Patient stories

  1. Jorge Rivera

    Singing Praise After New Esophageal Cancer Treatment

    Esophageal cancer took Jorge Rivera, 47, by surprise. An auto loan manager and a father of three, he had a full life and a passion for performing sacred music with his family. Rivera, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, had “the usual” heartburn symptoms from what he describes as a typical Puerto Rican diet. But a [...]

  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. Fred and Christie Page

    A patient's story

    This article was submitted by Mayo Clinic Jacksonville patient, Fred Page In late summer 2005, after 50 days in a non-Florida hospital, a nurse helped me out of the wheelchair and into my wife’s waiting vehicle. We were going home! Our battle waged with the deadly bacteria pseudomonas had ended. However, a weight loss of [...]

  4. Brandon Street

    Crohn’s diagnosis helps ‘The Big Street’ find road to recovery

    The below article comes from our Sharing Mayo Clinic print publication: At 6 feet 4 inches tall and more than 200 pounds, Brandon Street could easily be described as “big.” In high school, his nickname was “The Big Street.” When this active young man who enjoyed playing sports began to have irregular and difficult bowel [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. Anna's Story: A Personal Approach to Cancer

    At age 30, Anna Webster was a busy single mom juggling work and caring for her 11-year-old daughter. She didn’t have time to be sick. But after passing out one evening in the spring of 2009, she spent three days in a Jacksonville, Fla., emergency room while doctors tried to figure out what was wrong. [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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”. [...]

  10. Robert Hoopes

    Living with Cancer: Blessings and Hope Abound

    A diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. For Robert Hoopes, a facilities manager from Glendale, Ariz., the diagnosis hit home - twice. In 2006, Kara, his wife of more than three decades, discovered that she had advanced colon cancer. After a two year battle, she sadly passed away at the age of 54 leaving behind [...]

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