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Fri, Apr 13, 2018 9:00am

Changing Negatives to Positives: Meet @kdubois

By Jen, Volunteer Mentor, @sandytoes14

Member Spotlights feature interviews with fellow Connect members. Learn more about members you’ve connected with and some you haven’t met yet. Nominate a member you think should share the spotlight.

Kelly in garage at home

JEN: What brought you to Mayo Clinic Connect?               

@kdubois: I found the Connect link in a Mayo Clinic Pain Management email I received in early 2016.

JEN: What about Connect makes you feel comfortable to share and to be open with the community?

@kdubois: Mayo Clinic saved my life, and I'd like to help provide other people with the opportunity I was fortunate enough to experience. Knowing that Connect is a Mayo Clinic site makes me feel safe to share.

JEN: What groups do you participate in?    

@kdubois: I participate in many groups. Most of my role as a Connect volunteer mentor is based in the Digestive Health group. Due to my experience with drug intolerances and pharmacogenomics, I am frequently tagged in posts within a variety of Connect groups. Additionally, I have experience with kidney issues, sleep disorders, endocrinology and chronic pain/fibromyalgia, among others.

JEN: Who has been a special connection for you on Connect?  

@kdubois: Fellow Connect volunteer mentor @kariulrich and I really bonded after meeting in person in May 2017, and we were stunned to learn about how many medical conditions we share. We talked extensively during the days we met. She suggested that my family might have some medical issues that I had heard about and suspected, but for which I hadn’t taken any action. Based on @kariulrich's thoughts and prompting, I did take action and scheduled my daughter for a comprehensive evaluation at Mayo Clinic.

JEN: What surprised you the most about Connect?

@kdubois: What has surprised me the most about Connect is how many people out there are suffering and continually challenged when it comes to finding diagnoses and resolutions to their medical issues. I lived that same life for 12 long years, and I just don’t want to see other people go through what I went through.

JEN: What energizes you, or how do you find balance in your life?  

@kdubois: I seek out opportunities that will distract me from thinking about my ongoing medical challenges. For instance, I help my daughter’s robotics team, and I also work on crafts with my friends on a regular basis. I also enjoy baking and cooking with my daughters; my 15-year-old makes the best hollandaise sauce I have ever tasted!

JEN: Tell us about your favorite pastime or activity.

@kdubois: The thing I enjoy the most is mentoring my daughter’s robotics team. It’s an amazing program, and I love the fact that these kids choose to spend their free time hanging out at school with teachers and industry experts building robots, programming software and writing essays every year in hopes of making it to championships. And during the off-season, they perform many, many demonstrations and volunteer activities around our community.

JEN: Do you have a favorite quote, life motto or personal mantra?

@kdubois: Always try to do the right thing and pay it forward.

JEN: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?   

@kdubois: I would say Reese Witherspoon, because she started a production company that focuses on strong female characters with interesting stories, and my story is certainly interesting!

JEN: Puppies or kittens?    

@kdubois: Kittens!

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Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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Thank you @IndianaScott! We're going to World Championships in Detroit in two weeks! Fingers crossed!

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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@kdubois Hi Kelly: I live in a suburb of Detroit, if you give me details (by PM) I'd enjoy seeing the Championships!

Teresa

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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Enjoyed learning more about you Kelly (@kdubois), great interview! My co-workers son is on his high schools robotics team but they didn't make it to the finals. It was fun watching the MN state competition via live streaming. I'm thinking Battle Bots and the competition is all about team work and specific tasks that the robots are designed/programmed to do. Great learning experience for the kids and the parents. That is awesome you're going to the World Championships. You'll have to give us a report (and a live stream link if they have one!).
John

P.S. – Forgot to mention YAY KITTENS!

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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@kdubois You will love the World Championships. My youngest was in Robotics in HS. That was one my most enjoyable things the kids ever did. He came in 4th place out of hundreds of teams. Today he works for a company is developing autonomous cars. It was pure excitement that the tournaments.. Crossing my fingers your daughters team wins.:)

@kdubois Kelly,

I just love the title of your Spotlight. Changing negatives into positives is a great theme for Connect! Your story provides a lot of hope for people who are living with less than ideal health.

Teresa

@kdubois, We see on Connect, how you inspire and encourage others who are facing health obstacles, and we all have benefited from your encouragement. And now, we see how you are leading a group of future leaders thru the sharing of your time and talents with the robotics team. Thank for sharing in this Spotlight article! Thank you for giving others the inspiration to learn to shine their own spotlights someday!

@sandytoes14, Great interview.

Rosemary

@rosemarya

@kdubois, We see on Connect, how you inspire and encourage others who are facing health obstacles, and we all have benefited from your encouragement. And now, we see how you are leading a group of future leaders thru the sharing of your time and talents with the robotics team. Thank for sharing in this Spotlight article! Thank you for giving others the inspiration to learn to shine their own spotlights someday!

@sandytoes14, Great interview.

Rosemary

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@rosemarya
I cannot take credit for a good interview- @kdubois has good information and stories to share with us..

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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@hopeful33250, once we have our schedule finalized, I will let you know!

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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@johnbishop hopefully, I will remember to post the link once it's live! Otherwise, you can go on http://www.thebluealliance.com and look for work Championships under events. We don't know which field we'll be on yet, but you can search fro Greater Rochester Robotics Team 340.

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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@travelgirl our team has been to worlds more than 15 times, but this is the first time I'm going with them. I LOVE that your son is now developing autonomous cars — just shows that what they learn in robotics can be carried through to life thereafter!

@hopeful33250

@kdubois Kelly,

I just love the title of your Spotlight. Changing negatives into positives is a great theme for Connect! Your story provides a lot of hope for people who are living with less than ideal health.

Teresa

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@hopeful33250, and sometimes hope is all you need!

@rosemarya

@kdubois, We see on Connect, how you inspire and encourage others who are facing health obstacles, and we all have benefited from your encouragement. And now, we see how you are leading a group of future leaders thru the sharing of your time and talents with the robotics team. Thank for sharing in this Spotlight article! Thank you for giving others the inspiration to learn to shine their own spotlights someday!

@sandytoes14, Great interview.

Rosemary

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@rosemarya we call inspire each other! my robotics kids also know my story to an extent, and this definitely shows them the power of perseverance.

@IndianaScott

Great interview @kdubois Robotics! I am jealous and impressed! Very cool!

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Thanks Kelly!

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