Patient stories

  1. Transitional Care team helps Sandy Dyson get back on the dance floor

    If Proud Mary is playing, Sandy Dyson wants to be dancing. But last spring, it looked like Dyson’s dancing days might be behind her. After knee replacement surgery, the 71-year-old Kennebec, S.D., resident was in so much pain that just walking seemed like punishment. Thanks to a “wickedly good team” of rehabilitation specialists in the Mayo [...]

  2. Amanda Mattheisen

    Patient’s Valentine’s Day Engagement provides an Inspiring Example for Others

    Amanda Mattheisen has endured chronic back pain since a car accident thirteen years ago. At times, the pain was so bad it controlled her life. Surgeries and drug treatments brought no relief. Eventually, Mattheisen turned to Mayo Clinic’s two-day Pain Rehabilitation Program, a program designed to help people whose pain cannot be cured to learn [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. C.A.N. Do Anything

    On October 16, 2010, Chris Norton, a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, was playing in a varsity football game when a special teams play left him with a fractured neck and compressed spinal cord. The incident resulted in him having no feeling below the area. After surgery, the physicians at Mayo Clinic informed [...]

  5. "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, [...]

  6. Rehab Program Helps Texas Teen Learn to Manage Chronic Pain

    Austin Horton’s adolescence was dominated by pain. More than a dozen specialists — among them an orthopedist, rheumatologist, pain doctor, psychiatrist and acupuncturist — couldn’t offer much relief or even a definitive reason for the pain. Relief finally came from the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. “It helped me get my [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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, [...]

  10. New Device Helps Man Who ‘Forgets’ to Breathe

    His whole life, David Vannausdle, 32, of Granger, Iowa, has been tethered to some type of breathing device for at least some part of the day or night.  Without external assistance, his body “forgets” to breathe. He was born with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome, also referred to as Ondine’s curse. Essentially, the brain fails to [...]

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