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April 27th, 2017

'Miracle Patient' Says She's Living Proof: Never (Ever) Give up Hope

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After 49-year-old Sharon Stroehl had a cardiac dissection, doctors told her family there was nothing they could do to save her life. Then Mayo Clinic gave her a second chance.
A few months ago, Sharon Stroehl was coming up on a milestone birthday. And she wasn't too happy about it. "I was having a hard time with turning 50," she says. But not anymore. Now, Sharon sees each day as a gift. "Tomorrow's never promised," she tells us.

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Tags: Aortic dissection, cardiac rehab, Dr Alberto Pochettino, Sharon Stroehl

April 27th, 2017

New 'Worm Mobile' Helping Mayo Clinic Improve Its Food Waste Management

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Photo by University Communications, University of Wisconsin — La Crosse. The Vermicomposting Center at Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wisconsin, got a big boost recently when Honda Motorwerks donated a brand-new electric “Worm Mobile” to its efforts.
The food waste disposal practices at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, have gone straight to the worms. Literally. Instead of simply being dumped in a landfill, food scraps from around campus are put into five-gallon pails and hand-delivered (more on that later) to an army of hungry red wiggler earthworms. The worms then go to work turning the goods into high-quality compost that's eventually donated to local community gardens or sold.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Vermicomposting

April 27th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"Worms are the intestines of the Earth."

Aristotle

April 25th, 2017

Mayo 'Superheroes' Use Their Powers to Give Young Patient Proper Sendoff

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Krystal Lamb, a child life specialist, knew that for Iram Sobarzo a visit by Spiderman would make for a special finish to his treatment and add to his excitement about ringing the bell to mark that milestone.

It was "Superhero Day" in the proton beam treatment area at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona, and 6-year-old Iram Sobarzo had been ready for almost a week. He had talked about little else during that last week of treatment for a brain tumor. He was fixated on meeting Spiderman, his personal superhero. Staff had arranged a "Spirit Week" in honor of Child Life Month. Krystal Lamb, a child life specialist, knew that for Iram, the visit by Spiderman would make for a special finish to his treatment and add to his excitement about ringing the bell to mark that milestone.

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Tags: Child Life Services, Krystal Lamb, Proton Beam Therapy Program

April 25th, 2017

From Refugee to M.D.: Ahmed Mohamed's Road to Mayo Clinic

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When Ahmed Mohamed, M.D., and his family first immigrated to Rochester from Somalia in 1996, he only knew three words of English. Today, he’s living out his life’s dream as a first-year resident physician in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine.

When Ahmed Mohamed's family came to Rochester in 1996 seeking refuge from the civil war in Somalia, the 6-year-old knew only three words in English. But by the time he'd reached fourth grade, Ahmed had mastered English so well that he was able to graduate from Rochester Public Schools' "English for Speakers of Other Languages" program. "I was very good student and I never disrupted class," Ahmed recently told the Rochester Post-Bulletin. "I was quiet in class up until I got into med school."

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April 25th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"You're much stronger than you think you are. Trust me."

Spiderman

April 20th, 2017

Cancer Diagnosis Turns Student Athlete Into Student Advocate

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After she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, Miranda Mead was shocked to learn how little money is devoted to childhood cancer research. So she decided to do something about it, and has become a vocal advocate for the cause.

On Dec. 1, 2015, Miranda Mead learned that the back pain she'd attributed to a fall was actually a tumor. She was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare cancer, just days after her 16th birthday. So instead of getting her driver's license, Miranda got a treatment plan, including proton beam therapy at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. She "freaked out" after receiving the diagnosis, Miranda tells WCCO-TV. But shock quickly turned to determination as the straight-A student and member of the Wayzata High School cross country team decided "to remain optimistic." [...]

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Tags: Ewing's Sarcoma, Proton Beam Therapy Program

April 20th, 2017

Young Patient Works to Buy Teddy Bears to Comfort Others Like Him

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A teddy bear from the Saint Marys’ gift shop helped Henry Brown get some much needed sleep during his recovery from surgery. After he went home to New York, he started a summer project detailing cars to help him buy bears for other Mayo patients.

Two summers ago, Henry Brown began experiencing unexplained pain in his right arm. His parents took him to see numerous doctors in his home state of New York and elsewhere, but Henry tells us "none were able to tell me what was wrong." The one thing doctors were able to tell Henry was that the pain, concentrated in his elbow, was reducing his range of motion. "We were told he might never play sports again," Henry's mom, Leslie Brown, tells us. "He's a great athlete and so there was a real emotional component to all of this for him as well."

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Tags: Avascular necrosis, Dr Shawn O'Driscoll

April 20th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls."

David Thomas

April 18th, 2017

From Dancing on Cans to Well-Oiled Machine: The Surprising Origins of Mayo's Recycling Program

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Mayo Clinic’s recycling efforts have come a long way since the “stomping parties” held by the Sisters of Saint Francis in the basement of Saint Marys Hospital. Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, is one day when most folks pay particularly close attention to protecting the environment. This year, we're finding inspiration in a group that was working to maintain the planet before doing so became a thing.

