Historias de nuestros pacientes: Minnesota

  1. Living-Donor Kidney Transplant Cements Brothers' Bond

    Always close growing up, a successful kidney donation and transplant strengthened the connection between siblings Jim Von Holtum and Greg Vaske. Jim Von Holtum is the third-youngest child, and the youngest boy, in a mixed family of eight brothers and sisters. His half-brother Greg Vaske was already 13 years old when his baby brother was [...]

  2. Outdoors Enthusiast Uses Exercise to Curb Early Onset Parkinson's Disease

    ? Mountain biker, hiker and skier Robert Berlin, M.D., was just 53 when he began experiencing symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Today, thanks to health care tailored to his lifestyle, he remains active and optimistic. Dr. Robert Berlin can tick off a nearly 50-mile bicycle ride in a single afternoon. He can climb a 1600-foot-mountain and [...]

  3. Effective Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer Calls for Customized Care

    Thirty-five-year old mother of three is amazed to find her cancer in remission thanks to her Mayo Clinic team's knowledge and individualized care. Amy Conlon arrived at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus in August 2016 without much hope. The 35-year-old breast cancer patient and mother of three envisioned a grim future for herself. She imagined that [...]

  4. 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 [...]

  5. Neurosurgery Frees Peggy Lang From Constant Pain

    Diagnosed with a rare condition that affected her neck muscles, Peggy Lang suffered for years with debilitating headaches, tremors and dizzy spells. But surgery at Mayo Clinic relieved her symptoms, allowing her to enjoy life once again. Many of us might take curling up in a chair and reading a book for granted. Not Peggy [...]

  6. Cardiology Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor Has Message for Women: ?Listen to Your Body?

    After surviving a heart attack of her own, cardiology nurse Kristin O'Meara has a clear and important message for women: "Listen to your body." Kristin O'Meara's story, she says, is one of denial. It began with searing chest pain, a serious symptom Kristin understands well from three decades as a cardiology nurse at Mayo Clinic. [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  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. Beating the Odds Against a Deadly Cancer

    Laughing often, listening to his physicians and receiving monthly chemotherapy have helped Clyde Erickson thrive while dealing with acute myelogenous leukemia. Clyde Erickson didn't exactly look death in the face and laugh. But laughter is one of the tools he has used to stay upbeat and mentally healthy for six years, despite having a blood [...]

  10. Novel Stem Cell Treatment Means New Lease on Life

    As part of a pioneering clinical trial, Jared Ausnehmer had millions of stem cells injected into his heart to help treat a debilitating heart condition. That treatment has opened the door to renewed health for Jared. Halloween is an especially meaningful day for Jared Ausnehmer and his family. On Oct. 31, 2011, Jared's family saw [...]

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