Patient stories

  1. A good team on her side

    Jane Fausel has always believed in taking care of her health. She loves working in the earth at her north-central Phoenix home, does water aerobics and Chinese breathing exercises, has never smoked. So she was shocked by the diagnosis she received in January 2007. "Around Christmas, I started coughing severely," Jane recalls. "At first, I [...]

  2. Nicotine Dependence Residential Treatment Program - John's Experience

    It's one of those things that at least for me, even when I was leaving to go to Rochester back in 2008, I really had little hope the program would work for me. I smoked 2+ packs a day for 25+ years, and it's not an easy thing to let go. In my mind it gave [...]

  3. Young girl with complicated health problems grows up seeing Mayo as second home

    Hello: I am Carolyn of Missouri.  I have long been a patient of Mayo Clinic since about 1942 and am still a patient visiting about every 3 months. Sometime after I was born, we moved to Glendale…that is where we lived when I took sick at the age of about 20 months.  The Dr. there treated me [...]

  4. Sharing My Experience at Mayo Clinic

    Written by Catherine A. Zeder: The purpose of writing this story is to share with those suffering from medical problems is that “If in doubt, check it out”.   I strongly urge patients to be proactive about their health care. One of the world’s greatest medical facilities is right here in Minnesota. Mayo Clinic has many [...]

  5. Harmonica Helps Pulmonary and Lung-Transplant Patients Breath Easier

    After surviving two separate lung transplant procedures in 2005 and 2008, musician Larry Rawdon is sharing new ways of healing through music with other patients at Mayo Clinic in Florida. It was, after all, music that led him to Mayo Clinic and aided in his recovery after he was diagnosed in 2002 with idiopathic pulmonary [...]

  6. Mayo Clinic patient Shirley Thompson, recipient of a double lung transplant

    An Unexpected Miracle from Down the Hallway

    Sometimes miracles happen when you least expect them. No one believes that more than Fleming Island, Florida resident Shirley Thompson, whose tale of how she received two new lungs while in a medically induced coma at Mayo Clinic hospital in Florida isn’t exactly the typical scenario. The 48-year old married, mother of two was first [...]

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