Patient stories

  1. A Life Restored

    This submission came via email from Marilyn Bates, a Mayo Clinic patient. Bulbs crack the soil as sleet clears from Pittsburgh streets. Spring is almost here or so I think. Not so in Rochester, Minnesota, where my sister and I journey along I-90 to the Mayo Clinic. Here, plains are snow-swept and box elders border [...]

  2. A first of its kind surgery

    Three years ago, when Janis Ollson, now 32, was pregnant with her second child, she experienced agonizing back pain. But, unlike the back pain she had during her first pregnancy with daughter Braxtyn, this time the pain would not subside. “I was desperate for relief,” says Ollson. Five months into the pregnancy she could no [...]

  3. Jayson Werth's Mayo Clinic Story

    When Jayson Werth was struck on the wrist by a pitch during the first spring training game of 2005 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he began an odyssey to overcome the injury and return to his promising career in major league baseball. Now Jayson is a member of the World Champion Philadelphia [...]

  4. Mysterious Symptoms and then…Diagnosis: Still’s Disease

    For many months, Bethany Pautsch’s symptoms were a mystery to the doctors she was seeing in Chicago. When she was told she would need a hip replacement without knowing the cause of the symptoms and deterioration of her joints, she came to Mayo Clinic, where a doctor quickly diagnosed her as having: Still’s Disease. Listen [...]

  5. Leah and her horse

    Running has Leah Running Ahead of Schedule

    Leah's story as told by her mom, Karen . . . There is a lot that has gone into Leah’s journey and recovery from POTS. She suffered for several years before finally being diagnosed in February 2005 at the age of 13. At the initial diagnosis and over the years, we were optimistic that she [...]

  6. "We're calling it 'Planet Mayo,' it's so unlike any other medical institution"

    Albert and Mary Errato came to Mayo Clinic in February 2009 when Mary was facing another major operation. After a series of infections and complications, Mary's foot had been amputated in 2007 at an orthopedic hospital in New York City. She was scheduled for another operation, this time to possibly extend the amputation from mid-calf, [...]

  7. Brooke Hayes

    Custom surgery creates normal hips for 30-year-old

    This spring, Brooke Hayes traveled to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, taking in the music of Jimmy Buffett, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Lauryn Hill and Better Than Ezra. The trip was remarkable for this previously well-traveled young woman from Ormond Beach, Fla. Hayes’ suitcases had been empty and idle because of her severe [...]

  8. Ron Woodside: Resilient tornado Survivor

    The giant couldn’t crush Ron Woodside’s spirit. The giant — an EF4 tornado that dropped from the sky on June 17, 2010 — destroyed his home and took away the irreplaceable — his wife of 18 years. But Woodside, 77, has survived and thrived. Ron and Kathy Woodside lived in rural Albert Lea, Minn., and [...]

  9. The Hippy Sisters in front of Rochester Methodist Hospital

    Revisiting The Hippy Sisters: A Story of Hope, Healing and Having Fun

    The Hippy Sisters held their 5th Annual HipCheck & ChickFest at the end of August, 2010. They all received good news from their beloved Dr. Berry and spent the rest of the time celebrating their friendship and pain-free lives.  They made sure they went out dancing, because now they can! Some patient support groups are developed [...]

  10. Thumbs-Up After Successful Thumb Reattachment

    Anistasia Smith and her mother, Bridgette Grunewald, give a big thumbs-up to Brian Carlsen, M.D., and the team at Mayo Clinic who cared for the then 4-year-old in February 2011. Anistasia’s left thumb had been severed in a recliner chair. “Anistasia was asleep, cuddling on her grandma’s chest. When the recliner was brought to an [...]

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