Patient stories

  1. Madeline Stockbridge: My Mayo Clinic Story

    Editor's Note: Madeline Stockbridge submitted this story by email after receiving the print edition of the Sharing Mayo Clinic newsletter. She wrote "After reading the latest issue of Sharing Mayo Clinic, I had to submit my story. Ning Chieng's words 'The sky seems bluer and the air smells fresher.' were exactly what I said to [...]

  2. Marlys Fox and her husband Vince

    Marlys Fox beats cancer death sentence…by 45 years

    By Susan Pepperdine "My doctor came in, and in his best Marcus Welby voice told me I was going to die,” Marlys Fox vividly remembers. She was just 32 years old, so “I wasn’t going to take that sitting down. When I immediately announced, ‘I’m going to Mayo Clinic,’ he told me that they would [...]

  3. Jorge Rivera

    Life-saving surgery provides a second chance

    Jorge Rivera raised his cell phone and took a self-portrait that showed an almost imperceptible scar on his neck. Rivera, an administrative manager at FirstBank in San Juan, Puerto Rico, underwent a new type of surgery at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, to remove his cancerous esophagus and restore his digestive system. Today, he is cancer-free [...]

  4. Laurie Beach

    Rare brain tumor couldn't stop her

    When your body needs water, you feel thirsty and drink. It's a pretty simple concept, but one that no longer works for Laurie Beach. A rare brain tumor left her with adipsic diabetes insipidus, an extremely rare disease that causes the body to lose its thirst response. The tumor — a supra cellar germinoma (or [...]

  5. MaryEllen at chemotherapy

    MaryEllen’s Journey: Coping with a New Reality (Episode 3)

    When you last saw MaryEllen Sheppard in Episode 2, she spoke about how she was beginning to lose her hair. After two rounds of chemotherapy, MaryEllen said  she was beginning to lose clumps at a time. She knew the day was coming.  But the awkwardness of going bald wasn’t what was engulfing her. As her husband Chuck [...]

  6. Sharing with His Radio Family

    Scott Hennen is on the air three hours every weekday on his syndicated radio program based in Fargo, North Dakota. He has had ulcerative colitis since 1997, and on Monday morning is scheduled to have his colon removed at Mayo Clinic. Scott came to Rochester late last week for pre-surgery appointments, and broadcast his show [...]

  7. Anne de Bari

    December 7, 1941 was labeled by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a "Day of Infamy" after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  For my wife, Anne, and me the date was April 13, 2009 when we heard from our family doctor that Anne had metastatic colon cancer.  The most unbelievable thing to us was that she had [...]

  8. MaryEllen Sheppard

    MaryEllen’s Journey - A 5-part breast cancer video series (Episode 1)

    MaryEllen Sheppard knew something was wrong as soon as she felt a thickened patch of skin on her right breast.  She didn’t feel a lump, but knew the change was different enough to get it checked out.  A mammogram and subsequent biopsy caught her by surprise. She had breast cancer. Looking  to share her experience [...]

  9. Morgan Tyner

    Morgan Tyner: Overcoming Brain Cancer

    In the fall of 1990, Morgan Tyner experienced a moment that would change his life forever. While at work, Morgan, a newly practicing dentist, suffered a seizure. After undergoing many tests over the course of several days, he received a very serious and life threatening diagnosis – anaplastic astrocytoma – an aggressive and fast growing [...]

  10. From 'Shock' to Hope – Young Woman Shares Her Breast Cancer Journey

    In her early 30s and with “a wonderful child, wonderful husband and a great career,” Dawn DeCook-Gibson says the last thing she expected was a breast cancer diagnosis. Following the initial shock of the news, Dawn, from Chandler, Arizona, sought out doctors at Mayo Clinic and was guided through her treatment and recovery by Donald [...]

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