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Patient and Provider Form Unique Bond in Fight Against MS

December 5, 2019

Patient and Provider Form Unique Bond in Fight Against MS

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As a new physical therapist, Annie Stoecklein’s first patient with MS was Carl Hohman. Seven years later, the two continue to work together, supporting each other through life’s ups and downs.

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Tags: Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, multiple sclerosis, Physical Therapy


Patient's 10-Year-Old Son Uses Birthday Money to Help Kids at Mayo Clinic

December 3, 2019

Patient’s 10-Year-Old Son Uses Birthday Money to Help Kids at Mayo Clinic

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When Bobby Pignati acquired a stash of cash for his birthday, he knew just where he wanted his money to go after watching his dad go through cancer treatments.

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Tags: Bile duct cancer, Proton Beam Therapy Program, Radiation Oncology


Toy Drive a Holiday Tradition for Transplant Family

November 26, 2019

Toy Drive a Holiday Tradition for Transplant Family

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Each year, Linsey Rippy and her family organize a toy drive to stock the toy closets at Mayo Clinic and Ronald McDonald House. It’s their way of paying forward the kindness they’ve been shown.

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Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Ronald McDonald House


Doctor and Patient Share Special Connection -- and Big Macs

November 21, 2019

Doctor and Patient Share Special Connection — and Big Macs

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Medical problems led to more than a year of living on liquid nutrition through a tube for D’Ann Mitchell. After her recovery, her doctor made good on a promise to treat her to lunch.

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Tags: Dr. Geoffrey Thompson, Kidney transplant, liquid nutrition, paragangliomas, Scoliosis


All Hands on Deck: Larry Oelkers Suffers Heart Attack, Community Rushes To Help

November 12, 2019

All Hands on Deck: Larry Oelkers Suffers Heart Attack, Community Rushes To Help

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Larry Oelkers was just about to leave a high school football game when he went into cardiac arrest. His community jumped in to help save his life.

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Tags: Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Catherterization Lab, Coronary Bypass Surgery, Dr. John Stulak, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service, Sudden Cardiac Arrest


Halloween Comes to Kids in Hospital With Trick-or-Treating, Costumes and More

November 5, 2019

Halloween Comes to Kids in Hospital With Trick-or-Treating, Costumes and More

By In the Loop In the Loop

Mayo Clinic’s Child Life Program brought Halloween to kids spending their favorite candy-gathering holiday at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. There were costumes, face painting and reverse trick-or-treating, so the kids in their care didn’t feel left out.

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Tags: Child LIfe Program, Kim Schmidt, Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital, Val Stuve


Florida Women Get By With a Little Help From Their Friendship (and Mayo Clinic)

October 22, 2019

Florida Women Get By With a Little Help From Their Friendship (and Mayo Clinic)

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Lisa Kosak and Jan Chnupa met by chance on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, but the two became fast friends and now offer each other support as they face chronic health conditions.

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Tags: Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, Asthma, Breast Cancer, Dr. Daniel Macklin, Dr. Jorge Mallea, Dr. Paul Young, Dr. Sarvam TerKonda, Dr. Sebastian Fernandez-Bussy, fibromyalgia, lung valves, Mayo Clinic in Florida


After Close to 50 Visits, Physician Feels Like Family

October 17, 2019

After Close to 50 Visits, Physician Feels Like Family

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One of the first physicians Carol and Scott Van Dyke met at Mayo Clinic was Dr. Conor Loftus, who was completing a fellowship. Seventeen years later, they continue to rely on him for care.

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Tags: Dr. Conor Loftus


After Bone Marrow Transplant, Christy Stubbe Takes Donor on Tour of Her Life

October 15, 2019

After Bone Marrow Transplant, Christy Stubbe Takes Donor on Tour of Her Life

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Four years after testing confirmed Georg Lochner was a perfect bone marrow match for Christy Stubbe, Georg flew from Germany to meet the woman who credits him with saving her life.

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Tags: Bone marrow tranplant


Sailing to Hope Survivorship Breakfast Provides Comfort and Connection

October 15, 2019

Sailing to Hope Survivorship Breakfast Provides Comfort and Connection

By In the Loop In the Loop

Mayo Clinic’s Sailing to Hope Survivorship breakfast gives breast cancer patients and survivors the opportunity to connect, heal, and look to the future.

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Dr. Keith Knutson, Dr. Saranya Chumsri


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