Page 4 September 25th Quarterly Meeting a great success! On September 25th, at the Mobile Convention Cen- ter, Dr. Don and Mary Colbert ad- Dr. John Ives, dressed the Medi- with wife, Carmen Dr. David & Mary Kathleen Shaw cal Society at our joint Fall Quarterly Meeting with the Alliance. In Memoriam Medical Society & Camp Receptionist, Dr. Cecil Parker greets Board Carmen Nolfe and Melissa McNichol Dr. Jack Hays Member, Dr. Raymond Broughton Medical Society of Mobile County 2701 Airport Blvd PRST. STD. Mobile, AL 36606 U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #625 MOBILE, AL Visit Us On The Web! www.msomc.com Page 2 Dr. Gardner’s article continued It was not intended for us to major stressors in our lives are can live as healthy as we were and Adolescent Medicine, live a mundane existence on finances, loss of loved ones, created to live as Dr. Monica who put up with crazy sched- earth, but for us “to prosper and problems with our chil- Reed talks on her book, ules to allow me to attend the and be in health even as our dren. Hence, what we have CREATION Health. I look necessary meetings; Sheree soul prospers.” We were talked about in our meetings forward to seeing you at the LaCoste for all of her hard meant to live life “to the full and newsletters thus far. He next quarterly meeting on De- work behind the scenes, dedi- even till it overflows.” These talked about how we can over- cember 4th, 2007 at the Coun- cation to represent the physi- things we have experienced come stress by relaxation, cre- try Club of Mobile. cians in every arena, and the have brought the value and ating margin in our lives, daily administration, manage- On behalf of the Medical meaning of life, love, family, learning to say no, sleeping, ment, organization, and op- Society of Mobile County, I and relationships to the fore- proper diet, aerobic exercising, eration of the Medical Soci- have continued Dr. front. Everything else pales and humor. Dr. Colbert gave ety of Mobile County, as well Blankenship’s initial support and seems irrelevant in com- his own personal testimony as as being a friend and prayer of the ban on smoking in pub- parison. With each newsletter witness of the success of his partner; the Board of Censors lic places in Mobile. Due to a and quarterly meeting, I have treatment plan. He even has for their commitment and lack of response to Alex’s tried to bring you a little cured some of his patients by diligence with meetings and letter from the Mayor’s office, something different from the laughter therapy. He recom- getting the work accom- I have sent a follow up letter usual and customary medical mends 10 belly laughs a day! plished; the Alliance, Medi- soliciting support from inter- issues: something to make you Some of the types of relaxa- cal Society and Camp Rap-A- ested and/or influential parties think about your life. Life is tion that he recommends are Hope office staff, Natasha to include Mayor Sam Jones, not just medicine as I hope relaxation breathing Kendall, Kim Daniels, the City Council, County you have discovered by now, (abdominal), deep breathing, Wendy Bedsole, Carmen Commissioners, Alabama but it encompasses a great progressive relaxation, mas- Nolfe, Melissa McNichol, Chapter of the American number of issues: social, eco- sage, biofeedback and adapto- Nell Gustavson and Jessica Academy of Pediatrics, Medi- nomic, relational, spiritual, gens. He stated that unfor- Ebersole for extended love cal Association of the State of academic, and physical. I giveness is equivalent to stew- and support; Drs. Charles Alabama and the Mobile chap- hope that you were stimulated ing in your own stress juices, Rodning, Ben Citrin, Roger ters of the March of Dimes, in your thinking as we heard whereas forgiveness turns off Tart, Kitti Outlaw, and John American Cancer Society, about underage drinking, fi- the stress response and de- Wilson for your letters of American Lung Association, nancial independence, and creases the stress hormones support, recognition, and American Heart Association recently at the last quarterly and cortisol. He recommends encouragement; my Leader- and American Diabetic Asso- meeting, how stress and forgiveness therapy for many ship Mobile Class of 2006 for ciation, State Senator Vivian deadly emotions can nega- of his patients. We even had a the congratulations and shout Figures and Mobile County tively affect your health and testimony from an attendee