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Superhero Margaret Udo, RN

Margaret Udo, RN, discovered a lump in her breast.  She had just recently gone through a work transition, accepting a job at HCMC in Oncology.

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Patient shares experience navigating cancer diagnosis with support of Cancer Center team and MyChart

“I had had a cold which turned into a cough, and I was feeling pretty rundown – I was afraid maybe I had a touch of pneumonia,” says Jim.

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Mom and blogger participate in “the Great Kidney Swap”

Cindy Stotz is a 67-year-old with end stage renal disease due to polycystic kidney disease who has been on dialysis for more than four years.

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Kim Smith TBI patient, traumatic brain injury, gunshot wound, recovery, speech language pathology, rehabilitation

Kim’s trauma and her contagious smile

A home invasion resulted in a gunshot wound to Kim’s head. She recalls her first memory of her long journey to her current state of recovery.

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From a Thailand refugee camp to a Karenni-American kidney transplant patient

Eh tells his story beginning as a boy in a refugee camp in Thailand to a kidney transplant recipient in America.

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Injury becomes game-changer for Super Bowl party

During the Super Bowl, Megan and Dustin Dalbey were in Sanford’s Emergency Department with their 3-year-old-son, Crue.

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Kris Kuehl TBI Patient, brain injury, therapy, cognitive difficulty, metaphors, coping skills, kris kuehl, orthopedic physical therapist

Metaphor and life with a brain injury

It was a beautiful August morning in 2021 when Kris Kuehl was preparing to start her day working as an orthopedic physical therapist.

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Wrestling accident causes a brain injury that went from devastating to miraculous within one year

Brenden was at practice hit the back right of his head on the entry door to the wrestling room. He brushed it off.

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Matthew Hector Wanda And Daughter TBI Patient

Matthew’s TBI journey, his participation in a research trial, and his reunion with those that cared for him

Matthew’s brain was severely damaged and was quickly swelling and they needed to perform a decompressive craniectomy

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Listen to your body (and somebody who loves you)

Will M. Smith was brought to our emergency department (ED) via ambulance after experiencing extreme upper abdominal pain

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After surviving a severe TBI, a patient returns to thank the team members

Erin (Duffy) Carlson was 23 years old when she was hit by another vehicle while riding in a car on July 20, 2007.

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Kathleen’s miracle and giving back

Eleven years after her son’s miraculous birth, Kathleen Hustad is giving back with her team at Associated Healthcare Credit Union.

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Giant spiders, brush with death prompt life-changing end to alcohol addiction

Brent said out loud to himself, “I’m going to die today.” He had a friend drive him immediately to HCMC’s emergency department.

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A pilot delivers meals to people with high-risk pregnancies

Imagine struggling with a high-risk pregnancy and an organization offering meals free of charge for you and the rest of your family.

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Pam’s story – my scars don’t define me

Pam doesn’t remember a thing. She was sleeping at a friend’s house and woke up in an ICU bed in Hennepin Healthcare’s Burn Center.

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Not alien to hard work – heart attack, cardiac arrest no match for patient

Designer Jared Murphy was visiting a home where he had been working on a project when he suddenly wasn’t feeling well.

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Loss of sight is always a medical emergency – and seeing is believing

On Friday, February 17, 2023, photographer Jerry Robb woke up nearly blind in his right eye. “As to be expected, I was terrified,” he said.

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Gender-affirming care: What is it?

Gender-affirming care supports the transition of transgender and non-binary individuals to their gender identity.

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National adolescent health month highlights ways to support youth

The National Adolescent Health Month™ recognizes adolescent strengths, promotes meaningful activities, and good adolescent health.

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A match in more ways than one

Callie found out early on that people can donate one kidney to someone, and that you can live with just one remaining kidney.

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