The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    1. After Setback, Kaidra's Cancer Journey Continues With Family, Friends and Mayo Clinic by Her Side

      Kaidra Froelich was terrified by the brain cancer diagnosis that brought her to Mayo Clinic. But her expert surgical team got rid of the tumor. Then the disease came back. Now Kaidra and her Mayo team are determined to beat the cancer a second time as her family and friends rally around her. Giuseppe Lanzino, [...]

    2. Despite a Rare Blood Vessel Abnormality, Allison Dances On

      When a cavernous malformation was discovered in her brain, Allison Nilsen turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. The care and treatment she's received at Mayo has allowed her to complete her college degree and continue doing what she loves. Allison Nilsen has been dancing since she was 2 years old. And despite being diagnosed with [...]

    3. After Back Surgery, Jamie Ruden's on the Court Again and Looking to Help Others

      When Division 1 women's college basketball player Jamie Ruden could no longer play through, or live with, the chronic back pain that was keeping her from playing her usual style of basketball, she came to Mayo Clinic for the surgical fix she knew she needed. Jamie Ruden knew right away something was wrong. It was [...]

    4. Spine Surgery Tames Pain, Puts School Bus Driver Back Behind the Wheel

      For more than a decade, Mike Ramsey suffered from debilitating pain due to a severe spinal deformity. He thought disability and pain would always dominate his life. Then he met a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic who offered him a path to relief. Today, Mike is pain-free. Mike Ramsey dealt with lower back pain for years. [...]

    5. Beating Back a Brain Tumor Amid Loss

      Terence Burns, M.D., and Katie Garrison When Katie Garrison embarked on treatment for a brain tumor, she did so supported by her husband, Joe. Midway through her journey, however, Joe died from complications due to his own cancer, and Katie leaned on her Mayo Clinic care team. Now, with their compassionate care and customized therapies, [...]

    6. ?Tackling a Rare Brain Tumor With Expertise and Skill

      Diagnosed with a brain tumor, Marrissa Janssen was scared. Her biggest fear was that doctors wouldn't be able to get rid of the entire mass. But after consulting with experts at Mayo Clinic, Marrissa's fear turned to hope. Now, after surgery and proton beam therapy, the tumor is gone. Sept. 6, 2018, started off as [...]

    7. Marching to the Beat of His Own Drum After Brain Surgery

      Tanner Effinger knew something was seriously wrong. Despite seeing multiple physicians in Virginia and Idaho, no one could figure out what was causing his weight loss, fatigue and anemia. Within days of arriving at Mayo Clinic, however, Tanner was diagnosed with an unusual brain tumor. After it was surgically removed, all of Tanner's symptoms disappeared. [...]

    8. Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

      As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. When Johann Lochner boarded a [...]

    9. Rising Above a Rare, Debilitating Disorder

      Diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome -- an extremely rare autoimmune neurologic condition -- Tara Zier looked to Mayo Clinic for help. There she found valuable guidance and gained a new outlook on how to manage her condition. For three years, Dr. Tara Zier went from specialist to specialist in the Washington, D.C. area trying to find [...]

    10. Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace

      For Marisa Bella, living with a rare neurological condition meant managing sustained pain and an unnatural head position, as well as dealing with unwanted reactions from strangers. For years Marisa navigated life while suffering the physical, mental and emotional effects of her illness. That all changed in 2018 when a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon helped her [...]

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