Sharing Mayo Clinic

Stories from patients, family, friends and Mayo Clinic staff

Blog

Mar 2, 2020

After More Than Two Decades, Ellen Bids Devastating Facial Pain Goodbye

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, the neurologic disorder trigeminal neuralgia dominated Ellen Whitebird's world. It caused searing pain that destroyed her ability to enjoy life. Then in 2019, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon proposed a procedure that he believed could make a significant difference. It did. Today, Ellen's pain is gone.

[...]

After More Than Two Decades, Ellen Bids Devastating Facial Pain Goodbye
Feb 28, 2020

Restored Knee Function Transforms a Life, Inspires Family to Give Back

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
The Reibels have relied on Mayo Clinic for their care for 25 years. That experience has inspired them to donate to Mayo Clinic's Center for Regenerative Medicine.

[...]

Restored Knee Function Transforms a Life, Inspires Family to Give Back
Feb 26, 2020

Team of Mayo Experts Pinpoints Source of Puzzling Leg Weakness

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Without an explanation for progressive weakness in his legs, Raymond Knapp was resigned to the notion that he would be confined to a wheelchair. A collaborative effort among Mayo Clinic specialists in Radiology and Neurology, though, changed everything for Raymond, giving him the diagnosis and treatment he needed to walk on his own again.

[...]

Team of Mayo Experts Pinpoints Source of Puzzling Leg Weakness
Feb 24, 2020

Reinvigorated After Celiac Disease Diagnosis

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Michelle Swosinski was beginning to think she'd never be rid of her chronic abdominal pain. Years of fruitlessly searching for medical help had left the young woman feeling ignored and frustrated. That all changed when Michelle sought care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where her medical team was committed to finding a remedy for her pain.

[...]

Reinvigorated After Celiac Disease Diagnosis
Feb 21, 2020

Collaborative Approach to Care Restores Conductor's Sight

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When doctors in Ohio told Robyn Lana they weren't sure whether a brain aneurysm they found behind her right eye socket was causing the vision problems she'd been experiencing, Robyn turned to Mayo Clinic. Not only did her Mayo care team identify the true cause of her vision loss, they fixed it.

[...]

Collaborative Approach to Care Restores Conductor's Sight
Feb 19, 2020

Bariatric Surgery Opens the Door to New Adventures

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Difficulty with her weight and the medical problems that it caused kept Kathy Schmidt homebound and isolated. But now after bariatric surgery, Kathy is happily joining in on the fun again.

[...]

Bariatric Surgery Opens the Door to New Adventures
Feb 17, 2020

Mayo Teamwork Puts Basketball Standout Back in the Game

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Katie Stone never had an injury in all her years as a competitive athlete. Then she tore her ACL during an alumni basketball game. But now, thanks to reconstructive surgery and physical therapy, Katie's healthy and active once again.

[...]

Mayo Teamwork Puts Basketball Standout Back in the Game
Feb 14, 2020

Palliative Care Helps Cancer Survivor Put an End to Severe Nausea

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
After eight months of unrelenting nausea, David Dean was miserable and nothing seemed to help. Then a Mayo Clinic palliative care specialist took another look and recommended a new medication. That eliminated the nausea and enabled the former triathlete to once again exercise, travel and do the things that make his life full.

[...]

Palliative Care Helps Cancer Survivor Put an End to Severe Nausea
Feb 12, 2020

Fresh Approach to Epilepsy Treatment Rekindles Zest for Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Janice Breien was anxious to find a better way to manage the seizures that regularly disrupted her daily life. Enter her Mayo care team — ready to listen and provide solutions. Now, with her seizures under control, Janice has a renewed sense of optimism.

[...]

Fresh Approach to Epilepsy Treatment Rekindles Zest for Life
Feb 10, 2020

Careful Evaluation, Genetic Testing Offer a New Path Forward

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Maureen Jessen, always wondered why the disease affected her so differently than it did others. Doctor after doctor told her that MS was likely causing her symptoms, so she believed them. Mayo Clinic specialists, however, gave Maureen new insight into her illness — one that had nothing to do with MS.

[...]

Careful Evaluation, Genetic Testing Offer a New Path Forward
Feb 7, 2020

Back on Her Feet and Pain-Free

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Doris Jessesski tried a host of treatments to ease her chronic back pain, but nothing worked. Then a Mayo Clinic Pain Medicine specialist recommended a new type of spinal cord stimulator. That did the trick. Today, Doris' debilitating back pain is gone.

[...]

Back on Her Feet and Pain-Free
Feb 5, 2020

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Yields Outstanding Outcome

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Rita Krueger found out she had pancreatic cancer, the outlook seemed bleak. Then she met a Mayo Clinic physician who was willing to go beyond the standard treatment to achieve remarkable results.

[...]

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Yields Outstanding Outcome
Feb 3, 2020

Cardiac Surgery Frees Amber Taff to Live Her Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When surgery to ease the swelling and irritation that had developed around Amber Taff's heart failed to improve her cardiac function, the 34-year-old decided to take her health into her own hands by going to Mayo Clinic.

[...]

