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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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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 … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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Last week we began on the topic of cancer recurrence. Usually, this is covered during workshops or one-on-one counseling sessions. This is an extensive and important topic for survivors.

It is difficult to address the fear of cancer recurrHopeence and give a definitive prescription on how to treat it. Every patient is different, and therefore, their needs in handling the tough topic of a cancer recurring will also be different. In order to individualize a patient’s care, the patient MUST be involved and willing to become their own advocate, though a love one may also be just as helpful.

  1. The Fear of the cancer coming back once treatment is complete, is absolutely normal.
  2. The Fear of cancer recurrence is usually link to one’s outlook on “Death and Dying”, so it is very important to openly discuss your thoughts about this topic (even if it is with yourself…first, to thine own self be true)
  3. Do not compare your treatment process with someone else’s or try to identify with someone else with a similar cancer (someone will always be doing better or and someone will always be worse)
  4. Be honest with yourself. Say out loud what your needs are…and then get it! Need a hug, need to laugh, need to cry, etc., These are normal range of emotions and needs. Don’t be afraid to fulfill them.
  5. Be ready and willing to let go of the fear. This will allow for healing and make the concerns and associated symptoms less traumatic each year. This too, takes time…
  6. Do not be afraid to seek help. Counseling and guidance from a professional, will ease the (perceived) burden of sharing with friends and family continually. It will also allow for venting, and provide personalized strategies on how best to handle anxiety, depression, etc., without repercussions.  Most cancer centers have such services available…please do ask!
  7. Know that your family and friends DO love and care for you. If they become tired, it is not just you. The care and concern for your well being also weighs heavily on them – in addition to work and other life stressors. Not communicating with them or not sharing, will not make their concern go away…it’s all a part of loving and caring for someone else.

hope-life-people-quotes-Favim.com-426177_largeThe Process: The process is rather extensive for this blog. However, I invite you to please take a moment to read and share this link from the American Cancer Society by clicking HEREThey did a great job of tackling different aspect of the fear of cancer recurrence.

Peace and Blessings!

 

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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 … http://www.LegacyEducators.org and click on “Cancer Information”

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I cannot help but think about all the remaining women and “mother figures” in my life – My mom and my Paternal Grandmother, who is now 91yo, are gratefully still with us. I never miss a moment to say to my mom, “Love you!”  Even after a disagreement or heated argument. I’d say something along the line of, “I have to get off the phone now to calm down…ok? Love you…bye.” And yes, I would follow-up afterwards as well. How is your relationship with your mom? Hang out with her recently? Spoke with her recently? It is a worthwhile relationship to work at improving

Memory of MomSome are not so fortunate…and will be celebrating Mother’s Day…in memory of their love one. My friend’s mom Lilly, was a great women, mother and wife. I know that she is sorely missed.

It is my hope that all your memories of your mom are filled with smiles and happy recollections!

Ms. Lilly, Teresa, and all the Moms are looking down from Heaven…smiling, pleased with all their children…pleased with you.

Cheers!

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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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The end of another year is upon us. It seems that the years go by faster…the older I get. Do you feel the same? The feeling that 2014 whizzed by too fast, seems to be a common theme to many. 2014 was a great year! It did no disappoint with its surprises, sadness, serenity, and ultimate victory! (I’m still here and so are you! * smile *)

Happy-new-year-2015-pictures-picsEvery year…I take a moment to look back, and prayerfully make a list of things I would like to do, change or commit to for the New Year. I know that 2015 will provide a chance to try a few things again…what children often refer to as, “Do over…” another chance to try again, another chance to get “it” right, or just simply another chance…

What will you RESOLVE to do (or do-over) in 2015? Eat healthier? Exercise more? Decrease stress? Say “I love you” more? Be kinder? Have a more positive attitude?

What good is wealth, if one does not have good health? Start where it matters most!

new-years-resolutions-saidaonlineA few simple suggestions…

  • Take everything in moderation
  • Take small steps and try walking first before breaking into a sprint – No matter what the endeavor may be! (crawling may even be acceptable)
  • ABSOLUTION is not a good thing and serves only as a set-up for quick failure to your resolution (do not use the words “Never, All, Everything…” ) when alluding to change or new prospect.

Thank you for making 2014 a successful year for my Blog! I thoroughly enjoyed communicating with all of you and answering all your inquiries! I look forward to sharing and serving you in 2015. Be well!

I wish you Love, Peace, and Joy for 2015!

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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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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK!

Did you know that teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teen suicide preventOne in 5 teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually, according to data collected by the CDC

Screening programs have proven to be helpful because research has shown that suicidal people show signs of depression or emotional distress. Referrals can be made for treatment, and effective treatment can be employed when signs are observed in time. Intervention efforts for at-risk youth can put them in contact with mental health services that can save their lives.

Suicide is a relatively rare event and it is difficult to accurately predict which persons with these risk factors will ultimately commit suicide. However, there are some possible warning signs such as:

  • Talking About Dying — any mention of dying, disappearing, jumping, shooting oneself, or other types of self harm
  • Recent Loss — through death, divorce, separation, broken relationship, self-confidence, self-esteem, loss of interest in friends, hobbies, activities previously enjoyed
  • Change in Personality — sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic
  • Change in Behavior — can’t concentrate on school, work, routine tasks
  • Change in Sleep Patterns — insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, nightmares
  • Change in Eating Habits — loss of appetite and weight, or overeating
  • Fear of losing control – acting erratically, harming self or others
  • Low self esteem — feeling worthless, shame, overwhelming guilt, self-hatred, “everyone would be better off without me”
  • No hope for the future — believing things will never get better; that nothing will ever change

What to do if you or someone you know is considering suicide?  There is help!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or 1-800-273-TALK

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) or call: (800) SUICIDE

 

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Teen Suicide Prevention video – click below to watch.

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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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