Minnesota patient stories

  1. From Health Care Advisor to Transplant Patient to Mayo Clinic Employee

    Piper Nieters Su had spent years in Washington, D.C., working with institutions like Mayo Clinic on health care policy reform. Piper's relationship with Mayo Clinic changed dramatically, however, after she was diagnosed with a rare liver disease. The comments from her spouse were made out of love, but they were given when Piper Nieters Su [...]

  2. Scoliosis Surgery Preserves Teen's Mobility, Boosts Self-Esteem

    As an active teenager, Mason Orth struggled with the back brace she had to wear to correct her scoliosis. And she was hesitant to move forward with the other treatment option presented to her, spinal fusion. But a consult at Mayo Clinic revealed another option -- one that has yielded dramatic results. To 17-year-old Mason [...]

  3. Second Opinion Leads to Less-Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

    Sue and Mike DiGennaro When Mike DiGennaro was diagnosed with stage 1 esophageal cancer, he wanted a minimally invasive treatment option. He found that, and more, at Mayo Clinic. Mike DiGennaro knew he needed surgery. But he thought he would have a procedure to correct an umbilical hernia, and that would be the end of [...]

  4. When Faced With Complex Heart Surgery, Physician Picks Mayo Clinic

    When he learned that he needed heart surgery, Andrew Ross, M.D., knew that in order to take care of his patients, he had to take care of himself. To do that, he turned to Mayo Clinic. Last year, Andrew Ross, M.D., a 44-year-old gastroenterologist who was accustomed to his role as a health care provider, [...]

  5. Genetic Test Solves Mystery of Family Bleeding Disorder

    Mallory and Sawyer Riggs When a problem with low blood platelet counts surfaced in three generations of the Riggs family, Mayo Clinic doctors went to work to discover what was causing the disorder. Genetic testing revealed the answer, and now, armed with that information, the family is moving forward with confidence. Mallory Riggs' family had [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. Skilled Care and Kindness Help Overcome a Rare Salivary Gland Tumor

    When Susan Roupp's tongue began cramping, she looked to Mayo Clinic to find the cause of this strange symptom. During her care team's investigation, they uncovered a mass in Susan's cheek that turned out to be an aggressive cancer. In addition to being grateful for the quick diagnosis and expert care, Susan was impressed by [...]

  8. Beating Back a Brain Tumor Amid Loss

    Terence Burns, M.D., and Katie Garrison When Katie Garrison embarked on treatment for a brain tumor, she did so supported by her husband, Joe. Midway through her journey, however, Joe died from complications due to his own cancer, and Katie leaned on her Mayo Clinic care team. Now, with their compassionate care and customized therapies, [...]

  9. Seeing Dramatic Results After a Frightening Eye Injury

    When one of his eyes was severely injured, Leo Druliner's parents were worried that, due to the trauma, their toddler might never regain his vision in that eye. But a team of Mayo Clinic specialists went to work to repair the damage, and now Leo's on the road to a successful recovery. It's one of [...]

  10. Changing Careers After Cancer Treatment to Make a Difference for Others

    After going through a demanding regimen of cancer treatment, Jay Masters decided he wanted to use the experience to help others facing difficult health challenges. So he quit his job and came to work for Mayo Clinic. Editor's note: When Jay Masters first came to Mayo Clinic, he was a patient receiving a difficult diagnosis [...]

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