Arizona patient stories

  1. 'Lobby Days' Offer Life-Changing Information About Kidney Transplants

    After enduring kidney dialysis for years, a conversation Martin Ruiz Zerme?o had at his dialysis center with Mayo Clinic social worker Jeffrey Welch paved the way to a successful kidney transplant. Martin Ruiz Zerme?o's home was melancholy. "When you don't feel well, there's sadness at home," he says. Stealing joy from Martin's life was kidney [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Shocking Diagnosis Leads to a New Focus on Joy

    Andrea Borg was stunned to learn she had a life-threatening form of leukemia. But she persevered through demanding treatment regimens that ultimately put her cancer in remission. Today Andrea is focused on supporting others going through similar health challenges.? While perishable grocery items like milk and salmon certainly have expiration dates, Andrea Borg never expected [...]

  4. Light at the End of the Tunnel After Proton Beam Therapy

    Intensive treatment for brain cancer has given Nicholas Sloan the opportunity to continue exploring and enjoying life's adventures.? Last September, Nicholas Sloan went sky diving for the first time. "It was awesome. We jumped at 13,500 feet and fell for 60 seconds. It was amazing to watch the world come closer," Nicholas says. "It feels [...]

  5. Neurosurgery Frees Patient From 15 Years of Debilitating Pain

    Gloria Hughes endured episodes of terrible pain for more than a decade before a chance meeting between her local physician and a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon finally paved the way for desperately needed relief. Fifteen years ago, Gloria Hughes was driving down the freeway in Shreveport, Louisiana, when she suddenly was hit by throbbing, stinging pain. [...]

  6. Chronicling a Transplant Through the Eyes of a Caregiver

    Throughout Bob Washnock's journey to a heart transplant, his wife, Pam, was dedicated to being his caregiver. Pam then turned that experience into a book about caregiving in hopes of encouraging and supporting others who find themselves in that role. In the early morning hours of Feb. 20, 2013, Bob Washnock announced to his wife, [...]

  7. Genetic Testing Sets a Course for Successful Cancer Treatment

    Michele Sabados' care team at Mayo Clinic worked together to craft an individualized care plan to treat her advanced breast cancer. It paid off. Today, Michele's cancer is gone. Michele Sabados beams when she announces she is cancer-free, convinced she will see her children graduate from college and get married ? and that she will [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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 [...]

  10. 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, [...]

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