The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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  1. Living in the Present, Grateful for Life

    Buoyed by her Mayo Clinic care team, Kellie Leasure, a 48-year-old mother of four living with metastatic breast cancer, embraces each day. On the trip home from a Mayo Clinic appointment in January, where Kellie Leasure had received the news that metastatic breast cancer had again spread to her brain, "The Warrior" by Patty Smyth [...]

  2. From Mysterious Broken Bones to Ballroom Dancing

    Don Varney's bones were breaking, and no one could tell him why. But after being diagnosed with of a rare form of vitamin D deficiency triggered by a hard-to-detect tumor and then undergoing surgery to remove it, Don has returned to his active, athletic ways. Written by Don Varney My wife of 20 years, Yvonne, [...]

  3. 62-Year-Old Spinal Fusion Stands the Test of Time

    In 1956, spinal fusion surgery was in its infancy. But the pioneering medicine Joyce Gugler received for scoliosis from her Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeons at that time set her on the path to a pain-free future. Even at age 13, Joyce Weisman Gugler knew she was receiving state-of-the-art treatment when, in 1956, she underwent spinal [...]

  4. Right-Handed Once More, Thanks to Unique Orthopedic Surgery

    Craig Cretsinger had accepted the fact that he'd never be able to use his right hand ? until he learned about a specialized hand surgery at Mayo Clinic. For 45 years, Craig Cretsinger lived without the use of his right hand. It was the result of a spinal cord injury he'd suffered decades earlier. The [...]

  5. Former NATO Engineer Back in the Game After Shoulder Replacement

    When he began to have serious shoulder pain, James Biond feared his decades-long enjoyment of racquetball might come to an end. But his Mayo Clinic surgeon put those fears to rest. Now after shoulder replacement, James has returned to his favorite sport pain-free. Despite five knee operations and chronic arthritis, James Biond has always enjoyed [...]

  6. Ankle Surgery Gives Swimmer Another Chance to Pursue Her Dreams

    Frustrated by ongoing pain, Lexi Riley considered giving up on swimming ? a sport she loves. But ankle surgery at Mayo Clinic solved the problem, and now Lexi is thrilled to be back in the pool. Swimming means the world to Alexis "Lexi" Riley. But when an ankle injury left her with significant ongoing pain [...]

  7. Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery Restores Active Lifestyle for Mini Kincaid

    ? Over time, knee pain began to severely limit Mini Kincaid's enjoyment of the activities she loved. But with robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic, Mini is ready to get back in action. Herminia "Mini" Kincaid has been active her entire life ? running, skiing and playing everything from soccer to golf to tennis. [...]

  8. Minor Scrape Leads to Major Health Crisis

    A seemingly innocent scrape on the hand landed Chris Gordon in a fight for his life after it morphed into a serious infection of a flesh-eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis. The morning of March 18, 2017, started like many others for Chris Gordon. "I was helping my wife get our kids into the van [...]

  9. From Walking With a Cane to Biking 100 Miles After Knee Replacement

    Pain was Julie Frisby's constant companion after a series of injuries damaged her knee and spine. Knee replacement surgery at Mayo Clinic provided the relief she needed to resume an active life. Before her total knee replacement surgery in February 2017, Julie Frisby was in excruciating pain from a series of injuries. The Ponte Vedra, [...]

  10. After a Serious Motorcycle Accident, Sue Bothun Is Back on the Road

    Sue Bothun is living life again and getting back to the work she loves after recovering from a devastating accident, with the help of her?orthopedic surgeons and Mayo Clinic's?back-to-work program. For more than half her life, Sue Bothun has been a motorcycle rider. To the Mayo Clinic?nurse, motorcycling is a way of life and a [...]

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Jan. 24, 2018