Arizona patient stories

  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. Life-Threatening Infection Leads to Lifesaving Heart Surgery

    Alex Zabaski became seriously ill when an infection destroyed one of his heart valves. But emergency heart surgery at Mayo Clinic eliminated the danger and restored Alex's heart health. In March 2017, Alex Zabaski of Phoenix welcomed the chance to see friends in Chicago -- a city he'd never visited before. During his stay, the [...]

  5. Emerging From the Grip of Chronic Pain

    For years, the chronic pain of Crohn's disease isolated Breanne Spence from family and friends. At Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center, Breanne learned how to manage the pain so she could take control of her life again. Breanne Spence, typically an active teen, tried valiantly to keep up with her high school friends who were [...]

  6. Making Music Again After Bidding a Tumor Goodbye

    After months of living with sharp, shooting pain in her arm, Corrine Craig sought help at Mayo Clinic. Her care and treatment by a multidisciplinary team took away the pain and allowed the piano player to return to the pastime she loves. Corrine Craig ended 2016 in horrible pain. It disrupted her days and kept [...]

  7. Teamwork and Motivation Spur Recovery from Brachial Plexus Injury

    A motor vehicle accident left Jennifer Tetler without the use of her left arm. But the comprehensive treatment plan developed by her Mayo Clinic care team, along with Jennifer's drive to recover as fully as possible, led to an excellent outcome. Jennifer Tetler tried to react, tried to get out of the way. "I had [...]

  8. Using Expertise and Teamwork to Tackle a Brain Tumor

    After being plagued by mysterious symptoms for more than a year, Richard Uihlein was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told nothing could be done about it. Undeterred, he went to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There he found a way forward after all.? For more than a year, Lauralee Uihlein couldn't shake the [...]

  9. Expert Surgery Puts Hiker Back on Top

    When hip dysplasia triggered painful symptoms, Sandra Cook feared her hiking days were over. But an intricate orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic took away the pain, and now Sandra has happily returned to the trails. When Sandra Cook stood atop the granite monolith Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, not only could she see the [...]

  10. A New Kidney With a Little Help From His Friends

    When Fred Anderson needed a new kidney, he didn't have to look far to find eager donors. His friends Jim Ross and Ted Schreiber both stepped forward. Although Jim ended up being the donor, all three banded together to ensure the transplant journey included plenty of support and camaraderie. Fred Anderson of Great Falls, Montana, [...]

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