The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Reinvigorated After Celiac Disease Diagnosis

    Michelle Swosinski was beginning to think she'd never be rid of her chronic abdominal pain. Years of fruitlessly searching for medical help had left the young woman feeling ignored and frustrated. That all changed when Michelle sought care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where her medical team was committed to finding [...]

  2. Innovative Therapy Improves Lives of People With Neuroendocrine Tumors

    When Jay Elsten's neuroendocrine tumors no longer were responding to traditional treatment, Mayo Clinic offered him a recently approved nuclear medicine therapy. And it worked. Within a week, Jay's symptoms were gone. Jay Elsten's medical concerns started subtly with just some itching and rashes on his legs. A visit to his primary care physician in [...]

  3. Second Opinion Opens the Door to Lifesaving Cancer Care

    LeAnn Kuper couldn't have been more surprised when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and told it was incurable. Despite that shocking news, the upbeat interior designer was undeterred. LeAnn took her case to Mayo Clinic and found a determined physician who offered her a promising alternative. All her life, LeAnn Kuper had been [...]

  4. Freed From Debilitating Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Marissa Russo has been battling symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease for half her life. When a flare-up that lasted several months had her confined to bed and barely able to function, she turned to the expertise of Mayo Clinic for a new approach to treatment. Fitness, nutrition and health are incredibly important to Marissa Russo. [...]

  5. Living His Best Life Against the Backdrop of Incurable Cancer

    When Scott Stewart learned he had a rare neuroendocrine tumor, the journey ahead of him looked frightening and difficult. But with steadfast support from an interdisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Scott now takes comfort in knowing that some of the best physicians in the world are walking the path with him. These days, Scott Stewart spends [...]

  6. Autoimmune Disease No Handicap to Golfing Greatness

    Billy Dowell Jr. was working toward a goal of playing professional golf when his body betrayed him. He was beset by several autoimmune disorders that left him overwhelmed. With consistent, comprehensive support from his Mayo Clinic Care team, however, not only has Billy gotten his conditions under control, he's successfully returned to golfing. It's a [...]

  7. Second Opinion Leads to Less-Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

    Sue and Mike DiGennaro When Mike DiGennaro was diagnosed with stage 1 esophageal cancer, he wanted a minimally invasive treatment option. He found that, and more, at Mayo Clinic. Mike DiGennaro knew he needed surgery. But he thought he would have a procedure to correct an umbilical hernia, and that would be the end of [...]

  8. Careful Evaluation, Compassionate Care Solve Distressing Digestive Problems

    Severe digestive issues had disrupted Lynda Rassbach's daily life and forced her to miss out on meaningful events with her family. After a series of confusing diagnoses, she turned to Mayo Clinic, where she received answers and treatment that restored her freedom. Lynda Rassbach's daughter was trying on wedding dresses for a group of friends [...]

  9. Comprehensive Care Makes for a Brighter Future

    When Stephanie Van Doren came to Mayo Clinic, she never expected to learn she had a genetic defect that raised her risk for a potentially fatal heart condition. But thanks to her physician's all-inclusive approach, Stephanie and her family now have information they need to live life to the fullest. Abdominal issues and difficulty swallowing [...]

  10. Rabbi Returns to His Life's Mission After Bile Duct Treatment

    When debilitating itching and fatigue prevented him from working, Rabbi Melvin Gruber turned to Mayo Clinic, where a series of specialized procedures allowed him to get back to teaching and sharing his knowledge with his community. Rabbi Melvin Gruber has dedicated his life to studying and teaching the Talmud, a written compilation of Jewish oral [...]

Nov. 14, 2020