Cardiac Surgery Frees Amber Taff to Live Her Life
Jan 31, 2020

Breathing Easy After New Technology Offers a Path to Lung Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Chuck Boetsch's long journey to a successful lung transplant came to an end with a deep breath. That welcome breath was made possible by new technology that's making more lungs available for transplantation.

[...]

Breathing Easy After New Technology Offers a Path to Lung Transplant
Jan 29, 2020

Sweet Homecoming After Successful Heart and Kidney Transplants

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
The road home was long for Laura Richardson as she battled through medical setbacks, and a protracted wait for a heart transplant and a kidney transplant. But when Laura finally returned healthy and happy to her beloved farm in Iowa, the reunion with friends and family was especially heartwarming.

[...]

Sweet Homecoming After Successful Heart and Kidney Transplants
Jan 27, 2020

Innovative Therapy Improves Lives of People With Neuroendocrine Tumors

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Jay Elsten's neuroendocrine tumors no longer were responding to traditional treatment, Mayo Clinic offered him a recently approved nuclear medicine therapy. And it worked. Within a week, Jay's symptoms were gone.

[...]

Innovative Therapy Improves Lives of People With Neuroendocrine Tumors
Jan 24, 2020

Leaning on One Another -- and Mayo Clinic -- to Fight Two Difficult Diseases

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Bob and Kelly Rodenberg wed 10 years ago, they hadn't a clue how their pledge to love one another through sickness and health would play out. But when they both developed incurable illnesses, their vows took on greater significance. Today, thanks to the work of committed Mayo Clinic care teams, the pair continues to live out their promise.

[...]

Leaning on One Another -- and Mayo Clinic -- to Fight Two Difficult Diseases
Jan 22, 2020

Tiny But Mighty, Lorelei Overcomes Devastating Digestive Disease

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For Jordyn and Michael Threat, having a premature baby was frightening on its own. Then learning that their firstborn, Lorelei, had a potentially fatal digestive system disease was an additional shock. But despite her size, Lorelei was tough. And with the support of a compassionate Mayo Clinic team, she rebounded time and again.

[...]

Tiny But Mighty, Lorelei Overcomes Devastating Digestive Disease
Jan 20, 2020

Spinal Cord Stimulator Ends 17 Years of Chronic Pain

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
A snowmobile accident left Blake Sunde with limited use of his right arm and triggered severe, chronic pain that lasted for years. But two years ago, a new treatment option changed everything and restored the quality of life Blake had been missing for so long.

[...]

Spinal Cord Stimulator Ends 17 Years of Chronic Pain
Jan 17, 2020

After Facial Surgery, Tammy Says Goodbye to Years of Sleep Apnea

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Before coming to Mayo Clinic, Tammy Olson had been told the severe obstructive sleep apnea she'd been living with for years was beyond treatment. After meeting Christopher Viozzi, M.D., D.D.S., a Mayo Clinic oral and maxillofacial surgeon, however, Tammy found the help she so desperately needed.

[...]

After Facial Surgery, Tammy Says Goodbye to Years of Sleep Apnea
Jan 15, 2020

With Her Seizures in the Past, Keeley Faces a Promising Future

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, Keeley Allen and her family lived in fear that a seizure would strike and render the teen helpless. Unresponsive to medication, the seizures were unusual and ambiguous. Worse than the unpredictability of the seizures was the uncertainty about how to make them stop. At Mayo Clinic, however, the family's concerns about Keeley's seizures finally were put to rest.

[...]

With Her Seizures in the Past, Keeley Faces a Promising Future
Jan 13, 2020

New Hope for Regaining His Old Life After Being Paralyzed

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a surfing accident, Chris Barr thought life as he knew it was over. After enrolling in a regenerative medicine clinical trial at Mayo Clinic, however, he began to realize all was not lost.

[...]

New Hope for Regaining His Old Life After Being Paralyzed
Jan 10, 2020

Expert Care, Teamwork Lead to Tailored Treatment for Alexa's Rare Cancer

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
Alexa Lofaro spent six months taking medications for a condition she didn't have. Once she arrived at Mayo Clinic, a multidisciplinary team specializing in her disease not only provided the right diagnosis, but also conducted the genetic testing necessary to find the right medication for her.

[...]

Expert Care, Teamwork Lead to Tailored Treatment for Alexa's Rare Cancer
Jan 8, 2020

Surgery for Chest Wall Deformity Restores Danielle's Active Life

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
When Danielle Goldsmith was told nothing could be done to reverse the effects of a chest wall deformity she'd had since birth, she took her health into her own hands by researching all her options. That research led Danielle to Mayo Clinic.

[...]

Surgery for Chest Wall Deformity Restores Danielle's Active Life
Jan 6, 2020

Back in Control After Successful Incontinence Treatment

By SharingMayoClinic @SharingMayoClinic
For years, Roxann Neumann, kept spare clothes in her car and desk for the days when incontinence got the best of her. But after an innovative surgery that resets the nerve signals between the brain, bladder and bowel, Roxann's incontinence has improved immensely, and the extra clothing is back in her closet.

[...]

Back in Control After Successful Incontinence Treatment
Contact Us · Privacy Policy