outs; Dr. Regina Benjamin Department of Health. We life and what we can do to that this truly worked for him. for paving the way for me; have received one response in reverse the process. According to Dr. Colbert, we Dr. Marcia Little and Dr. terms of a phone call thus far. can overcome Deadly Emo- Joseph Thomas for their Dr. Don Colbert and his wife Stay tuned for more regarding tions by practicing the love votes of confidence; Dr. Mary did an awesome presen- this issue. We are not giving walk: love God, love other Roger Tart for taking the tation on two of his more than up on this one. people, and love yourself. reigns from me and to all of 40 books, Stress Less and What if all the pain, suffering, you for attending the meet- Deadly Emotions. Dr. Colbert and loss that we’ve experi- Lastly I would like to say ings, reading the newsletters, talked about how excessive enced this year and previously thank you to all those who and sending acknowledge- stress and deadly emotions could have been prevented by showed their love and support ments, thank you very much. (anger, hostility, rage, fear, decreasing our stress and rid- for me this year. A special unforgiveness, depression and ding ourselves of deadly emo- thank you to: my husband, anxiety) increases cortisol tions? It seems we all need to Andrew, who has been by my levels and is associated with lighten up, laugh, love and side supporting and celebrat- the following diseases: Car- live! Invest time in your fam- ing me every step of the way; diovascular, skin eruptions, GI ily and friends because missed my family, neighbors, col- disorders, autoimmune dis- opportunities may never return leagues and friends; my part- eases, genitourinary problems, again. ners, Drs. David Laycock, immune impairments and pain and inflammatory conditions, We will be ending the year Shaffer Wells, and Jay Harrell to name a few. Some of the with instructions on how we and office staff of Pediatric Page 3 Camp Rap-A-Hope by Melissa McNichol Dates to Remember: When I think of volunteers and Camp’s greatest sup- Melissa ♦ October 19, 2007 USA porters, the Medical Soci- McNichol, Susan Grand Rounds Case ety and the Alliance are the Duffy, and Eliza- Presentation 8:00am first on the list. We have beth Percy (l-r) so many opportunities to ♦ December 4, 2007 help children with cancer Medical Society and to make a difference in kind word or even a little of others by simply giving Annual Meeting the lives of their families. “fun”, changes their situa- of themselves.” --Helen Speaker: Dr. Monica Reed Without your tireless sup- tion – even if only for that Boosalis moment. And those mo- Author of Creation Health port, our efforts would ments are ours to give. County Club of Mobile come up short. In each of our lives we find times Thank you for giving of “It is a rare and high yourselves for the children ♦ 4th Annual Tour de LADR where we can use support, privilege to be in a position a kind word – just a little and families of Camp Rap- (16 and 34 mile bike ride) to help people understand help. These families are A-Hope. Sunday, March 16, 2008, the differences that they there everyday! Any time Wishing you the best of the 7:30 am can make not only in their we can offer support, a upcoming Holiday season! 5 River’s Delta Center. own lives but in the lives The Alliance Report There has been much going work in planning the up- the area whose spouses on with the Medical Alli- coming Tour de LADR might be interested in join- ance and much to come! event. Please save the date ing the Alliance, you can On September 25th at the for March 16th! More de- contact Kim at 666-1329 or Battlehouse, we had our tails to come. email at : Fall Brunch. Kim Daniels, firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, we are always inter- the current Alliance Presi- ested in adding new mem- We are looking forward to dent, reports that there Cathy Barnette and bers to our group. So if a fun-filled year! Santa from Santa Amer- were 78 in attendance! any of you know of any ica, and Sheila Gray at Also, the Alliance is fast at new physicians in Fall Brunch Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy by Dickie Roberts, Executive Director While it might be difficult to imagine that a single person can play an important role in the battle to provide prescriptions to the under-insured or those with no insurance, the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy can testify