One of our practitioners, Dr. Margaret Eagan, has shared this guest blog with us regarding the wisdom she learned from her mother, and how that influences her approach to health care and her patients here at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.
I love practicing medicine, and being part of the medical faculty at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center means I can focus on my passion to simplify the wisdom for improving health, and to contribute with a deeper connection to my patients’ desires to know “why?”
I am awed by the trust my patients bring into our relationship, and I honor it with my entire self.When my patients share their stories and history with me, such as “I have lived in Germany, England, South Africa”; “I emigrated from Iran, Turkey and Australia”; “I am a Mom with seven children going back to school to get my degree and then opening my own practice”; “I am a Dad with two young children who lost his wife to cancer,” I am able to learn who they really are now in life, and how I might be able to guide them best on improving their overall health and outlook on life as a result.
Treating people as a whole person and not just a disease is in my DNA, and the philosophy of my wellness practice is based on the simple wisdom that my Mom taught me. I also open up to patients by encouraging to share both struggles and successes. We are in this together. Joyful health is obtained not alone, but as a dedicated team.
So what is the simple wisdom Mom taught me?
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Eat your veggies and protein-I recommend meat–(my Mom was a big proponent on lean meat in your diet-she was way ahead of her time)!
- Go outside and play!
- Be a good friend!
In practice you will hear me teach the “how and the why”:
- To get a good night’s sleep
- To eat a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and good fats
- To move joyfully- if you don’t enjoy it you won’t continue doing it!
- To develop good social connections and use them often.
Each of us is unique, and so together with my patient, we create a unique template on how to achieve a plan for fitting all of the above into busy, slow, joyful, sad, simple, complicated lives.
My mom, Joan Mullaney Eagan, passed away October 9, 2015 at a very young 84 years old. I get to connect with her everyday as I share her wisdom with my patients. Thank you for keeping her alive for me as you and I start on our journey to better health together.
Take care my friends. Smile at a stranger today and see how a simple kindness can make you and others feel.