Cancer patient stories

  1. A happy ending that keeps on giving

    The below article comes from our Sharing Mayo Clinic print publication: “It isn’t a big article,” Kristie Naines says when asked about her appearance in the October issue of Good Housekeeping. “It’s just a few paragraphs.” She’s being modest. It’s kind of a big deal. Those “few” paragraphs describe how, at age 32, Naines was [...]

  2. Ardyth Carpenter

    My 30-Year Journey with Mayo

    My name is Ardyth Carpenter, and in 1982, I went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, after experiencing a TIA. While there, Mayo’s work up discovered a malignancy in my right breast. I had no ill effects from the “mini-stroke” and the clinic was just a 75 mile drive from my home in Mankato but [...]

  3. Barbra Riley

    Triple Negative Breast Cancer - Barbra's Story

    Years of raising awareness for breast cancer could not have prepared Barbra Riley for the devastating words she heard just over a year ago - "You have breast cancer." Barbra had dedicated her time and energy to promoting breast cancer awareness through such organizations as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Coaltion of Blacks [...]

  4. Celebrating a 5-year milestone after breast cancer diagnosis

    Pansy Parker of Goodyear, Ariz., has been celebrating her cancer-free “five-year-mark” with a little partying and a lot of faith. “I just thank God so much for the five-year benchmark,” said the ebullient 73-year-old, who threw a party and invited her Mayo treatment team to celebrate her five-year survivorship. “For patients, the five-year mark is [...]

  5. Deborah Maina

    Patient Spreads Hope Beyond Borders

    Deborah Maina is on a mission to educate women about breast cancer. Growing up in the village of Embu in Kenya, where healthcare information was not common, Maina, 43, a breast cancer survivor, is committed to bring education to her home country. With positive attitude and determination, Maina has transformed her diagnosis into an opportunity [...]

  6. MaryEllen’s Journey: Hope Returns (Final Episode)

    The moment finally came. But it was an uneasy one at first. MaryEllen Sheppard was about to receive her last round of chemotherapy at Mayo Clinic, with friends and family by her side. But as her loved ones and her nurses cheered her on, a wave of emotion hit this mom with nerves of steel. [...]

  7. MaryEllen Sheppard

    MaryEllen’s Journey - A 5-part breast cancer video series (Episode 1)

    MaryEllen Sheppard knew something was wrong as soon as she felt a thickened patch of skin on her right breast.  She didn’t feel a lump, but knew the change was different enough to get it checked out.  A mammogram and subsequent biopsy caught her by surprise. She had breast cancer. Looking  to share her experience [...]

  8. MaryEllen at chemotherapy

    MaryEllen’s Journey: Coping with a New Reality (Episode 3)

    When you last saw MaryEllen Sheppard in Episode 2, she spoke about how she was beginning to lose her hair. After two rounds of chemotherapy, MaryEllen said  she was beginning to lose clumps at a time. She knew the day was coming.  But the awkwardness of going bald wasn’t what was engulfing her. As her husband Chuck [...]

  9. Jennifer McGoldrick at Komen Event

    A Young Woman's Battle Against Breast Cancer - One Day at a Time

    “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 [...]

  10. MaryEllen’s Journey: Chemotherapy Begins (Episode 2)

    Like many women facing breast cancer, MaryEllen Sheppard had concerns over how she would feel after her chemotherapy treatments. Would she be able to go to work? Would the chemotherapy leave her feeling ill and exhausted? How long would it be until she inevitably lost her hair? When you last saw MaryEllen in Episode 1,  [...]

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