to the generosity of many Mo- bile County Physicians that have donated sample drugs during the past year for this very purpose. Their generosity enabled The Pharmacy to fill over 25,000 prescriptions at a total retail value of $1,132,211.00. Our clients, the Board of Directors, and all the Volunteers are extremely grateful to these doctors. When you donate sample drugs to the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, you help continue our mission “to provide life-sustaining medications to clients who are not financially able to purchase needed medications. This service is provided free of charge to those who qualify." With your help, we can dramatically impact the health of many of our less fortunate Mobile citizens. To make a donation, please call the Pharmacy at 432-4111 and arrange a convenient time for an Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy volunteer to pick-up your donation directly from your office. Thank you again to our special donors. Medical Society News VOLUME VII, ISSUE I, OCTOBER 2007 From the President, Dr. Debra Gardner goings of many close to massive stroke in a ma- husband’s survival from us, infants to adults, in- ternal uncle, and watched an MVA with a broken cluding several physi- my sister struggling to femur. His driver, how- cians, and we’ve heard walk and overcome ever, wasn’t as fortunate. of births and attended quadriplegia as a result In June, I experienced weddings to celebrate of a gunshot wound. I extreme joy with meet- new life and love. We’ve saw love and determina- experienced resignation, tion in my sister as she ing the President only to To quote Shakespeare, retirements, reassign- cared more for our fam- return to the office and “Parting is such sweet ments, hirings and pro- ily than her own plight. learn of the sudden death sorrow.” My year as motions. She flew from New York of one of our nurses’ President of The Medical from another cousin’s youngest daughter at the In the previous news- Society of Mobile homegoing ceremony age of 29 from an aneu- letter I talked about County is drawing to a due to complications rysm. Moments after value. This year, I have close. It has been a from diabetes and in less receiving the award, an come to appreciate the great, but bittersweet than one week, she went value of life much more. honorable occasion, I year. The year has to another cousin’s I attended the homegoing was standing on the lawn brought many chal- homegoing in Mobile of a medical student I of a deceased young lady lenges. It has been a year and then to her father-in- mentored who lost her sharing prayers, love, of joy and sorrow, laugh- law’s homegoing in battle with colon cancer, and support with her ter and tears, health and South Carolina as he lost but touched the lives of sickness, blessing and his fight with prostate family. We’ve seen one many. I faced the death cursing, loss and gain, cancer. nurse fight breast cancer of a cousin at the age of and life and death. and triumph victoriously. 41 from complications We also learned of a We’ve heard of death (Continued on Page 2) from a gunshot wound, paternal cousin’s and and attended the home- Changes to the Medical Society Since 1841, the Medical Our office houses not only To make you aware-our office staff is as follows: Society of Mobile County the Medical Society, but Inside this issue: has been in business. Camp Rap-a-Hope, as well. Sheree LaCoste— Medical Through the years we have Society Executive Director President’s Article Recently, due to growth in 1 undergone major changes. both businesses, we have Melissa McNichol-Camp We have grown to nearly added a new staff member. Rap-A-Hope Executive Office Changes 1 1,000 members! We want to welcome Car- Director In the past 10 years alone, men Nolfe. She is the re- Camp Report 3 there have been tremendous ceptionist for the Medical Wendy Bedsole—Medical changes. We moved from Society and Camp Rap-A- Society Executive Secretary Alliance Report 3 the Florida Street location Hope. Nell Gustavson-Camp to Montlimar to our current Executive Secretary We have also made office Ozanam Article 3 residence at 2701 Airport renovations and built a new Carmen Nolfe-Receptionist Blvd. If you have not had office for Executive Direc- Quarterly Meeting 4 an opportunity to visit our 476-9494 –phone; tor, Sheree LaCoste. office, we would welcome 476-9495 –fax or your visit. We want to be fully accessi- email@example.com ble to you.