Arizona patient stories

  1. Mayo Clinic made it possible for my grandchild to have a grandmother

    Where do I start in my cancer journey?? I guess at the beginning!! It all started with a “bump” on the inside of my ankle that I ignored because it was the same color as my skin and didn’t hurt. But as weeks went by, it started to grow. I still didn’t think much of [...]

  2. Rob Clary and his wife.

    Faster Recovery after Throat Cancer Surgery

    When Rob Clary, 44, of Cave Creek, Ariz., needed surgery for cancer in his throat, the surgeon was able to remove the cancer through Clary’s mouth. Last February, Clary had surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, one of a few hospitals in the United States to offer this transoral approach for head and neck cancers. [...]

  3. Joseph Mikhael MD

    Mayo Hematologist Joseph Mikhael, M.D., Aides A Distressed Passenger En Route to Phoenix

    By Julie Janovsky-Mason It was, perhaps, an airline passenger’s worst nightmare. En route from North Carolina to Phoenix, Bernice Samuels, was about two hours from landing when she suddenly became ill and lost consciousness. Samuels’ brother William Cheeks, who was travelling with her, asked the flight attendants if there was a doctor on board. “She [...]

  4. Irma Poznecki - Far from an “ordinary” mom

    Inspiration comes in many forms - for Irma Poznecki, a 45-year-old mother of three from Anthem, Ariz., it was brownies and cupcakes. In late 2009, Irma was diagnosed with breast cancer. The news came as an obvious shock to Irma who says she has always been active and healthy. And while she may describe herself [...]

  5. Knocking "Care Coordination" Out of the Park

    Written by Barry M. Bloom When I arrived at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., that September day almost five years ago, my care for colon cancer was fractured and really a mess. I had suffered through a second bout of the disease, when the cancer jumped from the colon to the lung. After surgery to [...]

  6. Patricia Wagner

    Living With Myelofibrosis (Part 4 of a 4 part-series)

    By Patricia Wagner In this final entry, I’ll be sharing as one patient to another the complementary practices which have enhanced my total health. I am most grateful to the M.D.s who treat me, as I’m sure most of you are. I do not look to them for everything, however. I personally have benefited from [...]

  7. George and Anna Riley

    Not Your Traditional Wedding Anniversary: Husband Donates Kidney to Wife of 30 Years

    Pearls top the list as the suggested 30th wedding anniversary gift. Still, some devoted husbands may opt to purchase their bride of three decades a special spa day – or an exotic trip to sip a cool drink by an ocean. In the case of George and Anna Riley, Bloomfield, N.M., their beverage of choice [...]

  8. Tamieko

    Knowledge: A Powerful Tool in the Battle Against Breast Cancer

    Tamieko, a 38 year old woman, was completely caught off guard when she was diagnosed with Stage I/II breast cancer in December 2010. After two years of observing suspicious changes in her breast that appeared normal on mammograms, she requested that her attending physician do a breast biopsy. The results shocked her and took her [...]

  9. Breast Cancer Hits Home Three Times in One Year

    A mother and her three daughters – all diagnosed with breast cancer. Kathleen O’Brien shares her family’s history battling a disease which eventually took her mother’s life and now has struck three more times. Kathleen and her sisters, Angel and Brenda,  carry the BRCA gene which means they face a much higher risk of developing both [...]

  10. Patricia Wagner

    Living With Myelofibrosis (Part 3 of a 4 part-series)

    by Patricia Wagner Thanks for sticking with me! In this entry, I’ll be talking about what is involved in being your own advocate. I believe that for myself, I would not be alive to write to you now had I not realized that I am in charge – not the professionals whose help I seek. [...]

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