Florida patient stories

  1. Mother's Day Has Special Meaning After Stroke and Heart Surgery

    After weathering a stroke and heart valve replacement, the prospect for Ashley Zimmerman to fulfill her dream of becoming a mom seemed dim. But with guidance and care from Mayo Clinic specialists, now Ashley is looking forward to celebrating her first Mother's Day with her baby boy. Marking the milestones in a child's life is [...]

  2. Genetic Testing Generates Optimism for Ovarian Cancer Treatment

    When Jean Niven learned she had ovarian cancer, her desire to find a knowledgeable, compassionate physician led her to Mayo Clinic. Then, when her cancer returned, genetic information opened the door to fresh treatment options. Gathering all the necessary information about a decision prior to making it has always helped attorney Jean Niven in the [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes

    Mary Shelley struggled for years to control her erratic blood sugar levels, which affected every aspect of her life. A pancreas transplant in 2018 helped her overcome many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, and it has allowed her to experience life in ways she never thought possible. When Mary Shelley was 1? [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. Sports Medicine Propels Ray Yeary to New Heights

    When it comes to outdoor pursuits, Ray Yeary is more than a weekend warrior. A lifelong backpacker and adventure sports enthusiast, Ray has been able to take on increasingly more strenuous activities thanks to the comprehensive care he's received at Mayo's Sports Medicine Clinic. Hiking and being outdoors are passions for Ray Yeary. He loves [...]

  7. New Liver, New Outlook

    When Brian Gurule learned that a rare disease was the reason for his liver failure, he realized it was a race against time to find a medical center where he could get a transplant. At Mayo Clinic, he received the care he needed to give him a fighting chance. In 2016, Brian Gurule was told [...]

  8. Seeing Purpose in Sharing

    If not for the help and healing Sandra Blue received at Mayo Clinic 10 years ago, she may be blind today. Filled with gratitude, Sandra continues to be moved to share her journey of how her sight was saved from a severe complication of rheumatoid arthritis. Ten years ago, Sandra Blue came within weeks of [...]

  9. Anyone With Lungs Can Get Lung Cancer

    As a Mayo Clinic physician, healthy routines were part of Cathy Madaffari's daily life. Yet in 2015, the former marathoner and mom of three found herself in a surprising role reversal when, instead of being a doctor talking a patient through a tough diagnosis, she was the one facing cancer. She was recovering from a [...]

  10. New Perspective on Heart Condition Has Soccer Player Back on the Field

    When myocarditis hit his heart, Drew Beckie was told his professional soccer career was over. But a cardiac specialist at Mayo Clinic took another look, and today Drew is back to the game he loves.? Professional soccer player Drew Beckie was visiting a friend in Stockholm, Sweden, in December 2017 when he began feeling ill. [...]

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