Becoming an Employee after 35 Years as a Mayo Patient


Linda Rockey’s first experience at Mayo Clinic was in 1971, when her grandmother insisted that she come to Mayo Clinic for treatment of her worsening Crohn’s disease. “It was a week that just changed my life,” she says. Thirty years later Mayo neurosurgeon Dr. Fredric Meyer operated on Linda to repair a double aneurysm in her brain. In the video below, Linda describes how her life-changing experience as a Mayo Clinic patient led her to move to Rochester to become a Mayo employee so she could help serve patients:

As you can see, Linda’s passion for Mayo Clinic and for helping our patients (and those who care for them) is obvious. It was a pleasure meeting her last week, and we look forward to her future contributions here on Sharing Mayo Clinic. Just as she enjoys helping first-time patients and their families find their way in the downtown Rochester campus, Linda will be sharing stories and observations as a regular contributor to this blog.

What’s your Mayo Clinic story?

Lee Aase is manager for syndication and social media at Mayo Clinic.

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2 Responses to “Becoming an Employee after 35 Years as a Mayo Patient”

  1. Jane Ramsey Says:

    Thank you Linda for sharing. We too experienced the same anxiety leaving the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I brought my daughter for help with her new diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. Our experience was incredible! From the very first phone call inquiring about coming all the way through to our appointments and treatments it was like no other health care experience. We didn’t want to leave… and my daughter wanted to relocate to Rochester. Even now, back at home it has been unbelievably hard to find a doctor as skilled and compassionate as our Mayo doctor. But she is just a phone call away, and we have called her for help in understanding treatments and second opinion consults. The Mayo Clinic is really utopia for patients and and their families trying to help. Thank you.

    • Linda Rockey Says:

      Jane – I’m so glad you shared your positive experience at Mayo Clinic. I do hope your daughter has found a GI close to home who will also correspond with her Mayo Clinic physician. We need all the help we can get. There are lots of great books on Crohn’s disease and I hope she is doing well and keeping up on new therapies. At one time I had a hour long massage once a month (benefits last for 3 weeks) and never felt better. Need to start treating myself again. We must respect the body and give it what it needs. Wishing you all health and happiness. Linda

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