The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Mayo Clinic neurologists and neurosurgeons provide expert, whole-person care for every patient. Learn more about how Mayo Clinic can provide exactly the care you need.

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. Looking to Crack the Code on Cavernous Malformations

    Kandie Nelson didn't know she had a medical problem until the moment she wasn't able to speak clearly. Now Kandie and her family are helping researchers learn more about the abnormally formed blood vessels that triggered her symptoms. Blood vessels in Kandie Nelson's brain had become abnormally tangled and twisted around themselves. But for years, [...]

  2. Prevailing Over Severe Form of Malaria

    After a trip overseas, Hugo de Jager was gripped by fatigue, abdominal pain and severe headaches. The culprit was cerebral malaria. Although the diagnosis is uncommon, and the condition life-threatening, experts at Mayo Clinic worked together to help Hugo achieve a remarkable recovery. Hugo de Jager, a native of South Africa who now lives in [...]

  3. Headaches Gone, Independence Restored

    Michelle Griffis battled debilitating headaches for more than a year. But after several neurosurgeries and care from a multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic, she's made a full recovery. Now Michelle and her son are back to exploring their world together.? Michelle Griffis has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. After spending two months in [...]

  4. Facial Pain Is More Than Meets the Eye

    Nancy Hannafin suffered from terrible pain on one side of her face for several years. Finally, a visit to her optometrist led to a breakthrough. Nerve pain was causing the problem, and brain surgery at Mayo Clinic fixed it. Nancy Hannafin makes a point of appreciating the little things in life: birds singing, flowers blooming, [...]

  5. Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

    After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves. Corrine Craig ended 2016 in horrible pain. It disrupted her days and kept [...]

  6. Back to Pursuing Her Passions After Spine Surgery

    Kathie Hanson went from being an active outdoor enthusiast to being unable to walk without assistance. But the care she received at Mayo Clinic has again allowed her to take part in the many activities that fill her life with joy. Swimming has been a huge part of Kathie Hanson's life. She was a lifeguard [...]

  7. Surviving and Thriving After Life-Threatening Illnesses

    Within the past six years, Devender Tulla developed two serious conditions that could have ended badly for the politician from India. But thanks to his Mayo Clinic care team, Devender was able to fight back. Now he's returned to work representing his constituents. For 30 years, Devender Goud Tulla, of Hyderabad, India, easily maintained the [...]

  8. Using Expertise and Teamwork to Tackle a Brain Tumor

    After being plagued by mysterious symptoms for more than a year, Richard Uihlein was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told nothing could be done about it. Undeterred, he went to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There he found a way forward after all.? For more than a year, Lauralee Uihlein couldn't shake the [...]

  9. Toddler's Personalized Care Sparks Enormous Strides

    Affected by a rare neuromuscular condition, Katie Emerson was beset by extreme muscle weakness that affected her ability to eat, speak and move. Then her mother learned about a Mayo Clinic physician whose pioneering research into Katie's condition gave the child a chance at normalcy. These days, 3-year-old Katie Emerson is all smiles. The happy [...]

  10. Released to Reengage With Life

    Weighed down by pain and weakness, Valieda Burns became confined and isolated. But neurosurgery to decompress her spine freed her to once again be active, engaged and connected with others. In July, 78-year-old Valieda Burns took the trip of a lifetime ? a 14-day cruise to the British Isles with a side trip to Paris. [...]

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Oct. 26, 2018