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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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By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
It's obvious from the blog comments that everyone struggles with similar issues regardless of where they live or the diplomas on the wall. So how do people overcome personal violence, sexual abuse, unfairness in the workplace, or the horrors of armed conflict?
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It's not a question of willpower. It's not a question of just pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. When the scars run deep, there's very little resiliency and it's hard to bounce back.
However, the lives of those who've somehow overcome adversity may hold clues. Studies reveal some common themes in their life stories:
- Having that one person — a coach, minister or confidant — who provides guidance and support during hard times.
- Feeling a sense of community or connectedness. In other words, having a safety net of individuals to share concerns with, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon or another group.
- Believing in one's self. A deep-seated notion that, "I am a good person. What happened to me is not right or fair, but I can't let this define me or my life."
It's also clear that many individuals need the guidance of professionals to help them find their way out of the darkness. Yet all the professional help and all the support groups can't replace the one-on-one support from someone who knows and cares about you.blog index