July 21st, 2017
Distressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons.
May 1st, 2017
A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn’t know was that she’d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here’s Nicole’s story, in her own words.
December 10th, 2016
When Tyson Cluever, a 32-year-old mother of two from Benson, Minnesota, learned that she had an aggressive brain cancer, her first thought was of her children. At just nine months and five years old, her sons stood to lose one of the most important people in their lives if she were to share the fate […]
September 10th, 2016
Travis McGinnis was just 30 years old when an insidious cancer was discovered in his brain. It had been growing there for some time, he says — his physicians estimated between five and 10 years. Had the stage-three oligoastrocytoma not been detected when it was, Travis would have likely lost his life. As it happened, […]
July 23rd, 2016
The night before 8-year-old Evie McLeish’s brain surgery, her Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon David Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., told her parents, “I don’t want you to think of this as the end. This is just the beginning of a marathon.” The procedure was the start of Evie’s long-term care plan for treatment of a brain tumor. Along […]
February 27th, 2015
Kim Spadaro tells stories through scent. She travels the world capturing unique olfactory experiences and bottling them for others to share. “My experience [in these places] is really what turns it into a fragrance,” she says. “I can tell you how something smells in a story.” That, of course, requires a keen sense of smell. […]
February 18th, 2015
By Paul Scotti
When 53-year-old Donald Jones of Ponte Vedra, Florida, found out he had lung cancer, the former smoker accepted it as a challenge that he was prepared to fight and win. Little did he know the other serious health issues that lay ahead, which would create serious new challenges for him over the next year. An […]
December 12th, 2014
Read time: 4 minutes Written by Ron Christian “Pick a plot and get your papers in order, you’ll be dead in a month.” That’s what the local neurosurgeon said. Those words served as my wake-up call. While my wife wept, I became angry. We had three very young children, and I was determined to see […]
April 5th, 2013
“My sweet boy,” Deborah Morey said as she practically skipped across the room to join him in a group photograph. The boy is her son, 15-year-old Curtis Morey, who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (a type of brain tumor) on Jan. 27, 2012. The skipping at his Mayo appointment last week was one of several signs that March […]
December 22nd, 2012
Artist and teacher Cynthia Amendt sees her teaching — and her health — reach new levels through participation in a clinical trial.