Minnesota patient stories

  1. Multiple Medical Emergencies Give Nurse A New Perspective on Mayo Clinic Care

    As a nurse for more than eight years at Mayo Clinic?s Rochester campus, Jacklyn Traurig knew firsthand the value of the organization?s team approach to health care. But although Jackie was practiced at providing quality care, she didn?t truly see just how exceptional Mayo Clinic?s style was until she found herself in back-to-back medical crises. [...]

  2. Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

    When Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to maintain his commercial driving privileges, he left with much more than a renewed driver?s license. The 58-year-old departed his appointment with an urgent directive from the nurse practitioner that examined him to see his primary care doctor. The [...]

  3. Colleagues Go From Sharing a Workplace to Sharing a Kidney

    When Dawn Odenthal sat down for a meeting with her colleague Jolinda Conzemius in June 2014, organ donation was nowhere on her radar. The two women knew one another through their work at a company that specializes in school photography, yearbooks, church directories and other forms of memory preservation. Dawn is a regional sales director, [...]

  4. Deep-brain Stimulation Helps A Pilot Return to Flight

    As a commercial airline pilot, Tyrone Nanton spends his days in a standard blue-and-white uniform. But in his off-hours, Tyrone?s creativity emerges in two favorite hobbies: creating colorful, elaborate costumes for carnival in his native Antigua, and painting. From 2006 to 2015, though, a tremor that got progressively worse made his hands shake so much [...]

  5. Unique Treatment Option Cures Cushing Syndrome for Jessie Brown

    Retired elementary school teacher Jessie Brown takes time to enjoy the pleasures of daily life. She goes for long walks with her dogs, King Solomon and Baby Ruth. She spends time with her children and grandchildren who live near the farm where she and her husband, Tom, make their home in rural Marshall, Arkansas. She [...]

  6. Teen Finds a Positive Way Forward After a Brain Cancer Diagnosis

    When he was born 13 years ago, Connor Johnson was a "miracle baby,? according to his parents. Kathleen and Curtiss Johnson had struggled for years to become and stay pregnant. They had given up hope, when they discovered they were nearly four months along. The miracle of Connor?s life took on new poignancy in the [...]

  7. A Male Mammogram Brings Relief, Life and Marketing Lessons

    By?Marty Weintraub Editor?s Note: Marty Weintraub, an entrepreneur, author, speaker and musician, came to Mayo Clinic in 2015 for a mammogram after noticing a lump on his chest. He wrote a compelling account of the experience on his blog, and gave us permission to repost his story.? From a San Francisco?truffle shop?to an upscale?St. Paul [...]

  8. After Sinus Surgery at Age 82, Charles Metzler Is Breathing Easy

    If you go looking for Charles Metzler, you?ll often find him out on the acreage he owns in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Casper, Wyoming. The 82-year-old spends his days tending his well-manicured lawn, caring for his troop of animals ? ducks, rabbits, a pot-bellied pig named Mimi, and a miniature donkey named Haley ? [...]

  9. Liver Transplant Allows Young Father to Be There for His Family

    Bryan Duncan didn?t think twice about the lab tests he had as part of a routine medical checkup in the fall of 2014. A 29-year-old father of two small children, Bryan led a busy life, didn?t have any health problems, and felt fine. When the test results came back, though, they showed enzyme levels in [...]

  10. Persevering Through Brain Cancer, Travis McGinnis Remains Upbeat and Optimistic

    Travis McGinnis was just 30 years old when an insidious cancer was discovered in his brain. It had been growing there for some time, he says ? his physicians estimated between five and 10 years. Had the stage-three oligoastrocytoma not been detected when it was, Travis would have likely lost his life. As it happened, [...]

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