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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Pastor Mark Crumpton Lori Samples Duncan Zoom H. Heaton Chasiti Kirkland Jamie Lober Beth McCrary Sheila Milot, M.D. Susan Victor Rebecca Vigné Virginia Winburn, M.D. David Zimmerman, M.D.

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Events

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If I Could Turn Back Time See You at the Barre One Pest Control Company Makes Education Fun Regain Control of Your Life at The Weight Shop Wayne’s Automotive Educates Women America’s Next Top Model Victoria Henley

Celebrating the Survivor in You! 20 Susan Dick: A Survivor

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hat a wonderful beginning to 2013! Spring has sprung and the air is getting warmer by the day. There is so much to be thankful for as we begin the second quarter of the year. I am challenging our readers to make a journal or a note pad and every single day write one thing you are thankful for. I am certain we can find at least one thing on a daily basis. I want to have an attitude of gratitude as I enter the next phase of my life. I don’t want to take people, or moments, or health for granted. I wonder what will happen at the end of this year if we choose happiness… There are so many great things in this issue. I love to do a makeover issue in the Spring because things are new all around us, and for some reason I always find myself wanting to add to our landscaping at the pool or starting a new project. Last year we built our oldest son a new room — which he will be leaving in another year to go to college! The year before we made over our upstairs floors, and I can’t wait to get started on the bathrooms this year! We have a couple of great makeover stories for you. Nandina’s shared some of their makeover magic and the beautiful Mrs. Zoom Heaton, featured on our cover, is helping women from Lexington, South Carolina to Augusta, Georgia, makeover their lives with bio-identical hormone therapy. We have included lots of useful information for your health, and we want to hear from you guys about not just the articles we feature but the women in Aiken you would like for us to feature. Feel free to drop us a line or call us. We would love to hear about a local hero or a woman in the community who is making a difference in the lives of others! Our featured survivor, Ms. Susan Dick, is a wonderful lady doing what she can to help others through their journey by raising awareness and dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I met her while at lunch months ago at the Green Boundary Club. We are so excited to be sharing her story with you in this issue. If you know a survivor who would like to share their story, please email me directly at loriduncan86@gmail.com.

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What’s HAPPENING? Run United 2013 April 20, 8:00 a.m. 117 Newberry Street, Aiken

Festival of Flowers June 20 – 23 Greenwood, SC

Great American Lobster Race May 3, 6 – 11 p.m. Newberry Street Festival Center, Aiken

Enjoy Festival activities such as the boisterous bluegrass and the addition of a new outdoor garden party concert. View the works of South Carolina’s top artists and craftsmen at the Arts and Crafts Show. Dance to live music or enjoy a nice leisure day strolling through one of our beautiful gardens on tour. Plus see our now infamous “Signature” Safarithemed Topiary Display in Uptown Greenwood. www.scfestivalofflowers.org

The RUN UNITED road race is a 5k, 10k, and kids fun run sponsored by Aiken Electric Cooperative to benefit the United Way of Aiken County. The scenic route will take participants through historic downtown Aiken and its horse country. The event will also include a health and wellness fair with family activities, food, and music on Newberry Street. Registrations will be taken up to the day of the event. Registration fees will change from $25 to $30 and $10 to $15 after March 30, 2013. Contact Robyn McCay at (803) 641-6059 or register online at the website below. www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_ id=2063171

Events include lobster races, music and lots of great food. Gates open at 6:00 pm near Newberry Street and The Alley. T-shirts and ride bands may be purchased at Atlantic Broadband, Hitchcock Healthcare, All-Star Rents, Lionel Smith Ltd. and Screenprint Factory. 100 thoroughbred lobsters will compete in several heats leading to the main races that will start at 7:30 pm. Call (803) 649.9500 or visit the website below for more information. www.lobsterrace.com

Mead Hall Strawberry Festival May 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Newberry Hall, Aiken

This is a day of fun for the whole family. There will be games, entertainment, a bake sale, food and plenty of fresh strawberries. This is PTO’s primary fundraising event with proceeds benefitting the school. For more information, call (803) 644-1122 or visit the website below. www.meadhallschool.org

Celebrate the beginning of summer and enjoy traditional southern hospitality at the 2013 South Carolina Festival of Flowers in beautiful Greenwood, South Carolina. Named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in June for the last five years and also one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association for 2012 and 2013, this Festival is one you won’t want to miss. The South Carolina Festival of Flowers is a “blooming good time!”

Downtown Beach Blast June 21 – 22 Downtown Aiken

Community movie night; bring your lawn chair and come enjoy a classic beach film on Newberry “Beach.” Food vendors will be on hand. Saturday – Badminton tournament, Aiken Horsepower Cruise-In, sand castle building, and much more family-friendly games/activities throughout the day. Then join us for shag dancing into the night. A day of shopping, dining and fun for the whole family. Contact (803) 649-2221 for more information, or visit the website below. www.downtownaiken.com

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any ladies recently showed up with their hats to participate in our Hat Contest at the Aiken Trials last month. It was a tough decision, but Mrs. Lucille Davidson was chosen as the winner of the contest sponsored by Aiken Woman Magazine. We had a quick chat with her about the races and this is what she had to say.

“I like to watch the buggies go around before the race and I enjoy watching the horses before the race. I loved being able to walk around and meet my old co-workers and meet new people. I met this one couple that had been to Paris and was planning to go to Niagara Falls. Plus the food and spirits were delicious.” When we asked how she felt about winning the hat contest, Davidson was ecstatic. “I was surprised and overjoyed. This was the first time I

have ever won and it was very special. I am a substitute teacher and I let the nine boys that are in my marketing class chose between two hats and they chose this one. I had a lot of compliments and one man even asked if I won and I told him I did and he said I knew you would win, I voted for you.”

She did share this little nugget and asked that we let our readers know she thinks “every person needs to at least attend one race, and every year is different.”

Davidson says she used to come to the races every year when her children were younger, and now that they are older she usually just comes for the VIP tent parties.

‘I was surprised and overjoyed.’

This year at the Aiken Trials was especially special to Mrs. Davidson

because her brother DJ attended the races. Congratulations Mrs. Lucille Davidson! We hope to see you again next year!

