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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is that time of year again, when American Cancer Society seeks our support. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is being held in many cities throughout the United States. Have you joined a team and offer your financial support?

breast pinkThis could be a template for all other cancers. Imagine for a moment, if there is a walk for a specific cancer every 2 weeks…that would be awesome right?! Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Lung Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Brain Cancer, etc.,… Imagine the societal impact and the health benefit for the participants too? A walk every 2 weeks…Why not? Just imagine…

Learn more about upcoming American Cancer Society Breast Cancer walk in your city, by clicking HERE and also see the videos below. Who knows, maybe you will see me at one of these walks…be sure to say hello! 🙂

ACS 2015

ACS Video

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Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Recently, I was awaiting news regarding a change in my job position. Each time the subject would cross my mind, I noticed that my heart would beat faster, my heart rate increase, and my breathing pattern changed. When I mentally thought – “relax” – I felt my body release tension, my face relax, my breathing pattern steadied….I honestly did not realize how much the thought process about this situation was affecting my physical body. Hhhmm…ever had that experience?

DyerI have been accused of being “too calm”…(if there is such a thing) and too relax sometimes (blame my island roots vibe).  Now I’m wondering if I’ve been at this “place” too long and allowing the outside into my psyche. If so, that is not a good thing. I need to change my thought process, change my mind…regardless of the situations around me.  As TD Jakes noted,

“a ship does not sink because it is in the water, but because the water gets into it.” (Reference: learning how to be around chaos and crazy situations, but not allowing the chaotic situation to get into you).

I cannot imagine someone affected this way physically on a daily basis, because they are in a bad relationship, job, or situation (or even daily long commute/traffic). It reeks havoc on the physical body!  Mental weariness affects the physical body, much more than a lot of folks realize.

The Psyche is an area of great interest to me and Dr. Wayne Dyer is one of my “silent” mentors. Take a moment to listen to one of his very insightful presentations.

DR. WAYNE DYER – “CHANGE YOU THOUGHTS CHANGE YOUR LIFE!”

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Why is there such an obsession over good health? Even more so over aging or getting old? I do not have the answer or formula, as there is a billion dollar anti-aging industry searching for that as well. What I do know, is that aging gracefully is quite possible for everyone – Love Yourself, Love Others, Be Kind, Be Grateful, Stay Active, Laugh a lot and LIVE for the moment…that is a GREAT start and canvas quite a bit!

Example:  To quit smoking is a part of loving and being kind to oneself…and by so doing improve one’s health!

It is not just to live longer either, but to enjoy a better, healthy life NOW, that will also be beneficial much later… to have something to look back at…when you are 80, 90, or 102 yo! Aging gracefully is … priceless! As Dr. Charles Stanley would say, “We reap what sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow.” …. sow wisely!

Stay Active!

Stay Active!

Staying Active: If dancing is not your thing, maybe daily walking after dinner, playing tennis, gardening, or anything else that is enjoyable and settles your mind – may do the trick. Don’t forget to exercise the brain too!

Laughing/smiling does the heart good! This video brought a smile to my face and lightens my heart…here’s hoping it does the same for you also!

Start practicing the “aging gracefully” process today…

102 yo DANCER… sees herself dancing for the FIRST time!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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It is Black History Month!  Thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are living in different and better times….

Giving credit where it is due…is very important! Recall for a moment, the way you felt when you worked very hard on a project and you were not acknowledged for it. Instead, Mr. Lazy or Ms. Thorny was credited for something you did! Frustrating, wasn’t it?

As an immigrant, I am very grateful for all that I have attained and hope to continually give back to the community. As such, I am really big on giving credit where credit is due! How about you?

There are many who made GREAT contribution to our medical community – Hispanic, Blacks, Whites, Indians, etc.,.  Blacks/African Americans have contributed quite a bit to the Medical History. Here are only a few of interest:

  • Dr. Ben Carson

    Dr. Ben Carson

    Alcon, George Edward Jr. – Physicist Inventor: Invented a method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer.

  • Bath, Patricia – Opthalmologist: First African American woman to receive a patent for a medical invention. Inventions relate to cataract surgery and include the Laserphaco Probe, an ultrasound technique that revolutionized the industry in the 1980’s.
  • Black, Keith – Neurosurgeon: Brain tumor surgery and research
  • Brooks, Phil – Inventor: First US patent for a disposable syringe
  • Cardozo, William – Pediatrician: Sickle Cell Anemia studies. Published in OCT 1937 “Immunologic Studies in Sickle Cell Anemia” in Archives of Internal Medicine; many of the findings are still valid today!
  • Carson, Ben – Pediatric Neurosurgeon: First surgeon to successfully separated craniopagus twins.
  • Clarke, Maime – Psychologist: Conducted 1940’s experiments using dolls to study children’s attitudes about race
  • Drew, Charles – Medical Researcher: Developed improved techniques for blood storage
  • Griffin, Bessie Blunt – Physical Therapist/Inventor: Amputee self-feeding device
  • Kittles, Rick – Geneticist: Work in tracing the ancestry of African Americans via DNA testing
  • Kountz, Samuel – Transplant surgeon: Organ transplantation pioneer, particularly renal transplant research and surgery. Author or co-author over 172 articles in scientific publication (wow…I only have 165 to go, to catch up!)

