The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Outdoors Enthusiast Uses Exercise to Curb Early Onset Parkinson's Disease

    ? Mountain biker, hiker and skier Robert Berlin, M.D., was just 53 when he began experiencing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Today, thanks to health care tailored to his lifestyle, he remains active and optimistic. Dr. Robert Berlin can tick off a nearly 50-mile bicycle ride in a single afternoon. He can climb a 1600-foot-mountain and [...]

  2. Neurosurgery Frees Peggy Lang From Constant Pain

    Diagnosed with a rare condition that affected her neck muscles, Peggy Lang suffered for years with debilitating headaches, tremors and dizzy spells. But surgery at Mayo Clinic relieved her symptoms, allowing her to enjoy life once again. Many of us might take curling up in a chair and reading a book for granted. Not Peggy [...]

  3. Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic Changes a Nurse's Destiny

    Distressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons. December 2016 brought an end to an eight-day period in Jessica Kenser's life that was bookended by events both devastating and astounding. That span of days began with the news [...]

  4. Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future

    After suffering her first epileptic seizure at just 10 days of age, Grace Chan required six separate brain surgeries as surgeons worked to remove the harmful tissue that was causing her seizures. Ten days after giving birth, Christina Chen, M.D., was feeding her newborn daughter, Grace, when the young child's arms and head suddenly began [...]

  5. A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix

    Steve Grinstead was eager to resolve a medical condition causing troubling symptoms. Physicians around the country turned him down for surgery. His team at Mayo Clinic found?a solution that put him on the road to recovery. Steve Grinstead knows how to handle dangerous situations. For more than 20 years, the Winnabow, North Carolina, resident has [...]

  6. Stroke of Luck ? Quick Response and New Treatment Keep Curtis Wood in the Game

    Quick assessment and expert care are key to successful stroke treatment. Curtis Wood benefitted from both through Mayo Clinic's Comprehensive Stroke Center. The last thing Curtis Wood remembers before waking up in the hospital was trying to close a bag of bagels. On Jan. 27, 2016, the Titusville, Florida, resident went to a local hardware [...]

  7. Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title ? Brain Cancer Survivor

    A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn?t know was that she?d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here's Nicole's story, in her own words. Written by Nicole Barlanti My world changed on April 11, 2013. It was a Thursday. Before [...]

  8. Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

    To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size. Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic [...]

  9. Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

    As a talented wedding photographer, the pain of cervical stenosis with a herniated disc left Darrell Deutz, age 59, searching for solutions. "I've photographed over a thousand weddings in my life," says Darrell, who owns his own studio based in Fargo, North Dakota. "A lot of photographers don't like the pressure. There is no second [...]

  10. Racing Ahead to a New Career After a Brain Injury

    Just four months after being in a coma, Mike Short was crawling through tunnels, jumping over fiery logs, and scaling walls as part of a 5K race known as a "rugged maniac." The Georgia native owes his ability to participate in the race to the neurocritical care team at Mayo Clinic that helped him recover [...]

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