Minnesota patient stories

  1. Walking Easy Again After Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

    After a 37-year career at a petroleum company, Dan Hofferber was looking forward to retirement. But in 2014, Dan started having trouble with one of his legs. The muscle in his left thigh would tighten up, causing unbearable pain that made it hard to walk. ?I was used to walking a mile or two, and [...]

  2. Despite Two Aortic Aneurysms, Dennis Brennan Living the Life he Loves

    Dennis Brennan met Albert Hakaim, M.D., a vascular surgeon at Mayo Clinic?s Florida campus, in January 2008. Then 73 years old and living in Ft. Meyers, Florida, Dennis had just learned that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm ? a weakened and enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta, the main artery that [...]

  3. Mayo Medical Volunteers Find Perspective by Changing Lives in Ecuador

    For years, Kallie Howerton and Kate Hudson had been listening to Kate Welp talk about the mission trips to Ecuador she organizes every year. The nurses work together on the Cardiovascular Surgery Progressive Care unit at Mayo Clinic Hospital ? Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. ?My preceptor planted the seed,? says Howerton, who has worked at [...]

  4. Teen Returns to the Range With Help From Mayo Clinic?s Pain Rehabilitation Center

    ?Mom, I?m going out!? Today this phrase rings through the Gramm home on a regular basis as 16-year-old Josie Gramm heads outside to work with horses at the family?s ranch near Glendive, Montana. An enthusiastic ranch hand who loves being with animals, Josie spends as much time as she can outdoors. For almost a year, [...]

  5. Successful Brain Cancer Surgery Puts Sunshine Back in a Young Mom?s World

    When Tyson Cluever, a 32-year-old mother of two from Benson, Minnesota, learned that she had an aggressive brain cancer, her first thought was of her children. At just nine months and five years old, her sons stood to lose one of the most important people in their lives if she were to share the fate [...]

  6. Teen Receives Thorough, Compassionate Care Before, During and After a Heart Transplant at Mayo Clinic

    When most people think of their happy place, they envision something like a warm, sunny beach or a cozy mountain cabin. But when Lisa Fairbairn thinks about a place that gives her comfort, Mayo Clinic?s Rochester campus comes to mind. She?s happiest there because it?s where her son Chase was given a second chance. Not [...]

  7. Sharing Part of His Liver, Brother-in-Law Offers Something Greater: A Future

    Isaac Jackson was living a peaceful life, with?a large, loving family, a successful law practice, and lifelong friends, when in early 2014, his life changed dramatically. In January, Isaac began feeling sick whenever he ate. A visit to his primary care doctor in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon, led to an initial diagnosis of gallstones. [...]

  8. Complex Diagnosis Reshapes a College Student?s Future

    When Reilly Steidle came to Mayo Clinic in the summer of 2013 at the age of 20, she brought with her two rolling suitcases full of medical paperwork and a hope that the physicians could make sense of the recurring headaches, chronic fatigue and widespread pain she?d been dealing with for two years. Reilly had [...]

  9. ?Never Stop Fighting. Never Give Up? Becomes Mantra on Long Road to Better Health

    Stacy Neumayer was a teenager when she received her first kidney transplant. Her health problems began when she was 4 years old. Over time, Stacy developed a condition called glomerulonerphritis, which causes inflammation in the tiny pockets of the kidneys that help remove excess fluid, electrolytes and waste from the bloodstream. The illness affected Stacy?s [...]

  10. Changing Minds While Learning to Live With Epilepsy

    The first time Tehya Mrotek had a seizure during class, she had just begun high school. Most of the faculty and staff at Stewartville High School didn?t know how to respond to Tehya?s condition. The school nurse recognized what had happened, however. The nurse explained it to Tehya when she regained consciousness from her tonic-clonic [...]

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