Patient stories

  1. James Donnelly

    Cancer & Coordinated Approach to Care

    Professor  had a feeling in his throat area for months, but was told not to worry about it. After two to three years it hadn't gotten better. Though he had no pain, his speech was beginning to slur, and he was referred to another doctor. The second doctor diagnosed the cancer and described the surgery [...]

  2. MaryEllen’s Journey: Hope Returns (Final Episode)

    The moment finally came. But it was an uneasy one at first. MaryEllen Sheppard was about to receive her last round of chemotherapy at Mayo Clinic, with friends and family by her side. But as her loved ones and her nurses cheered her on, a wave of emotion hit this mom with nerves of steel. [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. To Test or Not to Test - Genetics, That Is

    So I wonder if anyone else spent part of Tuesday, May 14, 2013, pondering what they would do. Would they take the test to learn if they were at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer? What if it came back positive? What decision would they make – to keep their breasts and uterus or [...]

  5. Kim Loving

    Breast Cancer Patient Runs Marathon on Diagnosis Anniversary to Inspire Others

    Running a 26.2 mile marathon is a fulfilling experience for anyone. Doing so on the first anniversary of your breast cancer diagnosis makes it even more special. When 40-year old Kim Loving of St. Augustine, Florida learned she had estrogen positive HER-2 breast cancer on February 15, 2008, she realized she didn't have time to [...]

  6. Donna Termont

    Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center - Donna Termont

    Donna Termont shares her experience at the Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center. Donna tells her story about hair loss due to the side effects of chemotherapy and how the Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center helped her through the physical and emotional side effects of her treatments. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh-3eqclFkE Related Diseases [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. Make Good Things Come From Bad

    During a hospitalization for pneumonia more than 20 years ago in her hometown of Barrington, IL, Ilse Hein received very frightening news: she had multiple myeloma. Initially she understood that she had a skin cancer (a melanoma), though she soon learned that multiple myeloma was actually very different: a complex cancer of the bone marrow. [...]

  9. Joel Saunders

    Joey's Hope - Part 2 of 4

    Previously: "Joey's Hope - Part 1 of 4" ...Joel was gone to surgery and then to recovery on Friday from about 6:30 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m. He was moved to the ninth floor of the Mary Brigh building in ICU. Dr. Bledsoe talked with Kimberly and advised that the surgery went well. Although [...]

  10. Cynthia Amendt

    Forever a teacher

    Whether instructing art classes or modeling for students, Cynthia Amendt has always been a teacher. When she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma — a deadly brain tumor — Cynthia thought her teaching days might be over. Then she joined a clinical trial at Mayo Clinic and now realizes she's received her most important teaching assignment [...]

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