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If I Could Turn Back Time by Pastor Mark Crumpton

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s I prayed about what the Lord would have me write for this article the Lord woke me up in the middle of the night with the thought of a mother full of regrets. It is a woman who’s name is not mentioned we simply know her as “Lot’s wife”. Gen 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (KJV) As a pastor I know that we may preach on this passage from many different angles however the simple reality is that this woman was a mother. A mother who “looked back” in deep emotional distress; a mother who was leaving some of her children behind in a land full of regrets. I think it is often very easy for us to look at the life of someone else and see very clearly their mistakes but when it is us too often we don’t see them so clearly until after we have made them. In life we all make

mistakes. The tragedy is not that we make mistakes in life or even as a parent. The tragedy is that many will wait until it is too late to turn around. I can not help but wonder what might have been if this mother would have turned around years earlier. I believe it may have saved her family. There was a very popular song in the late 1980’s called “If I could turn back time”. I am sure it was so popular in large part because all of us can relate. All of us have done things or said things we wished we had not. In life we all make mistakes. The good news is that no one expects you to be perfect. I want you to know that you

don’t have to live in a land full of regrets. Friends we can’t turn back time we can only go forward. You have time today to turn around and make some things right before it is too late. It is not too late to ask forgiveness and it is not too late to forgive someone that hurt you. I have already preached too many funerals where I witnessed someone “look back” with regret after it is too late. “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” — Alexander Pope

I don’t know who this is for; but I know that the Lord cares enough about you and your family to wake me up in the middle of the night. Oh, how He Loves You! John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV) Bishop Mark Crumpton, Pastor of Lexington Church of God 1228 S. Lake Dr., Lexington, SC 29073 (803) 957-6675 Visit www.LexCOG.com or find us on Facebook

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otice more jiggle in your wiggle lately? Never fear, BarreAmped® is here. And if you’re willing to try it, The Village Health and Wellness Center can help you burn that fat — no holds Barred.

BarreAmped® employs a new way to exercise that’s part yoga and part Pilates but with a ballet barre for stability and stretching. No pirouettes here, though — just tiny movements that target muscles you never knew existed. The bottom line is good news for your backside. Fat disappears, the body gets stronger, and hard-to-tone muscles turn rock solid.    “Embrace the shake. Don’t be afraid of the fire you feel in your muscles. That means change is happening.” —Molly Hunt, VHWC Group Fitness Director    Don’t let its ballet roots fool you, though. BarreAmped® looks graceful, but it’s anything but effortless. You’ll get the workout you need. Classes like these got their start in 1970s New York when professional dancers discovered that barre routines quickly melted flab. But you don’t need a trip to the Big Apple

or another major art center to find the exercise that developed from that discovery. Village Health and Wellness, off Silver Bluff Road, is the first fitness center in South Carolina to offer BarreAmped®. And it’s not just for girls. Guys like it, too. And why not? Ballet is popular among many professional athletes. It requires sheer strength to hold the body in unnatural positions, and it works every muscle to play serious sports. It’s the same with BarreAmped®. Football players like it because it makes them more flexible; tennis players say it strengthens their calves; and golfers like what BarreAmped® does for their ankles. Here’s what you should know: LESSON #1: You’ve got to start somewhere. The studio is filled with people of all ages, fitness levels, sizes and

shapes. Some are flexible while others are less limber. Some are thin. Some are trying to get thin. And no one can perform every single exercise perfectly — not even the instructor.  LESSON #2: It’s not supposed to be easy. It might hurt. It might burn. Your body might shake a bit trying to hold that pose. For a brief moment you may want to die. Trust us. That too will pass and you’ll be glad you did it. Don’t envy the person who can withstand the thigh exercises without mouthing a colorful word or look to the sky for divine help. Focus on the fact that after a few sessions your body will begin to transform.  LESSON #3: If your legs are shaking your body is changing. Sore? Tired? Out of breath? Good, it’s working. You will survive, and when it’s over you’ll feel good.

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ducation is fun when the subject is bugs! One pest control company is educating kids on bugs and bug safety. As bug experts, the company sends pest technicians out to schools and community events to educate kids of all ages. Dena Thomas, COO of Advanced Services Pest Control, describes the program as “a great way to reach our young generation. Children are so curious, and we love to nurture that curiosity. By providing these educational lessons, we hope to inspire future pest control technicians and teach kids that bugs are nothing to fear.”

Advanced Services came up with a program focused on education in schools and community groups called The Bug Show. The goal is to create a fun way for kids to learn about pests and to show them that not all pests are harmful. Mike Adams, a pest technician who conducts a majority of the Bug Shows, explains that “when a bug is in its natural habitat outdoors, it is not considered a pest. This same bug becomes a pest as soon as it enters someone’s home. We try to teach the kids that bugs have a place in the world, and that it is the job of a pest technician to keep those bugs out of the home where they do not belong.” The program also teaches children about bug life cycles and bug safety. Adams adds that “many of the insects that children are afraid of may not be harmful. I try to point

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out the insects that are harmful and let kids know that if you handle bugs carefully and avoid those that are harmful, there is no need to be afraid of them.” Bugs that are regularly a part of the show include the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula, a Venezuelan Sun Tiger Tarantula, an Emperor Scorpion, a Black Widow Spider, and a Tailless Whip Scorpion. Other bugs that appear seasonally include a praying mantis, various beetles or larvae, ants, centipedes, millipedes, Southern Red Devil scorpions, wolf spiders, and more. As the seasons change, new insects appear while others die off, so the collection is constantly changing. The company has conducted over 15 Bug Shows during the 2012-

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2013 school year. The shows have been held at elementary schools, churches, daycares, and in a Boy Scout meeting, and Advanced Services will travel anywhere in the CSRA for the shows. “The kids love the Bug Show. We can keep pre-school kids interested for a full hour, and the teachers love the show because it is educational,” Adams explains. Advanced Services Pest Control stays active in the community by participating in and sponsoring various events. The company regularly sets up booths to sign kids up for their Junior Bugstopper Club. The Club is free for kids of any age to join. With a membership, children will receive a monthly e-mail newsletter with bug facts, videos, pictures, and a Name That Bug contest. Club members will have the opportu-

nity to guess the secret bug of the month in order to win a bug kit. If children sign up at an event where Advanced Services has a booth set up, each child will receive a Junior Bugstopper bracelet and magnifying glass when available. Children may also meet Jeffrey Pesto, the Advanced Services Junior Bugstopper mouse mascot. He loves to give hugs and high fives when he is out at events. For more information on The Bug Show or to join the Junior Bugstopper Club, send an e-mail to jrbugstopper@bugstopper.com. Advanced Services Pest Control serves Aiken, North Augusta, Thomson, Grovetown, Augusta, and other areas. For more information on Advanced Services or to receive a free home inspection, please call (803) 641-0144 or (706) 860-0116.


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t the Weight Shop we have a licensed physician that will evaluate and guide you through the entire program depending on your desired weight loss. Our doctor and nurse are members of the American Society of Bariatric and trained in handling issues of overweight/obesity. Our doctor has identified several factors that will be addressed while on this program such as appetite control/craving control, decreased metabolism, sexual health, and sleep deprivation.

