Florida patient stories

  1. Jorge Rivera

    Life-saving surgery provides a second chance

    Jorge Rivera raised his cell phone and took a self-portrait that showed an almost imperceptible scar on his neck. Rivera, an administrative manager at FirstBank in San Juan, Puerto Rico, underwent a new type of surgery at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, to remove his cancerous esophagus and restore his digestive system. Today, he is cancer-free [...]

  2. Karl and Eileen Rauschert

    Couple grateful for longtime care at Mayo Clinic

    Karl and Eileen Rauschert of Bushnell, Ill., have been coming to Mayo Clinic in Florida for 23 years. Their experiences have been anything but routine. A visit in 2009 is a perfect example. Just as Mrs. Rauschert was about to undergo a colonoscopy, her husband, who was along for moral support, experienced a racing [...]

  3. Twin Sisters Share Many Things in Life, Including New Lungs

    It’s often said that twins share similar traits and have unique bonds that other siblings simply don’t have. Sometimes those traits are things one would rather not share with their twin, especially when it comes to a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Linda Foster and Brenda Santinelli, 60-year-old twin sisters from Pensacola, Fla., are active women [...]

  4. Sandy Blue

    Rare Arthritis No Match for Woman Determined to Save Her Eyesight

    (written by Raquel Rivas - Mayo Clinic in Florida) When most of us think about eye problems, we think about a trip to the eye doctor for a new eyeglass prescription. But for Sandy Blue, a rare eye condition posed a mystery that almost left her blind. Blue, then 44, first noticed red streaks in [...]

  5. Diet restrictions inspire new career

    Frances Shaw’s health and career mixed together in a muffin batter. With her perseverance and answers from Mayo Clinic, both her health and career as a baker and entrepreneur, are turning out golden. Frances Shaw didn’t set out to be a baker. Her career essentially found her as she tried to find ways to manage [...]

  6. Restoring Mobility and Hope After Traumatic Motorcycle Crash

    Troy Chroniger enjoyed a busy, if hectic, life in Orlando, Florida, as a construction estimator and dad to three daughters. To relax, Troy, age 43, enjoyed sports and an occasional motorcycle ride with friends. Life changed dramatically one Saturday in November 2011, when he was out for a ride, hit a rough patch of road, [...]

  7. Mike Politowicz

    Heart attack — not shark attack — almost brings surfer down

    New imaging technology helps determine cause, treatment for heart symptoms Many surfers fear sharks. But not Mike Politowicz, 45, a seasoned surfer with 30 years of experience. “Surfing is a form of relaxation,” he says. Relaxation, that is, mixed with a little adrenalin and heart-pounding anticipation of a good ride. But on Aug. 7, 2010, [...]

  8. Team Marrion Steps Out for Heart Health

    Every year, Katie Ford, who works at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, can be found with a plastic jar and a stack of donation envelopes, encouraging colleagues to support the activities of the American Heart Association. In particular, she urges them to sign up for the annual First Coast Heart Walk, which Mayo Clinic sponsors. Heart [...]

  9. Naomi playing volleyball

    Naomi Atrubin, American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Hero winner award

    Naomi Atrubin of Rochester, Minnesota, is a two-time heart attack survivor. Not only is she a survivor, but she is also an active volunteer in the community, giving back to others through educating people she meets about heart disease. One of Naomi’s volunteer interests is participating in Mayo Clinic’s One Voice patient/family advisory council for [...]

  10. Anna's Story: A Personal Approach to Cancer

    At age 30, Anna Webster was a busy single mom juggling work and caring for her 11-year-old daughter. She didn’t have time to be sick. But after passing out one evening in the spring of 2009, she spent three days in a Jacksonville, Fla., emergency room while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. [...]

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