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July 11, 2013

Anna’s Story: A Personal Approach to Cancer

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

At age 30, Anna Webster was a busy single mom juggling work and caring for her 11-year-old daughter. She didn’t have time to be sick. But after passing out one evening in the spring of 2009, she spent three days in a Jacksonville, Fla., emergency room while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. […]

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May 31, 2013

Adventures of a 31-year-old Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss

Dorylee Baez lives fearlessly. Whether flying down a zip line or organizing a pancreatic cancer patient group in Puerto Rico, she plunges into life with zest. The 31-year-old academic advisor at Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico, is known as someone who is tenacious, overcoming whatever obstacles get in her way to achieve and […]

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Tags: 2246, 2250, 2254, 3719, 3723, 5150, 5275, 5279, 5334, chemotherapy, Colon Cancer, FL


December 19, 2012

Bone Marrow Transplant Saves Leukemia Patient – Max’s Story

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

At the age of eight, Max Harris overcame aplastic anemia, a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells. Successful treatment led to his recovery and several years of good health. Years later, a visit to the dentist confirmed that his health had taken a serious turn for the worse. Severely […]

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Tags: 1136, 2779, 3640, 3719, 3981, 5279, 5333, acute myelogenous leukemia, Arizona, bone marrow transplant, Cancer, induction chemotherapy


December 17, 2012

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

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

  “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 Susana Shephard

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 10, 2012

Breast Cancer Hits Home Three Times in One Year

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

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


August 10, 2012

Teamwork makes the routine extraordinary

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

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 3, 2012

Living with Cancer: Blessings and Hope Abound

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

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


December 5, 2011

Before and After Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) Diagnosis

By MakalaArce MakalaArce

Kari Ulrich, a patient with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), shares her story of struggles before and after being diagnosed with FMD in 2007.

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Tags: 5252, coronary artery dissection, Fibromuscular Dysplasia, Heart, Mayo Clinic, Patient Story, stroke


October 17, 2011

Suzanne Vela: The Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

In mid-February, 2011, flu-like symptoms caused Suzanne Vela to leave work early to try to recover quickly from fatigue and a persistent cough. Several days of rest at home did not seem to improve her symptoms and Javier Vela, Suzanne’s husband, decided to take her to the Mayo Clinic Hospital Emergency department on February 14th. […]

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Tags: 5280, 5281, 5311, 5333, acute respiratory distress syndrome, ARDS, Arizona, flu shot, influenza, influenza shot, Mayo Clinic, Patient Story


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