Arizona patient stories

  1. Finding Blessings in My Battle With Leukemia

    Janie Magruder reflects on her cancer diagnosis and treatment, including a crucial stem cell donation from an unlikely source that helped to save her life. Written by Janie Magruder I must have looked like a deer caught in the headlights. "You're going to be fine," whispered my nurse after getting me settled in my hospital [...]

  2. Double Cancer Diagnosis Leads Arizona Couple to Mayo Clinic for Care

    When Vincent and Sandra Streech were diagnosed with cancer, the husband and wife turned to Mayo Clinic. The pair each received treatment through clinical trials, and today the future looks more promising for both of them. When Vincent Streech was diagnosed with lung cancer, he knew he would be in for the fight of his [...]

  3. Teen Navigates Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome With the Help of Clinical Genomics

    After years of dealing with mysterious symptoms, Nicole Rickert was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Now she's working with her team at Mayo Clinic to get the care she needs to move forward into a healthy future. Nicole Rickert was only 13, and an active member of her junior high drill and dance teams in Dallas, [...]

  4. In Need of a Second Transplant, Remy Marceau Fights On

    Four years after receiving a life-saving transplant, Remy Marceau was devastated when his body rejected the new kidney. Today he's using humor and hope to buoy his spirits as he waits for another transplant. Remy Marceau of Phoenix never expected to look back with such fondness on the four years after he received a life-saving [...]

  5. 'Blessed With Life,' Cancer Survivor Vows to Live to the Fullest

    Jane Thomson endured chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat cancer once in 2011 and again in 2014. She reflects on the experience with gratitude for her Mayo Clinic care team while anticipating a promising future. Written by Jane Thomson My name is Jane Thomson. I am 58 years old, have been married for 35 years, [...]

  6. Pushing Forward Despite a Serious Lung Condition

    Being diagnosed with a rare, incurable lung disease, known as LAM, has slowed Angela Tewksbury down, but she's not out. By sharing her story, the Mayo Clinic microbiologist hopes to shed light on this uncommon disorder, so others can get prompt diagnosis and treatment. When fitness enthusiast Angela Tewksbury began experiencing breathing problems during her [...]

  7. For Jim Heinl, Fighting Cancer is a Team Effort

    With his wife by his side and a team of experts at Mayo Clinic to help him through, Jim Heinl faced down a cancer recurrence and then went back to a life focused on family. First diagnosed at age 16, Jim Heinl knows full well what it's like to be forced to deal with cancer. [...]

  8. Jennifer's Long Journey to a Kidney Transplant Leads to Renewed Health

    After waiting more than a decade for a kidney transplant and enduring a host of health challenges in the meantime, Jennifer Longoria finally received a new kidney, and a new opportunity for a healthy life, at Mayo Clinic. Jennifer Longoria was once told by her doctor that she was "a walking miracle who should be [...]

  9. Mesothelioma Patient Finds Complex, Comprehensive Answer

    A frightening diagnosis of mesothelioma brought Sally Kirkvold to Mayo Clinic. To her great relief, the prompt and thorough care she received put the cancer into remission, allowing her to turn her attention back to normal life. When mesothelioma strikes, it is aggressive and often deadly. Caused primarily by exposure to asbestos, the cancer grows [...]

  10. A Sudden Detour for Heart Transplant, Then Back in Stride

    When Yasmin Mullings found out she needed a heart transplant, she wasn't sure she could go through with it. But with support and encouragement from her Mayo Clinic care team, Yasmin successfully navigated the transplant. Today, with a healthy heart, she's back to her active life. In 2015, Yasmin Mullings was relishing a fast-paced life. [...]

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