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. Neurosurgery Frees Patient From 15 Years of Debilitating Pain

    Gloria Hughes endured episodes of terrible pain for more than a decade before a chance meeting between her local physician and a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon finally paved the way for desperately needed relief. Fifteen years ago, Gloria Hughes was driving down the freeway in Shreveport, Louisiana, when she suddenly was hit by throbbing, stinging pain. [...]

  2. Spine Surgery Restores Teen's Hope for the Future

    Spine surgery not only preserved Marichu Rosales Brun's ability to walk, it has allowed her to embrace all the promise that the years ahead hold for her. In 2014, 17-year-old Marichu Rosales Brun began experiencing persistent numbness and pain in her upper right thigh. The active teenager and avid tennis player suspected something was wrong. [...]

  3. Epilepsy Care Makes the World More Peaceful for a Painter

    For years, seizures caused confusion and disorder in Kristin Taheri's daily life. She sought medical care to no avail. Then she turned to Mayo Clinic, where Kristin received the diagnosis she had been seeking, and her care team worked diligently to find a way to stop her seizures. They say a picture paints a thousand [...]

  4. Brain Surgery Finally Secures Restful Nights for Jo Weir

    Following cutting-edge brain scanning and precision surgery, Jo Weir is catching up on decades of sleep lost to nighttime seizures, and she's relishing her renewed energy. After more than 40 years, Jo Marie Weir is sleeping soundly. Plagued by nocturnal seizures that disrupted her nights since she was a teenager, Jo searched for decades to [...]

  5. Finally Sleeping Soundly and Seizure-Free

    After years of dealing with nighttime seizures, an Illinois man found the relief he sought after Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely mapped the source of his seizures. Evan Bachtold's wife, Rachel, used to be afraid of going to sleep. Lying next to her husband, who had epilepsy, each sound he uttered and every move he made [...]

  6. Neurosurgery Frees Peggy Lang From Constant Pain

    Diagnosed with a rare condition that affected her neck muscles, Peggy Lang suffered for years with debilitating headaches, tremors and dizzy spells. But surgery at Mayo Clinic relieved her symptoms, allowing her to enjoy life once again. Many of us might take curling up in a chair and reading a book for granted. Not Peggy [...]

  7. Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic Changes a Nurse's Destiny

    Distressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons. December 2016 brought an end to an eight-day period in Jessica Kenser's life that was bookended by events both devastating and astounding. That span of days began with the news [...]

  8. Therapist Celebrates 10 Years of Vitality After Surgery for a Rare Brain Tumor

    In July 2017, Sally Kirilloff marked a decade since her care team at Mayo Clinic successfully removed a large, rare brain tumor, enabling her to continue enjoying her work, her hobbies and her family. For Sally Kirilloff, July 5 is a day to celebrate. "That day means another chance," says Sally, who this year marks [...]

  9. Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future

    After suffering her first epileptic seizure at just 10 days of age, Grace Chan required six separate brain surgeries as surgeons worked to remove the harmful tissue that was causing her seizures. Ten days after giving birth, Christina Chen, M.D., was feeding her newborn daughter, Grace, when the young child's arms and head suddenly began [...]

  10. A Leak in His Brain, Troubling Symptoms, and Finally an Elusive Fix

    Steve Grinstead was eager to resolve a medical condition causing troubling symptoms. Physicians around the country turned him down for surgery. His team at Mayo Clinic found?a solution that put him on the road to recovery. Steve Grinstead knows how to handle dangerous situations. For more than 20 years, the Winnabow, North Carolina, resident has [...]

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Feb. 20, 2018