Minnesota patient stories

  1. Long day's journey into light

    From my office window where I work in Education at Mayo Clinic, I see the massive Gonda Building.  And from nine in the morning until noon, the sunlight reflects off the windows, revealing the scene inside, and I watch it unfold before me. Patients sit and doze in the sunlight, people walk to their appointments, [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. Robert Horner

    Ten Years and Still Cancer Free

    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, with a 20 percent relative survival rate after one-year and a four percent survival rate after five-years for all stages combined, according to the American Cancer Society. With these shocking statistics, one pancreatic cancer survivor wonders how he has beaten all [...]

  4. Strong Advice From a Colorectal Cancer Patient

    Mike Woellert had heard people talk about colonoscopies. He didn’t hesitate, and it may have saved his life.  Friday, March 27, marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Woellert’s colorectal cancer diagnosis. It’s a day he and his wife, Malissa, remember all too well. “I was one of the last people to be called from the [...]

  5. "Mayo is where I go to get well"

    Editor's note: This story was submitted by Sheila Robb, a Mayo Clinic patient from Minneapolis. I was at Mayo a couple of months ago to start planning for a new treatment. The breast cancer that had metastasized 2 ½ years ago in my lymph system responded well to the Xeloda I had been on but [...]

  6. Sharing My Experience at Mayo Clinic

    Written by Catherine A. Zeder: The purpose of writing this story is to share with those suffering from medical problems is that “If in doubt, check it out”.   I strongly urge patients to be proactive about their health care. One of the world’s greatest medical facilities is right here in Minnesota. Mayo Clinic has many [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. Marlys Fox and her husband Vince

    Marlys Fox beats cancer death sentence…by 45 years

    By Susan Pepperdine "My doctor came in, and in his best Marcus Welby voice told me I was going to die,” Marlys Fox vividly remembers. She was just 32 years old, so “I wasn’t going to take that sitting down. When I immediately announced, ‘I’m going to Mayo Clinic,’ he told me that they would [...]

  9. Ali Szewczynski

    Pen pals share experiences with congenital heart defects

    Born almost 60 years apart, pen pals Carol Allan and Alli Szewczynski share an unusual bond. Both were “blue babies,” born with heart defects that impaired proper blood circulation, causing a blue tinge to their skin. And both had successful life-changing surgeries at Mayo Clinic. Carol Allan’s story Carol, 68, of Calgary, Alberta, was diagnosed [...]

  10. Beki Rose and family

    Rare heart-liver transplant gives South Carolina woman a second chance at life

    Beki Rose and her husband, Tom, had met with half a dozen doctors, and they all said the same thing. "They told me to go home and get my things in order," says Beki, a 51-year-old mother of three with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. The congenital condition had so damaged Beki's heart and liver that [...]

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