Neurosciences patient stories

  1. Victoria Jackson

    From Mascara to Medicine: A Mom on a Mission

    When their daughter was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) in June 2008, the world turned upside down for cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson and infomercial pioneer Bill Guthy. The diagnosing physician told them, "you know, if this were my child, I'd be going to Mayo Clinic." And that's exactly what they did. In the video below, [...]

  2. Melissa Bruesehoff

    Surgery puts an end to life-limiting epilepsy seizures

    Melissa Bruesehoff is a wife, mother, teacher and church council member — titles that for many years she couldn't imagine claiming. Bruesehoff was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 4 years old, and complications from the condition prevented her from experiencing many things that most people take for granted. "During my school and college years, [...]

  3. Josh Johnson

    Teen back in action after neurosurgery for spinal cord tumor

    In early 2009, Josh Johnson's parents thought their 14-year-old's back was likely sore from a few falls he'd taken while snowboarding competitively. They live in Afton, Minn. and Josh spends his winters snowboarding and his summers wakeboarding. However, after a couple months of complaining, they knew it must be something more. Josh couldn't even bend over [...]

  4. Laurie Beach

    Rare brain tumor couldn't stop her

    When your body needs water, you feel thirsty and drink. It's a pretty simple concept, but one that no longer works for Laurie Beach. A rare brain tumor left her with adipsic diabetes insipidus, an extremely rare disease that causes the body to lose its thirst response. The tumor — a supra cellar germinoma (or [...]

  5. Dan Stietz

    "Overcoming" Paralysis

    This submission came via email from P.J. Stietz, a Mayo Clinic employee: My husband and I just recently marked the sixth anniversary of the accident that paralyzed him. It was Mayo that came to his rescue, patched him up and got him ready to face the world again. We owe a great debt to the [...]

  6. Arden and dog, Happy

    Seizure-free after new surgery

    One of Arden Berge's most surprising discoveries while he was a graduate student in meteorology had nothing to do with the weather. "I'd been lying on the bed reading, and all of a sudden I looked up and there were paramedics standing over me," says Berge. He'd soon learn why. He'd had a seizure, and [...]

  7. Jordan Mills

    Jordan Mills: Fighting the Unseen Enemy, Part II

    Following radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic for a brain stem glioma, the tumor which had threatened Jordan Mills' life, had shrunk. Jordan's life continued full of happy events. He married his fiancée, Kelly, in June 2009, and bought his first house that October. Honorably discharged from the military, he enrolled in college and became [...]

  8. Christina George's Mayo Clinic Story - How the Ketogenic Diet Stopped Her Seizures

    Larry and Paulette George had never seen a seizure before when their 7 month old daughter, Christina, began having more than 100 seizures a day. They tried medication after medication, but the seizures wouldn't stop. Paulette's sister had heard something about a diet for seizures and mentioned it to them, but when they asked their [...]

  9. Untangling a complex medical challenge

    Amy Supergan has battled a host of difficult and painful disorders. Now she's found a way back to enjoying her life and her family. In the summer of 2013, Amy Supergan took a trip to Italy. That may not sound extraordinary, but there was a time when being able to travel and enjoy a vacation [...]

  10. Erica Egge

    Epilepsy, Brain Surgery and then, Seizure-Free

    We scurried like mice across the street under the cover of darkness, hugging the side of the St. Mary building when we reached it to block the wind as it gusted at 22 below zero. The light from the entrance door called like a beacon, and when we reached it all I could do was [...]

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