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Tue, Jun 27 8:34am · Cancer survivors: Tips for taking care of yourself in Mayo Clinic Champions

Perfect words Linda! You are an inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Melissa

Mon, Jun 26 4:36pm · Know your options when dealing with heart issues in Mayo Clinic Champions

Hello Ralph,
I’m glad you found the information useful! I hope you’ve been able to connect a doctor. If you’re interested there is also a Heart & Blood Health group here on Connect, where you may find others facing similar issues. I’ve included the link to the group below:

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/heart-blood-vessel-conditions/

Thank you!
Melissa

Mon, Jun 26 12:51pm · Tell us what you think

The Mayo Clinic Champion team is looking for feedback on the information and resources available for Mayo Clinic Champions. The following are some questions to prompt you:Champions knowledge ideas

  • Are there any missing any FAQs?
  • Is there something you find yourself always having to look up?
  • Do you have additional training topic ideas?

Your feedback will help improve the Mayo Clinic Champions program. Below are some quick links to current resources.

Resources to help

The resources on the Mayo Clinic Champions website are meant to help you answer common questions about Mayo Clinic, prepare you to share your story, and provide the basics on being a Champion:

Please review the information and comment on what you find helpful and what else you may need.

Your feedback is valuable

Please offer suggestions in the comments section below, or send an email to champions@mayo.edu.

Fri, Jun 2 11:00am · Cancer survivors: Tips for taking care of yourself

As a cancer survivor, you can take care of your emotional well-being as well as your long-term health. Find out what you can do.

Managing your emotions after treatment

When you began your cancer treatment, you couldn’t wait for the day you’d finish. But now that you’ve completed your treatment, you aren’t sure if you’re ready for life after treatment as a cancer survivor.

With your treatment completed, you’ll likely see your cancer care team less often. Though you, your friends and your family are all eager to return to a more normal life, it can be scary to leave the protective cocoon of health care providers and nurses who supported you through treatment.

Everything you’re feeling right now is normal for cancer survivors. Recovering from cancer treatment isn’t just about your body. It’s also about healing your mind.

Take time to acknowledge the fear, grief and loneliness you’re feeling now. Then, take steps to understand why you feel these emotions and what you can do about them.

Learn more about fear of recurrence, stress, depression and anxiety and more.

 Cancer survivor 2017

Care for your body after treatment

After your cancer treatment, as a cancer survivor you’re eager to return to good health. But, beyond your initial recovery, there are ways to improve your long-term health, so that you can enjoy the years ahead as a cancer survivor.

The recommendations for cancer survivors are no different from the recommendations for anyone who wants to improve his or her health: Exercise, eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, avoid tobacco, and limit alcohol consumption.

But, for cancer survivors, these strategies have added benefits. These simple steps can improve your quality of life, smoothing your transition into survivorship. Here’s what you can do to take care of yourself after cancer treatment.

Learn more about simple steps to improve your sense of well-being and your quality of life.

 

Share these tips with cancer survivors.

 

 

Wed, May 24 2:17pm · Know your options when dealing with heart issues

Bob was diagnosed with congestive heart failure due to a leaky mitral valve. He went from being an active fisherman to barely being able to walk to the mailbox.

His local physician referred him to Mayo Clinic and Peter Pollak, M.D., a cardiologist, to consider a minimally invasive procedure for patients with leaking mitral valves who are suffering from mitral valve regurgitation, and are too old or too weak for open-heart surgery.

 

 

 

Get your life back

“I could tell almost immediately that my breathing was better,” says Bob, a Mayo Clinic mitral valve patient. “I was up on my feet and felt just great.”

Share Bob’s story and help others looking for heart surgery options.

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Wed, Apr 26 3:32am · Treating sports concussions with telemedicine

An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries occur every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 75 percent of the injuries are sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions.

While this issue is being recognized at the professional and elite levels, many youth and collegiate athletic programs across the U.S. lack adequate medical personnel, specifically concussion specialists, to handle these injuries on the sidelines in real time.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with the Northern Arizona University football team, conducted a study, “Feasibility and Accuracy of Teleconcussion for Acute Evaluation of Suspected Concussion,” which recently was published in Neurology. The study, funded by Mayo Clinic, focuses on concussion specialists using telemedicine to determine if a player must be removed from play in real time.

Learn more about the study.

 

Practice Highlight

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine: For all facets of the body

 

A sports injury can happen in an instant or from repetitive action over time. An old injury can flare up and can’t be ignored. When you worry that your athletic career, your Olympic dream, or the simple joy you get from everyday activities could be over, you want the best and most advanced care available.

You want to know that you’re being cared for by a Sports and Medicine Centercomprehensive team: a complete team of surgeons, specialists and therapists who are at the top of their game, and work together to return you to the top of yours. Mayo Clinic is consistently rated a top hospital for Orthopedics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.

That’s why thousands of athletes from all over the world choose Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine – an integrated practice with a full range of clinical and performance options to serve all ages and athletic abilities from elite and professional athletes to weekend warriors and youth athletes.

 

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Fri, Mar 3 9:44am · Diagnosis and discussions: HPV 16 Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Cancer

Sandy, you are the sweetest! I know what you mean about the guilt, but know I’m hugging you as it’s not easy for the family. TBH, I think it’s almost worse for my husband at times–but I get it. I started a CaringBridge site to send out updates for us, b/c I couldn’t take all the texting/calling, etc. Then everyone gets everything at once and I can write as much as I need to. Sometimes, I tell you I just don’t feel like talking to everyone about it. Hang in there. I treat every day as a new day, if I have a rough one I just say to myself–well, today wasn’t the best but tomorrow will be better. It’s the best I can do sometimes. Lots of hugs to both of you, and there’s some great folks on here that can lend an ear when you need it. Thanks so much for sharing.
Melissa

Fri, Mar 3 9:03am · Diagnosis and discussions: HPV 16 Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Cancer

Hi @chapmanswife, I’m sorry to hear you and your husband are going through this, and I can completely relate to the waiting and inquiries. We went through the same thing. Frankly, I gave myself space to say “I’m taking care of me now” and did my best to be honest with people. This included some close family members who (although well-meaning) sometimes hit the wrong button. I would just say, this is what I need right now and that usually got a good response. I don’t think people realize what it feels like, and although they want to help–sometimes it just comes out wrong. I’m sending you hugs and good thoughts. Remember, one day at a time and even one hour at a time. And it’s COMPLETELY okay for you to sometimes not be okay. That’s part of going through this. Hang in there and find those one or two folks who get it. You are doing awesome with all of this. ((hugs))
Melissa