The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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. Lillian's Gift: Finding New Purpose Driven by Grief

    Mark and Anna Stanfield's daughter, Lillian, arrived at 35 weeks gestation, but she was stillborn. While the family still mourns the loss of their baby girl, they have worked to further research focused on stillbirth, as well as provide comfort to others dealing with pregnancy loss. When Mark and Anna Stanfield's baby girl, Lillian, arrived [...]

  2. A Long Road Through Infertility to Parenthood

    Photo courtesy of Melissa Zamzow. Lacey Berning dreamed of having a little girl. What she never imagined, however, was that the journey to that child would be wrought with delays and heartache. But Lacey never gave up hope, and with support from a team of Mayo Clinic infertility specialists, she and her husband finally realized [...]

  3. Expert Fetal Care Makes a Lifesaving Difference for Ulisse

    When an ultrasound revealed devastating news about the baby they were expecting, Sara and Ugo Colombo turned to Mayo Clinic. The family's Mayo care team helped Ulisse Colombo beat long odds and go on to be the happy, active little boy he is today. In January 2017, Sara Colombo walked out of an ultrasound appointment [...]

  4. Off to New Adventures After Bidding Incontinence Goodbye

    For years, Catherine Hebert always carried a pair of underwear in her purse. She often needed them. Affected by stress incontinence, she leaked with even slight exertion. Now, after undergoing an outpatient procedure to treat the incontinence with urinary mesh, Catherine stays dry, and her extra undergarments stay at home. This summer, Catherine Hebert is [...]

  5. Genetic Testing Generates Optimism for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

    When Jean Niven learned she had ovarian cancer, her desire to find a knowledgeable, compassionate physician led her to Mayo Clinic. Then, when her cancer returned, genetic information opened the door to fresh treatment options. Gathering all the necessary information about a decision prior to making it has always helped attorney Jean Niven in the [...]

  6. Straightforward Approach Fixes Fibroids

    Karen Pauly, left, with her family, Jamison, Nathan and Autumn. When Karen Pauly began looking for treatment to address her painful uterine fibroids, she needed a care team that could take all her medical concerns into consideration. Karen took her quest to Mayo Clinic, where she received minimally invasive therapy that has dramatically improved her [...]

  7. Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story

    When Lena Spotleson sought treatment for unexplained stomach pain, the 26-year-old was shocked to learn she had late-stage cervical cancer. But the aggressive treatment Lena received at Mayo Clinic eliminated the cancer. Now, in an effort to help others, she's sharing her perspective on being a cancer survivor. For a long time after Lena Spotleson [...]

  8. Fostering a Peaceful Pregnancy

    A Mayo Clinic prenatal program takes a new approach to improving care for women with low-risk pregnancies. Two-year-old Quinn Hales confidently places her toy stethoscope against baby sister Finley's chest to listen to her heartbeat. It's a skill she's been honing ever since Finley was just a curiosity in her mom's belly. When the girls' [...]

  9. Teamwork and Telemedicine Save a Newborn's Life

    When Mary Beth Delong experienced a medical emergency just before her son was born, specialists at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus worked together to secure a happy ending for all involved. "I was terrified," says Mary Beth Delong, recalling what should have been one of the happiest occasions [...]

  10. Helping New Moms Emerge From Postpartum Depression

    After her second child was born, Alethea Clark experienced a severe form of postpartum depression. With care from Mayo Clinic Health System, she eventually overcame the disorder. Now Alethea hopes her story will encourage others to seek help, too.? "I was a hot mess," says Alethea Clark of Menomonie, Wisconsin, recalling the turmoil she felt [...]

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