Thursday, June 11, 2009
Be the very best you can be at whatever you may choose to do
By Dr. Anthony Policastro

It is graduation time. Many young people are about to experience a significant change in their lives. Some will graduate high school and go on to college. Some will not. All will have the opportunity to be valuable members of our future world. I spent two years in England when I was in the Air Force. There was a distinct difference in the approach to graduation between our two countries. There were many more advantages with the British system. We have created a sociological difference between those who go to college and those who do not. That difference is not real. The British attitude was much different. Early on in the school years, they determined that some individuals would go to university. Others would not. Those who would not all had important places in society. They would run the trains. They would run the stores. They would run the repair shops. All were necessary to keep the country moving. Therefore, all students were taught that they had important jobs to do. It did not matter whether they attended college or not. In this country we sometimes act like it is a problem if someone decides not to attend college. That is not the case. Imagine what our country would be like if everyone was a doctor or a lawyer. The down side to the British system is that some of the individuals who were not chosen to go to university might have thrived in college. We will never know because they did not have the chance. The important thing for any individual to realize is that there are two things that really matter when they graduate. The first is that they decide to do something that they like. We all have different interests and talents. The combination means that we all like different things. There is enough variety in our society for individuals to do something that they like and that they can do well. The second is that they do the best job that they can. None of us wants to encounter someone who is doing a lousy job. It does not matter what that job is. We want serving staff in restaurants to be friendly. We want people at ticket windows to be efficient. We want taxi drivers to drive safely. There is an old saying that courtesy is contagious. If everyone did their job well, it would lead to more contentment throughout our society. You only need to think about how often you get upset with people doing their job poorly to see how much room there is for improvement. What all this means is that we need to support every graduate in his/her choices. We need to encourage them. We need to help them be the best that they can be at whatever they decide to do.

NMH earns national stroke award Nanticoke Memorial Hospital recently received the American Stroke Association's, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Award. The award recognizes Nanticoke's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients consistently receive stroke care in accordance with the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program, a voluntary-participation project involving hospitals across the United States, has been adapted by Nanticoke Memorial Hospitals Stroke Center to improve adherence to guidelines in the area of stroke and transient-ischemic-attack (TIA). The Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program has three modules to help hospitals use evidence-based guidelines to treat patients with stroke. Upon meeting criteria specific to each module, hospitals are recognized for performance achievement. According to the American Stroke Association, about 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.

Look Good...Feel Better Women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer can now receive free professional help to cosmetically disguise the appearance-related side effects of their treatments. Look Good...Feel Better, a program developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cosmetology Association, trains volunteer cosmetologists to help women with cancer, conceal loss of hair, skin problems and other side effects that can result from cancer therapy. The next program will be hosted by the Cancer Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Monday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cancer Care Center's 2nd floor conference room. The program is free to all patients in active cancer treatment. Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center at 629-6611, ext. 2588.

Cancer Support Group The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a General Cancer Support Group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones. The free monthly support group meets in the Second Floor Conference Room of the Cancer Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Wellness Community-Delaware is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. All facilitators of these groups are trained mental health professionals. For more information and to register, call 645-9150.

Depression Support Group There will be a free bimonthly Depression Support Group meeting in Laurel on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Any person who has signs and symptoms of depression and is under the care of a professional counselor/MD is welcome to attend. To register, call Life Matters Counseling and Consulting at 302-465-6612.

Stroke support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's next Stroke Support Group meeting is Thursday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the hospital's second floor Cancer Care Center Conference Room. The support group is designed for individuals who have survived a stroke as well as their families and caregivers. The two-hour support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and stroke survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support and allow for networking. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required and there is no charge to participate. For more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 8626.