Patient stories

  1. Back to normal after potentially disabling knee injury

    The below article comes from our Sharing Mayo Clinic print publication: Jake Kranz, a senior at the University of Minnesota, recently rode the longest, tallest zip line in the world and climbed a volcano during a trip to Costa Rica. Any college student would be grateful for the chance to have such adventures, but Kranz has [...]

  2. A New Approach to a Difficult Cancer Diagnosis

    At age 39, Tom Peroulas was active and fit. Coaching and playing rugby, biking to work in downtown Chicago, and exercising daily kept him in good shape. So when he started noticing pain in his leg, groin and hip, he thought it was probably related to activity. He tried stretching and yoga. He rested it. [...]

  3. Teen Perseveres Surgeries to Straighten Legs

    Last year, when Dr. Amy McIntosh watched me walk down the hall with my extremely bowed legs, it was obvious to her that I needed surgery. Without the surgery, my legs would be subject to joint and knee pain when I got older. It was my senior year in high school, and I was a [...]

  4. Four Words

    This story was submitted by David Kelly from Saint Joseph, Mich. We’ve been a part of the Mayo Experience since 1998. Originally we began our treatment in a Chicago hospital. It was there that our two-year-old daughter, Hannah, had her first biopsy to determine what was causing a lump just below her right wrist. I’ll [...]

  5. Ella Schultz

    Ella Schultz: Thriving with Family and Medical Support

    Even before 6-year-old Ella Schultz was born, she was already a miracle and had beaten many odds. Because Ella's mother, Patty, was 42 years-old when she was considering becoming a parent, and her father, Ernie, had survived cancer, neither were sure they would be able to conceive a child. Fortunately, they were able to become [...]

  6. Goals achieved: Beat cancer, walk again

    When Robert Anderson realized he was facing cancer and a possible amputation of his leg, he wrote down three goals that he still carries in his wallet: Save my life, save my limb and maintain an active lifestyle. Three years later, he's two for three on his list and not looking back. In 2006, Anderson, [...]

  7. Julie Olson

    Nurse finds out what being "hip" is all about

    My story begins in 1998. At the age of 32 I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia. Because I was a breech baby at birth the doctors at home had told me that this was probably the reason why I was having problems. I was having the most pain in my left hip. I first [...]

  8. Wrist Surgery - sharing experience to help others

    Many years ago, I injured my right wrist while working for a previous employer.  At the time, I was told that I had a small cartilage tear.  I wore a splint for a couple of months, and I had a cortisone injection.  I didn’t have any additional problems with the wrist until about a year [...]

  9. Injured At Birth

    Ironically, little Taylor Rose Beauseau experienced what will likely be the most severe injury of her life during her birth. While emerging through her mother's birth canal, her right shoulder became trapped, injuring the nerves that control her right arm. In most cases of brachial plexus injury during birth, the nerves are stretched and infants [...]

  10. Mary Lorraine

    Mayo Clinic Patient from over 70 Years Ago

    Mary Lorraine became a Mayo Clinic patient more than 70 years ago. Listen to her childhood story of coming to Mayo and the opportunity she had to meet both the wife and daughter of renowned Dr. Henry Plummer. She said, "I have always wanted to see some of the history and the modern hospital it [...]

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