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July 29, 2016

Seamstress Moving and Sewing Again After Complex Spine Surgery for Scoliosis

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Growing up in Central Florida, Kimberly Kimmons was an active child. She loved swimming, biking and martial arts. But at age 12, Kim was diagnosed with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine that most often occurs during a growth spurt before puberty. Unfortunately, Kim’s family didn’t have the resources to fully address her spinal […]

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Tags: Dr. Gordon Deen, Dr. Mark Pichelmann, Mayo Clinic Florida, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Fusion


June 26, 2016

Former Airman, Stroke Survivor Tells of Life Punctuated by Commas

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

When stroke survivor R. Brady Johnson first visited Mayo Clinic nearly nine years ago, his doctors didn’t quite know what to make of him. Not only was his stroke, at age 31, unusual, but his post-stroke physicality surprised the team of neurologists he’d come to see. It had been just over a year since Brady, […]

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Tags: Cerebral Hemorrhage, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, stroke


April 23, 2015

A Long Journey to a Seizure-Free Life

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

In December 2014, Gregory Cascino, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, received a photo of a former patient. Kate Seifert was standing at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, almost 20,000 feet above sea level, at the mountain’s Uhuru Peak. The photo was accompanied by a note from Seifert’s mother. “We will be forever […]

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Tags: Dr. Gregory Cascino, Dr. Richard Marsh, Epilepsy, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures


March 13, 2015

Stopping the Seizures

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

After brain surgery at Mayo Clinic, Xander Torres is a healthy, happy kid “My hand is wiggly.” When 4-year-old Xander Torres said these words to his mother, Sarah, she had no idea the long journey they would begin. “To be honest, I didn’t think much about it at first,” she says. Several weeks went by […]

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Tags: Dr. Elain Wirrell, Dr. Nicolas Wetjen, Neurology & Neurosurgery, seizures


February 24, 2015

Gratitude, and the Voice of Experience

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Mark Pearce jokes that, “If something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen to me.” That sentiment isn’t hard to understand in someone who has had eight joint replacements (knees, hips and shoulders – some more than once), has been cardioverted 18 times to restore normal heart rhythm, and had surgery for a brain tumor. […]

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Tags: Hip replacement, Knee Replacement, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Rochester Campus, Shoulder Replacement


December 31, 2014

‘Nothing Short of a Miracle’

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Read time: 4 minutes, 30 seconds When he was 26 years old, Dennis Schmitt had his first seizure. “At first, they’d happen every six months or so,” says Dennis, of Liberal, Kansas. “Then, they got a little closer each time.” Doctors had no idea why. “Dennis was healthy,” says his wife, Pat. “He’d been a […]

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Tags: Dr. Jeffrey Britton, Dr. Richard Marsh, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, seizures


December 12, 2014

From ‘Pick a Plot’ to Watching His Son Graduate

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

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 […]

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Tags: brain tumor, Cancer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Neurology & Neurosurgery


June 26, 2014

College Student Overcomes Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard

In her early 20s, Erin Ayub has big plans. As a college student in El Paso, Texas, she is also a musician and aspiring writer. She had to put her plans on hold for a bit while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic in Arizona due to a rare illness — anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. […]

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Tags: Arizona, encephalitis, Erin Ayub, Mayo Clinic, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Story


June 4, 2014

Untangling a complex medical challenge

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Amy Supergan has battled a host of difficult and painful disorders. Now she’s found a way back to enjoying her life and her family. In the summer of 2013, Amy Supergan took a trip to Italy. That may not sound extraordinary, but there was a time when being able to travel and enjoy a vacation […]

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Tags: chronic pain, clinical trials, Dr. Daniel Lachance, Dr. Kendall Lee, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories, Trigeminal Neuralgia


April 30, 2014

Enjoying a ‘New Normal’ After Epilepsy Surgery

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

A few years ago, Jessica Veach’s life was going according to plan. She’d started her career as an elementary school teacher — a dream she’d had since she was 8 years old — and was settling into married life with her husband, Colin. Jessica was also successfully managing epilepsy, which she had been diagnosed with […]

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Tags: Dr. Katherine Noe, Dr. Richard Zimmerman, Epilepsy, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories, seizures


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