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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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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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Pleased Patient Shows Enduring Gratitude with Tattoo

David Prochello is no stranger to getting tattoos. He builds custom choppers, he has tats on his arms and a large one on his upper back inscribed: “I am my own role model.” So when Prochello, of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota,  received drug therapy and surgery at Mayo Clinic to [...]

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An Unexpected Miracle from Down the Hallway

Sometimes miracles happen when you least expect them. No one believes that more than Fleming Island, Florida resident Shirley Thompson, whose tale of how she received two new lungs while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida isn’t exactly the typical scenario. The 48-year old married, [...]

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Physician Documents his Cancer Survival, Grateful to Mayo Clinic

I am Dr. J. Kemper Campbell, an ophthalmologist from Lincoln, Nebraska. I noted a small asymptomatic mass on the right side of my neck in December 2006. When needle biopsy established it to be a poorly differentiated metastatic cancer of unknown origin, I asked a colleague for a referral to [...]

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Unraveling the Mystery of Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

Imagine listening in real time to the thump, thump of your own heartbeat, the rush of your blood pulsing through your veins, and even the slightest twitch of your eyes - all in surround sound.  Those are but a few of the symptoms that Wendy Tapper was experiencing when she [...]

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My 30-Year Journey with Mayo

My name is Ardyth Carpenter, and in 1982, I went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, after experiencing a TIA. While there, Mayo’s work up discovered a malignancy in my right breast. I had no ill effects from the “mini-stroke” and the clinic was just a 75 mile drive from [...]

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Loving care, answered prayers and a bake sale

For Carey Deacon, the support of co-workers along with her daughter's medical care reaffirmed her decision to return to work at the "only place she felt passionate about." Carey Deacon sped from her mother's graveside to the emergency room with her 15-year-old daughter, Catherine, doubled over in pain beside her [...]

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Wrist Surgery - sharing experience to help others

Many years ago, I injured my right wrist while working for a previous employer.  At the time, I was told that I had a small cartilage tear.  I wore a splint for a couple of months, and I had a cortisone injection.  I didn’t have any additional problems with the [...]

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Never Give Up On Your Health - Sniffing out a Discovery

My name is Katie Little and I am 28 years old.   I have experienced many nasal problems throughout my life, including two nose fractures and, over the last 10 years, have experienced significant difficulty breathing at night.  I tried a variety of methods to alleviate my problem, such as nasal [...]

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Nurse finds out what being "hip" is all about

My story begins in 1998. At the age of 32 I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia. Because I was a breech baby at birth the doctors at home had told me that this was probably the reason why I was having problems. I was having the most pain in [...]

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Breast Cancer? Me? My Story

Having never been touched by any kind of cancer in any generation of my family, it came as a shock to learn of my breast cancer diagnosis confirmed at Mayo Clinic January 2012. I felt I was going through seven stages of grief in trying to reconcile this new phenomenon [...]

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Mayo Graduate Student - Trip to Ecuador

Amy Saleh, M.D. went to Ecuador as part of the Mayo International Heath Program within the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. She recounts this surgical trip experience, where they focused on children with cleft lip and cleft palate.

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Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

I went to Mayo Clinic for heart valve replacement surgery on October 13th, was released on the 18th, and can only say excellent things about the: Surgeon Dr. Hartzell Schaff and his staff. The surgery and recovery went smoothly, I believe, due to Dr. Schaff's experience and expertise in the [...]

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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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Young girl with complicated health problems grows up seeing Mayo as second home

Hello: I am Carolyn of Missouri.  I have long been a patient of Mayo Clinic since about 1942 and am still a patient visiting about every 3 months. Sometime after I was born, we moved to Glendale…that is where we lived when I took sick at the age of about 20 months. [...]

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A first of its kind surgery

Three years ago, when Janis Ollson, now 32, was pregnant with her second child, she experienced agonizing back pain. But, unlike the back pain she had during her first pregnancy with daughter Braxtyn, this time the pain would not subside. “I was desperate for relief,” says Ollson. Five months into [...]

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A Miracle for Daniela

Photo: Daniela, pictured top left, enjoys time with her brothers and sister at our home in Ecuador after her procedure at Mayo Clinic. Written by her parents, Juan and Victoria (Ecuador): My wife Victoria has always believed in miracles. I also believe in miracles, but I thought they only happened [...]

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A Mayo Moment with a "Woman Cut in Half"

A big part of the reason for Sharing Mayo Clinic is to give Mayo patients the opportunity to share their stories of how Mayo has changed their lives. It's inspiring for employees to hear about the difference we make together as an organization and in teams, and how each of [...]

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