Neurosciences patient stories

  1. Wife, Mother and Nurse Gains a New Title ? Brain Cancer Survivor

    A Mayo Clinic oncology nurse, Nicole Barlanti knew how tough cancer could be. What she didn?t know was that she?d have to face it firsthand, while she was still in her 20s. Here's Nicole's story, in her own words. Written by Nicole Barlanti My world changed on April 11, 2013. It was a Thursday. Before [...]

  2. Keen Expertise Helps Infant Survive Rare, Life-Threatening Brain Tumor

    To the delight of everyone who knows 3-year-old Rayna Speary, her head is perfectly round and smooth and average size. Given that the youngster was diagnosed and treated for an extremely rare brain tumor that caused her head to balloon in size as a 4-month-old, and that she underwent a dramatic surgery at Mayo Clinic [...]

  3. Disc Replacement Keeps Darrell Deutz Behind the Lens

    As a talented wedding photographer, the pain of cervical stenosis with a herniated disc left Darrell Deutz, age 59, searching for solutions. "I've photographed over a thousand weddings in my life," says Darrell, who owns his own studio based in Fargo, North Dakota. "A lot of photographers don't like the pressure. There is no second [...]

  4. Racing Ahead to a New Career After a Brain Injury

    Just four months after being in a coma, Mike Short was crawling through tunnels, jumping over fiery logs, and scaling walls as part of a 5K race known as a "rugged maniac." The Georgia native owes his ability to participate in the race to the neurocritical care team at Mayo Clinic that helped him recover [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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 [...]

  10. 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, [...]

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