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. 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 [...]

  3. 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. [...]

  4. 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 [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. 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”. [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. Tamiko’s Story: Getting Definitive Answers

    Tamiko Lyle lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, and came to Mayo Clinic in late February to seek answers to medical problems that had bothered her for several years. In explaining why she came to Mayo Clinic, Tamiko said she reached a point where she was “sick of being sick” and needed to get definitive answers. [...]

  10. Marshall Curtis

    Liver Transplant + Bariatric Surgery = the New Marshall

    Marshall Curtis was diagnosed in 2009 with end stage liver failure and cirrhosis secondary to Alpha1 Antitrypsin deficiency. Obesity and encephalopathy were additional challenges confronting the Mayo team. He was recommended for a new study program combining a transplant and bariatric surgery to improve his chances for a transplant and long term survival. Listen to [...]

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