Survival is a team sportBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/getting-support/MY02520
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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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The comments in the past few weeks reflect incredible pain, suffering, deceit and bitterness. There is no pill. There is no quick fix. There is no guru who can easily heal these sorts of wounds. Bad things happen to good people. That's just the way life is.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
However, we can learn from those who have overcome adversity:
- Recognize that you can't go it alone. The Lone Ranger and Rambo are myths. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to support one another in dealing with life's difficulties. The evidence can be seen in the success of programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon.
- Make use of professionals. Find a credentialed professional, such as a psychologist or social worker, you can talk to. Or if that's not possible, find a friend who listens attentively and without judgment.
- Don't neglect your needs. I call this the "oxygen mask theory." Everyone is familiar with the flight attendant speech that if there's a loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling and you should put on your mask before assisting others. If we reach out to others without our own mask, we will not survive.