Patient stories

  1. Advanced Surgery Corrects Rare Birth Defect for Two Brothers

    When a rare disorder was identified in the Doyles' eldest son, they chose the experts at Mayo Clinic to treat and manage his condition. Two years later, when the same disorder appeared in their second child, they didn't think twice about where to take him for care. Parenting a child with an uncommon birth defect [...]

  2. Less Is More: Losing Weight, Gaining Perspective

    A lifetime of food addiction resulted in Jessica Erickson's weight becoming unmanageable. When she looked for medical help, she found a Mayo Clinic team that offered her the care and support she needed to become a smaller, healthier version of herself. When Jessica Erickson walks up the stairs these days, the only thing she worries [...]

  3. Repaired Deviated Septum is a Breath of Fresh Air

    With a deviated septum that blocked her nasal airway, Mistie Melver couldn't breathe through her nose, and she rarely got a good night's sleep. That changed when, after two failed surgeries, she turned to Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, Mistie found a care team committed to ensuring her nasal obstruction repair was a success. Mistie Melver [...]

  4. Still Smiling Six Decades After First Facial Tumor

    When Nancy Carroll's parents were told the growth on the left side of their then-2-year-old daughter's jaw was likely cancerous, they brought her to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. Almost six decades later, Nancy says that decision changed the direction of her life for the better. Life is full of choices. While many of [...]

  5. Microsurgery Provides Much-Needed Relief to Teen With Lymphedema

    Hobbled with painful ankle swelling for a year, Amanda Garrett finally found answers and a solution at Mayo Clinic. Amanda Garrett's ankle was painful and extremely swollen, and for a year, no one could tell her why. The 18-year-old went from specialist to specialist to determine what was causing her left ankle to swell up [...]

  6. Breathing Easier After Nose Reconstruction Surgery

    Plagued by breathing problems and unwanted changes in her appearance, Diane Kolmer turned to Mayo Clinic for diagnosis and treatment that included reconstructive surgery. Now she's back to looking and feeling like herself again. Twenty-one years ago, when Diane Kolmer began her battle with multiple sclerosis (MS), she came to Mayo Clinic looking for answers [...]

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