My Pilgrimage to the Mayo Clinic



I never thought my second trip to the Mayo Clinic would be for serious health issues. I am headed to chilly (or should I say freezing) Rochester, Minnesota next week to seek answers to an unknown illness I’ve suffered for the past three months.

I have received so much support from friends, twitter followers, and loyal blog readers–and I truly appreciate it. Your kind words during my illness have reminded me to keep going and to know there will be and end to this–and I hope my end will be found here at Mayo.

I am very weak and have not had the strength to write over these past three months. That being said, I am going to attempt to blog my journey to Mayo. My hope is to document, if only for myself, what a patient experiences as they travel to Mayo to seek answers to what seem like hopeless medical problems.

Stay tuned.

20 Comments on “My Pilgrimage to the Mayo Clinic

  1. I hope that you find the answers that you need. I understand the frustration of unknown diagnoses too well.


  2. I’m following you all the way, confident that you will find an answer. Keep us informed.

  3. I hope that you find the answers you are looking for @ yes it must be frustrating not knowing or not getting the answers you are looking for. I am following you now on twitter @ I hope that you get the strength @ courage to write again, @ wishing you the best of health. Thinking of you @ your well-being.

  4. Sarah, I look forward to following your journey. You’ll be in great hands at Mayo. Here’s hoping you experience a rapid recovery!

  5. Sarah! Ant and I are praying for you and miss your dearly. Thinking about you all the time.

  6. If it were not for Mayo Clinic and their advanced medical teams I would not be alive today. I lie in Knoxville, Tn. and still go to Mayo Clinic every 6 mos for check-ups. Yes een in the horrible winter. We are going back in March for the 6 mo. visits. Your are in good hands at Mayo Clinic.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sarah. Hoping you will find the answers you need to restore your health. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  8. Sarah! I’m so sorry to hear you’re sick. I’ve been following your blog from the shadows – I was wondering where you’d been these months. Safe travels and fast recovery… I’ll be thinking of you <3

  9. If it helps Sarah – it’s been a mild winter here and the temps are going to be in the high 30s. Not warm by your standards, but for February, it could be far worse.
    Good luck with your appointments. You are in good hands.

  10. Sarah, I’ve been following your blog for some time now. I, also, know your frustrations firsthand. You inspired me to get a 2nd opinion at Mayo with a rhuematologist. Results after umteen tests – inconclusive. Gaaa! I have celiac, IBS, and joint pain all over, and of course, the lovely chronic fatigue. Sound familiar? Needless to say, I’m also not able to work out of my home anymore and most days are just struggle. Please maintain your hope. The science of rhumatology/auto-immune disease is slowly progressing, abet slowly. I would certainly be up for participating in ANY experimental therapy that Mayo is working on (as I’m sure you would be, too). We’ll have to wait and see.
    You take Care of yourself every day. My thoughts are with you!


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