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First Down, Now 7 Yards to Go

October 17th, 2017

First Down, Now 7 Yards to Go

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Chris Norton lay face down on the Luther College football field, motionless. It was a position he’d been in before, on another beautiful fall day nearly seven years earlier. Back then, he’d just taken a hit that would leave him with a spinal cord injury and a less than 3 percent chance of regaining feeling […]

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Tags: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, Neurology


Breast Cancer Diagnosis Brings Woman to Mayo; Care Team Keeps Her Coming Back

October 12th, 2017

Breast Cancer Diagnosis Brings Woman to Mayo; Care Team Keeps Her Coming Back

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After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Elizabeth Vines sought a second opinion — and eventually, treatment — at Mayo Clinic. “I was looking for a miracle,” Elizabeth says.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr. Donald Northfelt, Dr. Raman Mahabir, Dr. Richard Gray, Mayo Clinic in Arizona


Fifteen Years Later, Transplant Patient and His Surgeon Reunite at Mayo Clinic

October 10th, 2017

Fifteen Years Later, Transplant Patient and His Surgeon Reunite at Mayo Clinic

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It had been 15 years since Tom Manuel had a heart transplant, but he never forgot the name of his transplant surgeon. The two of them recently had a chance to meet again.

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Tags: Dr. Si Pham, Heart attack, heart transplant, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


Forrest Stump: A Journey From Amputee to Athlete to Advocate

October 5th, 2017

Forrest Stump: A Journey From Amputee to Athlete to Advocate

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When Nicole Ver Kuilen was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with cancer and had her leg amputated. Today, she’s embarking on a 1,500 mile journey to raise awareness about issues facing amputees.

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Tags: Bone Cancer, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Osteosarcoma


Lemonade Stand Fuels Donation 'in Honor of Emmy's Left Eye'

October 3rd, 2017

Lemonade Stand Fuels Donation ‘in Honor of Emmy’s Left Eye’

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Those who bought lemonade from Emmy Weidmann last summer learned that the 4-year-old had big plans for the money she earned: a “kids’ cart” in the ophthalmology department at Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: cataract, Dr. Erick Bothun, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric Ophthalmology


Tom Brokaw Talks About His "Rebirth" After Cancer Diagnosis

October 3rd, 2017

Tom Brokaw Talks About His “Rebirth” After Cancer Diagnosis

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Since being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013, Tom Brokaw has used his voice to advocate for a cause that’s become deeply personal to him.

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Tags: multiple myeloma, Tom Brokaw


Young Patient Given the Rock Star Treatment in Fight Against Cancer

September 28th, 2017

Young Patient Given the Rock Star Treatment in Fight Against Cancer

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Julia Fulmer’s recent trips to and from Rochester were a little less stressful (and a lot more glamourous) thanks to an organization that helps pediatric patients feel like VIPs.

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Tags: Avascular necrosis, Dr. Daniel Berry, hip replacement, Orthopedic Surgery, T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia


Lego ICU Built for Dad Is More Than Just Child's Play

September 28th, 2017

Lego ICU Built for Dad Is More Than Just Child’s Play

By In the Loop intheloop

Isis Gauzens wanted to find a way to prepare her young sons before she took them to visit their father in the intensive care unit. She reached into their toy stash to do it.

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Tags: Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Ayan Sen, Erdheim-Chester disease, intensive care unit


'Do You Think That Could Happen – A Wedding in the Hospital?'

September 26th, 2017

‘Do You Think That Could Happen – A Wedding in the Hospital?’

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Amy Cierzan-Shaw was determined to see her daughter get married, despite a devastating cancer diagnosis months before the wedding. When her care team realized time was not on Amy’s side, they brought the wedding to her.

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Tags: Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Alice Gallo De Moraes, Lung Cancer


Support and Hope For Families Facing Cancer

September 21st, 2017

Support and Hope For Families Facing Cancer

By In the Loop intheloop

Receiving news that your child has cancer can be an isolating experience. That’s why the nonprofit Brighter Tomorrows, an organization that connects families affected by childhood cancer, can be an invaluable resource.

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Tags: Dr. Gesina Keating, Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, Pediatric brain tumors, Pediatric Neurology


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