Our staff will be there to motivate you every step of the way to getting to a newer, thinner and healthier you!! We will encourage you to weigh at least weekly in order to ensure that you are on the right track. We have a counselor that will walk you through the program and aid you in the success you deserve. We will encourage the buddy system during this program in order to keep you on the right track. The staff will be your buddy until you enlist a buddy of your own. No matter what, we want you to succeed!

I have been dieting for the last 10 years. I have tried every diet imaginable. I would lose a few pounds only to gain that weight back when I stop dieting. My weight over the last 10 years have been from 150 to 200 lbs. I heard about the Weight Shop and gave them a call. Dr. Daniels and his staff sent me everything I needed to start my weight loss journey, I weighted 171 lbs when I started on the diet after one month on the Diet Plan I lost 15 lbs. I currently weight 159 lbs and my hope is to lose another 30 lbs. I would recommend The Weight Shop for all your weight loss needs. Thank you Dr. Daniels and all your staff! — Deidre Harbor, Louisiana

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Our staff will be there to motivate you every step of the way to getting to a newer, thinner and healthier you!

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Wayne’s Automotive EDUCATES WOMEN

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t Wayne’s Automotive, women are given the tools they need to make decisions about their vehicles. The automotive center holds car care clinics for women biannually, and the last Heels on Wheels event was held on Saturday, April 27 from 11 am to 1 pm at Wayne’s Aiken location on Richland Avenue. These events are free to all women and includes lunch. Wayne’s asks that you make reservations for the events so that they can accommodate each participant by providing enough lunch and door prizes. Give them a call to find out the date for their next Heels on Wheels event. Saturday, April 27 began the third year of this auto education initiative, and this particular Heels on Wheels car care clinic kicked off Wayne’s Autolife Saver campaign, a series that will teach customers how they can help extend the life of their vehicle. During the event, participants learned how to check critical fluids including oil, coolant, and transmission fluids, how to change a tire, and what technicians look for during a typical inspection. Sherry Corbett, owner of Wayne’s Automotive and Towing Center, explains that “many female cus-

tomers do not know what is going on under the hood, and as an automotive center, we would like to supply these women with the information they need to make smart decisions when it comes to their vehicles.” Wayne’s Automotive is an AskPatty certified automotive center which means that all of the staff at the company are trained and certified through the AskPatty program with the common goal of creating a safe and comfortable environment where women feel welcome and where the experience of maintaining a vehicle is a pleasant one. The Heels on Wheels car care clinics provide

...we would like to supply these women with the information they need to make smart decisions when it comes to their vehicles. the education women need to feel more at ease when making decisions about their vehicles. For more information on Wayne’s Automotive or for an upcoming Heels on Wheels car care clinic, please call (803) 649-0228. Wayne’s

Automotive’s Aiken location is 1997 Richland Avenue East. The company has two other locations in North Augusta and Lexington. You may also find Wayne’s Automotive online at www.waynesautomotivecenter.com or on Facebook.

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ictoria Henley wasn’t given the prestigious title of America’s Next Top Model via the reality show starring supermodel Tyra Banks, but that hasn’t stopped her from moving forward to accomplish her goals. Never really the quintessential pageant girl, Victoria was actually a “Tom Boy” before her first pageant — Little Miss Pulpwood — in her hometown of Colquitt, Georgia. After much prompting from her grandmother, she finally agreed to enter the contest. While Victoria doesn’t necessarily recommend pageants for everyone, she attributes her pageant experience with providing her confidence to speak in front of others. “Ultimately I am grateful for that one experience,” says Victoria, “but then those full glitz beauty pageants were never really my thing.” Animals have always been a big part of her life, as her parents ran a veterinary clinic in Colquitt, where even in the small southern Georgia town, Victoria had a passion for the entertainment industry. With her first subscription to Vogue at the age of eight and runway lessons around the same time, one might say that Victoria Henley was destined to be in magazines. “It was very odd for me to grow up in an agrarian community and have such a compelling interest in something that is so completely opposite from my environment,” she points out. “But my parents were always very supportive and encouraged me to pursue my passion.” While she travels so often that she doesn’t get to spend much time in Colquitt (she was in Columbia for a fashion shoot when we spoke), it is still her home base, and Victoria finds much comfort

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in the supportive network that she has at home. Since appearing on the show, Victoria has been able to use the perks of the show to do things she has always done in her dreams, including traveling all over the US working runway shows for international designers and a recent stint at Miami Fashion Week. If you happened to catch Victoria on America’s Next Top Model, you may not have seen the very best of her personality. “The bad thing about reality shows,” says Victoria, “is the editing for ratings, where situations are set up, people are encouraged to fight. To be honest, watching myself on the season of America’s Next Top Model, some of the episodes were so over edited, that I was in shock at some of the things I saw…I definitely felt like I was pigeon holed into being one dimensional – the home schooled mother hen.” From her experience on the show, Victoria was able to learn some things, one very important that I hope we can all learn earlier rather than later: words are just words. “Everyone has their own opinion and you cannot let others’ opinions affect you in a detrimental way. You

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must determine the core of who you are and no matter what hardships you face, you must always be true to yourself and never betray your code of ethics.” Another thing Victoria learned? Not to take herself so seriously. “Reality shows make you feel so silly,” she states. “I wish that sometimes I had just thrown my head back and laughed at the situation. That is my advice to women: take time to laugh every day.” (See Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart does good like medicine.”) With a title like “America’s Next Top Model,” I asked Victoria if she feels the pressure to always look her best. She admitted that her industry can be very superficial, and the pressure to look good is certainly there. But she says that she has breakouts just like everyone else. “Anytime you are feeling insecure about yourself, you just have to bring yourself back to reality and say, ‘This is me and I love myself for who I am,’” says Victoria. Admittedly a Type A personality, she reminds herself to ease up, regroup, and remember that everything is going to be okay. Sound familiar? But Victoria feels like being pretty is a state of mind, which starts with

the idea of not measuring up to some unreal standard, creating a negative atmosphere and negative energy that resonates with others. “In that way,” says Victoria, “it is not good to think in a negative way about yourself. We all have those days. Instead, I try to shift my focus to my blessings. I have such a wonderful family, two legs on which to stand, and I have done a lot of good in my life. We all have things we can be proud of.” A bright young lady with an obviously bright future, Victoria Henley was a delight to talk to. It is nice to see that even in the bustle of Hollywood, she remains grounded and committed to her values. But you know I couldn’t let her go without asking her for some beauty tips. (You’re welcome.) This is what she said: • Drink plenty of water • Get enough sleep • Always wash your face at night • She uses a Mint Julip (like the drink) Mask before bed (found at natural pharmacies or Ulta Beauty Supply) We all know that beauty starts from the inside and goes outward. Here’s to the beautiful woman YOU are!


