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Focus on Marco’s Health

Photo by Andrea McKinney
Firefighter Paramedic Chris Bowden attends DOH-Collier focus group.

By Maureen Chodaba Recently the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department hosted a focus group presented by the Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) in the development of a Community Health Assessment (CHA). By late summer, the CHA will be completed, released and then used to develop a new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health as identified by the community. Some of the attendees included Robert Ostbye, MPH, program manager of DOH-Collier; Andrea McKinney, operations analyst/public information officer of DOH; and Marco Island Firefighter Paramedic/Public Education Coordinator Chris Bowden. Based ... Read More »

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Random House 2016 – 258 pages
Genre: Memoir
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “When there’s no place for a scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.” – Paul Kalanithi At age 36, in the last year of his neurosurgery residency, Paul Kalanithi discovered he had stage IV lung cancer. For the next 22 months, he and his wife Lucy, an internal medicine physician, awoke each day focused on living, not “living until…” “When Breath Becomes Air” was written largely because Dr. Kalanithi had the soul of a poet and turning to words to express any experience in life was as instinctive to him as breathing itself. His intent was ... Read More »

Rise of Courage

An image from Rebecca’s Seeking Serenity project, a coloring book with special meaning.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff What does a young vibrant woman do when she receives the news she has stage III C breast cancer? A woman known for her vitality, her hard work and her positive outlook does not give up. Especially, a strong lady who lived a healthy lifestyle, no less. Rebecca Burg was used to living life on her own terms. She was surprised at the curve life threw in her path, so she had to adjust. Now she uses her energies, her emotions and creativity in a way to help her work through the ordeal and maybe, ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

Officer Josh Ferris, left, receives his Policeman of the Year award from Marco Police Foundation
President Curt Koon and Police Chief Al Schettino. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Josh Ferris had no idea that he was going to be front and center at the recent Lunch with the Chief sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation. But Ferris was indeed in the spotlight, having been named the organization’s Policeman of the Year for 2015 at the event, held at the Hideaway Beach Club. In announcing the selection, Marco Police Chief Al Schettino said the process is always a difficult one because of his staff’s dedication and hard work. He said Ferris has been with the department since 2012, is working towards a bachelors degree at ... Read More »

Dr. Tremaine Joins Skin Wellness

Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Anne Marie Tremaine, MD, board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained in laser and cosmetic dermatology, to their practice. Dr. Tremaine graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, Dr. Tremaine completed her residency in clinical research and dermatology at the University of California in Irvine. Dr. Tremaine’s training continued at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Cosmetic (ASDS) and Laser Surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout her training, she held ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Thyroid Cancer

COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, WWW.CANCER.ORG

By Leela Lavasani, M.D. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that sits over our trachea as it enters our chest. Each lobe of this gland is on average 3-5 cm. in height and 2 cm. in width. Thyroid nodules are growths that occur within the gland, which are very common. Fifty-percent of women over the age of fifty will have a nodule, however 90 percent of these nodules will be benign. What are the symptoms of a thyroid nodule? Most thyroid nodules are asymptomatic, including normal thyroid hormone levels. Very rarely, if a thyroid nodule is large enough ... Read More »

Think Pink in Memory of Beth Johnson

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff On October 6, 2015, the Lely High School Lady Trojans celebrated volleyball with their annual Think Pink games. Always a fun event, supported by students who come out in force with pink gear including hats, t-shirts, face paint and signs! Proceeds from the evening went to Bosom Buddies, in memory of Mrs. Beth Johnson. It was a clean sweep for the Gulf Coast High School team, which also defined the team as the Collier County Athletic Conference Champions. Lely lost in three games, 21, 17 and 11. Coach Haire said, “We mentally and physically prepared ... Read More »

IberiaBank Puts Community at the Forefront

Bedford Biles and wife, Fay, along with Malenda Trick, 
unveiled Malenda’s WWII portrait of Earl Hodges to Seth Minso, GM Hodges Funeral Home,
during at Veteran’s Portrait Project In the Round series.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com As business becomes more global, it has a tendency to become less personal. The internet allows us to conduct business with less frequent personal interaction. Because of this technology, it is easy to forget that a business, any business, still relies on people and community to be successful. Keith Dameron, Vice President and Business Development Officer at IberiaBank, works hard to ensure that “community” is still a prime consideration in doing business at a local level. “It’s a way to give back to the community,” says Keith. “It’s a way to stay connected with the people ... Read More »

Debra Bailey Joins Skin Wellness Physicians

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Submitted Skin Wellness Physicians is pleased to welcome Debra Bailey, MD, board-certified dermatologist to their medical team. Bringing extensive experience to her new position, Dr. Bailey offers services to adults and children for issues affecting the skin, hair and nails, taking special interest in caring for patients who suffer from complex disorders and chronic conditions. “I will be providing the latest options in skincare medicine with personalized treatment programs. I believe in treating people with sincere concern, not just treating their skin problems,” said Dr. Bailey. Dr. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction at Iowa State University in Ames, ... Read More »

