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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.
Although the comments posted are each different, a recurrent is theme is that of dealing with loss — the loss of a dream, the loss of a relationship, the loss of an opportunity, the loss of health and peace.
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How do we deal with life's losses and move forward? People far wiser than I am say that we never do get back to normal. There's a time of confusion and uncertainty that then merges into a new normal. The longing, disappointment and regret are there, but they become less palpable with time. Let me share with you an example.
A colleague suffered the tragic loss of his daughter about 20 years ago. At odd times, even today, he finds himself going into a funk. He's struck by a profound sadness over what will never be. He will never walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. He will never be a grandfather. He acknowledges that overall his life is good, and the good days outweigh the bad. But out of the blue, he's reminded of the loss by a song, a meal or a comment by a colleague.
So somehow we do heal, but every healing leaves a scar. We must remember that healing is a journey, not a destination or a point in time. It's an evolving process that is never completely over. Idle words or can you relate to some of these observations? Please weigh in.blog index Next page