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by Jennifer Hoff

Mayo Clinic begins to blog


ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC TV) -- In this day and age, almost everyone is online. You can reconnect with old friends, Mapquest directions, even watch your favorite TV show. The Internet could even save your life.

Friday night, you'll meet Darren Rosenberg.

He was diagnosed with Marfan's Syndrome 10 years ago, and credits Mayo Clinic for saving his life.

Now, with a click of a button, he's sharing his story with others, hoping to return the favor.

Over the years, Mayo Clinic's principles haven't changed.

Darren Rosenberg, employee and patient says, "Mayo's philosophy is the needs of the patient come first, and if you're seeing first-hand accounts from patients that have been here, you can see how great this facility is for their care."

Darren knows that all too well.

The 32-year-old is not only an employee, but a patient.

Darren says, "As soon as I got here, no one ever knew it was as bad as it was."

He suffers from Marfan's Syndrome, a condition that affects the body's connective tissue.

In Darren's case, he needed a new heart valve.

Now he's the first to share his story with others - online.

Darren says, "It's great that they can talk to people who have been through it and know what to expect."

Sharing Mayo Clinic is a new blogging adventure for the medical giant.

It's open to the public - all you need is a name and e-mail address for access to what Darren calls an online support group.

Darren says, "They can come and feel welcome and get the care that they deserve."

Besides blogging, Mayo Clinic also has it's own Facebook page.

Lee Aase, Social Media Manager says, "For 100 years people have been getting care and going home and talking about it, and this is just the new way of it happening in the 21st century."

Aase says, sharing stories online is a new trend, with Mayo Clinic one of the first to jump onboard.

Lee says, "And we expect the site to grow over time."

Patients like Darren are confident it will.

Darren says, "I hope that I can return the favor for those that helped me and I can help others in my same position, so it's a little big of giving back, feels really good actually."

The Sharing Mayo Clinic blog debuted Thursday.

It already has numerous posts, including video stories.

If you would like to share your medical adventures, or read others, go to for a link to the website.

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