Rules to Live By

Christmas Palm Tree

Rules to Live By


Here we are, folks, at the end of another year. There is an old curse that states, “May you live in interesting times,” and I have to say that has definitely been the truth around the world for the past year or so. In the midst of all this turmoil I have been blessed to have both a wonderful team and wonderful patients here at Palmetto Endocrinology. We have been able to work to see our patients through telemedicine and in-person visits (following CDC guidelines).

For my last blog for 2021, I thought I would share some of the rules I live by-

1. Follow the three Rs:

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson

3. Be gentle with the earth

4. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values

5. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer

6. Learn the rules so you can break them properly

7. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship

8. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a great stroke of luck

9. Share your knowledge, it’s a way to achieve immortality

10. Live a good, honorable life. Then, when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.



I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season!

Joseph W. Mathews, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CCD Joseph Mathews, MD, FACP, FACE, ECNU, CCD Joseph W. Mathews M.D., a board certified Endocrinologist and Medical Director of Palmetto Endocrinology, was born and raised in South Carolina. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Charleston, Cum Laude. He then achieved his M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina where he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. Dr. Mathews is also a Fellow of both the American College of Endocrinology and the American College of Physicians, holds an Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) and is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD). He has extensive experience performing ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration biopsies. His practice includes a range of specializations including prescribing and fitting patients with insulin pumps. Dr. Mathews' practice has drawn patients from out of state to benefit from his expertise in thyroid disorders, diabetes, cortisol problems and their Endocrine disorders.

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