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SUSAN DICK:

A Survivor

by Jamie Lober

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usan Dick is an Aiken woman who feels that life is an unpredictable journey and hers has been blessed in many ways. “I have a great husband, Bob and parents who are alive at 87 and 93 respectively. We moved together from Texas after my last job as a wealth management executive in 2011,” said Susan. The appeal of Aiken was instant. “We decided to come here as our retirement destination because we love Aiken’s historic nature, the arts and the area’s focus on the well-being of animals. The biggest blessing of all was an executive physical that was required of Susan’s workplace in April 0f 2007. That annual physical detected that she had acute myelogenous leukemia, a blood cancer.

Susan received the only available treatment for her diagnosis which was a bone marrow transplant. “There was one perfect match out of six and a half million potential donors. The forty year old West Coast male who was a match, placed me into remission where I have been for the past six years.”

As my mother says, we are fighters. I have fought and am conquering the cancer mountain.

“I have a lot to be thankful for, and I attribute much of my recovery to the nurturing of animals and a better work life balance. I was focused on my career and although I loved what I did, I now cherish the time I spend with our six cats, three dogs, eight horses and a pet deer that we rescued from the field who I named John Deer.” Today Susan’s focus is on the future, especially helping others who will walk the path she has already traveled. “I am a trustee for the South Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where I work on donor giving which raises money for blood cancer cures.” Susan is passionate about this cause and feels blood cancer research has made dramatic inroads with targeted gene therapies over the last twenty five years. “Another key component of my recovery is centered on my faith, family, and friends along with outstanding medical professionals.” Susan encourages others struggling with

blood cancers to draw upon the strength of others. Allow them to show their strength, love, care, and concern for you. “Follow meticulously what your doctor and nurses ask you to do because total adherence to the drug protocol makes a huge difference,” said Susan. A healthy lifestyle is important as well. “I have a personal trainer and after you have been through any cancer regimen, you want to get your physical strength back as quickly as possible.” Susan stresses the importance of an annual physical, because early detection is key.

Susan’s cancer was discovered at a time when she was feeling great and energetic. Susan feels this physical definitely saved her life. “I could not believe I had cancer at all. I felt great. That is how silent my cancer was.” Susan is very optimistic about the future. “Many people with all types of blood cancers are living twenty and thirty years past their bone marrow transplant. We are all pioneers on this ride. I enjoy sharing the good news. I can help patients and their families believe, that if I made it, they can too,” Susan feels

there is hope with the diagnosis that did not exist in the past. Aside from animals and educating others about blood cancers, Susan has a passion for the German language, history, higher education for young people, as well as world traveling. She and Bob enjoy sailing the Coast of Maine every summer. “As my mother says, we are fighters. I have fought and am conquering the cancer mountain.”

If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about blood cancers please visit www.lls.org/sc. www.aikenwomanonline.com

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oom Heaton is a woman with many hats. She is an RPh, CDE, BHRT Consultant and Owner/President of TLC Medical Centre, Inc. in Aiken. She was drawn to the pharmacy profession because of the nurturing and empowering role she could play in people’s healthcare to equip them with the tools they would need to slow the progression of disease and optimize quality of life.

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Heaton feels that one of the perks of being a compounding pharmacist is that she can customize medicine. “Our bodies are very smart and it is critical that we choose what we put into them wisely,” said Heaton. Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones our bodies make, so the body knows how to use, process and metabolize them. Heaton stays on her toes as no two people have the same body chemistry or respond the same way to therapy. “I can have two women with similar weight, size and hormonal symptoms and they end up with two completely different therapy regimens,” said Heaton.

but also if she is stressed or has progesterone deficiency,” said Heaton. If you do not pinpoint the source, the problem will ensue. Through compounding, Heaton can customize dosages and work with your doctor to ensure that sleep is good, symptoms are controlled and you are in good health. “Most people do not realize that our adrenal glands affect our hormone balance whether it be sex hormones or thyroid. I discovered how bioidentical hormones were helping people with other miserable symptoms they were experiencing by tailoring the dose to fit their bodies best,” said Heaton. The end result is that you can feel like a new person.

‘Our bodies are very smart and it is critical that we choose what we put into them wisely.’

In order to make sure things are just right, you can expect that Heaton will take time to get to know you. “A woman’s hot flashes are not only due to estrogen deficiency

Patients attest to the impact Heaton is having. “She ran a saliva test on me to see which hormones were imbalanced and followed www.aikenwomanonline.com

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up until my hormones were balanced again,” said Lisa Fountain. Fountain adds that she found Heaton to be caring and take her job personally. “Now my hot flashes are pretty much gone, night sweats are gone and my moods no longer change very quickly; I feel more in tuned with my body and I feel better in general because I have a prescription especially made for me,” said Terri Smith after working with Heaton. Smith is not the only one who has experienced a life change. “I am sleeping better, I am off my antidepressants, I am off my blood

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pressure medicine, I am no longer taking any sleeping medicine and my husband says I have got my bot a bing back,” said Sandi Savell. All patients are grateful to have Heaton at their side.

Heaton gets some of her positive energy from her husband Richard. Together, they have a twelve year-old son who they describe as “extremely creative, inquisitive and bright.”

‘Now my hot flashes are pretty much gone, night sweats are gone and my moods no longer change very quickly; I feel more in tuned with my body and I feel better in general because I have a prescription especially made for me.’

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“Without my love and support sources at home I would not be able to have the connections with the patients I support,” said Heaton. Her main message to women is not to try to do everything themselves, delegate without guilt and communicate your wants and needs effectively to family members. Heaton plans to continue making a difference in people’s lives for years to come. “Health and joy are such gifts and if I can utilize the God-given gifts and talents with the knowledge I have acquired along the way to give someone a little bit of it, then life is good,” said Heaton.


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You Need A Little Help at Home by Lori Samples Duncan photo by Heather Sargent Photography

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ometimes, you could just use a little extra help. Whether it is the mother who just came home from the hospital with new twins, or the 92 year-old grandfather who is still able to live on his own, we could all benefit from a little extra help sometimes. BeWell Home Services provides just that: non-medical home care. Providing assistance with daily living (i.e., personal hygiene, bathing, dressing, and toileting), medication reminders, transportation to medical appointments, running errands, grocery shopping, light house cleaning and laundry services, BeWell can help with a plethora of personal and family needs. I sat down with the management team at BeWell to get a better understanding of their services and how they can help our readers. Across the state, as ministry of Lutheran Homes of South Carolina, BeWell has offices in the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry to serve readers and their families. While in many instances, the primary goal of BeWell is to allow the individual to live independently and safely as long as they can, BeWell also works in conjunction with Lutheran Homes and other agencies when a client is already under medical care. “For instance,” says Heather Sessions Brazell, Community Outreach Director at BeWell Home Services and Trinity on Laurens in Aiken, “Say your grandmother is in the hospital and your family needs a break, but you don’t want to leave her there unattended. We could come in and stay through the night until the next family member comes in.”

