Minnesota patient stories

  1. Fighting a Rare Cancer and Using His Voice to Help Others

    Nick Saleum felt a painless lump in his left forearm. One doctor misdiagnosed the lump as a ganglion cyst or lipoma, but Nick noticed the lump growing and went to see another doctor. A biopsy revealed a rare, cancerous tumor: epithelioid sarcoma. "Scanxiety" is how Nick Saleum, a 29-year-old Eau Claire, Wisconsin, resident describes waiting [...]

  2. Surgery to Remove a Nerve Tumor Restores Rose's Joy

    Eleven years of constant pain had left Rose Boehmer worn down and discouraged. Then she met Robert Spinner, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic, who not only identified the long-hidden source of her pain, he and his surgical team eliminated it -- returning Rose to a full and happy life. Rose Boehmer had endured chronic [...]

  3. Beating Pancreatic Cancer With a Fresh Approach to Treatment

    When doctors discovered a stage 3 tumor on John Magee's pancreas that they deemed inoperable, John took his health into his own hands by seeking a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. That decision made all the difference. Today, John is cancer-free. Looking back, the signs were there. "I can see I was sick," John Magee [...]

  4. Cancer and Brain Tumors Call for Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

    Rick and Geri Minard with Doc. As a sled dog trainer, Rick Minard has faced blizzards and subzero temperatures. But those challenges paled in comparison to facing a complicated medical situation that involved brain tumors and two cancer diagnoses. He's been able to weather it all, though, thanks to the trust he's placed in his [...]

  5. Nathan and His Team of Medical Superheroes Work to Defeat Cancer and a Host of Scary Complications

    Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, 4-year-old Nathan Herber's health spiraled downward when he was overcome by life-threatening treatment complications. A team of pediatric specialists at Mayo Clinic came to Nathan's aid. And in the end, they restored the boy's health while putting his cancer in remission. Though he may not share all of Super Mario's jumping [...]

  6. Kindhearted Kid Perseveres Through Multiple Heart Surgeries

    Although 3-year-old Matthew Makela and his family have already been forced to deal with a host of serious medical concerns during the young boy's life, they navigate it all with grace and gratitude. Matthew Makela is a kindhearted 3-year-old who tucks in 20 stuffed animals each night at bedtime and gives his younger sister, Emily, [...]

  7. Advanced Surgery Corrects Rare Birth Defect for Two Brothers

    When a rare disorder was identified in the Doyles' eldest son, they chose the experts at Mayo Clinic to treat and manage his condition. Two years later, when the same disorder appeared in their second child, they didn't think twice about where to take him for care. Parenting a child with an uncommon birth defect [...]

  8. Spinal Fusion Surgery Revives an Active Lifestyle

    After a sudden injury left her with multiple ruptured disks in her lower back, Pat Henneberry knew Mayo Clinic was the place she wanted to go to help her get back on her feet. Returning to her home in Austin, Texas, one day in spring 2018, Pat Henneberry stepped inside and without warning fell to [...]

  9. After Setback, Kaidra's Cancer Journey Continues With Family, Friends and Mayo Clinic by Her Side

    Kaidra Froelich was terrified by the brain cancer diagnosis that brought her to Mayo Clinic. But her expert surgical team got rid of the tumor. Then the disease came back. Now Kaidra and her Mayo team are determined to beat the cancer a second time as her family and friends rally around her. Giuseppe Lanzino, [...]

  10. After Back Surgery, Jamie Ruden's on the Court Again and Looking to Help Others

    When Division 1 women's college basketball player Jamie Ruden could no longer play through, or live with, the chronic back pain that was keeping her from playing her usual style of basketball, she came to Mayo Clinic for the surgical fix she knew she needed. Jamie Ruden knew right away something was wrong. It was [...]

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