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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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Resiliency: A lesson from cancer patients
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
The other morning I had the privilege of connecting with five cancer patients who have complex health issues compounded by family, financial and insurance challenges. Yet, each of them is resilient and has the "bounce back factor." Each one is facing life with composure and dignity.
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On the way home that evening I reflected on what it is about these patients that gives them the inner strength to endure the challenges life has thrown at them. The word "pepper" came to mind. Let me explain why:
- P for passion. They have a zest for life. They have the energy to reach out to and care for others.
- E for eliminating distractions. They know what they have to do to for their health and eliminate things that would drag them down.
- P for patron. Each patient has someone who encourages him or her during the dark times and shares in victories during the happier times.
- P for positive. They surround themselves with people who are positive and upbeat.
- E for energy. They know they have just so many useful hours and they don't waste them on things that aren't essential for their physical and spiritual well-being.
- R for realistic. They have realistic expectations about what is possible. R also stands for following a regular routine.
So whenever we add pepper to our food, it might be a good idea to think about how "pepper" can also enhance our lives. What can you add to this conversation?blog index