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Home Services in Columbia, “and they have a urinary tract infection, and you are uncomfortable leaving them because they had a bad night the night before. We would come in and sit with them one-on-one, providing that special care that a large facility could not.”

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The more I talked with management at BeWell, the more I realized that their services really are for everyone.

“Or your family member is in a rehab facility,” adds Cathi Cooper, Program Director for BeWell

BeWell also provides memory support training for their staff so that they can best provide services for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related concerns. They look at challenging behaviors and try to determine whether the incidences are circumstantial or if they may be tied to a deeper problem, and require the involvement of the family and physicians. BeWell understands that a caring relation-

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caregivers between the various areas, BeWell has enough staff to ensure that everyone is taken care of well. The more I talked with management at BeWell, the more I realized that their services really are for everyone. As a working mom whose husband works in the evenings, I am often overwhelmed and even torn (i.e., baseball prac-

tice in one venue, football in another – how do you choose). I realize that I could use BeWell to help me with these errands. They can help cancer patients who need companionship on trips to chemotherapy or new moms freshly home from the hospital who do not have other family to help. In some cases, there may be assistance available. For instance, the Alzheimer’s Association provides a $500 voucher to people whose doctor has signed off on a dementia diagnosis and they can use that $500 voucher for respite care or they can use it for in-home assistance. More than a warm body, the staff at BeWell provide companionship to their clients and loved ones who may be facing challenging situations, and just need a little help. If you find yourself needing a little help at home (wherever home is), give BeWell a call at (803) 251HOME (4663) or Toll free 1-877BeWell-3or visit us online BeWellHomeServices.org.


‘For instance, say your grandmother is in the hospital and your family needs a break, but you don’t want to leave her there unattended. We could come in and stay through the night until the next family member comes in.’ — Heather Sessions Brazell

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Anti-Aging and Skin Rejuvenation by Sheila Milot, M.D.

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nti-aging and skin rejuvenation are hot topics currently. Over the past ten years, we have been inundated with new products and procedures, which reverse the aging affects which we often see beginning in our early 30s and beyond. However with so many products and procedures currently available, how do you know which one is right for you?

Frown lines and wrinkles can make a person appear older, or even angry or sad. Many of the nonsurgical treatments available today enable us to achieve a more youthful appearance by reducing the lines, wrinkles, and deep folds of the face. One of the most exciting products which has emerged is OnabotulinumtoxinA, otherwise known as Botox. It was founded by Dr. Alan Scott in the late 1970’s for treatment of strabismus (lazy eye). It was approved by the FDA in 1989 for the treatment of eye disorders.

In 2002, Botox Cosmetic was approved for the treatment of frown lines and wrinkles of the upper face. There have been 11 million Botox Cosmetic procedures administered in the United States since 2002. Worldwide use of Botox Cosmetic has also been phenomenal. Since approval, Botox has been widely accepted for use in many other medical conditions such as cervical dystonia, adult post-stroke spasticity, juvenile cerebral palsy, chronic migraine, and primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating). More recently, it received FDA approval to treat bladder overactivity. So who is a candidate to receive Botox Cosmetic? The ideal candidate is between the ages of 18 to 65 years of age who have moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, lines and wrinkles of

the forehead, or “crow’s feet” lines around the eye area. It is administered non-invasively as a dilute solution injected just under the skin into the targeted facial muscles. This blocks the nerve impulses to the muscles, which temporarily reduces the muscle activity that causes the frown lines to form. The skin will relax and the lines are eliminated. It begins to work soon after injection, with noticeable results in the first few days. The entire procedure takes about ten to fifteen minutes and there is no downtime or recovery time, with the results lasting approximately three to four months. Subsequent treatments are required to maintain optimal results. There are other products also used to reduce facial lines and wrinkles, as well as deep frown lines. They are called dermal fillers, otherwise known as hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural com-

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ponent of many tissues including skin. It works by adding volume to the tissue and binding water to give a younger appearance. As we age, we lose the ability to maintain the same concentration of hyaluronic acid in the skin. The skin becomes drier and loses its ability to maintain hydration. We subsequently develop lines and wrinkles in the certain areas of the face. The hyaluronic acid acts as a space filler by binding to water and thus keeping the skin wrinkle free. It also serves as a support matrix for new collagen production. One advantage of the hyaluronic acid fillers is that they are nontoxic and not physiologically reactive therefore allergy skin testing is not required before treatment. Juvederm, and Restylane are two smooth gel fillers that are commonly used to reduce the wrinkles and lines around your mouth and nose. They can also be used for the lips. You will see the filling effect of the dermal fillers immediately and the results can last up to one year. Dermal fillers and Botox can be administered during the same visit. Prior to having any procedures done, it’s important to obtain a medical consultation. At Premier MedAesthetics, we will evaluate your areas of concern, answer questions, and review your medical history including current medications and allergies and discuss a personalized treatment plan.


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A Less Painful Treatment Option for Hemorrhoids Transanal Hemorrhoidal Dearterialization (THD)

by Virginia Winburn, M.D. Dr.Virginia Winburn

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VERYONE HAS HEMORRHOIDS — vascular cushions around the anus composed of small arteries, veins, smooth muscle and connective tissue. You probably don’t think about them unless they become inflamed, causing bleeding, pain or itching.

External hemorrhoids are located around the outside of the anus, covered by normal skin. These rarely bleed, but may swell, clot, become painful or cause itching. Internal hemorrhoids are located about one inch inside the anus and are covered by a fragile mucosal lining. These may become stretched and are easily traumatized, resulting in bleeding.

Hemorrhoidal symptoms most often affect adults between ages 45 and 65, but they may affect any age group. Hemorrhoidal symptoms most often affect adults between ages 45 and 65, but they may affect any age group. Risk factors include any heavy lifting, constipation, diarrhea, pregnancy, aging, erect posture and simply gravity. Hemorrhoid treatment depends on whether the symptoms are caused by external or internal hemorrhoids or both. Your doctor will perform a physical exam, which may include anoscopy and colonscopy. Initial treatment steps include avoidance of straining activities, high-fiber diet, sitz baths and over-the-counter medications. Office-based procedures include hemorrhoidal

banding and infrared coagulation. Hemorrhoidal banding is a common outpatient office treatment for enlarged internal hemorrhoids that are bleeding, protruding from the anus or causing difficulty cleaning after bowel movements. A rubber band is placed on the base of the enlarged area, causing it to fall off within three to five days. Infrared coagulation is another office-based treatment that uses a laser to burn the enlarged hemorrhoid. Both procedures cause minor discomfort for a few days.

is tied off, the stretched cushion is removed and the defect is sewn closed. Though this is the most effective treatment with the least recurrence, there is significant associated pain and prolonged recovery, averaging two to three weeks. It’s estimated that only 5 to 10 percent of patients will need operative therapy. For an appointment with Dr. Virginia Winburn, Dr. David Gibbs or Dr. Edward Jakubs of Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates, please call Direct Doctors Plus at 1-800-882-7445.

