The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    1. 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, [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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. [...]

    8. Getting Bob Back on His Feet

      Diagnosis and treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus for Robert Richter meant the difference between being confined to a wheelchair and being able to actively enjoy his life. Members of Robert Richter's extended family were excited to see him on his feet and walking unassisted at the annual family picnic in early August. "They went through [...]

    9. Finding New Purpose After Career-Ending Concussions

      After multiple concussions and memory loss, professional football player Ben Utecht went to Mayo Clinic for help. Since then, Ben's gained insight into the importance of promptly recognizing and treating concussions. Now he's dedicated to sharing that knowledge with others. Ben Utecht's professional football r?sum? included a Super Bowl championship with the Indianapolis Colts and [...]

    10. Minimally Invasive Back Surgery Puts Fear and Pain in the Past

      Michele Krause's fear of surgery prevented her from seeking a surgical remedy for her back pain for years. All of that began to change?when she heard?a Mayo Clinic surgeon explain a less-invasive procedure. Michele Krause was scared. She needed spinal fusion surgery. But after witnessing the consequences a family member had suffered after going through [...]

    March 21, 2020