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Arizona patient stories

From Sadness to Smiles: Art Inspires Emotional Healing

When Bill Hoffman arrived at Mayo Clinic's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, he was so weak he could barely move. Not only was his strength gone, his happiness had disappeared, too. That began to change when Bill picked up a paintbrush and immersed himself in the creative process. Bill Hoffman, a retired neurosurgeon, never considered himself very [...]

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Florida patient stories

New Outlook, New Career Path After Beating Colon Cancer

In April 2018, Evan Beard received the shocking news that he had colon cancer. Evan's local doctor referred him to Mayo Clinic where a multidisciplinary team and the right combination of chemotherapy and surgery made it possible for the young father to beat his daunting diagnosis. In March 2018, 23-year-old Evan Beard had just celebrated [...]

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Minnesota patient stories

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 [...]

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Cancer patient stories

Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. When Johann Lochner boarded a [...]

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Cardiovascular patient stories

Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights

A lifesaving heart transplant at Mayo Clinic helped Elise Campbell break free from the physical limitations of a rare genetic heart condition she had lived with since she was 14. Now Elise is relishing the opportunity to enjoy experiences she never thought possible. Elise Campbell was 14 when doctors in her home state of Iowa [...]

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Transplant patient stories

Andy's Smile Shows His Progress Two Years After Face Transplant

In 2016, Andy Sandness had a face transplant at Mayo Clinic. Now, 2? years later, he's savoring the little things in life many other people take for granted -- like smiling. Two-and-a-half years ago, Andy Sandness was wheeled into an operating room at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus for a 56-hour marathon surgery to give him [...]

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Neurosciences patient stories

Battling a Brain Tumor, Finding Grace

As a pastor, Johann Lochner believes his life's journey is guided by a higher power. Nowhere was that knowledge made clearer for Johann than at Mayo Clinic, where he encountered a team of physicians whose care and surgical talents in removing an insidious brain tumor gave him his life back. When Johann Lochner boarded a [...]

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Pediatric patient stories

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. [...]

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