Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Founded:
1968
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Founded:
1968

Jun 28, 2:06 PM

Candace Granberg, M.D., has a lot of titles, including surgeon, wife, mom and volunteer. Now, she can add another: ninja warrior. The pediatric urologist is the second Mayo staff member chosen to participate on NBC''s American Ninja Warrior. ""The casting team for American Ninja Warrior called me out of the blue and said, ''The producers really liked your application and video, and they want you on ANW Season 9 in Denver,''"" Dr. Granberg tells us. ""There were over 77,000 applications for this season, so I was pretty surprised they found me. If you ask us, it''s no surprise Dr. Granberg''s story stood out. In addition to her work as a pediatric urologist at Mayo Clinic''s Rochester campus, she''s also the mother of two young children and has made five trips to Haiti as a volunteer with LEAP Global Missions. On top of that, she''s got mad physical skills. Though she admits to initially experiencing a bit of uncertainty, Dr. Granberg tells us that feeling quickly gave way to excitement and focus. ""I love a challenge, so I decided I better start training,"" she says. And for help with that, she knew just who to call: Mayo''s original American Ninja Warrior, Andrew Yori. ""I sent Roo a message and told him I needed some ninja coaching,"" she tells us of the show veteran and now gym buddy. When the time came for Dr. Granberg to take her shot, Yori was there on the sidelines to cheer her on. As was a group of friends and family, including Dr. Granberg''s husband and daughter. ""Being able to show my daughter that girls are strong, and you can do anything if you put your mind to it"" is an especially gratifying part of the ninja warrior experience, she says. That''s a message she also hopes to convey to her young patients, one of whom traveled nine hours to see her compete in Denver. ""It is an honor to be considered a role model for kids,"" she tells us, adding that many patients who have learned she competed on the show are ""so excited that their surgeon is a ninja."" Read the full story on intheloop.mayoclinic.org. . . . #MayoClinic #MayoClinicMN #AmericaNinjaWarriors #pediatrics

Jun 26, 2:00 PM

89-year-old Andy Romaniuk is determined to stay healthy. Andy got some troubling news at his first appointment at Mayo Clinic. His blood pressure and cholesterol were high. So he walks. His 20-mile days are behind him now, but hes found something new to keep him going some special tunes to remind him of his special sweetheart. ""I ride in my two-wheel cart,"" he tells us, grinning mischievously as he slaps the right and left ""wheels"" that power him through all of those miles. Recently, Andy started traveling with another cart: a small luggage cart that he pulls behind him, outfitted with a cassette player. And now, wherever he walks, the bright sounds of polka music follow. Andy tells us the music reminds him of his sweetheart, Mary. They were married for 50 years before she passed away from Alzheimer''s disease in 2009. The music that made Mary happy is now making other people happy, too. ""It makes people smile,"" Andy says. All that walking has been good for Andy as well. His healthy habits have helped him survive several big hits over the past 14 years, including a heart attack and stomach cancer. In spite of those health challenges, he takes no medication and recently received a glowing report from his doctor. ""He told me,"" Andy says, ""that I''m the healthiest patient he has."" . . #mayoclinic #MayoClinicMN #healthyhabits #patientstory #patientcare #polkamusic #walking

Jun 26, 9:31 AM

Take time for yourself every day. For more quotes from Mayo Clinic, download the Mayo Clinic app (link in profile). . . . #mayoclinic #motivationalquotes #motivationmonday #quotes #healthyliving #healthyhabits

Jun 23, 7:38 AM

Despite repeated treatment, Taylor Overby''s colon cancer kept coming back. Then the 25-year-old''s care team at Mayo Clinic offered her a unique surgical option, and that has made a world of difference. ""Because of our approach to care, we have a better understanding of the disease and the options to treat people like Taylor,"" says surgical oncologist Sanjay Bagaria, M.D. The team felt Taylor would be a good candidate for HIPEC surgery. The procedure involves the removal of all visible cancerous tumors from the abdominal cavity and then bathes the abdomen with hot chemotherapy heated to 108 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any microscopic cancer cells. ""Her disease was limited, so I felt like we could get all the cancer out,"" Dr. Bagaria says. ""The goal was to take a very aggressive approach and go for the cure."" Taylor underwent the eight-hour procedure in January 2017, and doctors were pleased with her outcome. While she''s eager to start enjoying her 20s, Taylor is actively using her experience to educate others. ""Colon cancer is often branded as an ''older person''s disease.'' But I''m hopeful that through advocacy that can be changed, and more people will understand that colon cancer can happen at any age."" . . . #mayoclinic #MayoClinicFL #coloncancer #patientstory #coloncancersurvivor #cancersurvivor