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Arizona patient stories

Living Donor to Kidney Recipient: 'I Feel Like the Winner in All This'

The email from a parent at her school in May 2013 took Nancy Shaver, an elementary school principal, by surprise. It was from Kati Walker, mother of two, who was on a mission: to donate one of her kidneys to Nancy, who greatly needed one. Kati's message announced, "I'm going to be tested to be [...]

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Florida patient stories

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 [...]

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Minnesota patient stories

?Never Stop Fighting. Never Give Up? Becomes Mantra on Long Road to Better Health

Stacy Neumayer was a teenager when she received her first kidney transplant. Her health problems began when she was 4 years old. Over time, Stacy developed a condition called glomerulonerphritis, which causes inflammation in the tiny pockets of the kidneys that help remove excess fluid, electrolytes and waste from the bloodstream. The illness affected Stacy?s [...]

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Cancer patient stories

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 [...]

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Cardiovascular patient stories

Why I Walk: Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa

Editor’s note: In this article, Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, an intern in Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, shares her story and discusses why she participates in the First Coast Heart Walk, an annual event sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Growing up, I was always overweight. During my teenage years, in particular, I struggled — losing and gaining [...]

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Transplant patient stories

?Never Stop Fighting. Never Give Up? Becomes Mantra on Long Road to Better Health

Stacy Neumayer was a teenager when she received her first kidney transplant. Her health problems began when she was 4 years old. Over time, Stacy developed a condition called glomerulonerphritis, which causes inflammation in the tiny pockets of the kidneys that help remove excess fluid, electrolytes and waste from the bloodstream. The illness affected Stacy?s [...]

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Neurosciences patient stories

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 [...]

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Pediatric patient stories

Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

The first time Tehya Mrotek had a seizure during class, she had just begun high school. Most of the faculty and staff at Stewartville High School didn?t know how to respond to Tehya?s condition. The school nurse recognized what had happened, however. The nurse explained it to Tehya when she regained consciousness from her tonic-clonic [...]

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