Patient stories

  1. Coping with a Rare Disorder: Cronkhite-Canada Syndrome

    David Hirschy of Prescott, Arizona, has worn many hats — from record producer to chef to silversmith. In fact, his love of food made him think something was wrong a few years ago when he lost his sense of taste. He began to have other symptoms, too, which led him to Mayo Clinic in Arizona where [...]

  2. Scott Hennen on Ulcerative Colitis and Mayo Clinic

    Scott Hennen, a radio talk show host from Fargo, ND, had surgery at Mayo Clinic yesterday to remove his colon, which had developed several sites with precancerous cells related to his ulcerative colitis, which was first diagnosed in 1997. Scott had previously described his reasons for being public about his medical condition in this post. [...]

  3. Pancreatitis

    Ms. Patricia Benjamin talks about her experience with pancreatitis and the care she received at Mayo Clinic. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FSS4KqP5pg] See also a video with Dr. Santhi Vege, Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic's nationally recognized Pancreas Clinic treats patients with diseases of the pancreas. The Pancreas Clinic is staffed by doctors from multiple specialties. Related Diseases Pancreatitis Related [...]

  4. John Gillis

    When John Gillis got esophageal cancer, he trusted Mayo Clinic

    John Gillis went to "the best place possible" when he got esophageal cancer and got a result that he never imagined. The persistent stomach pain caught John Gillis by surprise. The active 53-year-old had rarely been sick a day in his life. He sought care from a doctor in his hometown of Fishers, Ind., who [...]

  5. Ann Strom

    Back to Her “New Normal”

    As a 14-year-old, Ann Strom understandably had knots in her stomach about starting her freshman year of high school. These knots, however, did not go away. Following several weeks of abdominal pain, Strom and her parents began to suspect that her upset stomach was more than the result of nervousness or flu. After a series [...]

  6. Roger Lipelt

    When you get knocked down, you need to get back up again.

    Roger Lipelt shares his story about colon cancer and how the team work between Mayo Clinic and his local hospital has given him the opportunity to keep coaching as an accomplished Minnesota Football Association Hall of Famer. Today, he is an active member and leading this years kids run for “Get Your Rear in Gear”. [...]

  7. Gift from Daughter to Dad: a Liver Donation

    Chuck Lewensten ran a successful business, hunted in Africa and played tennis with his fiancé, Jill. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis changed all that. By the summer of 2010, the disease had ravaged Lewensten’s liver, leaving him homebound and dependent on his family for care. Instead of hunting trips, Lewensten’s travels took him only to the emergency room. [...]

  8. Benny Andújar

    Early Detection Key for Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus

    Benny Andújar has traveled a long way from his native Utuado, Puerto Rico, to tell an important story. “Cancer doesn’t always send a warning,” Andújar says about his experience with a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus.  A routine endoscopy gave him the information he needed to unmask esophageal cancer before it developed.  “When they did [...]

  9. Mayo Clinic patients Sue and Darrin Willingham.

    He Said, She Said: How One Couple Battled Colon Cancer Together

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6M-lgjL9Vg Sue Willingham remembers the May 2010 day well. She was getting ready to take her two children to school. But before leaving the house, she did what any mom might – use the restroom. But then she noticed she’d lightly soiled her undergarments. Only she didn’t remember it happening. At 45, Willingham was the [...]

  10. Ning Chien

    With an uncertain cancer diagnosis, Ning Chien sought answers at Mayo

    Calling Ning Chien "active" would be an understatement. She enjoyed a healthy and busy life in Fremont, Calif., with her husband, Liang, and their son's and daughter's families nearby. Coming up on the calendar was a family trip to explore majestic Hawaii. But sudden sharp pain and an uncertain diagnosis of liver or pancreatic cancer [...]

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