Life is what happens when plan A becomes 'Plan B'By Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/adaptability/MY02161
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.read biographyclose window
Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Life is what happens when plan A becomes 'Plan B'
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
I recently had the opportunity to visit family in upstate New York. It was a time of sharing and a time of bonding, but also a time of a profound insight. Let me share.
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I once read that life is all about plan B. As our lives unfold, we have a specific vision of our journey. But most of us wind up going down a unique path. Family members shared with me that cities in upstate New York once had acres of factories and parking lots for workers stretching to the horizon.
Companies manufactured motors, turbines, ceramics, rugs, clothing and shoes. In some towns, the entire population worked in factories, foundries or mills. It was unthinkable that life would ever be different. But a tsunami of change swept away the American Dream.
Because of technology, political factors and economic imperatives, the factories closed and moved to other states or countries. The factories are shuttered now. The parking lots are empty. All that remains are memories, some of which are not very positive.
In a real sense, life for the residents of these cities became plan B, and this provides an important lesson for all of us. None of us knows what tomorrow may bring. We need to be proactive. We need to have some sense of the changes at work in our communities or we too may be left behind.blog index