Minnesota patient stories

  1. Back in the Game After Shoulder Surgery

    When Mike Gyarmaty dislocated his right shoulder, he hoped corrective surgery at Mayo Clinic would return him to his normal way of life. But that surgery, along with the intense rehabilitation that followed, helped Mike go far beyond those hopes. As Mike Gyarmaty raced toward home plate during a corporate softball tournament in Austin, Minnesota, [...]

  2. Wide, Wonderful Smiles After Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Treatment

    For Rebecca and J Winkowski, learning that their daughter, Everly, would be born with a cleft lip and palate was an unexpected and unnerving discovery. But after meeting a compassionate team of Mayo Clinic physicians committed to Everly's care, those feelings of anxiety and apprehension quickly vanished. Rebecca and J Winkowski have several nicknames for [...]

  3. Crossing the Finish Line With Help From Sports Medicine

    After a decade of running 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons, pain was keeping Kaitlyn Johnson from the sport she loved. Though she feared her running days were over, a comprehensive treatment plan developed by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine allowed Kaitlyn to get back to running and achieve one of her biggest personal goals. Kaitlyn Johnson's love [...]

  4. Rewriting the Script for Parents of Babies With Down Syndrome

    Randi, Simon and Brian Beyerl For new parents of babies born with Down syndrome, the educational brochures that were at their disposal made them feel less than hopeful. Mayo Clinic's Office of Patient Education knew they could do better, so a team set about creating new materials to provide families with a more optimistic outlook. [...]

  5. Opening Doors for Cancer Research in Native American Communities

    Mayo Clinic's 14-year partnership with Din? College has opened up opportunities for students like Corinna Sabaque to gain experience in fields where Native communities are often underrepresented and underserved. In Sabaque's case, those opportunities launched a career in cancer research. In the summer of 2014, Corinna Sabaque moved more than 1,000 miles from her home in [...]

  6. Comprehensive Dental Care Produces Show-Stopping Smiles

    Feelings of gloom set in whenever Carys Rees-Baker and her family discussed the surgery Carys needed to fix her underbite. But the shadow lifted when Carys met a team of Mayo Clinic dental and maxillofacial specialists whose compassion assured her she would be well-cared for and the treatment well worth the effort. Sixteen-year-old Carys Rees-Baker [...]

  7. Second Opinion Opens the Door to Lifesaving Cancer Care

    LeAnn Kuper couldn't have been more surprised when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and told it was incurable. Despite that shocking news, the upbeat interior designer was undeterred. LeAnn took her case to Mayo Clinic and found a determined physician who offered her a promising alternative. All her life, LeAnn Kuper had been [...]

  8. Back in the Game After Pain Rehabilitation

    At 35, Tyler McDonald felt like his best years were behind him. Affected by mystifying mobility issues and severe pain, he needed a cane and heavy pain medications to move through his days. Withdrawn and depressed, Tyler's outlook was grim -- until he met a Mayo Clinic neurologist who opened a door that led Tyler [...]

  9. Lillian's Gift: Finding New Purpose Driven by Grief

    Mark and Anna Stanfield's daughter, Lillian, arrived at 35 weeks gestation, but she was stillborn. While the family still mourns the loss of their baby girl, they have worked to further research focused on stillbirth, as well as provide comfort to others dealing with pregnancy loss. When Mark and Anna Stanfield's baby girl, Lillian, arrived [...]

  10. Breaking the Silence and Stigma of Mental Illness

    Struggling and on the brink of suicide, Mark Markham turned to an expert team of mental health professionals at Mayo Clinic to help him regain his footing. With their guidance and care, Mark has been able to find his way back to a fulfilling life of purpose. Editor's note: It wasn't that long ago that [...]

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