Minnesota patient stories

  1. Persistent Sore Throat Leads to Life-Saving Care

    When George Campbell was told his nagging sore throat was actually cancer, he could have stayed near home for treatment. Instead, he chose to pack up and drive 1,000 miles to Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus based on a friend's positive experience there. George Campbell thought he just had a sore throat. But when the pain [...]

  2. Brain Surgery Finally Secures Restful Nights for Jo Weir

    Following cutting-edge brain scanning and precision surgery, Jo Weir is catching up on decades of sleep lost to nighttime seizures, and she's relishing her renewed energy. After more than 40 years, Jo Marie Weir is sleeping soundly. Plagued by nocturnal seizures that disrupted her nights since she was a teenager, Jo searched for decades to [...]

  3. Relishing Motherhood After Battling Advanced Breast Cancer

    When she found out her breast cancer had come back, Luciana Farfalli, M.D., faced an uncertain future. But care at Mayo Clinic put the cancer in remission and allowed her to turn her attention back to the family she adores. "I'm so grateful for Andresito. He is the source of life for me," Luciana Farfalli, [...]

  4. Treatment for Throat Cancer Gives Dentist New Point of View

    After undergoing robotic surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy as part of a clinical trial to treat cancer, Bruce Trulson has gained a new understanding of how he can better care for his own patients. In 2015, after nearly 40 years of practicing dentistry, Bruce Trulson, D.D.S., gained new insight into how to care for his [...]

  5. Mastectomy Can't Keep Marianne Huebner Out of Competitive Weightlifting

    When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Marianne Huebner feared her days of competitive weightlifting were over. Her care team at Mayo Clinic had other ideas. Marianne Huebner, Ph.D., was just a few months into trying the sport of weightlifting when she discovered a small lump on one of her breasts during a self-exam. "I [...]

  6. Finally Sleeping Soundly and Seizure-Free

    After years of dealing with nighttime seizures, an Illinois man found the relief he sought after Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely mapped the source of his seizures. Evan Bachtold's wife, Rachel, used to be afraid of going to sleep. Lying next to her husband, who had epilepsy, each sound he uttered and every move he made [...]

  7. Emerging From Mastectomy With a Healthy Body Image Intact

    When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Margaret Pelikan had two goals: to get rid of the disease and to feel normal afterward. Her team at Mayo Clinic helped her accomplish both. For eight years, Margaret Pelikan dreaded mammograms. In 2008, she had been diagnosed with a condition called lobular carcinoma in situ in her [...]

  8. Rough Beginnings, Now Running: 12-year-old's Dream Comes True

    After a heart transplant and two months of cardiovascular rehabilitation, Mischa Melby has finally joined her classmates out on the playground. Like most 12-year-olds, Mischa Melby loves to run. She runs up the stairs. She runs in gym class. She does have to walk in the hallways at school. But if given the option, she [...]

  9. Open-Heart Surgery Achieves Success Without Blood Transfusions

    Teamwork and careful planning allowed for successful surgery to treat a congenital heart defect in an infant who, for religious reasons, could not receive blood transfusions or blood products. When RaeLynn Gehrke was born in December 2016 with a complex heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot, her parents knew they were up against a difficult [...]

  10. Bring Him Now: Transplant Teams Bring Together 'Mayo Clinic at Its Finest' For Young Patient

    When 4-year-old Maksim Messerer's kidney function declined suddenly and unexpectedly, surgical staff from across Mayo Clinic quickly came together to perform his kidney transplant several weeks ahead of schedule. New Year's Eve is supposed to be a time of celebration and hope. But for Jeremiah and Rachael Messerer, Dec. 31, 2014, was anything but celebratory. [...]

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. Next