• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Palliative Care and Farmer’s Outdoor Passion

August 7, 2016

Roger and Sally Conklin standing by a tractor in a farm field
Roger Conklin has a passion for being outdoors. A tree farmer for more than 50 years, Roger looks forward to the changing seasons and experiencing the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting.

Over the last two decades, however, health concerns have made his outdoor activities more challenging. During that time, Roger has undergone hip and knee replacement, been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and faced additional health issues related to his heart and lungs.

Medical care from his team at Mayo Clinic Health System, along with support from a large circle of family and friends, have seen him through each of these obstacles. And in October 2014, a new feature was added to the mix when Mayo Clinic Health System Palliative and Supportive Care Service became part of Roger’s care team, too.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from symptoms and stress. The mission of the palliative care team is to support patients and their families, so patients are able to live as well as possible. It was just the right fit for Roger's needs.

Read the rest of Roger's story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.