Arizona patient stories

  1. Suzy Underhill

    Inflammatory Breast Cancer - Suzy's Story

    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 [...]

  2. Surgery for Sunken Breastbone Reshapes Patient's Chest, Shapes Career Path

    Written by Rebecca Uhl “My chest just has a dent.” “Everyone is unique, and this is simply the way I was made.” This is what I told myself growing up, being unaware that I had a congenital chest wall deformity known as pectus excavatum. As a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia pursuing a marketing [...]

  3. Cindy

    Saving Lives by Recruiting Marrow Donors

    Carolyn “Ceci” Christenson, age 18, of Gilbert, Ariz., has already survived a rare, life-threatening blood disorder and become a high-powered recruiter for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Her experience inspires Christenson to speak out for patients whose hope for a cure resembles a high-stakes lottery. In December 2011, she appeared on CBS’s “The Early [...]

  4. Catherine Hensler

    Snowboarding Great Grandma Cancer Survivor on YouTube

    In last week's Social Media Saturday post we introduced Mayo Clinic's YouTube channel and how you can view videos and pass them along to your family or friends who might find them interesting. But what if you want to share your story through video? One option is to contact our Mayo Clinic social media team when [...]

  5. From 'Shock' to Hope – Young Woman Shares Her Breast Cancer Journey

    In her early 30s and with “a wonderful child, wonderful husband and a great career,” Dawn DeCook-Gibson says the last thing she expected was a breast cancer diagnosis. Following the initial shock of the news, Dawn, from Chandler, Arizona, sought out doctors at Mayo Clinic and was guided through her treatment and recovery by Donald [...]

  6. Second Opinion Leads to a Second Chance at Sight

    Audrey Dean has been a lifelong advocate for social justice. After a notable career in social work, she earned a law degree and became senior counsel for the Alberta Human Rights Commission in 1992. At age 75, she is still arguing cases — some before the Supreme Court of Canada. “It’s fortunate that the government [...]

  7. Karen Teaser

    Spreading the Message of Skin Cancer Awareness

    Karen Teaser has always led a very active lifestyle outdoors. A former lifeguard, Teaser, who resides in Iowa and winters in Arizona with her husband Jim, spent years out on the water and relaxing in the sun. After being diagnosed with basal cell skin carcinoma a little over two years ago, Karen came to Mayo [...]

  8. Suzanne Vela

    Suzanne Vela: The Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

    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. [...]

  9. Fiction Becomes Reality: Surviving Metastatic Appendiceal Cancer

    "There's something weird going on," explained the surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada. For retired hotel executive Charles Livingston, these words signaled the start of a long journey, which began following an emergency appendectomy. He had experienced abdominal symptoms and received various diagnoses before being rushed to the operating room for a burst appendix. Following surgery, Charles [...]

  10. Teen regains life after bout with brain tumor

    Raley Mae Radomske was all set to begin a new chapter in her life the summer of 2009 when the unthinkable happened. A national rodeo champion, Radomske, 18, experienced a seizure as she was readying for her move from her hometown of Ellensburg, Wash. to Las Cruces, New Mexico to start college. Days after settling [...]

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