Liver transplant gives hockey player a new power play in life

She was an elite athlete who faced many opponents on the ice as a women’s hockey player. But Julianne Vasichek’s (VAH-sih-check) biggest battle occurred in 2015 in the fight for her life. And thanks to a lifesaving organ donation, she is alive today to share the message that one person can make a difference. Reporter […]

In the Loop: Thirty years after a liver transplant and still going strong

Thirty years ago, things certainly weren’t like they are today. For starters, this fine publication wasn’t around; social media didn’t exist; there were no cell phones (unless you wanted to pay a cool $2,500 for a Motorola DynaTAC 8500XL); and a gallon of gas set you back less than a buck. If you needed a liver transplant back […]

Mayo Clinic Radio: National Donate Life Month / transplant patient stories

Each April, National Donate Life Month is celebrated to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. More than 110,000 men, women and children await an organ transplant and another person is added to the list every 10 minutes, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Unfortunately, due to lack of available […]

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Freed from the grip of diabetes with pancreas transplant

Mary Shelley struggled for years to control her erratic blood sugar levels, which affected every aspect of her life. A pancreas transplant in 2018 helped her overcome many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, and it has allowed her to experience life in ways she never thought possible. When Mary Shelley was 1½ […]

Fibromyalgia / sensitized transplant patients / genetics and treatment for alcohol use disorder: Mayo Clinic Radio

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals, meaning people with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain than those without the disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibromyalgia […]

Mayo Clinic Radio: Fibromyalgia / sensitized transplant patients / genetics and treatment for alcohol use disorder

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals, meaning people with fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain than those without the disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibromyalgia […]

2 years after face transplant, Andy’s smile shows his progress

It has been 2½ years since Andy Sandness was wheeled into an operating room at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Minnesota, campus for a 56-hour marathon surgery to give him a complete face transplant. Everything about his life changed that day. And at breakfast on a December morning in Rochester, Sandness says he is finally living the […]

Mayo Clinic Minute: How the immune system can make getting an organ transplant trickier

If waiting for an organ transplant weren’t difficult enough, some patients are forced to wait longer than others because of something called “sensitization.” Dr. Andrew Bentall, a Mayo Clinic transplant nephrologist, explains how the body’s immune system can affect whether a transplant will be successful and why living organ donation is one of the keys to […]

Mayo Clinic Radio: Living donor kidney transplant

Organ donation often is referred to as the gift of life. In the U.S., 100,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Unfortunately, many may never get the call saying that a suitable donor organ has been found. It’s estimated that every day in the U.S., 20 patients die […]

In the Loop: Corn Palace goes red for hometown girl’s heart transplant

The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, glowed red, a visible sign of the love the town was sending to Kadie Neuharth, a Mitchell native who was receiving a heart transplant 1,400 miles away. Kadie’s journey to that transplant began four years earlier, when mild headaches sent her to her doctor. When she mentioned she’d also been feeling lightheaded […]

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