Minnesota patient stories

  1. From Surviving to Thriving, Thanks to the Pain Rehabilitation Center

    Marissa Koscielski's back injuries led to chronic pain that eventually forced her into a wheelchair. Participating in Mayo Clinic's pediatric pain rehabilitation program helped her overcome the pain and put her back on her feet. Marissa Koscielski leaped into the air on the steps of the Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame. In [...]

  2. Neurosurgery Frees Peggy Lang From Constant Pain

    Diagnosed with a rare condition that affected her neck muscles, Peggy Lang suffered for years with debilitating headaches, tremors and dizzy spells. But surgery at Mayo Clinic relieved her symptoms, allowing her to enjoy life once again. Many of us might take curling up in a chair and reading a book for granted. Not Peggy [...]

  3. Cardiology Nurse, Heart Attack Survivor Has Message for Women: ?Listen to Your Body?

    After surviving a heart attack of her own, cardiology nurse Kristin O'Meara has a clear and important message for women: "Listen to your body." Kristin O'Meara's story, she says, is one of denial. It began with searing chest pain, a serious symptom Kristin understands well from three decades as a cardiology nurse at Mayo Clinic. [...]

  4. Breathing Easier After Nose Reconstruction Surgery

    Plagued by breathing problems and unwanted changes in her appearance, Diane Kolmer turned to Mayo Clinic for diagnosis and treatment that included reconstructive surgery. Now she's back to looking and feeling like herself again. Twenty-one years ago, when Diane Kolmer began her battle with multiple sclerosis (MS), she came to Mayo Clinic looking for answers [...]

  5. Minor Scrape Leads to Major Health Crisis

    A seemingly innocent scrape on the hand landed Chris Gordon in a fight for his life after it morphed into a serious infection of a flesh-eating bacterium known as necrotizing fasciitis. The morning of March 18, 2017, started like many others for Chris Gordon. "I was helping my wife get our kids into the van [...]

  6. Beating the Odds Against a Deadly Cancer

    Laughing often, listening to his physicians and receiving monthly chemotherapy have helped Clyde Erickson thrive while dealing with acute myelogenous leukemia. Clyde Erickson didn't exactly look death in the face and laugh. But laughter is one of the tools he has used to stay upbeat and mentally healthy for six years, despite having a blood [...]

  7. Novel Stem Cell Treatment Means New Lease on Life

    As part of a pioneering clinical trial, Jared Ausnehmer had millions of stem cells injected into his heart to help treat a debilitating heart condition. That treatment has opened the door to renewed health for Jared. Halloween is an especially meaningful day for Jared Ausnehmer and his family. On Oct. 31, 2011, Jared's family saw [...]

  8. 'There Isn't Another Place in the World I Would Rather Crash'

    Carbon monoxide poisoning led to a plane crash that sent pilot Dan Bass to the hospital at Mayo Clinic. His doctors were able to treat his injuries and help him ?recover from the poisoning, thanks in part to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The last thing Dan Bass remembers about his flight from Duluth, Minnesota, on Feb. [...]

  9. After a Serious Motorcycle Accident, Sue Bothun Is Back on the Road

    Sue Bothun is living life again and getting back to the work she loves after recovering from a devastating accident, with the help of her?orthopedic surgeons and Mayo Clinic's?back-to-work program. For more than half her life, Sue Bothun has been a motorcycle rider. To the Mayo Clinic?nurse, motorcycling is a way of life and a [...]

  10. Second Opinion at Mayo Clinic Changes a Nurse's Destiny

    Distressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons. December 2016 brought an end to an eight-day period in Jessica Kenser's life that was bookended by events both devastating and astounding. That span of days began with the news [...]

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