Surgical procedures include operative hemorrhoidectomy and transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD).

THD: Minimal pain, fewer complications A less painful treatment for hemorrhoids, THD was first used in the United States in 2005. It uses ultrasound to precisely locate the hemorrhoidal arteries, which are then tied off, leading to shrinkage of the cushion. The hemorrhoidal cushion is then pulled upward and tacked back into its normal anatomic position. The sensitive skin around the anus is not injured, which minimizes postoperative pain. THD is an outpatient procedure with a low complication rate and minimal postoperative pain. Most patients resume normal activity within a few days. Operative hemorrhoidectomy should be considered when mixed internal and external hemorrhoids are present, for severe cases, or when more conservative treatments fail to improve symptoms. The hemorrhoidal artery www.aikenwomanonline.com

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

is APRIL 16 Will your healthcare wishes be fulfilled? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you suddenly became a hospital patient with a serious injury or illness, unable to communicate with medical professionals providing your care? Or what family members or friends would do if asked to make life-changing decisions on your behalf? We might mean to get around to planning how we want to be treated for a terminal illness — but somehow, it’s not high on our to-do list! In fact, studies show that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. National Healthcare Decisions Day is an initiative to encourage adults of all ages to plan ahead of a health crisis. Making decisions ahead of

time and putting your wishes in writing brings peace of mind to families. It helps to avoid the difficult situations that are so common when a person becomes seriously ill and the family is left to guess what their loved one would have wanted.

Making decisions ahead of time and putting your wishes in writing brings peace of mind to families.

2. Would you rather spend your last days at home, or in a hospital? 3. Could a loved one correctly describe how you’d like to be treated in the case of a terminal illness? 4. Is there someone you trust whom you’ve appointed to advocate on your behalf when the time is near? 5. Have you completed any of the following: written a living will, appointed a healthcare power of attorney, or completed an advanced directive?

WE can help. How to document your decisions. All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they were unable to speak for themselves. These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are. Advance directives come in two main forms: • A healthcare power of attorney documents the person you select to be your voice for your healthcare decisions if you cannot speak for yourself.

Too often, women are so busy taking care of everyone else that they neglect their own health. To feel your best, you need to make time for regular doctor’s visits and health screenings. Through Aiken Regional Medical Centers’ unique women’s health initiative, Women Enlightened for Better Health (WE), we provide the resources and support women need to stay healthy. We’ll also help you plan for the future, guiding you through the steps to ensure that your healthcare decisions will be carried out the way you wish. Join WE now! Visit aikenregional.com/WE.

• A living will documents the types of medical treatments you would or would not want at the end of life.

Get the conversation started. Here are a few questions to think about: 1. On a scale of 1 to 5, how much medical intervention would you want if you were terminally ill?

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DISCLAIMER: Physicians are on the medical staff of Aiken Regional Medical Centers, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.


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Are Hormonal Changes Sabotaging Your Skin? by Zoom H. Heaton

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e all crave beautiful, clean, youthful looking skin and forever if possible. Well, as most of you know by now that beautiful skin takes WORK! We are made up of chemical messengers called hormones and as we go through our metamorphoses in this life, changes in the balance of these hormones wreak havoc on our skin. Yes, there are other factors like diet (high carbohydrate diet), stress, food allergies, poor hygiene, environmental toxins, smoking, and sun damage that contribute to skin problems. However, these other factors somehow directly or indirectly influence our hormones. In our teenage years, there is a sharp increase in androgen hormones like testosterone. This hormone, though predominantly exists in males, it is present in females too. Testosterone works with the enzyme 5 alpha reductase to create di-hydrotestosterone. Di-hydrotestosterone stimulates the sebaceous glands, causing an increase in sebum production and leading to an oilier skin. As the follicles are filled with excess oil, they become blocked more easily. The blockage of the follicle creates a comedo, or acne breakout. Acne seems to strike teenage males more severely and is longer lasting than their female counterparts. Menopause can bring frustrating new issues for your skin, or even bad flash backs to your teen years with problems like acne. Menopause occurs in most women in their early 50s. However, in the 5 to 10 year period prior to menopause our hormonal systems are already beginning to change, even though we still often have regular periods. Acne in the 40s is generally different from adolescent acne in that there are not as many black-

heads, whiteheads, papules, or pustules. Instead, acne in the 40s is more microcystic. Small, hard, tender cysts often occur around the chin, jaw line, and sometimes even down onto the neck. Unfortunately, these cysts last longer, sometimes taking 2 to 4 weeks to resolve rather than a few days to a week in adolescents. At menopause, levels in estrogen drops so acne is not as much of a problem since oil production is less. However, our skin starts to produce slightly less collagen and elastic fibers. Collagen is the supportive protein structure of the skin, and elastic fibers provide the ability to bounce back. This drop in collagen and elastic fibers accelerates wrinkling and sagging. Other skin issues at menopause include dry skin, especially the face and hands, dark circles, facial and chest hair, cellulite, and stretch marks.

turn causes us to look like dried up prunes. This is a sad state of affairs so we must take care of our skin and begin as early as possible. If we get into a good skin care routine early on, there is a better chance of us looking more like a shiny apple longer. There are solutions to help us age more gracefully and to keep our dignity. For those of you out there having peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms and need hormone replacement, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help not only to replenish the hormones you’re deficient in but also to help rejuvenate and revitalize your skin naturally. There

are so many skin care products out there and choosing the right products can be daunting. Finally I’ve stumbled across a skin care line that combines science with medicinal percentages of cosmeceutical ingredients and botanicals to not only help your troubled skin issues but also to nurture your skin while helping it to heal. These products are significantly different than most similar products which often include only trace amounts of these expensive ingredients and botanicals. I am also impressed that this line was created by a pharmacist. Come by TLC Medical Centre Pharmacy to learn more.

