Arizona patient stories

  1. Kidney Transplant is All in the Family

    Maesy Ramirez, Kelsey Ramirez-Macias, Sophia Remirez and Jose Ramirez. When Jose Ramirez learned his kidneys were failing and he needed a transplant, his sister Kelsey Ramirez-Macias immediately stepped forward to be his donor. With guidance from Mayo Clinic's Hispanic Transplant Program, the Ramirez family navigated the transplant process, and now Jose's health has been restored. [...]

  2. Reenergized After Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment for Painful, Debilitating Symptoms

    Margaret Parry is moving with ease around her Wyoming home and community these days. She has plenty of energy, she's excited about life and she feels good. It's a 180-degree difference from a year ago when an undiagnosed condition made each step she took a painful proposition. As far back as 67-year-old Margaret Parry can [...]

  3. From Tumor to Toddler: A Montana Man's Path to Fatherhood

    As a newlywed couple trying to have a baby, Derin and Sandra Gebhardt were anxious and worried when they failed to conceive. But Mayo Clinic surgeons provided new hope after successfully removing a tumor near Derin's brain that was the cause of their infertility and the root of his other health problems. When Derin and [...]

  4. Fighting Leukemia, Then Joining the Team

    When Nicklaus Lego was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer, he was told his chances of survival were slim. To beat the disease, Nic needed a bone marrow transplant and an expert medical team. At Mayo Clinic, Nic found both. And in the process, he discovered a new life's mission. As a [...]

  5. Moving Well and Feeling Good With Holistic Care

    Garret Choby, M.D., Linda Feges and Grant Hamilton III, M.D. For years, Linda Feges has relied on a multidisciplinary care team at Mayo Clinic to help her address symptoms related to movement disorders. Recently, that team also opened the door for Linda to receive treatment for an odd lump on her face. Now, the lump [...]

  6. Genetic Testing Reveals Answers During Long Medical Odyssey

    Debra, Kyle and Todd Christy After searching nearly three decades for an explanation to his challenging medical problems, whole-exome sequencing at Mayo Clinic finally provided the information Kyle Christy needed to better understand his condition and chart a way forward. At age 27, Kyle Christy has defied the odds. He was born with seemingly insurmountable [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. Surviving Cervical Cancer, Sharing Her Story

    When Lena Spotleson sought treatment for unexplained stomach pain, the 26-year-old was shocked to learn she had late-stage cervical cancer. But the aggressive treatment Lena received at Mayo Clinic eliminated the cancer. Now, in an effort to help others, she's sharing her perspective on being a cancer survivor. For a long time after Lena Spotleson [...]

  9. 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 [...]

  10. Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle

    Pam Stubbs hadn't felt well in years. But now, thanks to a successful liver transplant at Mayo Clinic, Pam feels better than ever, and she's channeling newfound energy into her passion for horseback riding. Pam Stubbs had felt so bad for so long that she'd forgotten what it was like to feel good. Initially chalking [...]

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