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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. After More Than Two Decades, Ellen Bids Devastating Facial Pain Goodbye

      For years, the neurologic disorder trigeminal neuralgia dominated Ellen Whitebird's world. It caused searing pain that destroyed her ability to enjoy life. Then in 2019, a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon proposed a procedure that he believed could make a significant difference. It did. Today, Ellen's pain is gone. The past 24 years should have been some [...]

    4. Collaborative Approach to Care Restores Conductor's Sight

      When doctors in Ohio told Robyn Lana they weren't sure whether a brain aneurysm they found behind her right eye socket was causing the vision problems she'd been experiencing, Robyn turned to Mayo Clinic. Not only did her Mayo care team identify the true cause of her vision loss, they fixed it. In November 2018, [...]

    5. Leaning on One Another -- and Mayo Clinic -- to Fight Two Difficult Diseases

      Photo courtesy of Lynn Laumann Photography. When Bob and Kelly Rodenberg wed 10 years ago, they hadn't a clue how their pledge to love one another through sickness and health would play out. But when they both developed incurable illnesses, their vows took on greater significance. Today, thanks to the work of committed Mayo Clinic [...]

    6. Spinal Cord Stimulator Ends 17 Years of Chronic Pain

      A snowmobile accident left Blake Sunde with limited use of his right arm and triggered severe, chronic pain that lasted for years. But two years ago, a new treatment option changed everything and restored the quality of life Blake had been missing for so long. When Blake Sunde collided head-on with a snowmobile in 2003, [...]

    7. With Her Seizures in the Past, Keeley Faces a Promising Future

      Photo courtesy of Sonya Schultz Photography For years, Keeley Allen and her family lived in fear that a seizure would strike and render the teen helpless. Unresponsive to medication, the seizures were unusual and ambiguous. Worse than the unpredictability of the seizures was the uncertainty about how to make them stop. At Mayo Clinic, however, [...]

    8. New Hope for Regaining His Old Life After Being Paralyzed

      Paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a surfing accident, Chris Barr thought life as he knew it was over. After enrolling in a regenerative medicine clinical trial at Mayo Clinic, however, he began to realize all was not lost. Chris Barr wanted to give up and give in. A surfing accident in [...]

    9. Regaining Control After a Decade of Epilepsy

      Before coming to Mayo Clinic, Denny Hinshaw had lived with epileptic seizures for more than 10 years, and they were eroding his personal and professional life. Since Denny came to Mayo Clinic for care, however, all that is in the past. Near the end of December 2018, Denny Hinshaw turned on the TV in his [...]

    10. Vision Preserved With an Innovative Approach to Brain Surgery

      When Jo-Ann Rosemont learned she had a meningioma in her head, she followed her care team's advice and had regular checkups for more than a year to make sure it wasn't growing. But after one of her local doctors insisted that she get a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, Jo-Ann ended up undergoing a unique [...]

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