After Treatment for Pituitary Tumor, Pastry Chef is Ready for Sweet Smell of Ordinary Life
After months of being sick with weight loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and vision problems, Jessie Brenholt found out she had a tumor on her pituitary gland that was wrapped around her optic nerve, known as pituitary adenoma. Treatment could have impacted her sense of smell and sight, which was more than vital to Jessie’s career and passion as a pastry chef. Due to the complexity of her situation, her doctor referred her to Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus, where she was treated with multiple surgeries and proton beam therapy. “My doctors at Mayo Clinic understood my concerns and have been great about preserving my quality of life,” said Jessie. Today, Jessie is healing at home and working towards a normal life again. Read more of her story.