Neurosciences patient stories

  1. Overcoming an Aneurysm With a Valuable New Tool

    Told that no treatment was available for her brain aneurysm, Judy Henderson sought a second opinion at Mayo Clinic. Her care team deployed an innovative device that effectively treated the aneurysm, giving Judy a fresh opportunity to live life to the fullest. When Judy Henderson woke up one morning with blurry vision while on vacation [...]

  2. Looking Toward the Future After a Long Road to Epilepsy Diagnosis

    Undiagnosed epilepsy disrupted Jake Weiss' life for years. But a comprehensive evaluation finally revealed the true nature of his medical condition and gave him a new way forward. Jake Weiss says he felt like he was dying when panic attack symptoms set in. His heart raced. He got an abnormal sensation in his stomach. He [...]

  3. Living in the Present, Grateful for Life

    Buoyed by her Mayo Clinic care team, Kellie Leasure, a 48-year-old mother of four living with metastatic breast cancer, embraces each day. On the trip home from a Mayo Clinic appointment in January, where Kellie Leasure had received the news that metastatic breast cancer had again spread to her brain, "The Warrior" by Patty Smyth [...]

  4. Back to Farm Fields and Family Thanks to Speedy Stroke Treatment

    After a severe ischemic stroke, Bruce Schmoll has returned to life on his farm thanks to the multidisciplinary care he received at Mayo Clinic. March 22 was not a typical morning for Bruce Schmoll. He usually sleeps in on those days leading up to planting season, and his wife leaves early for work. But on [...]

  5. Timely Stroke Care Allows Frankie Weekley to Keep Celebrating, Look Forward to Daughter's Wedding

    Frankie Weekley suffered a stroke that could have left her severely debilitated. But prompt access to stroke telemedicine saved Frankie?s life and minimized the effect the stroke had on her health. Frankie Weekley of Titusville, Florida, says she has three heroes: her husband, Parrish Medical Center and Mayo Clinic. Frankie credits all three with saving [...]

  6. Controlling Seizures With Careful Attention to Medication Details

    Managing medications while keeping her seizures under control is a challenge for Hannah Soderberg. The Mayo Clinic Outpatient Pharmacy makes it easier with individualized attention and care. In many ways, Hannah Soderberg of Rochester, Minnesota, is a typical 14-year-old. She loves horses, her iPad, her guinea pig and her twin sister. But Hannah faces complex [...]

  7. Diagnosis and Treatment for a Mysterious Illness Turn Despair Into Hope

    With unexplained symptoms worsening daily, Elise Athas' health was spiraling downward quickly until she came to Mayo Clinic and discovered a program that helped her cope, recover and heal. When Elise Athas arrived at Mayo Clinic in November 2017, she was a shell of her old self. Gaunt and weak, the former runner needed a [...]

  8. Comprehensive Care Returns Teacher's Focus to Her Love of Learning

    Two troubling diagnoses had Erika Bauserman worried about her future. Her care team at Mayo Clinic took care of both medical problems so Erika could put her health concerns behind her. A retired preschool teacher, Erika Bauserman, is passionate about child literacy. Since moving to St. Augustine, Florida, from Illinois in 2011, Erika spends much [...]

  9. Neurosurgery Frees Patient From 15 Years of Debilitating Pain

    Gloria Hughes endured episodes of terrible pain for more than a decade before a chance meeting between her local physician and a Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon finally paved the way for desperately needed relief. Fifteen years ago, Gloria Hughes was driving down the freeway in Shreveport, Louisiana, when she suddenly was hit by throbbing, stinging pain. [...]

  10. Spine Surgery Restores Teen's Hope for the Future

    Spine surgery not only preserved Marichu Rosales Brun's ability to walk, it has allowed her to embrace all the promise that the years ahead hold for her. In 2014, 17-year-old Marichu Rosales Brun began experiencing persistent numbness and pain in her upper right thigh. The active teenager and avid tennis player suspected something was wrong. [...]

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