Minnesota patient stories

  1. Amy Brase

    Lesson learned: Don’t ignore nagging chest pain

    For weeks, Amy Brase had brushed off nagging chest pain. “It just didn’t seem like an emergency,” says Brase, a 36-year-old writer and mother of three from Oronoco, Minn. But after reading an article on heart attack symptoms in women, her husband, Adam, began doing a bit of nagging himself. “Adam e-mailed me part of [...]

  2. Annemieke van der Werff

    My Mayo Story

    By Annemieke van der Werff At the end of March 2010, my husband and I returned from a wonderful trip through India. During the trip I had noticed a swollen lymph node in my left armpit. At first I didn't make much of it, but as it persisted I went to see my doctor in [...]

  3. Nicotine Dependence Residential Treatment Program - John's Experience

    It's one of those things that at least for me, even when I was leaving to go to Rochester back in 2008, I really had little hope the program would work for me. I smoked 2+ packs a day for 25+ years, and it's not an easy thing to let go. In my mind it gave [...]

  4. A first of its kind surgery

    Three years ago, when Janis Ollson, now 32, was pregnant with her second child, she experienced agonizing back pain. But, unlike the back pain she had during her first pregnancy with daughter Braxtyn, this time the pain would not subside. “I was desperate for relief,” says Ollson. Five months into the pregnancy she could no [...]

  5. Goals achieved: Beat cancer, walk again

    When Robert Anderson realized he was facing cancer and a possible amputation of his leg, he wrote down three goals that he still carries in his wallet: Save my life, save my limb and maintain an active lifestyle. Three years later, he's two for three on his list and not looking back. In 2006, Anderson, [...]

  6. "We plan to continue to use the Mayo Clinic, no matter where in the country we live"

    Every physician Anne Stohrer and her son turned to for treatment of his chronic knee and hip pain came-up with a non-diagnosis. Many frustrating years passed while they fought to find a care plan that would relieve his pain and allow him to be the young, active boy he wanted to be. As the years [...]

  7. Mackenzie’s vision: Coordinated care, rapid treatment restore child’s eyesight

    When Mackenzie Chicos, an active 8-year-old from Owatonna, Minn., woke up for school one morning seeing spots in her left eye, her family didn’t suspect that anything could be seriously wrong. It was — and her vision was at risk. On that day in September 2010, Mackenzie went to school as usual. She mentioned the [...]

  8. Born Deaf and My Miracle of Sound

    I was born profoundly deaf due to auditory neuropathy and did not hear a single sound until I received a cochlear implant when I was 4 ½ years old. My parents said that I was always a happy, sweet child and I was born with a smile on my face and a twinkle in my [...]

  9. Mayo Clinic corporate dragon boat team Synchronicity

    Mayo Clinic breast cancer survivors/employees take to the water to spread breast cancer awareness

    Toni Kay Mangskau makes a living helping patients from around the world learn about the latest cancer research.                                                   Mangskau, 45, a clinical trials referral coordinator at Mayo Clinic’s Cancer Education Center in Rochester, Minn., never imagined she would one day be a patient possibly facing cancer herself. Numbed by the news of being diagnosed with [...]

  10. Paul Hamernik

    "Green Light" Laser Surgery Treats BPH

    Paul Hamernik says that "green light" laser surgery has meant he can enjoy his life again. As a stock car racer, Paul Hamernik thought his frequent restroom breaks were an occupational hazard. He simply accepted that his bladder was small and his nerves ran wild — until he learned his PSA level was increasing. "PSA, [...]

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