Historias de nuestros pacientes: Minnesota

  1. Navigating Breast Cancer With Support and Strength

    Brenda Braatz has been dealing with breast cancer since 2013. Although the diagnosis and its treatment haven't been easy, Brenda is thankful for the expert care, compassion and encouragement she's received from her Mayo team. On Jan. 4, 2013, Brenda Braatz stepped on a roller coaster and didn't get off for five years. At least [...]

  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. Innovative Imaging Charts Course to Successful Cancer Treatment

    When Bruce McVety's prostate cancer returned after a seven-year remission, his doctor suggested he go to Mayo Clinic to receive a test that wasn't available locally. Bruce listened. Today, after comprehensive treatment, the cancer is undetectable, and Bruce is grateful for his renewed health. As a pastor and retired police officer, Bruce McVety is no [...]

  4. Heading Forward With Gratitude and Grace

    For Marisa Bella, living with a rare neurological condition meant managing sustained pain and an unnatural head position, as well as dealing with unwanted reactions from strangers. For years Marisa navigated life while suffering the physical, mental and emotional effects of her illness. That all changed in 2018 when a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon helped her [...]

  5. Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida

    When Melinda and Matt Little found out their baby girl, Aida, was deaf, they wanted to do everything they could to enable her to hear. A multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic helped them achieve that goal. Last November, 7-month-old Aida Little was able to hear her parents' voices calling to her for the first time. [...]

  6. Robotic Spine Surgery Renews Scott Walling's Independence

    Last summer, Scott Walling was in excruciating pain, and he could barely walk. Today he's pain-free and enjoying his favorite hobbies again, thanks to a new procedure offered by Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurosurgery. One of Scott Walling's favorite activities is trapshooting, especially because it's a pastime he gets to share with his children -- [...]

  7. Saying Goodbye to Chronic Pain, Thanks to Nerve Stimulation

    Ron Schlicht thought the chronic pain he'd been living with in his right leg was never going to go away. That began to change, however, after Ron came to Mayo Clinic and met the care team in the Pain Clinic. Ron Schlicht lived with the effects of meralgia paresthetica for years. "Depending on the day, [...]

  8. A Heartfelt Cure

    Fainting spells had plagued Julie Caimi since childhood. But until she went to Mayo Clinic, she had no idea the underlying cause was a congenital heart defect. An expert surgical team at Mayo corrected the problem, and now Julie's symptoms are gone. As a child, Julie Caimi recalls being told she was lazy, especially in [...]

  9. 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 [...]

  10. Embracing Life Wholeheartedly

    When Kim Russell was born in 1960 with a congenital heart defect, doctors weren't optimistic about her survival. Today, thanks to the individualized care and personal support of her Mayo Clinic team, Kim has exceeded all expectations. When Kim Russell was born 58 years ago, her skin wasn't pink. It was blue. The color was [...]

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