When a medical condition impacts the brain or spine, patients and their families naturally experience a wide range of emotions. But along with feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear, hope frequently can coexist. Our patients have taught us that while success is not universal when the brain or spine is affected, it is often within reach. The following "Hope Stories," told with the permission of our patients, present satisfactory solutions to challenging neurological situations. As you are reading, please remember that every patient is unique. Results of neurological care are not always the same.
Jo Anne's story
Herniated lumbar disc
By the time Jo Anne first saw Arthur Arand, MD, a neurosurgeon with Mayfield Brain & Spine, she was using a walker and her life had come to a virtual standstill. She was still able to perform her desk job, but she could no longer drive. Her husband would drive her to work, and a friend would drive her home. She could not stand for any length of time, which meant she could no longer cook – one of her favorite activities -- or complete any household chores.
More stories from spine patients
Ruth has six small meningioma tumors on the lining of her brain. Her daughter Vivien has three. But neither woman seems very concerned. "Neither one of us considers the tumors to be a big deal," says Vivien, "especially now that they can be treated with the Gamma Knife™."
More stories from cranial patients
Mayfield Spine Athlete
Most of us don’t give much thought to the spine – an engineering wonder of disk-buffered vertebrae that allows us to twist, bend, and lift. "For most people the spine is an invisible component of their lives – until it goes bad," says William Tobler, MD, a Mayfield neurosurgeon. "But once it goes bad, it’s a lifestyle-changer."
If you are undergoing treatment for a back problem, are facing surgery, or are simply fortunate enough to have a healthy back, now is the perfect time to start thinking like a "spine athlete," Dr. Tobler says. "Just as a professional athlete trains constantly, spine athletes benefit by becoming disciplined with regard to their conditioning and healthy living."
Need some inspiration?
Here are the stories of some of our spine athletes.
If you are a current or former Mayfield Spine Athlete yourself, and if you’d like to share your story, please contact us.
Brewster's story >>
Diagnosis: Herniated lumbar disc
Joshua's story >>
Diagnosis: Chiari I malformation
Merrill's story >>
Diagnosis: Foraminal stenosis
Chris's story >>
degeneration & herniation
Laura's story >>
Diagnosis: Fractured vertebrae
Mary Chris's story >>
Diagnosis: Lumbar instability and coronal deformity at L2-3
Gary's story >>
Diagnosis: Herniated discs