Minnesota patient stories

  1. Hayley Lairmore

    Hayley's POTS Story: Getting Answers at Mayo Clinic

    Editor's Note: The following was written by Christine Lairmore of Lake Arrowhead, California. When our daughter, Hayley, turned 14 on March 8, 2009, we took her to Disneyland to celebrate. After a day full of riding rides and eating junk food, she woke up vomiting and kept vomiting all night long and all the next [...]

  2. Jacob Harpel's Thanksgiving Story

    Eight-year-old Jacob Harpel from Glencoe, Minn., was diagnosed with a plum-sized brain tumor the day before Thanksgiving last year. He had aggressive brain surgery at Mayo Clinic in August to remove the tumor; with the surgery he had a 50% chance of losing his peripheral vision on one side and a 50% chance of speech [...]

  3. Joel Saunders

    Joey's Hope - Part 2 of 4

    Previously: "Joey's Hope - Part 1 of 4" ...Joel was gone to surgery and then to recovery on Friday from about 6:30 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m. He was moved to the ninth floor of the Mary Brigh building in ICU. Dr. Bledsoe talked with Kimberly and advised that the surgery went well. Although [...]

  4. Life Restored for Patient at Mayo Clinic

    Kenneth Piehl describes the intense pain he felt from extensive blood clots in his legs and the overwhelming feelings of, 'joy and pride' he shared with the Mayo Clinic staff, who successfully administered his Mechanical Thrombectomy procedure. Mayo Clinic's Robert McBane II, M.D. explains the path to what Kenneth calls, "A life restored."

  5. From the mailbag...

    A patient writes: I am Cynthia Smith and was recently a patient at Mayo. I have written the following story to share... Thanks to Dr. Link, and the entire Mayo staff, I am now pain free from 7 years of excruciating tongue and facial pain. I suffered from glossopharyngeal neuralgia (severe tongue pain) and trigeminal [...]

  6. The Flu, a Grocery Store Clinic and a Mayo Clinic Nurse May Have Saved My Life

    My head pounded incessantly. With every sip of water, I felt like I was swallowing razor blades. I coughed and wheezed so hard that my stomach muscles ached. But as sick as I was, this would be one of my healthiest days, because a visit with a vigilant nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic may have [...]

  7. Cancer Patient Experiences Football as Healing

    Below is an except from a blogpost written by Karon Hanson on the Healing As A Sacred Path blog. "[He] received more rounds of chemo earlier this Fall, and when it was found the cancer was still progressing, he enrolled in a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic, testing a promising immunotherapy drug, hoping that [...]

  8. Michelle Ernsdorff

    Compass to Care: The Mike & Sandy Ernsdorff Childhood Cancer Foundation

    In 1974, 14-month old Michelle Ernsdorff was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Michelle's hometown pediatricians in Dubuque, Iowa, had little experience treating a child with Wilm's, so her parents, Mike and Sandy Ermsdorff, began searching for other options. They soon learned that Mayo Clinic was hosting a [...]

  9. Garrison Keillor's "Brush with Mortality"

    Syndicated columnist and radio host Garrison Keillor shares his story of a recent stroke in his Chicago Tribune column, published today: The doctor who saw me in the ER wrote in her report: "nice 67 y.o. male, flat affect, awake, alert and appropriate." I had appeared with slurred speech and a balloon in my head, [...]

  10. Gratitude, and the Voice of Experience

    Mark Pearce jokes that, "If something's going to happen, it's going to happen to me." That sentiment isn't hard to understand in someone who has had eight joint replacements (knees, hips and shoulders – some more than once), has been cardioverted 18 times to restore normal heart rhythm, and had surgery for a brain tumor. [...]

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