Neurosciences patient stories

  1. Carla Huelsmann

    Epilepsy Surgery Allows Patient to Live Life to the Fullest

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GszNst4xBc] Carla Huelsmann was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 2 years old. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she experienced mainly petit mal seizures. She continued through life, adjusting to her disease as needed. Once Huelsmann welcomed her daughter, the hormone levels in her body changed, making controlling her seizures much more difficult. Huelsmann [...]

  2. Susan Grant and Cindy Dilks

    Mayo Clinic Patient Creates Documentary to Educate Others on Frontotemporal Dementia

    In Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), areas of your brain (the frontal lobe and temporal lobe) shrink, causing progressive speech, language, personality and behavior problems, as well as a decline in your thinking and reasoning skills (cognitive skills). It is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer's disease, but FTD tends to occur at a [...]

  3. Neuromyelitis Optica Treatment at Mayo Clinic Restores Grace Jeffers’ Sight

    In 2009, Grace Jeffers of Chicago was wheelchair-bound, having severe back pain and losing control of the left side of her body. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but when a blood test sent to Mayo Clinic in December showed that Jeffers actually suffered from neuromyelitis optica (NMO), her physician referred her to Mayo [...]

  4. Wendy Cook

    Teamwork helps nurse find relief from rare tumor

    Wendy Cook was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis as a child, which has caused many small tumors to grow on various nerves throughout her life. Only one required surgery and none caused her significant pain. But that changed when she began experiencing pain in her right buttock. Eventually, the pain became so intense that she scheduled an [...]

  5. C.A.N. Do Anything

    On October 16, 2010, Chris Norton, a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, was playing in a varsity football game when a special teams play left him with a fractured neck and compressed spinal cord. The incident resulted in him having no feeling below the area. After surgery, the physicians at Mayo Clinic informed [...]

  6. #StrokeMonth: It's a Numbers Game

    Written by Lesia Mooney, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mayo Clinic's Advanced Primary Stroke Center in Florida. 795,000. That's the number of people annually in the United States who have a stroke. 130,000. That's the number of Americans who die each year due to stroke.  $36.5 billion. That’s the cost of stroke annually, which includes the cost of health care [...]

  7. Madison

    Any Parent's Worst Nightmare

    When my husband and I found out we were going to have a baby, we were so excited. Little did we know of the journey baby Madison would take us on, and little did we know of the personal tragedy that would ensue following such a typically joyful time. Madison was a patient at St. [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. Head and shoulders above the rest

    My 80-year old mother saw Dr. William Tatum in Neurology last week. She suffered a fall at home, resulting in several broken bones and a brain injury. From the minute he walked in the door, Dr. Tatum was positive, upbeat and professional. He spent time understanding her history and making prioritized recommendations for her care [...]

  10. Dan Smith

    Surgery takes care of cavernous malformation

    Dan Smith was a graduate student in physics when he noticed occasional numbness in his left hand. His physician thought it might be carpal tunnel syndrome. When the numbness affected Dan's entire arm and cheek, the physician referred him to a neurologist. An MRI and a CT scan revealed a lesion the size of a [...]

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