3, 2013

Child’s play — at long last

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

After heart surgery, Deshawn Corbin can run, jump and swim like a kid … for the first time Deshawn Corbin is just 15 years old. But he’s already experienced more life than most people many times his age. Deshawn was born with complex congenital heart disease that affected the way blood traveled through his body […]

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Tags: 1474, 5252, 5253, 5306, 5335, Cardiac surgery, Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Ann Reed, Dr. Ben Eidem, Dr. Harold Burkhart, Fontan Procedure, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis


November 15, 2013

Finding Coach Rudy

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

With no cure available, a Mayo patient finds comfort in a reunion with a former teacher whose words and encouragement had a lasting impact on his life. With some help from his Mayo physician.   Tim Ruettiger, a gym teacher and wrestling coach in New Lennox, Ill., had no idea what a lasting impression he […]

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Tags: 2241, 2250, 5279, 5299, 5334, Cancer, Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, Dr. Horacio Asbun, Dr. Mary O'Connor, hematology, liver cancer, Mayo Clinic in Florida


November 15, 2013

My story – Carmen

By Carmen Carmen

I was first diagnosed with Melanoma in 2004. Then in 2008 the melanoma started metastasizing quickly. After having 4 different surgeries to remove the tumors, my local doctor strongly suggested that I go to the Mayo Clinic for further treatments. The melanoma had spread to my liver TWICE and the doctors were able to save […]

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Tags: Dermatology, Dr. Svetomir Markovic, Patient Stories


November 11, 2013

Sister’s Kidney for Little Brother

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

For his entire life, radio host James Rabe has known that one day he’d need a new kidney. A disease called Alport Syndrome slowly caused his kidneys to fail. As his condition advanced, the search for a new organ began. His big sister stepped up and gave part of herself so her little brother could […]

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Tags: 3786, 5291, 5324, 5335, Alport syndrome, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic, Patient Stories


November 8, 2013

Managing my multiple myeloma

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

Judy Phillips found hope when hope was running out thanks to a physician willing to try new (and old) treatments, a team of “wonderful nurses,” and the “steadfast support and optimism” of her husband.    Written by Judy Phillips I am a seven-year survivor of multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow. Myeloma […]

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Tags: 1136, 2271, 3719, 5279, 5333, Cancer, chemotherapy, clinical trials, Dr. Keith Stewart, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, multiple myeloma, oncology research


November 6, 2013

Life after C. difficile

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

Dianne Shea thought that the fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea and endless bouts of diarrhea from C. diff would take away her independence. But after a fecal transplant, she says, “My life began again.”   Written by Dianne Shea I’ve been a paraplegic and a Mayo Clinic patient for more than 10 years. My legs decided […]

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Tags: 4230, 5275, 5335, C. difficile, diarrhea, Dr. Darrell Pardi, Dr. Sahil Khanna, fecal transplant, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Patient Stories, spinal tumor


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