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Stories from patients, family, friends and Mayo Clinic staff

Jan 15, 2019

Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, the chronic pain of Crohn's disease isolated Breanne Spence from family and friends. At Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center, Breanne learned how to manage the pain so she could take control of her life again. [...]
Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain
Jan 14, 2019

Heart Surgery Puts Sarah Bopp Back in the Race

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Sarah Bopp began having shortness of breath and chest pain, she was surprised to learn that the problem was a heart condition that could have taken her life. But now open-heart surgery at Mayo Clinic has the 29-year-old back in competition and more fit than ever. [...]
Heart Surgery Puts Sarah Bopp Back in the Race
Jan 9, 2019

Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, artist Jennifer Hunter harbored an intense fear of surgery and lived with chronic pain. When the pain became debilitating, she decided to find a way to use her art to manage her anxiety. [...]
Using the Art of Medicine to Overcome Fear of Surgery
Jan 8, 2019

Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After a trip overseas, Hugo de Jager was gripped by fatigue, abdominal pain and severe headaches. The culprit was cerebral malaria. Although the diagnosis is uncommon, and the condition life-threatening, experts at Mayo Clinic worked together to help Hugo achieve a remarkable recovery. [...]
Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria
Jan 7, 2019

Heart Surgery Re-energizes Gymnast

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When she was diagnosed with a rare heart condition known as Ebstein anomaly, Dannika Mechtel came to Mayo Clinic for care. Surgery not only repaired her heart, it restored her vitality, so she can keep competing in the sport she loves. [...]
Heart Surgery Re-energizes Gymnast
Jan 2, 2019

Shoulder Injury Can't Sideline Young Coach

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Nicholas Oeltjen, a physical education teacher and coach, suffered a complex shoulder injury, his Mayo care team crafted a treatment plan that got him back on the field. [...]
Shoulder Injury Can't Sideline Young Coach
Dec 28, 2018

Turning the Compass Toward New Understanding of Skin Disorders

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A seasoned traveler, Lou Appignani relishes exploration and discovery. So when he was diagnosed with an inflammatory condition that affects his skin, he and his wife, Laurie, decided to contribute to medical research at Mayo Clinic to help dermatology experts unravel the mysteries behind skin disorders. [...]
Turning the Compass Toward New Understanding of Skin Disorders
Dec 26, 2018

Weight Loss Sets the Stage for Successful Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
With hard work and determination, Ann Statz lost more than 100 pound in preparation for knee surgery. Now she's feeling much better and reaping the rewards of renewed health. [...]
Weight Loss Sets the Stage for Successful Surgery
Dec 21, 2018

Couple Buoyed by Mayo Clinic Care in Sickness and Health

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For Gary and Carolyn Lockner, a trip to Mayo Clinic is more than a doctor's appointment. To the Lockners, Mayo Clinic not only provides physical healing, it also offers emotional support and renewed hope. [...]
Couple Buoyed by Mayo Clinic Care in Sickness and Health
Dec 19, 2018

Palliative and Hospice Care Ease Difficult Transitions

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As they've faced the realities of a terminal illness, Jim and Nancy Moessner appreciate the support and assistance they've received from Mayo experts in palliative care and hospice care. [...]
Palliative and Hospice Care Ease Difficult Transitions
Dec 17, 2018

Cardiac Ablation Helps Alan Kostrzewa Summit New Heights

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When treatment for a torn rotator cuff uncovered two underlying heart conditions, friends urged Alan Kostrzewa to go to Mayo Clinic for help getting back to his highly active way of life. [...]
Cardiac Ablation Helps Alan Kostrzewa Summit New Heights
Dec 14, 2018

Spinal Cord Stimulator Sparks a Pain-Free Journey to Better Health

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After years of chronic back pain, Guy Gottschalk was not optimistic that he would ever find relief. But a visit to Mayo Clinic not only significantly reduced his pain, it gave him the motivation to make important lifestyle changes that dramatically improved his health. [...]
Spinal Cord Stimulator Sparks a Pain-Free Journey to Better Health
Dec 12, 2018

New Liver, New Outlook

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Brian Gurule learned that a rare disease was the reason for his liver failure, he realized it was a race against time to find a medical center where he could get a transplant. At Mayo Clinic, he received the care he needed to give him a fighting chance. [...]
New Liver, New Outlook
Dec 10, 2018

Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
  When Nicole Eisenmann and Mike Loggie became engaged, they held out hope for a dream wedding. When that day was repeatedly postponed due to Nicole's lengthy cancer treatment, the couple decided to stop planning and embrace the present instead. [...]
Amid a Journey Through Cancer, Wedding Bells Ring
Dec 7, 2018

Feeling Fantastic After Heart Valve Surgery

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When James Tembrock was told he needed surgery to replace his aortic valve, he wanted to find a medical center where he could have the procedure done using a minimally invasive approach. That search led James to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. [...]
Feeling Fantastic After Heart Valve Surgery
Dec 5, 2018

Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Michelle Griffis battled debilitating headaches for more than a year. But after several neurosurgeries and care from a multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic, she's made a full recovery. Now Michelle and her son are back to exploring their world together.  [...]
Headaches Gone, Independence Restored
Dec 3, 2018

Hanna's Lifesaving Liver Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life. [...]
Hanna's Lifesaving Liver Transplant
Nov 30, 2018

Honoring Caregivers by Supporting Mayo Clinic's Mission

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Warren and Marilyn Bateman's links to Mayo Clinic stretch back through decades past, and their commitment to supporting the organization will endure for years to come. [...]
Honoring Caregivers by Supporting Mayo Clinic's Mission
Nov 28, 2018

Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Nancy Hannafin suffered from terrible pain on one side of her face for several years. Finally, a visit to her optometrist led to a breakthrough. Nerve pain was causing the problem, and brain surgery at Mayo Clinic fixed it. [...]
Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye
Nov 26, 2018

Reaching Out to Help Others Across the Globe

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A small group of Mayo Clinic providers have worked with Denis Mukwege, M.D., Ph.D., one of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, to treat victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [...]
Reaching Out to Help Others Across the Globe
Nov 21, 2018

A Passion for Serving Underserved Communities

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Concerned by health disparities in African-American communities, Dr. LaPrincess Brewer developed a program that partners with local churches to foster healthy lifestyle choices and improve heart health. [...]
A Passion for Serving Underserved Communities
Nov 19, 2018

Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves. [...]
Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye
Nov 16, 2018

Video Gives Patient With Tonsil Cancer Perspective, Hope

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Linda had been diagnosed with HPV-related tonsil cancer. When she came upon a video on social media featuring two Mayo Clinic doctors discussing an innovative treatment for the disease, the Georgia woman felt she'd been thrown a lifeline. [...]
Video Gives Patient With Tonsil Cancer Perspective, Hope
Nov 14, 2018

Finding Breast Cancer Sooner

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Jan Jenswold wasn't concerned when she went in for her annual mammogram. Then the test picked up something suspicious, and a follow-up found that Jan had breast cancer. But the early diagnosis brought with it an optimistic prognosis. Today, with her cancer in the past, Jan now encourages others to make mammograms a priority. [...]
Finding Breast Cancer Sooner
Nov 12, 2018

Ditching Vein Pain

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, leg discomfort from varicose veins made it tough for Cindy Stone to stay active. But minimally invasive treatment at Mayo Clinic solved the problem and put Cindy back on her feet. [...]
Ditching Vein Pain
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