Natalie’s story revisited: Help and hope at a time when we ALL need it most
Natalie Narvaez simply wanted to help other people like her.
And so, the University of Minnesota sophomore opened up about her long struggle with depression and her participation in Dr. Katie Cullen’s promising research using mindful breathing and neurostimulation as alternatives to existing therapies
Sue’s Story: Partnering with the best and brightest to fight diabetes
At just 12, Sue Rockers got “terrifying” news. She had Type 1 diabetes.
The little girl who dreamed of being a teacher raised her sights: Making sure this dangerous disease
would not stop her from running, skiing, swimming or anything else.
There was only one problem: This super active Minneapolis wife, mom and school nurse got so good at
managing her disease that it was hard to find a doctor who knew more.
Bevan’s Story: A front row seat on a devastating pandemic – and the people fighting it
Dr. Bevan Yueh wants to make one thing clear: He’s no hero. Just a member of a team alarmed by an
approaching pandemic. Just a member of a team hustling to open Bethesda as an all COVID-19 hospital.
Just a member of a team who wound up being one of its first patients.
“I think part of it is a sense of guilt,” says Dr. Yueh. “Here I was, a physician, a healer who’s
supposed to be taking care of people.”
Andrew’s story: A second chance where once there was none.
Andrew Lund was just 26 when his heart suddenly stopped beating at a family gathering. Paramedics,
taking over for a Good Samaritan on the scene, tried restarting it with electric shock
(defibrillation). Once, twice – seven times in all.
There was one last hope, a trip to M Health Fairview and a doctor with expertise in resuscitation
medicine and a technology that’s a real game-changer for cardiac arrest patients.
Natalie’s Story: Help and hope for those who haven’t found what they’re looking for yet
Since middle school, Natalie Narvaez has struggled with depression, which she describes as a feeling
of “dread.” Over the years, she’s seen five therapists. She’s also tried medication, but it only
made her feel worse.
Understandably, the freshman was all in when researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical
School asked her to participate in a study exploring a possible new treatment: Brain stimulation
paired with mindful breathing.
A resource for Minnesota: responding to a pandemic
Minnesota is a state full of incredible resources: our rich farmland, beautiful lakes and forests,
sites sacred to our indigenous peoples, culture of biotechnical innovation, and people with a strong
work ethic and desire to help others. One of the state’s resources is the University of Minnesota.
Where fear becomes hope: How a cancer diagnosis gave Tori a larger sense of purpose
Tori Jaffray thought the thickening around her waist was simply the common but dreaded “menopause
midsection.” She upped her work-outs, but the problem only grew until one night at dinner there was
hardly room for food.
A trip to urgent care led to a diagnosis that, more than a year later, still brings tears to this
Orono woman’s eyes.