Patient stories

  1. 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. [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Kimmy Lockwood

    Doubly Rewarding: Weight Loss and Liver Transplant for Rare Disorder

    In 2007, Kimmy Lockwood decided to be screened for weight-loss surgery to address a longtime weight problem. Little did she know that decision would be lifesaving and eventually lead to a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic. Tests indicated Lockwood had low iron levels. Her local physicians found the reason — a genetic disorder called hereditary [...]

  4. Anne de Bari

    December 7, 1941 was labeled by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a "Day of Infamy" after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  For my wife, Anne, and me the date was April 13, 2009 when we heard from our family doctor that Anne had metastatic colon cancer.  The most unbelievable thing to us was that she had [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. Carol's Story: Hepatitis C and Liver Cancer

    This article was submitted by Scott Van Dyke, Carol's husband and caregiver Carol Van Dyke entered Mayo Clinic in June 2002 to discuss treatments for her Hepatitis C which had caused stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. She had a blood transfusion in 1964 to stop bleeding from a hysterectomy due to a miscarriage. During [...]

  8. Mother's Day Gift for a Mom Who Has Everything (including Pancreatic Cancer)

    On Mother's Day, Jeanine Peterson told the story on her blog of the special gift she gave her mom, a Mayo Clinic patient. With her mom's permission, we share a portion of the story here: History: 3 years ago Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 62. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most [...]

  9. The disease that killed my mother was the same disease that was killing me

    I am writing my story of celiac disease. I was diagnosed in March 2008, at the age of 73. I also want to tell my mother’s story. She passed away in 1945 at the age of 30; when I was only 9½ years old. My mother was sick all her life. I remember her not [...]

  10. Robert Horner

    Ten Years and Still Cancer Free

    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, with a 20 percent relative survival rate after one-year and a four percent survival rate after five-years for all stages combined, according to the American Cancer Society. With these shocking statistics, one pancreatic cancer survivor wonders how he has beaten all [...]

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