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    Snowboarding Great Grandma Cancer Survivor on YouTube

In last week's Social Media Saturday post we introduced Mayo Clinic's YouTube channel and how you can view videos and pass them along to your family or friends who might find them interesting.

But what if you want to share your story through video?

One option is to contact our Mayo Clinic social media team when you are on one of the Mayo Clinic campuses, and we may be able to arrange a time when we can record your story on video. Then we can take care of the video uploading, if you're unfamiliar with using video cameras and YouTube. Click here for more information on that option.

But if you're already a YouTube user, you can upload your own video as Ken Hensler did (with some help from his grandson), and then send us a message so we can add it to Mayo's "Favorites" on YouTube and possibly post here on the blog as well.

Here is a portion of Mr. Hensler's email message about the video he uploaded to YouTube:

We would love to share the Youtube video of Catherine in any way that would support the Clinic. The Youtube video was filmed by me, her husband of 57 years. Our Mayo experience was as follows.

Mayo was able to diagnose and cure by robotic surgery, the removal of a cancerous bladder. Chemo therapy for 6 months followed. Then, two more major surgeries and a final check up by Dr. Paul Andrews and staff.

She received, at a very difficult time, the most excellent care from the staff at Mayo.

Today she wears an urostomy bag. She calls it her new purse. Catherine puts on her bathing suit and swims, straps on her snowboard and snowboards, and has just taken up ice skating with one of her great grandkids.

Thank you Dr. Andrews, and the wonderful caring folks at Mayo.

And here's his video:


How many snowboarding (or ice skating) great grandmas do you know? And how about great grandpas who follow them down the slopes while shooting video? And who know how to upload videos to YouTube?

The fact that it all came after a cancer diagnosis and treatment makes it even more remarkable.


Catherine and Ken Hensler on Mammoth Mountain, Cal.
Catherine and Ken Hensler on Mammoth Mountain, Cal.


Thanks to the Henslers for sharing their story!

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