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Sun, Nov 17 1:13pm

Watch Party! Connect featured on Mayo Clinic Radio

By Colleen Young, Connect Director, @colleenyoung

Mayo Clinic Radio

Mayo Clinic Connect is the star feature of this Mayo Clinic Radio podcast. I was honored to share the spotlight as community director of Connect with Rosemary Huckleberry, transplant recipient and volunteer mentor for Mayo Clinic Connect. Co-hosts Tom Shives, M.D. and Tracy McCray made us feel very welcome and asked all the right questions.

Our goal was to capture the importance of the community and how it is valued by you, the members.

Let's have a watch party! Grab some popcorn.

 

What does Mayo Clinic Connect mean to you? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@rosemarya and @colleenyoung what a great Mayo Clinic Radio podcast! You both nailed what Connect is all about.

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@johnbishop

@rosemarya and @colleenyoung what a great Mayo Clinic Radio podcast! You both nailed what Connect is all about.

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Thanks, John. You don't get away with just adding a comment, as gracious as it is. I'd like to hear how you might have answered Tracy McCray had she asked you: How did you get involved in Connect? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@johnbishop

@rosemarya and @colleenyoung what a great Mayo Clinic Radio podcast! You both nailed what Connect is all about.

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I have never done anything like this before – being interviewed.
This is what my step sister had to say as she responded and shared on facebook: "My step sister, Rosemary, is involved as volunteer mentor for a great program at Mayo – open to all."

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@colleenyoung

Thanks, John. You don't get away with just adding a comment, as gracious as it is. I'd like to hear how you might have answered Tracy McCray had she asked you: How did you get involved in Connect? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@colleenyoung, I would stutter a little and then blink a few times to gather my thoughts and say something like this…
I absolutely hate being told that there is nothing that will help my symptoms for my small fiber PN – numbness. That diagnosis sent me in search of answers and support from others with similar symptoms and I found Connect during one of those late night searches. I learned that I was not alone. I found comfort in knowledge that other members were also looking for answers. Connect gave me support, comfort and knowledge that has helped me be a better advocate for my health. Becoming a mentor has given me the opportunity to give back to the Connect community that has given me so much.

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@rosemarya and @colleenyoung– What a great team! You both hit every note perfectly, the right explanations and emphasis on how Connect is so wonderful in helping everyone. Kudos!

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@merpreb

@rosemarya and @colleenyoung– What a great team! You both hit every note perfectly, the right explanations and emphasis on how Connect is so wonderful in helping everyone. Kudos!

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Thanks, Merry. I'd like to hear how you might have answered the radio host Tracy McCray had she asked you: How did you get involved in Connect? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@colleenyoung– I got involved with Connect as a result of searching for support and information on the Internet. I have Multifocal Adenocarcinoma of the lung, a NSCLC and I had never talked to anyone who had it too. I was also suffering from PTSD as a result and I craved more support, not only through meeting others who suffer from this too but understand it more.
Has it helped? A huge yes to this. One big thing that I hadn't realized is that by helping others, as intensely as what happens on Connect being surprised that it made me feel so great! It was addicting, this give and take two way street.
When I was asked to be a Mentor for the Lung Cancer group I wanted to make sure that I reached out and answered every cry for help in the Lung Cancer group that I could. I didn't want anyone to be afraid or feel alone. I know the feeling of not having anyone else who really knows what I felt, even with a supportive family. By mentoring I have been able to grow as a person and by commenting and being supportive I was able to reach more people and help them. It's still amazing to me how much I have gotten back. It's a huge dividend! Someone once said, "A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal."

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@merpreb

@colleenyoung– I got involved with Connect as a result of searching for support and information on the Internet. I have Multifocal Adenocarcinoma of the lung, a NSCLC and I had never talked to anyone who had it too. I was also suffering from PTSD as a result and I craved more support, not only through meeting others who suffer from this too but understand it more.
Has it helped? A huge yes to this. One big thing that I hadn't realized is that by helping others, as intensely as what happens on Connect being surprised that it made me feel so great! It was addicting, this give and take two way street.
When I was asked to be a Mentor for the Lung Cancer group I wanted to make sure that I reached out and answered every cry for help in the Lung Cancer group that I could. I didn't want anyone to be afraid or feel alone. I know the feeling of not having anyone else who really knows what I felt, even with a supportive family. By mentoring I have been able to grow as a person and by commenting and being supportive I was able to reach more people and help them. It's still amazing to me how much I have gotten back. It's a huge dividend! Someone once said, "A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal."

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@merpreb What a great comment, Merry! We can all say "amen" to that.

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@hopeful33250

@merpreb What a great comment, Merry! We can all say "amen" to that.

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I love that quote, @merpreb. "A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal." Community really does help put care back into health.

And @hopeful33250, what might your response have been to radio host Tracy McCray had she asked you: How did you get involved in Connect? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@colleenyoung and @rosemarya It was evident how much Mayo Connect means to you. The diversity of our members, and the groups, prove that all of us benefit from the online support of "cyber-friends" to help us navigate our lives.
Ginger

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Thank you everyone for your likes and congratulations on the Mayo Clinic Radio interview.
@1nan @artscaping @fiesty76, @gingerw @keggebraaten and @formydad, I'd also like to pose the question to you as I have to others. What might your response have been to radio host Tracy McCray had she asked you: How did you get involved in Connect? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@colleenyoung

Thank you everyone for your likes and congratulations on the Mayo Clinic Radio interview.
@1nan @artscaping @fiesty76, @gingerw @keggebraaten and @formydad, I'd also like to pose the question to you as I have to others. What might your response have been to radio host Tracy McCray had she asked you: How did you get involved in Connect? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@colleenyoung My response would have been, "I have been receiving Mayo Clinic Health Newsletters in my inbox for years. July 2018 I noticed a link to explore Mayo connect. Having just moved to a new area where I knew no one, I explored the online forum. Immediately it was clear this was a large group of people who shared and cared. I joined that day and began marathon reading sessions, eventually narrowing down my groups-of-choice, and sharing my own experiences while supporting those I could. Being asked to be a mentor has been an honor, and allows me to give back to a community that has helped me tremendously, in my journey."

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I was searching for answers to questions about bladder cancer / kidney removal due to my dad being diagnosed with the issue and wondering what info i could find for he and my mom to help them- Praise God mayo site came up as i perused the site i found connect- was nervous at first because i dont even have a facebook page and i am talking to people i don't really know- BUT SO many people who have first hand experience In the situation and have answers to questions or can relate and when they aren't sure monitors/ mentors know where to send you to get connected to someone who does or get on topic This site has been such a blessing to me and my parents! Helpful on every level-when your in the thick of it – this place is there for you.

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@rosemarya and @colleenyoung – I finally got the chance to watch this today. What a neat interview and testament to all that happens in the Connect community. You both were great interviewees. Hoping this radio spot gets into the hands and ears of those who really neat support and they, too, can experience Connect.

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@colleenyoung

Thank you everyone for your likes and congratulations on the Mayo Clinic Radio interview.
@1nan @artscaping @fiesty76, @gingerw @keggebraaten and @formydad, I'd also like to pose the question to you as I have to others. What might your response have been to radio host Tracy McCray had she asked you: How did you get involved in Connect? How has it helped? What goal have you achieved with the community?

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@colleenyoung MayoClinicConnect has been very helpful! I found it about a year ago when I was looking for information on my autoimmune disease. What I found was a wonderful group of people who are all facing difficult health issues. Many of them have raised questions that have helped me with the symptoms and side effects of my disease and medications. Connect has helped me help others

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