I have to admit that I am a bit of a hypochondriac. This is why I keep myself busy so I don’t have time to obsess on small symptoms that are just in my mind. I used to be a medical librarian doing computer searches (back when everything was mediated) and MDs would come in and ask me to run searches. I quit being a medical librarian because I always thought I had the disease I was doing the search on. This is why I was interested to read a recently article called “‘Cyberchondria’ rapidly on the rise,” by Linda Shrieves (The Orlando Sentinel) published in the Charleston Post & Courier, Sunday, February 22, 2009. The article is about people going to various websites, diagnosing themselves, and then showing up, panicked, at the doctor’s office. Apparently in one case a mother thought her small boy had a tumor on his leg and it was just hardened grape jelly! Go figure! Reminds me of a favorite quote: “If I’d known I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself.” (Leon Eldred).
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.