Patient stories

  1. 67-year-old Kendall Schwindt of Sun City, Florida, a retiree who spent 26 years with Walmart and who has remained active playing golf and riding his motorcycle.

    Patient with “Double Trouble” Diagnosis Finds Answers at Mayo Clinic

    Being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a serious blood cancer, is difficult enough to accept. But being told that you also have a rare hematologic condition called amyloidosis — a disorder that could prevent you from receiving the bone marrow transplant necessary to combat your myeloma — could put anyone’s strength to the test. Such was the case [...]

  2. Emma and Dr. Svetomir Markovic

    Emma’s gift

    When offered a choice between a trip to the doctor or a shopping day at the American Girl Store, eight-year-old Emma chose the doctor — hands down. An extraordinary choice, but then, Emma is an extraordinary girl. This wasn’t to be a typical doctor’s visit. Emma came to Mayo Clinic to surprise Svetomir Markovic, M.D., [...]

  3. Alfred “Bart” Howe

    Three Strikes … But Not Out

    Personal Background My name is Alfred “Bart” Howe and I am a very lucky guy. I was born 1938 in a small oilfield town in Oklahoma. Mary and I married in 1965 and have two married sons, a grandson and a granddaughter. Mary and I raised our family in Boulder, Colorado and have lived here [...]

  4. Humanizing the Patient Experience

    Diane recently wrote about her friend's experience at Mayo Clinic. Read a few parts of her blog post below. "My good friend recently received the call that a lot of us baby boomers are dreading. Her mother, who had been ill for several weeks, was diagnosed with cancer...First stop, Mayo Clinic, two and a half hours away... [...]

  5. Julie and Faith Glass

    Finding Answers for Faith

    California-native Faith Glass began showing signs of illness at age 2. When local doctors were unable to diagnose her, Faith’s parents, Julie and Bart, turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. In this video, Julie and Faith share their experience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCfR6iDogbs Related Diseases Cancer Related Departments Oncology in Minnesota Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

  6. Of Feathers and "Angels"

    Helen Buescher was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006. Since then, she has traveled several times from her home in northern Minnesota to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for tests, appointments and chemotherapy infusions. Between her Mayo Clinic appointments, Helen receives treatment closer to home, in Grand Rapids, Minn. Last Friday, during one of those infusions, Helen [...]

  7. Many Hands Make Hopeful Work for Nielsen Boys

    "There is something wrong" are words no expectant parent ever wants to hear. And for Ryan and Kathy Nielsen, they came just 20 weeks into Kathy's first pregnancy. The couple was eagerly awaiting the arrival of their child and had been busy getting their home ready. Then, doctors diagnosed their unborn son, Aaron, with congenital [...]

  8. Patricia Wagner

    Living With Myelofibrosis (Part 3 of a 4 part-series)

    by Patricia Wagner Thanks for sticking with me! In this entry, I’ll be talking about what is involved in being your own advocate. I believe that for myself, I would not be alive to write to you now had I not realized that I am in charge – not the professionals whose help I seek. [...]

  9. Patricia Wagner

    Living With Myelofibrosis (Part 2 of a 4 part-series)

    by Patricia Wagner In this entry, I’ll talk about how the disease started and a look into how I was affected. Bear in mind that every case is different and you shouldn’t conclude that you’ll go through the same things I have. My case, in fact, is more dramatic than most. I first suspected that [...]

  10. A Family Member's Point of View

    By Lindsay Engelstad I was not a patient at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, but my mother was. Prior to her going into the hospital, I always hear people say “Go to the Mayo Clinic it is the best place to be if you are sick”. Yeah right, it is a hospital and all hospitals are the [...]

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