Florida patient stories

  1. Paired Kidney Donation Offers a Unique Way Forward for Transplant Recipient

    The day before Norma ?Kay? Orr was scheduled for a living donor kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic, she needed one more blood test. The Palm Coast, Florida, resident was in line to receive a kidney from her niece, Jamie. Jamie Rogers had volunteered to be a living donor when she found out in early 2016 [...]

  2. Successful Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer Inspires Richard Carvajal to Reach Out

    In August 2014, Richard Carvajal, then 43, was in the best shape of his life. He was excited as he left his home in Bainbridge, Georgia, to compete in his first Olympic-distance triathlon. But as he drove across Alabama on his way to the race site, he started feeling sharp abdominal pain. ?It kept getting [...]

  3. After 20 Years of Seizures, Erica Laney Enjoys Life Following Epilepsy Surgery

    For much of her adolescent and adult life, Erica Laney, 31, had frequent petit mal seizures. Less often, she had grand mal seizures that led to loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. The cause of the seizures was abnormal electrical activity throughout her brain. ?The seizures started when I was 11 years old. I [...]

  4. Busy Father Finds Way Forward Despite Hemochromatosis

    As a father of three and the district manager for 11 large retail stores in Houston, Chad Fogle was used to being tired. But in the spring of 2015, he began experiencing exhaustion far beyond what was typical. ?Two hours of being out doing something would exhaust me as much as working 12 hours,? Chad [...]

  5. Cowboy Back in Saddle After Successful Treatment of Glomerulonephritis

    During the summer of 2016, for the first time in years, Jack Rhodes did something he doubted he?d ever do again. The 68-year-old retired rancher from central Alabama saddled up a two-year old stallion to train, exercise and ride. Four years ago, Jack had gained 40 pounds due to fluid retention that resulted in swelling [...]

  6. Body Builder Regains Energy After Surgery for Myasthenia Gravis

    Six years ago, Robert Clark thought he was having a stroke. His left eye drooped shut, and he began to have difficulty swallowing. A competitive body builder used to working out six times a week, Robert rarely got sick. So when a local physician dismissed his symptoms, he sought out a friend who worked at [...]

  7. Relieving Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment With Microsurgery

    In May 2013, at age 47, Angenette Monroe was diagnosed with invasive cancer in her left breast. After six months of chemotherapy, she had a mastectomy as part of her treatment plan. The former gastroenterology technologist had participated in many medical procedures and was well aware of the challenges people can face after surgery. But [...]

  8. Minimally Invasive Bariatric Procedure Brings Relief, Joy in Food Again

    Stephanie Cortez had been battling the scale for most of her 47 years. Weighing 240 pounds, the Lake Park, Georgia, resident decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery in 2008 in the hopes of losing a hundred pounds. Stephanie made steady progress for the next six years. She adopted and maintained a healthier lifestyle and better [...]

  9. A Mother?s Frightening Fight Against Autoimmune Encephalitis

    It started with ear pain in the spring of 2014. Within a few weeks, Gloria Pena?s earache escalated into confusion and sensory loss. ?I thought it was a bad cold with an earache,? Gloria recalls. ?But one day I picked up my son from school and didn?t remember the way home.? From there, Gloria?s condition [...]

  10. 'Excited About the Future Because I Have a Future' ? Finding an Answer Through Gene Sequencing

    For 22 years, South Carolina native Brentney Simon and her family thought she was living with a fatal mitochondrial disease. From the time she was born, Brentney has faced a host of medical concerns. At first, her doctors didn?t think she would walk or talk. Brentney proved them wrong. But over the years, she struggled [...]

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