Florida patient stories

  1. Patients Tell How Pain Rehabilitation Program Brought Them Relief

    Three weeks. It sounds like a long time, especially if you’re going to a hospital or clinic every day. But for people living with chronic pain, a daily, multi-week program is compelling if it can help them return to a more active lifestyle. Established in 2011, the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus [...]

  2. Cystic Fibrosis Patient Says Double Lung Transplant Transformed His Life

    Nobody knows better than Jon Jantomaso how precious every breath can be. The 49-year-old realtor from Seminole, Florida, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 2 months of age, and for the first 12 years of his life slept in a mist filled tent to help him breath and clear the mucus from his lungs. He [...]

  3. Patient's Cancer Journey Inspires Hope and a New Career Path

    Kristen Yukness knew what her doctor was going to say next. After a finding of bilateral deep vein thrombosis after a routine flight, Kristen had a strong feeling – based on her family history – that her condition had been caused by an underlying form of cancer.  She was right. She learned that her venous issues were [...]

  4. Brain Hemorrhage Can’t Keep Cyclist From Pedaling On

    At age 42, Donnie DeWitt was the picture of health. A former Marine, he loved to run, surf and was an avid cyclist. But three years ago, while on a bike ride near his home in St. Augustine, Florida, Donnie collapsed. He’d suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that led to a stroke. He was brought [...]

  5. Young Stroke Survivor Raises Awareness and Educates

    Editor's Note: This guest post is written by Amy Edmunds, founder of YoungStroke. In 2002, I was a daily commuter to Capitol Hill who worked in sales management. Never did I think I would someday return to testify as a patient advocate at Congressional hearings on behalf of young stroke survivors. But then again, never [...]

  6. Living Kidney Donations Save Two Lives in the Same Family Years Apart

    Receiving a donor kidney from an anonymous deceased donor is a gift of life to anyone in need of a transplant.  Receiving an organ donation from a living family member is extra special, when you consider the risks and sacrifices associated with making that choice. Tammy Stelly, a 46-year-old retired postal worker from Middleburg, Florida, [...]

  7. Dialysis Patient Stays Active, Sets New Life Goals While Awaiting a Kidney Transplant

    If you’re diagnosed with a serious illness, it can be easy to get down and wonder why this is happening to you and how will it affect your future goals and dreams. For 57-year-old Jim McGarry of Fruit Cove, Florida, a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease that has required him to go on dialysis three days a week while [...]

  8. Perfume Maker Gets Her Sense of Smell Back

    Kim Spadaro tells stories through scent. She travels the world capturing unique olfactory experiences and bottling them for others to share. "My experience [in these places] is really what turns it into a fragrance," she says. "I can tell you how something smells in a story." That, of course, requires a keen sense of smell. [...]

  9. Faith and Mayo Clinic Help Cancer Survivor Overcome Multiple Health Battles

    When 53-year-old Donald Jones of Ponte Vedra, Florida, found out he had lung cancer, the former smoker accepted it as a challenge that he was prepared to fight and win. Little did he know the other serious health issues that lay ahead, which would create serious new challenges for him over the next year. An [...]

  10. Surviving Hepatitis C -- A Patient’s Journey Through Two Liver Transplants

      For most organ transplant recipients, receiving the “gift of life” is a one-time experience. But for Nellie Betancourt, battling the hepatitis C virus that had been in hiding in her body for years required another “second chance at life,” thanks to a second generous donor and a new generation of anti-viral drugs. Betancourt, a [...]

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