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Looking Good and Seeing BETTER by Rebecca Vigné

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he women at Aiken Ophthalmology are looking good and seeing better with the Lasik surgery they had done less than a six months ago. Six lucky ladies were approved to have the vision correction surgery in October, and they have nothing but good things to say. Chances are you know someone who has had laser vision correction. Since the excimer laser’s approval by the FDA in 1995, millions of people have eliminated their nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and said goodbye to their dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

Six female employees at Aiken Ophthalmology recently underwent this new form of vision correction surgery. The procedure is different from previous methods due to the use of a laser instead of a blade. Some doctors still use the blade method in order to make a flap in the cornea before the eye is corrected with another laser; however, using a laser to make the flap allows for a safer procedure with fewer complications as well as a shorter recovery time. Employees at Aiken Ophthalmology were all at work the

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day after their treatment with no need for their glasses or contacts. When Amanda Brown came in for her procedure, she was a little nervous and excited. She had been wearing glasses for 14 years with vision just below the big E on the eye chart. When she arrived, Dr. Patheja administered a Valium in order to keep her relaxed throughout the procedure. Numbing drops were administered in each of her eyes as she was walked through

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the entire process. “I felt so calm during the procedure because Dr. Patheja talked me through each step. I just laid back and watched a blinking light. I could not feel anything.” Brown’s procedure took 22 seconds in her left eye and 23 seconds in her right eye. The length of time required for the laser to fix each eye depends on the patient’s prescription. Every patient is different. Dr. Patheja explains, “I always talk to my patients because I want to make them feel comfortable. Sometimes people are hesitant to


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According to the employees at Aiken Ophthalmology, the procedure is painless and extremely simple. Amanda Brown added, “I would recommend this procedure to anyone who can have it done. It is truly incredible, and you are in good hands at Aiken Ophthalmology.” Tests must be performed in order to ensure that a patient is a good candidate for vision correction surgery, but there is no harm in checking with a professional. Both Dr. Smith and Dr. Patheja at Aiken Ophthalmology have been performing vision correction surgery for over 20 years, and they are proud to offer a new, less invasive form of this procedure.

‘I would recommend this procedure to anyone who can have it done. It is truly incredible, and you are in good hands at Aiken Ophthalmology.’ All six of the employees agree that there is no pain associated with the procedure. A few of the ladies commented on the dryness they experienced in their eyes the night after the procedure, but the drops were helpful. Beverly Hamrick described the feeling as “if you had been swimming in a pool for a while”. Antibiotic drops are administered after the surgery in order to prevent infection or scarring, and the drops also help reduce dryness. When asked how vision correction surgery has changed her day to day life, Kristin Davis commented, “It’s the little things that you notice. I can wake up in the middle of the night and see the time on my alarm clock.” Christine Lloyd said that she can see license plates and road signs so clearly now whereas in the past she had trouble even when using her glasses or contacts.

Just like a fingerprint, each person’s vision is 100 percent unique to their eyes. Before the recent advancements in technology, doctors were only able to use standard measurements to correct vision, meaning that prescriptions could only provide a certain level of correction regardless of an individual’s needs. Aiken Ophthalmology is proud to be the only eye care center in the CSRA to offer the newest advances in CustomVue Individualized Laser Vision Correction. Using this new WaveScan technology provides 25 times more precise measurements than standard methods used for glasses or contact lenses. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 642.6060 or visit www. aikeneye.com. Aiken Ophthalmology is located on Highway 1 in Aiken and also in downtown North Augusta. You may also find Aiken Ophthalmology on Facebook.

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Examining the

Female Athlete TRIAD

by David Zimmerman, M.D.

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s she watched the sun set, Riley thought to herself, “I’m so glad that I’m going to be able to run in tomorrow’s 5K. It’s taken longer than I thought it would for my leg to heal from the stress fracture this time.” As an 18 year old Freshman, she knew her coach would use tomorrow’s time as a measuring stick towards determining Riley’s standing among her fellow freshmen and the rest of the track team. Riley had made up her mind that she was going to be competitive against last year’s regional champion, Nikki Walker – a senior. Riley was 5’-2” and 102 pounds dripping wet, and had some excellent State and Regional times last year. Long ago, she had decided “I’ll do whatever it takes to not go above 104 pounds. Every ounce is just extra weight to have to carry and will only slow me down. I don’t know how Nikki can go so fast and weigh so much because she’s not built much different than me”. Nikki was 5’4”, 114 pounds, and 21 years old. When Riley got back to the dorm, most of the other girls were getting their showers or waiting in line. While she detested waiting for anything, she had her mind focused on tomorrow’s opportunity and wasn’t going to let herself get distracted.

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“Hey Riley, will you get me a tampon out of the top drawer in my room please? I knew I was about to start with the way I’ve been feeling”, Charlotte cried out. Riley found the tampon and gave it to her. “Thanks Riley. Let me know if you ever need anything,” Charlotte said. “You’re welcome,” Riley replied quietly. Even though she had lost her place in line to get a shower, her mom had always taught her to help others when they needed it. When Charlotte came out, Riley heard her say, “Once this time is over, I’m probably good for another 6-7 months.” Riley thought, “When am


Health & Wellness I going to start?” She calculated the months, 1, 2, 3… By her math, she probably had a few more weeks before her next period. She dreaded them because it seemed that she was always more emotional than normal. The little things got to her when they otherwise never would have.

she stayed up until 1 or 2 o’clock on school nights before tests. As a young woman, she always thought it was better to be lean. She was convinced that every pound above 102 might as well have its own

less), and is very weight conscious because of her belief that additional weight will adversely affect her athletic performance, and that it is socially unacceptable in her eyes. Furthermore, she has a couple of aspects of her life that may exacerbate her risk. First, her exposure to what constitutes a normal period is greatly influenced by the experiences of her peer group. In this case, other girls on the track team who have a similar number of periods annually. This can give Riley a false sense of normalcy and make changing her mind more difficult. An absence of menses greater than three months is called amenorrhea and can indicate an estrogen deficiency.

There are 3 components to what is known as the ‘female athlete triad,’ and Riley is at risk to varying degrees in each area...

