Patient stories

  1. Patricia Wagner

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

    By Patricia Wagner In this final entry, I’ll be sharing as one patient to another the complementary practices which have enhanced my total health. I am most grateful to the M.D.s who treat me, as I’m sure most of you are. I do not look to them for everything, however. I personally have benefited from [...]

  2. A Scarf and a Blessing

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently visited Mayo Clinic and gave a special presentation on resilience through mindfulness. The below story takes place during his visit to Mayo Clinic last year... When Troy Keach, Mayo Clinic Education Administration, brought his 10-year-old daughter, Hannah, to the hospital one day during spring, 2011, he was expecting a [...]

  3. Cindy

    Saving Lives by Recruiting Marrow Donors

    Carolyn “Ceci” Christenson, age 18, of Gilbert, Ariz., has already survived a rare, life-threatening blood disorder and become a high-powered recruiter for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Her experience inspires Christenson to speak out for patients whose hope for a cure resembles a high-stakes lottery. In December 2011, she appeared on CBS’s “The Early [...]

  4. Tom Sherrard

    Family Pressure Brings Timely Treatment

    Tom Sherrard often told his wife, Kris, that they really needed to spend more time in Minnesota. Tom has vacationed in Northern Minnesota ever since he was a youngster. Today he, Kris, and daughters Megan and Sarah continue to vacation at the family summer home, where they enjoy boating, fishing, and all the lake has [...]

  5. Dianne Rhein

    Mayo: My Best Hope for Treating My Rare Cancer

    Mayo Clinic had already been a source of invaluable consultations for my long-time autoimmune Sjogren’s Syndrome and for genetic counseling to ascertain potential genetic predisposition for the autoimmune conditions, cardiomyopathy and cancer that populated my family tree. But late in 2008, skilled staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., greatly increased the odds that I’d [...]

  6. "It really should be called The Mayo Family"

    Andrew Mork is being treated at Mayo Clinic for juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spinal cord. Andrew's mother, Corrie, shared their Mayo Clinic last summer via e-mail, and they also decided to tell about their experience via video when Andrew was in Rochester for appointments. Mrs. Mork's e-mail is below, along [...]

  7. Robotic Head and Neck Surgery

    Surgeons at Mayo Clinic have developed a new robotic procedure performed through the mouth (transorally) to treat cancers of the tongue base and tonsils. Mayo Clinic is one of the few medical centers in the United States offering this surgery, and Mayo physicians have extensive experience in the procedure. In this video, Doctors Kerry Olsen, [...]

  8. Mayo Clinic made it possible for my grandchild to have a grandmother

    Where do I start in my cancer journey?? I guess at the beginning!! It all started with a “bump” on the inside of my ankle that I ignored because it was the same color as my skin and didn’t hurt. But as weeks went by, it started to grow. I still didn’t think much of [...]

  9. Karen Brown

    Breast Cancer Treatment: It’s a Project and You are the Project Manager

    Written by Karen Brown, Ph.D., Professor of Operations and Project Management, Thunderbird School of Global Management Anyone facing or experiencing cancer treatment can relate to the idea that it’s a project: a set of coordinated activities aimed at a goal. There are actually two goals involved: 1) make it through treatment in the best physical [...]

  10. Caitlyn Potter

    Melanoma can Happen to Anyone

    By Caitlyn Potter When I was 17, I was diagnosed with stage one skin cancer. My primary care doctor, Dr. Sonia Lenzmeier has been checking my skin since I was 15 years old.  On one of my office visits, she noticed two odd shaped moles in the middle of my upper back. She recommended taking [...]

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