Patient stories

  1. Celebrating a 5-year milestone after breast cancer diagnosis

    Pansy Parker of Goodyear, Ariz., has been celebrating her cancer-free “five-year-mark” with a little partying and a lot of faith. “I just thank God so much for the five-year benchmark,” said the ebullient 73-year-old, who threw a party and invited her Mayo treatment team to celebrate her five-year survivorship. “For patients, the five-year mark is [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Ricky Rinehart

    Cancer Survivor Bikes the Desert to Deliver Donation

    To celebrate his “first birthday” after treatment for esophageal cancer, Ricky Rinehart, 54, rode his bike to Mayo Clinic — 213 miles across the desert from his home in Yuma to Phoenix, Ariz. Thirteen friends, family and co-workers joined him for the two-day ride last October. They delivered more than $10,000 in donations for cancer [...]

  4. 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., [...]

  5. Morgan Tyner

    Morgan Tyner: Overcoming Brain Cancer

    In the fall of 1990, Morgan Tyner experienced a moment that would change his life forever. While at work, Morgan, a newly practicing dentist, suffered a seizure. After undergoing many tests over the course of several days, he received a very serious and life threatening diagnosis – anaplastic astrocytoma – an aggressive and fast growing [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. 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... [...]

  8. 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

  9. 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 [...]

  10. Adventures of a 31-year-old Pancreatic Cancer Survivor

    Dorylee Baez lives fearlessly. Whether flying down a zip line or organizing a pancreatic cancer patient group in Puerto Rico, she plunges into life with zest. The 31-year-old academic advisor at Universidad del Este in Carolina, Puerto Rico, is known as someone who is tenacious, overcoming whatever obstacles get in her way to achieve and [...]

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