Don't try to go it alone when adversity hitsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/reach-out-for-help/MY02272
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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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Don't try to go it alone when adversity hits
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
It's important to remember that we're all in the same boat and we need to reach out to each other during the good times and the not-so-good times. Let me share some thoughts on this topic relative to recent blog comments:
- To intelligently access the health care delivery system, we need to have a primary care doctor or other health care provider who can open the doors for us. To wind up in an emergency room or an urgent care setting is often not optimum. We need someone who knows us, someone who cares about us, and someone who can act as an advocate to help us navigate through the bewildering maze of options.
- For those of us with disabilities of our own and yet struggling with the care of elderly individuals, we cannot go it alone. Social service agencies and other professionals are available to provide guidance. When we are tired, frustrated and discouraged, our view of life becomes distorted and cloudy. We need help to find our way out of the fog.
- It is clear that it is not possible to "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps" when we are struggling and overwhelmed with depression and grief. A thoughtful listener — whether it is a member of the clergy, health care provider or a friend — can often help us get through times of crisis.