Humor and company make the journey easierBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-and-humor/MY01210
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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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By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
I was profoundly gratified to see the very positive response to my blog about Al-Anon. For many years, I regularly attended a Friday evening program for help coming to grips with the nightmare of alcoholism in our family. The participants were supportive, not judgmental. They didn't offer advice but rather shared their own experiences. I should also add that these were some of the funniest people I've ever met. When faced with unbelievable challenges, sometimes it's our humor that gets us through.
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I remember at one meeting a woman made the comment that you can't be funny if you've never suffered. She supported her assertion with the observation that the best comedians come from the most oppressed and marginalized groups in society. Indeed, I can think of no truly durable comedian who grew up in an environment of privilege and prosperity.
I'm grateful for the wise contributions of my fellow pilgrims. We learn so much from one another.blog index