Patient stories

  1. Jayden Gonzalez and his parents

    Toddler diagnosed with aggressive brain tumor

    Viola and Felipe Gonzalez were stunned when their youngest son's persistent flu-like symptoms were diagnosed as a brain tumor. The vomiting, holding his head while crying and unsteadiness weren't just a toddler's brush with the flu bug. A CT scan at the local pediatrician's office showed a mass the size of a quarter on Jayden's [...]

  2. Abby and Belle Carlsen: Three Years Later

    Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen of Fargo, North Dakota, returned to Mayo Clinic yesterday and today with their parents Jesse and Amy for their three-year checkups. The formerly conjoined twins were separated at Mayo Clinic on May 12, 2006 in a daylong operation. Reporter Matt Russell from the Rochester Post-Bulletin interviewed the family after the girls’ last [...]

  3. Corrie Mork

    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 a diagnosis right away at [...]

  4. Madison

    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 was a patient at St. [...]

  5. Diagnosing Nick's Mysterious Illness

    Melissa Shultz, a freelance writer living in Plano, Texas, wrote an article for Newsweek online about her son Nick's mysterious illness and his diagnosis and treatment at Mayo Clinic. Fatigue set in a day after Nick's dizziness started. Swollen glands followed close behind. Our general practitioner ordered blood work, including studies for mononucleosis and Lyme [...]

  6. Dr. Michael Ackerman and Stefani

    A Prom Promise Kept

    As an 8-year-old girl from Michigan was headed into surgery for a heart transplant, she asked Mike Ackerman -- a pediatric cardiology fellow at Mayo who was part of her care team -- if she was going to live. Dr. Ackerman said, "Of course you're going to live, and I'm going to dance with you [...]

  7. Four Words

    This story was submitted by David Kelly from Saint Joseph, Mich. We’ve been a part of the Mayo Experience since 1998. Originally we began our treatment in a Chicago hospital. It was there that our two-year-old daughter, Hannah, had her first biopsy to determine what was causing a lump just below her right wrist. I’ll [...]

  8. "We plan to continue to use the Mayo Clinic, no matter where in the country we live"

    Every physician Anne Stohrer and her son turned to for treatment of his chronic knee and hip pain came-up with a non-diagnosis. Many frustrating years passed while they fought to find a care plan that would relieve his pain and allow him to be the young, active boy he wanted to be. As the years [...]

  9. Caleb Ragaller and his family

    Small Bump becomes Big Problem

    What began as a small, painless bump turned into a grueling 9.5-hour surgery for 3-year-old Caleb Ragaller (now 6). Caleb was born with a nasal dermoid cyst. Because superficial dermoid cysts are typically slow-growing and can be removed without complication, Caleb’s treatment plan appeared to be pretty straightforward. “We would go in for normal checkups [...]

  10. Shelby Birch

    Family gives up mashed potatoes in respect of toddler's restrictive diet

    The Birch family of Elizabeth, Minn., doesn't eat mashed potatoes anymore. The family's youngest member, Shelby, age 2, is on the ketogenic diet to control seizures from epilepsy. The high-fat, low-protein, no-carbohydrate diet prohibits potatoes. Before Shelby started the diet, her very favorite food was mashed potatoes. "When she had to take anti-seizure medication, we [...]

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