The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    Specialized testing helps reverse effects of stiff-person syndrome

    James and his wife Stephanie In July of 2018, James Kypuros woke up to find his toes clenched and claw-like, as if fisted. “It was a little bit weird walking this way, because you didn't have that balance of your toes extended,” recalls the 76-year-old Cedar Lake, Indiana resident. That summer marked the beginning of a host of debilitating symptoms that would defy significant treatment response until James came to Mayo Clinic, where specialized testing…

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    To sip a cola: Patsy Weber's goal for rehab from rare disease

    Patsy Weber's condition had healthcare professionals at her local clinic and a regional medical center stumped. In June 2021, she went from being so healthy that she had only taken a handful of sick days during her 40 years working at a bank in Sheldon, Iowa, to not being able to get out of bed. For about two weeks, Patsy had been coping with mysterious symptoms that included morning headaches that would disappear by the…

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    A graduation party reunion 15 years in the making

    When Cadence Rohrbaugh sent out invitations to her high school graduation party earlier this year, she tucked personal notes into a few special envelopes. "Dear Dr. Wirrell," Cadence wrote in one. "Thank you so much for helping me and my family through one of the most difficult times ever. Without your care, I would not be alive, healthy and graduating with honors." Fifteen years earlier, Elaine Wirrell, M.D., had been part of a team that cared…

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    Seeking, and finding, answers, comfort, and hope

    As someone affected by a rare, incurable disease, Joe Mondloch and his wife Sue are always on the lookout for new information. The autoimmune neurological condition Joe lives with has left him blind in one eye, physically disabled, and poses an ongoing threat for further damage. Called MOGAD, which stands for myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein associated-antibody disease, the rare, immune-mediated illness has been present in Joe’s life since February 2016, when, at the age of 55,…

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    My DBS experience

    By Jan Kary I was 60 at the time. Trying to take a photo. My hand was shaking so much I couldn’t hold my phone still to capture a picture. “I’m just nervous,” I thought to myself. The same experience happened again and again. “It’s just stress; I just need a good night’s sleep, and everything will be fine,” I concluded. Over the years, my hands began shaking so much in handling utensils, a glass…

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    Dad walks daughter down the aisle despite ALS

    Paul Wennmacher and his daughter Tabetha Paul Wennmacher calls his daughter Tabetha "my backbone." So it was tricky to keep a secret from her. His plan: Walk Tabetha down the aisle at her wedding. It wasn't an easy task. Paul, of Belvidere, Illinois, has a slowly progressive form of Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. But with the…

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    Reclaiming strength and independence after rare cancer diagnosis 

    The year was 2019. Alexa Lofaro was in her happy place, inside Nassau Veteran's Memorial Collesium in Uniondale, New York, watching the New York Islanders play hockey. As she made her way to her seat, another fan’s words caught her off-guard. “As I walked by him, he said, ‘Get home safely,’” Alexa says. “He thought I was drunk. I wasn’t drunk.” Instead, Alexa’s slow, cautious walk down the arena stairs was to compensate for the…

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    From 100-plus seizures a month to seizure-free

    Successful epilepsy treatment allowed Eric Walthall, left, to resume skiing, a pastime he and friend Craig Wanous had enjoyed previously. Advances in epilepsy diagnostics, treatment return man to quality of life For years, Eric Walthall of Woodville, Wisconsin, experienced more than 100 debilitating epileptic seizures a month. For more than 20 years, he couldn’t drive. He stopped attending many of his sons' activities because he feared a seizure would cause him to lose consciousness. He…

  9. Unraveling a diagnostic mystery

    Ed and Nancy Garber have been married for 49 years, but together for much longer than that. “Since high school,” Nancy says. “We’re high school sweethearts.” With a relationship that deep, it should come as no surprise that Nancy was the first to notice a change in Ed’s health. “In the spring of 2020, I noticed Ed was a little quieter than normal,” she says. “He was also tired and having difficulty with his right…

Feb. 06, 2024