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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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First forgive yourself
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
A wise colleague of mine recently pointed out that forgiveness really starts with forgiving ourselves. If we harbor a grudge against others or wish them ill because of what they did to us, we allow them, in effect, to live in our soul.
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Let's suppose that you have a package beautifully emblazoned with ribbons and flowers, and it represents your soul, your personhood and serenity. And let's also suppose that you give the box to someone who defaces or worse destroys it. This is exactly what happens when you harbor bitterness and resentment toward someone else, someone who may not even know that you are angry or upset with them.
So the bottom line is that you need to take care of yourself. You have to draw healthy boundaries around your own soul so that you can mature and reach the destiny of greatness that's within you.
I'm reminded of the quote, "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been.'" Of course, some individuals have opportunities that smooth their path to greatness, but we all can think of legions of people who came from nothing, who seemingly had no options, and yet somehow carved out a life of meaning and connectedness for themselves. There are beacons of hope out there. There people who can help you on your path. You cannot simply sit by the phone and hope for it to ring or sit by the computer and hope for an email to rescue you from life's unfairness. It is up to you. Give it your best shot or you too will have a life of regrets.blog index