Transplant patient stories

  1. CAR-T Versus Cancer

    Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in her 40s, Tanis Milicevic tried a number of treatments to keep the disease in check. But the cancer came back. Then her Mayo Clinic care team offered Tanis a new option, and it made a world of difference. At first, Tanis Milicevic's local doctor told her to wait and see. [...]

  2. Arizona Family is 'Transplant Strong' for Son's Journey to Kidney Health

    When Kendon Holdaway found out he would need a kidney transplant, his close-knit family rallied around him. With his mother as his living donor, and his father and siblings stepping up to be caregivers, the transplant turned into a bonding experience that drew the family even closer. It's often said that parents will do anything [...]

  3. Pedaling His Way to a Successful Heart Transplant

    Told he needed a heart transplant to stay alive, Greg Williams could have simply sat back and waited. Instead, he chose to take ownership of his health by exercising in his hospital room at Mayo Clinic right up until the day of his transplant in hopes of preparing his body and mind as best he [...]

  4. Living His Best Life Against the Backdrop of Incurable Cancer

    When Scott Stewart learned he had a rare neuroendocrine tumor, the journey ahead of him looked frightening and difficult. But with steadfast support from an interdisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Scott now takes comfort in knowing that some of the best physicians in the world are walking the path with him. These days, Scott Stewart spends [...]

  5. Kidney Transplant is All in the Family

    Maesy Ramirez, Kelsey Ramirez-Macias, Sophia Remirez and Jose Ramirez. When Jose Ramirez learned his kidneys were failing and he needed a transplant, his sister Kelsey Ramirez-Macias immediately stepped forward to be his donor. With guidance from Mayo Clinic's Hispanic Transplant Program, the Ramirez family navigated the transplant process, and now Jose's health has been restored. [...]

  6. After Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Allma Says Goodbye to Diabetes

    For decades, Allma Johnson managed her diabetes with insulin and diet. But at 43, her heart and kidneys were failing as a result of the disease, and she needed a kidney and pancreas transplant. Today, thanks to the transplant she received at Mayo Clinic, Allma's diabetes and its devastating complications are gone. When Allma Johnson [...]

  7. Fighting Leukemia, Then Joining the Team

    When Nicklaus Lego was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer, he was told his chances of survival were slim. To beat the disease, Nic needed a bone marrow transplant and an expert medical team. At Mayo Clinic, Nic found both. And in the process, he discovered a new life's mission. As a [...]

  8. From Health Care Advisor to Transplant Patient to Mayo Clinic Employee

    Piper Nieters Su had spent years in Washington, D.C., working with institutions like Mayo Clinic on health care policy reform. Piper's relationship with Mayo Clinic changed dramatically, however, after she was diagnosed with a rare liver disease. The comments from her spouse were made out of love, but they were given when Piper Nieters Su [...]

  9. Looking to the Future Despite Multiple Myeloma

    Linda Kent has been living with multiple myeloma for seven years. After having only a partial response to the treatment she was on when she lived in Idaho, she moved to Florida and began a different treatment regimen at Mayo Clinic. Today, Linda is more hopeful than ever as she begins new treatment as part [...]

  10. Comprehensive Care for a Complex Diagnosis Offers New Hope

    When Travis Morris first came to Mayo Clinic, he had no explanation for the debilitating symptoms that had brought him to Rochester, Minnesota. By the time he left, however, Travis not only had a diagnosis, he had a treatment plan that's now helping to significantly improve his quality of life. Travis Morris had waited a [...]

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