Florida patient stories

  1. Despite a Rare Blood Vessel Abnormality, Allison Dances On

    When a cavernous malformation was discovered in her brain, Allison Nilsen turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. The care and treatment she's received at Mayo has allowed her to complete her college degree and continue doing what she loves. Allison Nilsen has been dancing since she was 2 years old. And despite being diagnosed with [...]

  2. Beating Melanoma is a Family Affair for the Devans

    Doug Devan, Roxana Dronca, M.D., and Byron Devan. When Doug and Byron Devan were diagnosed with melanoma, the son and father turned to Mayo Clinic to help them fight the disease. Their physician recommended innovative immunotherapy treatment, and now both men are in remission. Even before he had his own experience receiving care at Mayo [...]

  3. Autoimmune Disease No Handicap to Golfing Greatness

    Billy Dowell Jr. was working toward a goal of playing professional golf when his body betrayed him. He was beset by several autoimmune disorders that left him overwhelmed. With consistent, comprehensive support from his Mayo Clinic Care team, however, not only has Billy gotten his conditions under control, he's successfully returned to golfing. It's a [...]

  4. Shoulder Surgery Helps Weightlifter Keep Pulling Toward Her Dreams

    Photo credit Lifting Life. When Delaney Willingham damaged her right shoulder during a high school meet, she feared her competitive weightlifting days were over. But now, after arthroscopic shoulder surgery at Mayo Clinic, Delaney's fully recovered from her injury, and she's back to high-level competition. Delaney Willingham stepped to the mat, placed both hands on [...]

  5. Looking to the Future Despite Multiple Myeloma

    Linda Kent has been living with multiple myeloma for seven years. After having only a partial response to the treatment she was on when she lived in Idaho, she moved to Florida and began a different treatment regimen at Mayo Clinic. Today, Linda is more hopeful than ever as she begins new treatment as part [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. 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 [...]

  9. 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? [...]

  10. 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 [...]

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