Can a donation to the TMF Physician’s Health Program change a life?

 The answer is yes. If you could hear all the stories we’ve heard about health professionals who have been restored to their health, their families and their practices through the TMF Physician’s Health Program, you would know the importance of supporting this critical mission in Tennessee. We’ve collected a few of them for you here.

“At the height of my addiction, I was a doctor with a perfect life, and I wanted to die.”

In January 2015, I was drowning, helpless and alone, with seemingly death as my only way out. The TMF saved my life. The angels that work there plucked me out of that dark, lonely, scary place called active addiction and got me into treatment the very next day. They loved me when I was at my most unlovable and when I had given up on any chance of life. They gave selflessly and showed me a way to get a life that is even better than I could have ever imagined. ‘Thank you’ is simply not enough.” — Internal Medicine Physician

Waiting to Die

“In 1992 I was just waiting to die from my addiction to hydrocodone. Every day was spent in search of the drug and ways to hide it. It consumed me as surely as cancer. When finally confronted by my wife, I vaguely remembered hearing about the TMF at a conference and called them. I felt immediate relief from speaking with someone who understood and lovingly offered a solution. I thank God they still offer the same today and are available just for the asking.” — OB/GYN Physician

The Gift of Healing

“I have seen the effects of my addiction not only in myself but also in other members of my family. I have also seen the sobriety and healing that have come during my recovery in myself and my family members. I want these gifts for other addicts and their families.” — Allergy/Immunology Physician

Eternally Grateful

“I was about to lose my license and be put on the permanent scrap-pile of unemployable impaired physicians for my erratic behavior during a manic episode. But TMF swept in and sent me to treatment and then energetically advocated for me before the Board and preserved my license and medical career.” — Family Medicine Physician

 “The Program Works”

“Many years ago a partner in my medical group became addicted to narcotics. One night he mistakenly injected an artery and almost lost an arm. I admitted him to our hospital in order to save the arm. TMF came and counseled with him and he recovered both physically and mentally and continued to be an outstanding physician, and is still practicing medicine today. I have seen firsthand the miracle that the TMF and its physicians and employees perform on a daily basis. The program works.” — TMF Supporter/Volunteer

The Worst Thing…

“It was the worst thing that happened in my life when I got into alcohol, and I have been rescued or relieved of that on a daily basis. I just am so grateful to the program, to the good Lord, and everybody else associated (with my recovery).” — Anesthesiologist

Save & Restore

“We are fortunate to have such a committed group of folks dedicated to helping save and restore health professionals to a full and active life.” — Internal Medicine Physician

I See Miracles Happen

“The TMF treated me like I was sick, not bad, and they continue to treat the addicted physicians in the state of Tennessee that way today. By staying involved with the TMF I get to see miracles happen and that means the world to me.” — Pharmacist

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Finding Hope

“July 13, 2004 was a blazing 90-degree-plus day in Nashville with humidity nearly as high as the temperature. I was dressed in a pair of thick sweatpants and a heavy hooded sweatshirt. I was on my way to the last place in the world I wanted to go – a meeting with a bunch of doctors downtown at Baptist Hospital. Eight hours earlier, I had been discharged from the detox unit at the Vanderbilt Institute for the Treatment of Addiction (VITA), part of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. I thought my life and my career, which I had worked so hard for, were over. That evening a large group of doctors, men and women, took turns sharing how they had earned their seats in the circle. They looked happy and were thriving in their careers. They were neither distraught nor angry. I felt hope for the first time in years. I thought if they could thrive, maybe I could, too, if I just followed the path they did. It was the most important insight I had ever had. At the end of the meeting, a big, burly orthopedic surgeon wearing a Hawaiian shirt gave me a white chip and a bear hug, nearly crushing my ribs. He whispered in my ear, ‘You’re going to be okay.’ I will love this man until I die for this one moment of kindness and compassion. From that moment, people (within TMF) loved me and showed me a way to live I never dreamed possible. I made lifelong friends and today I like the guy I see in the mirror. The Tennessee Medical Foundation didn’t save my old life, they showed me a way to a new life.” — Internal Medicine Physician

Why I Give to the TMF

“As long as I’m working, I will continue to donate; it’s a cause that helps so many of us, our families, and our patients and communities. You know, when a doc gets addicted and begins that inexorable downward spiral, it’s like a slow-motion boulder landing in the middle of a pond with the concentric waves moving outward, until every part of that pond gets hit. The process of recovery is very similar. It lands on you like a ton of bricks(!) but the consequences of that recovery will eventually spread out and affect everyone in your ‘pond’ in an unbelievably positive way. It takes a while — really, a lifetime — but if you stay sober and simply use the tools we’re given in the fellowship, we can slowly but surely set things right again in our world. And that’s one of God’s own miracles, just as sure as the turning of the earth.” — Family Medicine Physician

 

Physicians are people, too. They struggle with addiction, emotional and mental health issues and more. The stories we share here are just a fraction of the lives impacted by the TMF-PHP.

Your gifts are key to maintaining this comprehensive, rehabilitation-focused program for doctors and other health professionals who succumb to addiction or have emotional or mental health issues. Please help us give them a second chance. You can commit to supporting the TMF-PHP monthly, quarterly or annually; we also appreciate your one-time gifts. All donations are tax-deductible and you can be sure that your dollar is supporting our work to restore doctors and other health professionals to their lives, their families, and their patients.

Please help us save lives and save careers by giving today. Thank you!