• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Second opinion changes nurse’s destiny

July 30, 2017

patient Jessica with her horseDistressed by the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor, Jessica Kenser sought a second opinion and received life-altering treatment from Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons.


December 2016 brought an end to an eight-day period in Jessica Kenser's life that was bookended by events both devastating and astounding. That span of days began with the news that she had an inoperable brain tumor. It ended with that tumor being completely removed by Mayo Clinic neurosurgeons. Throughout the long week in between, there were many moments Jessica credits for the stunning change of events.

The first came just two days after Jessica, who is a nurse, learned she had a brain tumor deemed too deep to remove. While she was doing online coursework for a doctorate of nursing degree, an advertisement for Mayo Clinic appeared on her monitor. The ad spurred her to action.

Jessica called Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus to request an appointment. She received the welcome news that she could get appointments the next day with physicians in Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurology and Division of Neuro-oncology. Read the rest of the story.
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This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.

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