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Tags: Amanda Holloway, Environmental Services, Glen Goodsell, John Murphy, Poverello Fund, Sisters of Saint Francis, Waste Management and Recycling

April 18th, 2017

Mayo's Own American Ninja Warrior Returns to Competition

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A year ago, Mayo Clinic lab technician Andrew Yori achieved a dream when he was invited to compete on the NBC reality show American Ninja Warrior. Now, he’s got another chance to tackle the course — and raise awareness for causes he cares about along the way.
Age seems to slow most people down. But Andrew Yori isn't like most people. We introduced you to Andrew — a.k.a. the K9 Ninja — last year, when he was preparing to compete in an American Ninja Warrior regional qualifying event in Indianapolis. Back then, he was a 39-year-old rookie, just hoping to make it through the reality TV show's qualifying round. He did that and more, eventually making it all the way to the show's Las Vegas finals. And while Andrew didn't get a chance to try scaling Mt. Midoriyama, he did achieve what for him was an even bigger goal: raising awareness of shelter dogs and their need for forever homes.

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Tags: Andrew Yori, bone marrow transplant, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine

April 18th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."

Robert Swan

April 13th, 2017

Transplant Patient, Humanitarian Dedicates Donated Home to Care Team

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After a successful life-saving kidney transplant procedure at Mayo Clinic, patient Ronald Sack thanked his care team by dedicating a house to them in the mountains of Guatemala.

Ronald Sack with his sister and donor, Pam Hastings.

In the mountains of Guatemala, in a small Mayan village called Xepatan, is a house. A newly constructed house that sits in stark contrast to the cane and dirt floor homes found throughout the rest of this farming town. This house was built by volunteers from Constru Casa — a nonprofit organization that works to improve the housing conditions of Guatemalans living in extreme poverty. The one-room concrete home is similar to other homes the [...]

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Tags: Dr Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant

April 13th, 2017

Childhood Fascination With Ambulances Leads to a Career Saving Lives

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When he was a child, Roger White, M.D., was intrigued by ambulances. That boyhood fascination led to a career in emergency medicine and life-saving contributions to his field.

Some people collect coins or stamps. Roger White, M.D., decided to collect something that required a bit more storage space: vintage ambulances. "I had a 1952 Pontiac, a 1972 Pontiac, 1974 Oldsmobile," Dr. White, co-medical director of Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, tells The Huffington Post. "I bought the last Cadillac ambulance built in the United States in 1979. They built 10 of them, and I bought the last one, number 10."

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April 13th, 2017

Quote of the day

By In the Loop intheloop

"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."

Graham Greene

April 11th, 2017

Young Cancer Patient Shows What It Means to Be 'Hunter Strong'

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In the face of a cancer diagnosis, young Hunter Gifford is showing those around him what it means to be "Hunter Strong."

Photo by Erin Young.

Lisa Gifford is a mother. She's also a pediatric nurse. So she knew something wasn't right with her youngest son, Hunter. "He was having trouble urinating," Lisa tells us. Initially, she chalked it up to a urinary tract infection. But his primary care provider ruled that out after Hunter's blood work came back fine. Later that day, Hunter developed a fever and was in so much pain he had trouble lying down. A trip to the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus would soon reveal why. After a series of tests, "the whole care team walked into his room," Lisa tells us. "I could tell they'd found something."

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Tags: chemotherapy, Ewing's Sarcoma, Lisa Gifford, Proton Beam Therapy Program

April 11th, 2017

Handmade Rosaries Give Patients Comfort, Support in Times of Need

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Years ago, Agnes Feidt began making her handmade, beaded rosaries for her own personal enjoyment and benefit. Today, she's making them for the enjoyment, benefit, and comfort, of Mayo Clinic Health System patients throughout Northwestern Wisconsin.

Several years ago, Agnes Feidt was with a group of friends when one of them proudly displayed a new rosary. "We all commented on it and asked her where she got it," Agnes tells us. "She said she'd taken some beads from a necklace and used those to make the rosary." That inspired Agnes to do some rosary making of her own. And she's become something of an inspiration herself.

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Tags: Jennifer Larson LaRue, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mitzie Feidt

April 11th, 2017

Quote of the day

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"Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

April 6th, 2017

Best Friends Put Love in Every Stitch of Their Quilts — and Then Give Them Away

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Julie Jackson and Mary Coleman are two best friends on a mission: To spread love and comfort through the handmade quilts and pillowcases they make and donate.

Five years ago, best friends Julie Jackson and Mary Coleman caught the same bug. "We both suddenly got the urge to try quilting," Julie, an administrative assistant at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, tells us. Initially, they honed their craft by making lots (and lots) of quilted pillowcases. When someone asked what they planned to do with so many cases, it didn't take Julie and Mary (a longtime Mayo employee herself, before retirement) long to decide that they'd give them away. "Our parents were giving people," Julie tells us. "That's how we were raised, and we want to continue to make our parents proud of us, even though they have all passed on." [...]

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April 6th, 2017

Medical Student Learns About Life, Love, and Spirituality During 'Year of Suffering'

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Maggie Cupit-Link, who had been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, detailed the physical, emotional, and spiritual ups and downs in a "Spirituality Grand Rounds" presentation titled, "Why God? Suffering Through Cancer into Faith."

If you need proof of the old adage "to truly understand something you must experience it first-hand," look no further than Maggie Cupit-Link. Diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma at the end of her freshman year of college, Maggie, now a third-year Mayo Clinic School of Medicine student, was uprooted from her life and began a year-long journey filled with pain, fear, resentment and doubt as her care team at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital worked to treat her cancer.

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Tags: Cancer, chemotherapy, Ewing's Sarcoma, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

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