Patient stories

  1. Arden and dog, Happy

    Seizure-free after new surgery

    One of Arden Berge's most surprising discoveries while he was a graduate student in meteorology had nothing to do with the weather. "I'd been lying on the bed reading, and all of a sudden I looked up and there were paramedics standing over me," says Berge. He'd soon learn why. He'd had a seizure, and [...]

  2. Erica Egge

    Epilepsy, Brain Surgery and then, Seizure-Free

    We scurried like mice across the street under the cover of darkness, hugging the side of the St. Mary building when we reached it to block the wind as it gusted at 22 below zero. The light from the entrance door called like a beacon, and when we reached it all I could do was [...]

  3. Dan Stietz

    "Overcoming" Paralysis

    This submission came via email from P.J. Stietz, a Mayo Clinic employee: My husband and I just recently marked the sixth anniversary of the accident that paralyzed him. It was Mayo that came to his rescue, patched him up and got him ready to face the world again. We owe a great debt to the [...]

  4. Wendy Cook

    Teamwork helps nurse find relief from rare tumor

    Wendy Cook was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis as a child, which has caused many small tumors to grow on various nerves throughout her life. Only one required surgery and none caused her significant pain. But that changed when she began experiencing pain in her right buttock. Eventually, the pain became so intense that she scheduled an [...]

  5. Ali is seizure free and still dancing

    When Ali Nowotny was just 15, she began to“blank out.” It was summer of 2006, and she was working as a waitress in her hometown of Rapid City, S.D. The episodes occurred about once a month, and left her “spaced out” for several minutes, slurred her speech and gave her headaches. Ali shrugged them off. [...]

  6. Jill Camirand: Off and Running

    Jill Camirand likes to keep moving. When she finished college in New Hampshire the first thing she did was get on a train and go. She didn’t have a particular destination in mind, she just wanted to see where it would take her. Now some 10 years later Jill lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is [...]

  7. Susan Grant and Cindy Dilks

    Mayo Clinic Patient Creates Documentary to Educate Others on Frontotemporal Dementia

    In Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), areas of your brain (the frontal lobe and temporal lobe) shrink, causing progressive speech, language, personality and behavior problems, as well as a decline in your thinking and reasoning skills (cognitive skills). It is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer's disease, but FTD tends to occur at a [...]

  8. Joey's Hope - Part 4 of 4

    Previously: "Joey's Hope - Part 1 of 4", "Joey's Hope - Part 2 of 4", and "Joey's Hope - Part 3 of 4" ...Because this was an exciting brand new medication the local news station interviewed Joel several times throughout the twelve week treatment period. The video clips of the news stories, where Joel and [...]

  9. Chicago woman grateful to see Mayo Clinic doctor

    Treatment for neurological condition restores her vision Grace Jeffers was happy – really happy – to see her physician, Brian Weinshenker, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologist. Jeffers has neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a rare neurological disorder that attacks cells in the optic nerve and spinal cord. The disease took her vision. At Mayo Clinic, it was [...]

  10. Sean Murphy on the ski slopes

    Relief for pain caused by Chiari type I malformation

    When Sean Murphy's chronic headaches set in, they first bothered him after physical exertion, then after a stressful day at work. Within months, the headaches were constant, always localized in the back of his head. The pain became debilitating. Murphy consulted his family doctor and was referred to a neurologist. His hometown physicians were stumped. [...]

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