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Richard O. Buck, M.D.

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

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Maintaining balance for good health

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160209BalanceWe know that maintaining physical balance is crucial to preventing falls and injuries, but we sometimes forget that maintaining emotional balance is just as important when it comes to coping with the stress of everyday life and overall well-being.

From previous blogs, you may remember my continued quest to achieve physical balance through bike riding, walking and working with a personal trainer to maintain muscle strength and proprioception—the sense of where we are with regard to body position and motion.

I have been fortunate to follow my passion of singing major choral works with the Eugene Concert Choir since 1979. My interest in this type of singing was fostered by my experience of singing in a large university chapel choir. I fell into it when I was searching for another opportunity to help pay my way through college, in addition to my 20-hour a week job. The chapel choir was paying a stipend for singing in two rehearsals and one chapel service each week—a big time commitment, but the extra money helped pay for books. It was a win-winOf course, as an 18-year-old, I had no understanding of the importance of balance.

When I finished medical school, residency and then my fellowship in allergy and asthma, I decided to join our community choir, which has grown into a major concert choir over the years.

Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to join the Eugene Concert Choir on a tour to Italy. What a joy to sing Vivaldi’s Gloria and The Mozart Requiem in the ancient cathedrals where this music was first performed. It brought me back to singing sacred music in the gothic-style university chapel, where I first learned the beauty of choral singing. I couldn’t have done this if I hadn’t decided 36 years ago that it was important for my emotional well-being. Of course, finding balance is often difficult to do. There were many evenings after working all day and perhaps being on call the night before, that I didn’t want to go to rehearsals, but my desire to maintain this balance in life motivated me to continue to sing.

For me, life balance has meant maintaining my passion and joy for my medical career, my family, my physical health and my life as a singer.

I believe that life is fullest when you are able to combine taking care of others with taking care of yourself, by participating in activities that contribute to a sense of emotional and physical well-being. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016.

Knowledgeable and cheerful, Dr. Richard Buck's friendly personality and more than 30 years of experience complement one another perfectly. Board certified in asthma, allergy and immunology, as well as pediatrics, he diagnoses and treats patients of all ages.