Neurosciences patient stories

  1. Astounding Recovery for an 8-Year-Old Boy Shot by an Arrow

    It?s a story that plays out like a Hollywood movie. A young boy is accidentally struck by an arrow and narrowly escapes death. The arrow pierces the 8-year-old?s backbone and splits his spinal cord. He?s paralyzed from the waist down, and his doctors fear he?ll never walk again. But remarkably, the story has a happy [...]

  2. 14-Year-Old Writes the Book on Beating the Odds

    Nathaniel Kirera wasn?t expected to survive birth. When he did, then he wasn?t expected to live to see his first birthday, much less his 14th. He also wasn?t supposed to be able learn, let alone write a book. But he?s done all that, and today his medical odyssey is behind him. That Nate has achieved [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. A Mother?s Frightening Fight Against Autoimmune Encephalitis

    It started with ear pain in the spring of 2014. Within a few weeks, Gloria Pena?s earache escalated into confusion and sensory loss. ?I thought it was a bad cold with an earache,? Gloria recalls. ?But one day I picked up my son from school and didn?t remember the way home.? From there, Gloria?s condition [...]

  5. Diagnosis and Treatment of Chiari Malformation Spurs Nikki Prins to Reach Out to Others

    Oct. 23, 2015, is a date that Nikole Prins will always remember. It?s the day she finally learned the reason for the bizarre symptoms she had been dealing with for more than half her life. Nikki precisely recalls the time she heard the news. It was 1:24 in the afternoon when her doctor called with [...]

  6. Persevering Through Brain Cancer, Travis McGinnis Remains Upbeat and Optimistic

    Travis McGinnis was just 30 years old when an insidious cancer was discovered in his brain. It had been growing there for some time, he says ? his physicians estimated between five and 10 years. Had the stage-three oligoastrocytoma not been detected when it was, Travis would have likely lost his life. As it happened, [...]

  7. Surgery to Get Rid of Seizures Gives Brad Lewis New Freedom

    For 14 years, Brad Lewis never knew quite what to expect when he woke up in the morning. A rare genetic disorder, tuberous sclerosis, caused a variety of health problems. But the one that disrupted his life the most was epilepsy. At one point, Brad was having as many as 80 seizures a day. ?Seizures [...]

  8. Seamstress Moving and Sewing Again After Complex Spine Surgery for Scoliosis

    Growing up in Central Florida, Kimberly Kimmons was an active child. She loved swimming, biking and martial arts. But at age 12, Kim was diagnosed with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine that most often occurs during a growth spurt before puberty. Unfortunately, Kim’s family didn’t have the resources to fully address her spinal [...]

  9. Former Airman, Stroke Survivor Tells of Life Punctuated by Commas

    When stroke survivor R. Brady Johnson first visited Mayo Clinic nearly nine years ago, his doctors didn't quite know what to make of him. Not only was his stroke, at age 31, unusual, but his post-stroke physicality surprised the team of neurologists he'd come to see. It had been just over a year since Brady, [...]

  10. Lifetime of Seeking an Answer Finally Rewarded With a Diagnosis

    Stacy Carlson was born with congenital myasthenic syndrome, and although she received a number of opinions throughout her life, it wasn’t until age 44 that she received a definitive diagnosis. It was after her local physician referred her to Andrew Engel, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, that DNA testing confirmed a particular gene fault responsible [...]

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