Minnesota patient stories

  1. Roxanne Thomas

    Sharing a Love for Running

    My story began in November 1993 when I was referred to Mayo Clinic with two abdominal tumors that were potentially cancerous. No tests indicated cancer, but as I was prepared for surgery, I was told that pathology would examine the tumors. If there was cancer, I might lose one or both kidneys because of the [...]

  2. Dianne Rhein

    Mayo: My Best Hope for Treating My Rare Cancer

    Mayo Clinic had already been a source of invaluable consultations for my long-time autoimmune Sjogren’s Syndrome and for genetic counseling to ascertain potential genetic predisposition for the autoimmune conditions, cardiomyopathy and cancer that populated my family tree. But late in 2008, skilled staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., greatly increased the odds that I’d [...]

  3. Working Your Way Down and Out

    Since a serious car accident in 1998, Chad Hanson has learned a lot about goals and adaptations. As a patient in Mayo Clinic's Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Unit, he remembers the first time he was able to use the joystick on his wheelchair -- his fingers pushing the lever but not strong enough to pull back, [...]

  4. Overcoming Epilepsy

    My name is Rachel Skaug, formerly Rachel Kaalberg, and I used to have epileptic seizures as a child. My seizures started at four months old, which was in 1988, and lasted until I was 10 years old, in 1998. I am from Madison, Wis. Much of my testing happened at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. I [...]

  5. Sharing with His Radio Family

    Scott Hennen is on the air three hours every weekday on his syndicated radio program based in Fargo, North Dakota. He has had ulcerative colitis since 1997, and on Monday morning is scheduled to have his colon removed at Mayo Clinic. Scott came to Rochester late last week for pre-surgery appointments, and broadcast his show [...]

  6. Cecilia Vangorp

    Multifocal motor neuropathy

    Cecilia Van Gorp woke one morning to find that she had lost movement in her right hand. "I immediately called the doctor, fearing I had had a stroke," says Van Gorp. A visit with her doctor ruled out a stroke. Several appointments with specialists and numerous tests followed, but didn't bring her any closer to [...]

  7. Beads of Courage

    We are proud to say that the Pediatric Oncology Nurses/Nurse Practitioners implemented the Beads of Courage Program at Mayo Clinic using money received from the Kids Cup in 2008.  The program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families dealing with a serious illness.  The children tell their story of treatment [...]

  8. Victoria Jackson

    From Mascara to Medicine: A Mom on a Mission

    When their daughter was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) in June 2008, the world turned upside down for cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson and infomercial pioneer Bill Guthy. The diagnosing physician told them, "you know, if this were my child, I'd be going to Mayo Clinic." And that's exactly what they did. In the video below, [...]

  9. Melissa Bruesehoff

    Surgery puts an end to life-limiting epilepsy seizures

    Melissa Bruesehoff is a wife, mother, teacher and church council member — titles that for many years she couldn't imagine claiming. Bruesehoff was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 4 years old, and complications from the condition prevented her from experiencing many things that most people take for granted. "During my school and college years, [...]

  10. Josh Johnson

    Teen back in action after neurosurgery for spinal cord tumor

    In early 2009, Josh Johnson's parents thought their 14-year-old's back was likely sore from a few falls he'd taken while snowboarding competitively. They live in Afton, Minn. and Josh spends his winters snowboarding and his summers wakeboarding. However, after a couple months of complaining, they knew it must be something more. Josh couldn't even bend over [...]

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