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For One Couple, Expert Neurology Care Makes All the Difference

In one brief statement, Barbara Smith can sum up the impact that the staff in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona had on her and her husband as they faced several difficult and frightening medical problems: "They are our life-changing heroes."  For 40 years, seizures were just [...]

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Living Life to the Fullest After Epilepsy Surgery

My name is Jill Staloch, and I had my first seizure when I was a freshman in college. Epilepsy never impacted my life, besides having to take medications and having a yearly appointment with my doctor. It wasn’t until 2010 that my life changed because of seizures. I had been [...]

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Overcoming Epilepsy

  My name is Rachel Skaug, formerly Rachel Kaalberg, and I used to have seizures as a child. My seizures started in 1988, when I was just at 4 months old and lasted until I was 10 years old in 1998. I am from Madison, WI but much of my [...]

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Soccer Mom Strokes on the Field

The phrase “soccer mom” might be a cliché, but for Jessica Cook of Jacksonville, Fla., it was apropos. The mom of three boys (ages 6, 10 and 13) spent hours in the car each week driving her sons from one field to another for their weekly soccer practices and games. [...]

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Mayo’s caring attitude brings hope to patient

Jim Brooks was vacationing with his family in Spain when suddenly he couldn’t speak for 10 minutes and wound up in the hospital. Jim and his wife Louanne decided together they wanted to return to their Minnesota home and Mayo Clinic. Jim was diagnosed in August 2012 at Mayo Clinic [...]

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Seizure-free after new surgery

One of Arden Berge's most surprising discoveries while he was a graduate student in meteorology had nothing to do with the weather. "I'd been lying on the bed reading, and all of a sudden I looked up and there were paramedics standing over me," says Berge. He'd soon learn why. [...]

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Surgery puts an end to life-limiting epilepsy seizures

Melissa Bruesehoff is a wife, mother, teacher and church council member — titles that for many years she couldn't imagine claiming. Bruesehoff was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 4 years old, and complications from the condition prevented her from experiencing many things that most people take for granted. "During [...]

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Relief for pain caused by Chiari type I malformation

When Sean Murphy's chronic headaches set in, they first bothered him after physical exertion, then after a stressful day at work. Within months, the headaches were constant, always localized in the back of his head. The pain became debilitating. Murphy consulted his family doctor and was referred to a neurologist. [...]

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Myasthenia gravis - Early detection and right treatment

James (Jim) Miller wasn't sure if it was just part of the normal aging process or if retirement wasn't agreeing with him. Whatever the reason, it became nearly exhausting for him just to eat. A native of River Falls, Wis., Jim had recently retired from his job in health care [...]

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Surgery takes care of cavernous malformation

Dan Smith was a graduate student in physics when he noticed occasional numbness in his left hand. His physician thought it might be carpal tunnel syndrome. When the numbness affected Dan's entire arm and cheek, the physician referred him to a neurologist. An MRI and a CT scan revealed a [...]

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Fortunately for Sharon, life had become one big headache

Anyone who's ever met Sharon Francis knows her laugh. It's always present, like a trademark accessory. Even when she isn't able to laugh with life, she can laugh at it because against all odds, Sharon is a survivor. Consider her beginnings: When Sharon was only 20 and a single mother [...]

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Any Parent's Worst Nightmare

When my husband and I found out we were going to have a baby, we were so excited. Little did we know of the journey baby Madison would take us on, and little did we know of the personal tragedy that would ensue following such a typically joyful time. Madison [...]

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Joey's Hope - Part 4 of 4

Previously: "Joey's Hope - Part 1 of 4", "Joey's Hope - Part 2 of 4", and "Joey's Hope - Part 3 of 4" ...Because this was an exciting brand new medication the local news station interviewed Joel several times throughout the twelve week treatment period. The video clips of the [...]

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Joey's Hope - Part 2 of 4

Previously: "Joey's Hope - Part 1 of 4" ...Joel was gone to surgery and then to recovery on Friday from about 6:30 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m. He was moved to the ninth floor of the Mary Brigh building in ICU. Dr. Bledsoe talked with Kimberly and advised that [...]

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Joey's Hope - Part 1 of 4

To be told he had melanoma cancer totally shocked Joel Saunders and his family who live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An auto technician (window installer), Joel was always extremely healthy and rarely called in sick to work. He has been married to Kimberly for 17 years. They have one child, [...]

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Epilepsy, Brain Surgery and then, Seizure-Free

We scurried like mice across the street under the cover of darkness, hugging the side of the St. Mary building when we reached it to block the wind as it gusted at 22 below zero. The light from the entrance door called like a beacon, and when we reached it [...]

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Epilepsy Surgery Allows Patient to Live Life to the Fullest

Carla Huelsmann was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2 years old. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she experienced mainly petit mal seizures. She continued through life, adjusting to her disease as needed. Once Huelsmann welcomed her daughter, the hormone levels in her body changed, making controlling her [...]

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Mayo Clinic Patient Creates Documentary to Educate Others on Frontotemporal Dementia

In Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), areas of your brain (the frontal lobe and temporal lobe) shrink, causing progressive speech, language, personality and behavior problems, as well as a decline in your thinking and reasoning skills (cognitive skills). It is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer's disease, but FTD [...]

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Finally Diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

After nine months of struggling with many dehabilitating symptoms and fighting for a diagnosis, Katie Mork came to Mayo Clinic in February of 2011. Within a half an hour, Dr. Marc Patterson diagnosed her with POTS. Listen to Katie's testimony on the long struggle and the eventual relief upon receiving [...]

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Hurt and Healing

By: Andrea Miller Birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, graduation gifts…we’re set in a society that longs after gifts.  I have learned, however, that the most important gift one can receive is a clean bill of health.  I have not had the pleasure of knowing what that is truly like.  I have [...]

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