Patient stories

  1. Joe Lueken

    Repaying a gift: Scholarship recipient says thanks in a special way

    About 14 years ago, Joe Lueken was working at his grocery store and noticed occasional tremors. "I didn't think anything of it, but it got to me more and more," Joe said. After a trip to a local physician, followed by examination at the Mayo Clinic, he received a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. About a [...]

  2. Jesse Jensen's Deep Brain Stimulation Story

    When he was just five years old, Jesse Jensen of Missoula, Mont. began having tics, or involuntary movements, and was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome . The tics were so violent they caused him intense neck pain and kept him out of regular school for 10 years. Last spring, Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon Kendall Lee, M.D., and [...]

  3. Jeff Hughes and family

    Deep Brain Stimulation Gets Police Detective Back on the Job

    The pain was unbearable, and the questions even worse. Every month of 2005, Detective Jeffery Hughes of the Madison, WI, Police Department experienced 55 to 60 headaches, each lasting several hours. The headaches brought him to his knees in pain, but it was the recurring question from his daughter that hurt even more: "Mommy, why [...]

  4. 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 [...]

Jan. 10, 2013