    Dr. Charles Drew

    Dr. Charles Drew

  • Lee, Raphael carl – Surgeon, Biomedical Engineer: Discovered use of surfactant copolymers as molecular chaperones to augment injury repair mechanism of living cells. Holder of many patents covering scar treatment therapies, tissue engineered ligaments, brain trauma therapies…
  • Morgan, Garrett – Inventor: Invented the first gas mask (great for threats soldiers have to contend with on deployments)
  • Thomas, Vivien – Surgical Technician: Blue baby syndrome treatment in the 1940’s.
  • Wright, Louis T. – Surgeon: Led team that first used Aureomycin as a treatment on humans

Dreams attained?

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Recently, while driving home, I was tuned into WTOP (Weather & Traffic station) and they were featuring a section on Cindy Finch with topic as noted above. She described how a patient may feel lost and alone after a period of regimented medical treatment. They survived cancer and all the medical treatments, now what?

Cancer SurvivorAs physicians, we are usually all about the art of “doing” to help our patients. Most patients appeared to be excited, elated, happy about completing treatment and look forward to moving on with their lives.

It is difficult for most Physicians to attend to required care beyond the immediacy of the medical treatment. So, to meet these needs of the patients, we do have a Behavioral Health team (Psychologist, Psychiatrist and/or Social workers) who attend to the  psychosocial aspect of post-treatment.

SurvivorHowever, in follow-up visit, I often times discussed the “new normal” and what that means after cancer treatment, or in the new survivorship role. Yet, I believe Ms. Finch revelation is a very worthwhile approach and a great sharing point (this may also be applicable to a love one after any drastic medical change/treatment, other than cancer).

What are your thoughts?

See Ms. Finch videos below

Her story…

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

 

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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Thanksgiving is here…yeah!  For some its about the food, for others its about family and for some its about the shopping afterwards or football game. The tradition of asking everyone to name 2-3 christmas-vs-thanksgivingthings they are thankful for at the dinner table, seem to have fallen by the way side. Worse yet, when asked what they are grateful for, many seem to stumble about what to say. The horror!

Learning to be grateful, can start by looking at your life, where you are now, where you have been, the things you overcame this year, the things you were allowed to do this year, etc., See video below for motivation.  A varied sample of what I am GRATEFUL for include:

  • Waking up this morning – I recently heard of someone in my age group, who came home tired from work. Went upstairs to take a nap before dinner and just never woke up…dying in her sleep.
  • (What I think are…) My ugly toes – I recently did a presentation on healthcare cultural competence in taking care of disabled veterans. There are many wounded warriors who are able to function with the assistance of prosthesis…what do I have to complain about?thankful-printable
  • My truck – I grew up in the islands and walking over a mile to catch the bus to school was the norm. A sturdy vehicle that can handle well in the rain and snow, is indeed a blessing!
  • Relationship with my Mom and Dad – a miracle, but I think they have finally come around to realize I am an adult (smile). Our relationship and understanding have grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade.
  • Ability to give – though it is often said it is better to give than to receive, many have the desire to give, but is not able to do so. I thoroughly enjoy being a blessing to others.
  • Travel opportunity – visiting 6 international countries this year, mostly for work, but able to take a few vacation days to enjoy the area too. WOW, absolutely awesome!

What are you grateful for? Still not sure? See the video below.

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog! 

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“The best exercise is stooping down and lifting up another!”

Mentorship_helping-othersI recently attended a medical conference where I had the privilege of giving an oral and poster presentation. While the location of the conference was great – I barely did anything out in the surrounding area (except for a quick, difficult hike)…no beaches, no partying, no hanging out… the academic wealth the conference had to offer was my main focus. Many physicians gave guidance and “instantaneous” mentorship through anecdotal “lessons learned”, insights, and shared experiences (both good and bad). The younger physicians absorbed the information like a sponge from these seasoned veterans …

One such physician is Dr. James Collins, a Radiologist whom I first met back in 2006 (seems like just yesterday).  Today, at the tender age of 82, Dr. Collins remains very active in the medical community and had much to share.   His depth of knowledge is comparable to the “treasure of gold at the end of the rainbow” – so much to learn from our elders!

I have had many mentors over the years, but consider my faith in Jesus as my #1 guide and foundation. My current mentor, Dr. Calloway, is always there to offer a listening ear, give advice, encouragement and a nudge in the right direction when needed. She is an awesome and supportive mentor and I am blessed to have her in my life!

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I try to be an open book…always willing to share and guide others when asked…but I do not have any one person specifically that I am mentoring on a regular ongoing basis.  ‘Tis time for a change.  My experiences, and not my age, dictates that I can be a mentor! I do have much to share…and so do you!

Do you have a mentor?   Are you mentoring anyone?

CHALLENGE: Find 1-2 young adults to mentor on a regular basis for the next 8-12 months. A phone call (or text) once every week or so to check on them. Don’t have a mentor … find one! BUT before you embark on this mentorship journey, watch video clip below for a few tips…

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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