International patient stories

  1. 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 [...]

  2. John Henderson

    Thoroughness is credited by Canadian for early Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

    John Henderson of British Columbia is a details man: a Chartered Accountant for whom accuracy and thoroughness are paramount. So while health care is excellent in Canada, about 15 years ago Mr. Henderson, now 62, decided his routine check-ups were not as thorough as they should be for a man approaching 50. "Every time I [...]

  3. Crystal M: My Mayo Clinic Story

    Crystal M writes from North Carolina: I saw the invitation to share your story in the newsletter and thought that I would share mine with you. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner in hospitalist medicine, working in an approximate 150 bed facility in North Carolina. At the age of 23 I was diagnosed with Hypertrophic [...]

  4. Hussein Hatata

    International Praise for Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center

    Meet Mr. Hussein Hatata, lung cancer survivor, who praises the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependency Center for helping him to quit smoking. Related Diseases Lung Cancer Related Departments Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependency Center

  5. Daniela with her brothers and sister

    A Miracle for Daniela

    Photo: Daniela, pictured top left, enjoys time with her brothers and sister at our home in Ecuador after her procedure at Mayo Clinic. Written by her parents, Juan and Victoria (Ecuador): My wife Victoria has always believed in miracles. I also believe in miracles, but I thought they only happened to somebody else, not us.  [...]

  6. Andrew and Trish Ashworth

    New bladder and a renewed joy of life

    As a semi-retired financier living with his wife on the Isle of Man, Andrew Ashworth is used to frequent travels around the world. Rochester, Minnesota was not on his map until Spring 2009, when he visited a local hospital on the British island for a stomach complaint. He suspected gallstones, which his doctor did find, [...]

  7. Benny Andújar

    Early Detection Key for Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus

    Benny Andújar has traveled a long way from his native Utuado, Puerto Rico, to tell an important story. “Cancer doesn’t always send a warning,” Andújar says about his experience with a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus.  A routine endoscopy gave him the information he needed to unmask esophageal cancer before it developed.  “When they did [...]