Patient stories

  1. Rising Above a Rare, Debilitating Disorder

    Diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome -- an extremely rare autoimmune neurologic condition -- Tara Zier looked to Mayo Clinic for help. There she found valuable guidance and gained a new outlook on how to manage her condition. For three years, Dr. Tara Zier went from specialist to specialist in the Washington, D.C. area trying to find [...]

  2. Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain

    For years, the chronic pain of Crohn's disease isolated Breanne Spence from family and friends. At Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center, Breanne learned how to manage the pain so she could take control of her life again. Breanne Spence, typically an active teen, tried valiantly to keep up with her high school friends who were [...]

  3. From Surviving to Thriving, Thanks to the Pain Rehabilitation Center

    Marissa Koscielski's back injuries led to chronic pain that eventually forced her into a wheelchair. Participating in Mayo Clinic's pediatric pain rehabilitation program helped her overcome the pain and put her back on her feet. Marissa Koscielski leaped into the air on the steps of the Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame. In [...]