The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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    1. Vision Preserved With an Innovative Approach to Brain Surgery

      When Jo-Ann Rosemont learned she had a meningioma in her head, she followed her care team's advice and had regular checkups for more than a year to make sure it wasn't growing. But after one of her local doctors insisted that she get a second opinion at Mayo Clinic, Jo-Ann ended up undergoing a unique [...]

    2. Back in the Game After Pain Rehabilitation

      At 35, Tyler McDonald felt like his best years were behind him. Affected by mystifying mobility issues and severe pain, he needed a cane and heavy pain medications to move through his days. Withdrawn and depressed, Tyler's outlook was grim -- until he met a Mayo Clinic neurologist who opened a door that led Tyler [...]

    3. Happy to Give Back to Mayo Clinic After Battling Rare Autoimmune Disease

      Erin Ayub spent months in a medically induced coma as her Mayo Clinic care team worked to fight off a rare and dangerous form of encephalitis. Today, Erin has made a remarkable recovery, and now as a Mayo staff member, she's eagerly working to help further the mission of the health care organization that saved [...]

    4. From Restless Legs to Dancing Feet

      For the first four years of her life, Savannah Brock didn't sleep more than a few hours at a time. Though desperately tired, the child couldn't fall or stay asleep due to an unrelenting urge to move her legs. While Savannah's parents knew something was wrong, medical tests didn't reveal the cause. Then they met [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    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. 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, [...]

    9. Despite a Rare Blood Vessel Abnormality, Allison Dances On

      When a cavernous malformation was discovered in her brain, Allison Nilsen turned to Mayo Clinic for answers. The care and treatment she's received at Mayo has allowed her to complete her college degree and continue doing what she loves. Allison Nilsen has been dancing since she was 2 years old. And despite being diagnosed with [...]

    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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    Oct. 16, 2019