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Arizona patient stories

Arizona Superhero Harnesses the Power of Proton Beams

Battling a brain tumor was made a little easier for Airick Amaya and his family when they found out he could receive proton beam therapy close to home, surrounded by his loved ones each day. Airick Amaya pretended to be Batman as he spun around, kicking the air. For his superhero effort, he was handsomely [...]

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Florida patient stories

Complex Surgery Saves a Life and a Lung

Ken Settlemire's lung cancer care at Mayo Clinic involved an intricate surgical procedure that eliminated the cancer while removing the smallest amount of lung tissue necessary. Ken Settlemire is an active 76-year-old. The owner and operator of several tractors and an excavator, Ken does everything from yardwork to building small bridges. But in July 2017, [...]

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Minnesota patient stories

On Being Called to Serve

Chaplain Ana Wilson cares for staff and patients at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus. Here she shares her personal perspective on how her experiences have shaped her life and her choice to be a pastor. By Chaplain Ana Wilson We all have stories of how we are born, and I am no different. My mom always [...]

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Cancer patient stories

Complex Surgery Saves a Life and a Lung

Ken Settlemire's lung cancer care at Mayo Clinic involved an intricate surgical procedure that eliminated the cancer while removing the smallest amount of lung tissue necessary. Ken Settlemire is an active 76-year-old. The owner and operator of several tractors and an excavator, Ken does everything from yardwork to building small bridges. But in July 2017, [...]

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Cardiovascular patient stories

Settling on a Steady Heart Rhythm

Ron Klancher was having trouble controlling an irregular heartbeat. But by working at it together, Ron and his care providers were able to devise a way to effectively treat his atrial fibrillation. Ron Klancher's heart has served him well over the years. It's guided him as an athlete, husband, father, teacher and coach, and has [...]

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Transplant patient stories

Defying Odds to Make it Through to a Heart-Lung Transplant

Aryn Clark needed a heart-lung transplant, but the wait was almost sure to be a long one. Advanced technology that did the work of her heart and lungs during that wait kept her healthy enough to be ready once transplant organs became available. Aryn Clark was born with two holes in her heart, a condition [...]

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Neurosciences patient stories

Diagnosis and Treatment for a Mysterious Illness Turn Despair Into Hope

With unexplained symptoms worsening daily, Elise Athas' health was spiraling downward quickly until she came to Mayo Clinic and discovered a program that helped her cope, recover and heal. When Elise Athas arrived at Mayo Clinic in November 2017, she was a shell of her old self. Gaunt and weak, the former runner needed a [...]

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Pediatric patient stories

Hospital Frequent Flyer Offers Insight to Others

After years of medical care and multiple hospitalizations, William Bilicic decided to use his experience as a patient to offer valuable advice to other people navigating hospital stays. William Bilicic knows hospital life ? doctors' orders, family visits, the food, the routines. He's seen it all. At 20 years old, William has spent much more [...]

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