The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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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.

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    'Every day you don't lose, you are winning'

    Jennifer Summers, 35, is an optimistic, articulate woman. She enjoys crafting, spending time with her close-knit family, and leading small groups and organizing volunteers at her church. And she is excited that she can carry a 32-ounce water bottle. This may not feel like an important feat to some people, but it's momentous for Jennifer and others diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. Official diagnosis As a child, Jennifer seemed to struggle with movement. "I started…

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    Despite memory concerns, hiker reaches new heights on the Arizona Trail

    The famed Arizona Trail is 800 miles of desert, canyons, valleys and vistas that dissects the state north and south. It is a test of true grit. For his journey on the demanding trail, a Mayo Clinic patient who was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment discovered that positive attitude was his best compass. Watch: Despite memory concerns, hiker reaches new heights on the Arizona Trail. Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (2:50) is in the downloads at the…

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    Back from the brink and looking forward: Karen Detweiler overcomes rare neurologic disorder

    In February 2020, as COVID-19 began its spread across the world, Karen Detweiler of DeLand, Florida, and her two adult children, Jonathan Detweiler and Susan Reeve, were facing their own crisis: Karen Detweiler's pending passing from an incurable neurologic disorder. A retired community college professor and English teacher, Karen started having seizures in the summer of 2019 and quickly deteriorated. During phone calls with Susan, she would talk about her day and describe activities that…

  4. Medication, surgery help Lloyd Heubner quickly recover after stroke

    Lloyd Huebner of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, believes in giving back to the community. For 17 years, he has been involved with Little League Baseball, ranging from coaching to building fields at local schools. He also builds temporary wheelchair ramps for families in need as part of Interfaith Caregivers in Burnett County, Wisconsin. "Over my lifetime, [...]

  5. Unique neurologic symptoms lead to surprising cancer diagnosis

    A team of scientists from Mayo Clinic and two other institutions published a study in 2019 that showed the existence of an autoimmune disorder that affects men. The disorder causes the immune system to attack the brain, causing severe neurologic symptoms. That's what happened to a Florida man, and his search for answers led him [...]

  6. Now seizure free, epilepsy patient shares her music as a blessing to others

    Destiny Rhodes finds solace in music. Diagnosed with temporal-lobe epilepsy when she was 17 months old, Destiny says when she started playing guitar as a teenager, it became a constant source of comfort during her uncertain health. Despite medication, Destiny's seizures continued for more than 20 years, often occurring several times a week. The medication [...]

  7. After years with hundreds of seizures each day, patient finds relief with innovative treatment

    When Eric Berg's seizures increased to the point they took over his life despite medications to control them, he sought help from Mayo Clinic. A new treatment gave him hope and a chance to live his life again. Since he was a child, Eric Berg, has had seizures due to epilepsy. This past year, his seizures [...]

  8. With her dance career in the balance, patient finds that brain surgery can wait

    A cavernous malformation threatened to upend Allison Nilsen's dance career. Surgery was an option, but at what cost? Her team at Mayo created a plan to monitor Allison's condition and let her pursue her dreams. At Mayo Clinic, patient care plans are not one-size-fits-all. Allison Nilsen's story is a prime example of that. When she [...]

  9. Care Coordination Puts Jim on the Path to Recovery

    After Jim Hauck sustained serious injuries from a car accident in Nevada, Mayo Post Acute Care helped him return home, where he continues to recover and heal. Jim Hauck wasn't sure where he was when he woke up in a hospital in February 2019. The 52-year-old Eau Claire, Wisconsin, resident had been in a serious [...]

  10. Cameron's New Way Forward After Rare Disease Diagnoses

    Cameron Kaipainen with his mom and dad, Michele and Aron. Cameron Kaipainen and his parents spent years searching for explanations to his ongoing and confusing medical problems. It wasn't until arriving at Mayo Clinic in Arizona that the true nature of Cameron's condition was uncovered, giving the family the priceless gift of knowledge. When Cameron [...]

June 26, 2021