The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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  1. 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. [...]

  2. Enjoying a 'New Normal' After Epilepsy Surgery

    A few years ago, Jessica Veach’s life was going according to plan. She’d started her career as an elementary school teacher — a dream she'd had since she was 8 years old — and was settling into married life with her husband, Colin. Jessica was also successfully managing epilepsy, which she had been diagnosed with [...]

  3. Mike Wuest

    Seek and you shall find the answer

    For more than four years, Mike Wuest was troubled by a tic, a twitching in his face that he could not get rid of. It started in his left eye and later moved to his cheek as well. "I assumed the tic was from some stressful events I was going through at work," Wuest says. [...]

  4. Pilocytic Astrocytoma - Andrew Mork - Update

    This is an update to Andrew Mork's story, "It really should be called The Mayo Family", from over a year and a half ago. We have caught back up with both Andrew and his mom for an updated video interview from both of them. Andrew explains the improvement. Andrew's mom, Corrie Mork, reflects on [...]

  5. Carla Huelsmann

    Surgery to treat epilepsy leaves woman seizure-free

    Carla Huelsmann was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she experienced mainly petit mal seizures. Occasionally, she experienced slurred speech and lost her train of thought. Although she disliked having the disease, medication helped keep her seizures to a minimum and allowed Huelsmann to do many of [...]

  6. Caleb Ragaller and his family

    Small Bump becomes Big Problem

    What began as a small, painless bump turned into a grueling 9.5-hour surgery for 3-year-old Caleb Ragaller (now 6). Caleb was born with a nasal dermoid cyst. Because superficial dermoid cysts are typically slow-growing and can be removed without complication, Caleb’s treatment plan appeared to be pretty straightforward. “We would go in for normal checkups [...]

  7. 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. [...]

  8. Stopping the Seizures

    After brain surgery at Mayo Clinic, Xander Torres is a healthy, happy kid "My hand is wiggly." When 4-year-old Xander Torres said these words to his mother, Sarah, she had no idea the long journey they would begin. "To be honest, I didn't think much about it at first," she says. Several weeks went by [...]

  9. Turning off the Tremors -- Deep Brain Stimulation Helps Patient Enjoy Little Things Again

    Mary Daugherty just wanted to sit still. For nearly four decades, the 73-year-old experienced tremors in her hands, arms and head. In 2014, she decided to do something about it. Mary’s journey began when she was in her mid-30s and started to notice a slight trembling in her upper extremities. “I thought I just got [...]

  10. From ‘Pick a Plot’ to Watching His Son Graduate

    Read time: 4 minutes Written by Ron Christian “Pick a plot and get your papers in order, you’ll be dead in a month.” That’s what the local neurosurgeon said. Those words served as my wake-up call. While my wife wept, I became angry. We had three very young children, and I was determined to see [...]

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Sept. 18, 2015