Minnesota patient stories

  1. Dr. Michael Ackerman and Stefani

    A Prom Promise Kept

    As an 8-year-old girl from Michigan was headed into surgery for a heart transplant, she asked Mike Ackerman -- a pediatric cardiology fellow at Mayo who was part of her care team -- if she was going to live. Dr. Ackerman said, "Of course you're going to live, and I'm going to dance with you [...]

  2. Robotic Head and Neck Surgery

    Surgeons at Mayo Clinic have developed a new robotic procedure performed through the mouth (transorally) to treat cancers of the tongue base and tonsils. Mayo Clinic is one of the few medical centers in the United States offering this surgery, and Mayo physicians have extensive experience in the procedure. In this video, Doctors Kerry Olsen, [...]

  3. Carla Huelsmann

    Surgery to treat epilepsy leaves woman seizure-free

    Carla Huelsmann was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she experienced mainly petit mal seizures. Occasionally, she experienced slurred speech and lost her train of thought. Although she disliked having the disease, medication helped keep her seizures to a minimum and allowed Huelsmann to do many of [...]

  4. Proton Beam Therapy Gives Young Girl Good Prognosis Despite (Frightening) Diagnosis

    It's one thing to teach compassionate communication. It's another thing altogether to be on the receiving end of, "Your daughter has cancer." Learn how proton beam therapy gave Sherry Chesak, Ph.D., and her family hope.  Sherry Chesak, Ph.D., is a program director in Education and Professional Development at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus, and has worked [...]

  5. Ann and Jerry Beasley

    Blood type doesn't stand in the way of donating a kidney to her husband

    Despite a "lifelong aversion to needles and anything medical," Ann Beasley was eager to donate a kidney when she learned her husband, Jerry, needed a kidney transplant. Then she learned their blood types didn't match, and further, that Jerry's type O blood would limit available candidates. Anxious about their options, the couple went to Mayo [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. Grateful Family Says Mayo Clinic Care and Ketogenic Diet Brought Their Son Back To Them

    Less than a year ago, four-year-old Max Irvine was having hundreds of seizures a day … he couldn't walk, talk or chew his food. A previously healthy and active preschooler, Max has epilepsy. The Irvines were told by one epilepsy specialist that their son would become mentally incompetent from his seizures. Thankfully, they refused to [...]

  8. Ann Strom

    Back to Her “New Normal”

    As a 14-year-old, Ann Strom understandably had knots in her stomach about starting her freshman year of high school. These knots, however, did not go away. Following several weeks of abdominal pain, Strom and her parents began to suspect that her upset stomach was more than the result of nervousness or flu. After a series [...]

  9. Dr. J. Campbell with book

    Physician Documents his Cancer Survival, Grateful to Mayo Clinic

    I am Dr. J. Kemper Campbell, an ophthalmologist from Lincoln, Nebraska. I noted a small asymptomatic mass on the right side of my neck in December 2006. When needle biopsy established it to be a poorly differentiated metastatic cancer of unknown origin, I asked a colleague for a referral to the institution best equipped to [...]

  10. Jayden Gonzalez and his parents

    Toddler diagnosed with aggressive brain tumor

    Viola and Felipe Gonzalez were stunned when their youngest son's persistent flu-like symptoms were diagnosed as a brain tumor. The vomiting, holding his head while crying and unsteadiness weren't just a toddler's brush with the flu bug. A CT scan at the local pediatrician's office showed a mass the size of a quarter on Jayden's [...]

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