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.

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    Georgia man with neuroendocrine cancer gains quality of life thanks to new nuclear med therapy

    Editor's note: This story is written by Robert Sobotka, 75. In 2016, he was diagnosed with a mass on pancreas and multiple tumors in his liver. Walking up a steep and long hill in the woods behind our house in Woodstock, Georgia, I notice that I’m not as short-of-breath as I used to be — before open-heart surgery, which was performed May 26, 2021. Bandit, my daughter’s Alaskan Husky, eager to go faster, helps me…

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    Cancer survivor walks on the sunny side of the street

    When you meet Jennie Spencer, be prepared to chat, answer questions about yourself and your family, and make a new friend. By any measure, the 66-year-old wife, mother, grandmother and leukemia survivor from Forest City, Iowa, is truly a warm and remarkable person. Having previously been diagnosed and treated for a rare genetic migraine condition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Spencer skipped local emergency services near her Iowa home in October 2020 and drove 40…

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    Glimmer of Hope: Gregor Heinrich

    While Gregor Heinrich never could have imagined that testicular cancer was related to his problems with vision and gait, learning he was positive for KLHL11 protein biomarkers meant he could receive treatment for both the cancer and the illness behind it. When Gregor Heinrich visited Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, in November 2019 seeking a second opinion for puzzling symptoms thought to be related to multiple sclerosis, he wasn’t sure what doctors might discover. Plagued by peculiar…

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    New therapies, holistic modalities and hope help photographer see future

    Had it not been for the persistence of a co-worker, Jeremy Paterno might be living a different journey. It was the first Tuesday in 2020 when Jeremy Paterno, a photographer at Mayo Clinic in Florida, began noticing some small oddities. "That day, I had a couple flighty moments where my right hand was off, like when I got in the car, but I missed the ignition when trying to insert the key," says Jeremy, a…

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    Finding joy after rare neurologic diagnosis

    When Joy Carol finds something she is passionate about, she embraces it. A love of international development work and education led to a 35-year career working with international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children and Child Fund. Although New York City was her home base, Joy visited and supervised programs in more than 40 developing countries. In 2013, just after her 75th birthday, Joy was visiting friends in Greece when she first realized her…

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    Diversity in bone marrow transplantation gives gift of life to mom of five

    Family is everything to Felicia Curtis. The mom of five from Gainesville, Florida, knew she had to fight when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2017, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with her youngest child. Over the next several months, Felicia underwent several rounds of chemotherapy to fight the cancer. Her son was born healthy at 33 weeks. The future was bright. But six months later, the cancer returned, and doctors said the…

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    Dancing through complex care during COVID-19

    Twin Cities journalist Sonya Goins, like so many, has been coping with the challenges that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as working remotely and not being able to see family and friends. If all of that weren't difficult enough, for the past year, she's also been battling breast cancer and Crohn's disease at Mayo Clinic. Watch: Dancing through complex care during COVID-19. Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (5:08) is in the downloads at the…

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    Complex brain surgery gives woman more time with family

    Julie Berg's life revolves around three things: family, friends and faith. The 79-year-old has a large extended family that enjoys celebrating large and small milestones together, and she has a wide network of close-knit friends across two states. Through it all, her strong Catholic faith has been the foundation of her life. When Julie's health was tested, she leaned on her family, friends and faith for support. For 10 years, Julie and her husband, Jim…

  9. Unique neurologic symptoms lead to surprising cancer diagnosis

    A team of scientists from Mayo Clinic and two other institutions published a study in 2019 that showed the existence of an autoimmune disorder that affects men. The disorder causes the immune system to attack the brain, causing severe neurologic symptoms. That's what happened to a Florida man, and his search for answers led him [...]

  10. One last adventure for patient entering hospice

    Aggie Morgan has always been adventurous. She's been skydiving, scuba diving and enjoyed vacations with her husband, John Morgan, in the jungles of Central America. Entering her 70s, there was one adventure she looked forward to but hadn't taken: a hot air balloon ride. She and her friends attempted to take a balloon ride on [...]

May 25, 2022