Community in Action

From left: Marco Island Police Officers Paul Keys, George Guyer and Bob Marley. PHOTOS BY FRANK STEIGER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Little did Amy and Paul Ashby know when Amy’s cancer treatments began, that somewhere down the line they would experience the true essence of Marco Island; a group of people who roll up their sleeves, dig in and get to work when there’s a need. What transpired at the fundraiser for Amy Ashby at the Marco Brewery last weekend defines our COMMUNITY. Amy’s cancer is a very aggressive type of cancer and treatments are extremely costly. The Ashbys have three teenage children. The event was a fundraiser, and was organized by a few of Paul’s ... Read More »

Between Here and Gone

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching” – Gerard Way   I admit, I listen to Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Dr. Laura is a marriage and family counselor, turned radio talk show host. She’s socially conservative, brash and outspoken. More often than not, the callers who reach out to her with their problems disconnect in a wash of embarrassment and shame. This is not why I listen. I tune in to hear Dr. Laura’s common sense advice and sometimes outrageous commentary. But there’s one recurring morsel of thought ... Read More »

Strokes: A Matter of Time

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Straight Talk Allen S Weiss, M.D. President & CEO NCH Healthcare System Among our most urgent goals at NCH is to save stroke patients. We’re making great progress. But with a stroke, time is of the essence. And knowing the following early signs and symptoms can be brain-saving and life-saving: Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden headache with no known cause The point is we can make a difference, ... Read More »

Booty Barre Benefit

Yoga/pilates mats are used, bringing another workout aspect into the mix.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Anyone who has taken one of Margaret Lamp’s ‘Booty Barre’ classes knows just how difficult they are. Margaret is the area’s Booty Barre guru and known for working muscles most had no idea existed. Her classes are so popular they are often full. Those in attendance form a certain camaraderie. So, when one of her class regulars, Jada Shigley, was diagnosed with cancer and started chemotherapy treatments, Margaret wanted to help in the one way she knows how. So, there will be a three hour booty barre session on Saturday, May 16th as a benefit ... Read More »

Dogitude

Nothing like a comfortable lap to sit in.

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Yes, Breezy is definitely growing into his long legs and lean body. Little razor teeth have been replaced by large teeth and sharp claws are worn down and no longer puncture skin so easily. His overall demeanor is slightly calmer although he still has several bouts of ‘puppy brain’ craziness and pure DOGITUDE on a daily basis! He knows no boundaries as he leaps onto the couch or onto one’s lap. He is certain he is just a furry human. He still ‘air snaps’, he still jumps on people, he STILL doesn’t understand DOWN and has ... Read More »

The Power of a Kind Heart

The impromptu event ended with a group photo for Margie. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com In my 35 years of being perpetually lost in the big city shuffle, I have never had the pleasure or privilege of witnessing unity and support within a neighborhood like I’ve experienced here. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the small island community of Goodland came together in a very big way with a tremendous show of love and support for one of their own. Nearly 400 familiar faces gathered in Margood Harbor Park to participate in a benefit to raise money for 30-year beloved Goodland resident, Margie Fortune. Two days before Thanksgiving, Margie was diagnosed with colon ... Read More »

Wishing you a HEALTHY New Year

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Once again, we are sitting right on top of another New Year’s celebration, and many of us, myself included, use this time of the year to reflect upon our successes and failures over the past 12 months. The result of this review is often an ambitious list of “New Year’s Resolutions.” In a list compiled by USA.gov of the 13 most popular resolutions, not surprisingly, health-related issues occupy almost one-half of the spots. They include: Lose Weight • Quit Smoking Get Fit • Eat Healthy Food Manage Stress • Drink Less Alcohol ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jo-B Bromley

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Sixteen years ago, I moved to Goodland. From the minute I turned the key to enter my new year-round home, I knew that I landed in a very special place in the world. Dec. 6th confirmed my feelings. A week ago, my sweet friend, Margi Fortune, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Three days later, through a few e-mails and Facebook messages, a ball started to roll. With only four days to take the field, our team was ready. Margood Harbor Park was the setting of a very successful fundraiser for Margi. I’d like to thank all the major players, you ... Read More »

Forever Young

Doretta Alger. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Doretta Alger has a genuine smile, bubbly personality and is earnestly happy to meet people. When it comes to Doretta, nothing strikes you as unusual until you learn she is 95 years young! She completely belies her age. Of course, the first question always is “to what do you attribute your youthful appearance?” Longevity seems to run in the family as Doretta’s grandmother lived to be 101. Doretta added, “Each birthday, I walked my age. When I turned 90, I walked 90 minutes. At 91, I walked 91 minutes and so on. I did it each ... Read More »

Are You a Good Listener?

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I am a good listener, or maybe not. Maybe I’m just a better listener than I am a talker. Entertaining stories and antecdotes do not just roll off my tongue. Unlike my husband, who is a great talker. He can speak intelligently about any subject, and he can tell the same joke over and over. Even if the listener knows the punchline, they still find it funny. I recently attempted to recall one of his standard jokes that always gets big laughs, and it fell flat, like sea pork. It rolled around in ... Read More »

11th Annual Choice Affair

Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence O’Donnell will lend his voice in support of women’s rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at its 11th Annual Choice Affair, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Jan. 30, 2015. The premier fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. On his weeknight show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the host has devoted an impressive amount of screen time to advocates for women’s reproductive health and has been outspoken in ... Read More »