The team always met for meals TOGETHER. That was one of Coach’s rules. “Gatorade to rehydrate, small piece of baked chicken for protein, some steamed broccoli, and a small helping of the ‘vegetable of the day,’” Riley mumbled to herself. “Never am quite sure what vegetable is in ‘vegetable of the day,’, she thought to herself. She looked over at Charlotte’s plate and it looked about like Riley’s. Riley had learned through the power of observation to obtain affirmation that she was doing the right thing without even asking for it. This would still leave enough calories for her to drink one more Gatorade before bedtime and still come in less than 1600 calories for the day. Riley worked hard at trying to do her best at anything she tried. As an athlete, her form was important as were her times. As a student, she had always been at the top of her class, although things didn’t come as easy to her as others thought. They weren’t there when

billboard announcing its existence for all to see, especially the coach. And she didn’t need to give Coach any more reasons to question her ability to perform tomorrow. Medical Analysis There are 3 components to what is known as the “female athlete triad,” and Riley is at risk to varying degrees in each area – bone health, irregular periods, and energy available to maintain normal body functions after allowing for exercise. Riley tells us that she has had more than 1 stress fracture as an 18 year old female athlete, has about 2 periods annually (normal frequency of menses is 35 days or

Second, she is very weight conscious and has established personal maximums for herself. While it is not uncommon for young women in our society to believe that “thin is in,” Riley’s calculated Body Mass Index is in the low end of normal range. Riley gives no indication that she understands that the energy available after allowing for exercise is fundamental to her general good health including approximately monthly menstruation. Lastly, her low energy intake and abnormal number of periods annually are risk factors of poor

Dr. David Zimmerman bone health as discussed above. Unfortunately, she has already experienced multiple stress fractures. Simply put, Riley’s athletic career and long-term health is in jeopardy and she is unaware. Early recognition and treatment is essential. Athletes should be educated that eating right and appropriate medical care may improve performance. If they still refuse to seek medical care, concerned individuals should seek additional information on behalf of the athlete directly from medical professionals. Being thin doesn’t necessarily mean a person is healthy. If after reading Riley’s story, you are concerned about someone in your life who exhibits similar symptoms, the staff at Center for Primary Care Family Medicine can help. Give them a call today to set up an appointment today.

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“BEFORE and AFTER” The magic of a makeover

by Susan Victor

photos by Heather Sargent Photography

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ho doesn’t love a makeover? Whether it is photos of someone who has successfully lost weight, changed their hair style, or gutted and redesigned their kitchen, we are all fascinated by the transformation we see in the side by side “Before” and “After” pictures. In the interior design business we have the opportunity to experience the excitement of a makeover almost every week. There is something so rewarding about seeing the ugly duckling transform into the beautiful swan that seeing the results of a successful makeover is still one of the most exciting aspects of our business, both for our designers and for their clients.

The change can’t be subtle – taking a brown beige room to gray beige room is not enough to qualify in the “Before” and “After” game of makeovers.

Before: A Victorian settee inherited from the previous homeowners tagged for Goodwill

Susan Victor Almost any part of interior design can qualify as a makeover and earn a spot in our coveted “Before” and “After” photo gallery. But there are a few qualifiers that must be present: There has to be a before You have to have a starting point, it can be an old worn piece of furniture, an ugly dated wall color, a window full of drapes from the eighties, or a totally outdated kitchen. The transformation has to be a show stopper The change can’t be subtle — taking a brown beige room to a grey beige room is not enough to qualify in the “Before” and “After” game of makeovers. Even a much needed reupholster job of an old sofa or chair rarely on it’s own makes it into the coveted makeover photo

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gallery. The after picture has to be so compelling that even the most untrained eye can see the difference. The “after” has to be both beautiful and functional It might be quiet compelling to see an antique chest lacquered hot pink, but if it does not increase the value to the client and fit into the overall design it just isn’t good enough. Below are some incredible interior design makeovers that have made the Nandina “Before” and “After” gallery ranging from simple furniture repurposing or design to full scale room makeovers. Enjoy the transformation!

Susan Victor is the owner-designer of Nandina Home & Design (www.nandinahome.com).

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Before: A dark great room that the client wanted to infuse with light After: Without spending major renovation dollars, the room was totally transformed by painting the trim, building onto the bookcases on both sides of the fireplace, and adding new lighting and new furnishings

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A Personal Note

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t doesn’t seem like a full month since I sat down to pen a note to you. I have to say there are so many things that have happened this month that I could tell you about, but I find myself wanting to talk about my children. Can you imagine that? I always laugh when people say “Four? You have four children?” They look at me like I am an alien. I dare not share with them that I wanted more. My body just didn’t do pregnancy well, which is kind of funny considering it certainly had no trouble getting pregnant. It was the morning-afternoon- and evening sickness, and all the third trimester complications that were the problem. I guess that is why I am so fully aware of what a gift each one is to our family. I always thought pregnant women go home from the hospital 24 to 48 hours after giving birth with a healthy bundle of sweetness wrapped in a pink or blue blanket. That just isn’t always true. When Trey was born, he was five weeks early. It was 36 hours of hard labor and sheer exhaustion. He had a severe cephalhematoma and I was told there was a possibility he had brain damage. They believed his skull was cracked. Our hospital stay was 7 full days. He, of course, is completely healthy and currently Valedictorian of the Junior Class at WKHS. Needless to say, there was no brain damage. He broke his left clavicle coming through the birth canal and I had to leave him at the hospital the second night. It was snowing as we drove home. My eyes are watering as I write this because I tried to explain to my husband why I was crying so hard. “Honey, he is safe. He is in a hospital with the best trained staff to take care of him.” I know now he was just being strong for me. I wanted him to understand that for almost eight months Trey was a part of me and now I had to entrust him with strangers because I was well enough to go home, but he was not. The next day my pediatrician moved him to the children’s ward and gave me a bed in the room with him so I could nurse and bond with my new baby. The next time I left that hospital, it was with my son in my arms. Abby was different. She was right on time. She gave us quite a scare when the midwife discovered the cord was wrapped around her neck. She stopped breathing every time I pushed. However, the last big push, Julia reached down pulled the cord free, and I heard the sweet high pitched wail of my only little girl. ( I would grow accustomed to that sound as she was a colicky baby.) She also broke her collar bones coming out, but the only evidence of her trauma was a little jaundice and a blue face from her top lip up. I had to leave her, too, but Dr. Bailey sent her home the next night with Billie lights and me and my glow worm were together again. Colton was the easiest delivery: four hours and he scored an 8.5 on the Apgar. I was so happy. I was taking home my first baby within forty –eight hours of delivery. He looked really tan and I questioned the pediatrician at the time, because I had already had two jaundiced babies, but he assured me he was fine. A week later Colton was in the children’s hospital for jaundice. He was very sick. They talked about a lot of scary procedures and he had a little needle in his head. I prayed and begged God to help him. He did. We came home seven days later. Ryan was a surprise. Five weeks early, his lungs were underdeveloped and they said he had pneumonia. It was awful. I had to leave yet another baby at the hospital. I visited every day during the hours they allowed me to come. I talked to him and read him books as I had the others. Seven days old, he came home for the first time. I have often wondered how mothers of healthy babies can take them for granted. I do not know. You would think out of four, I would have had some better results. I believe with my whole heart, even as scary as it was, some mothers have it worse. Some mothers have it a lot worse.

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This article isn’t what I intended to write today when I sat down to pen this personal note. I was going to tell you about a birthday party that my family and some sweet friends gave me. I was going to tell you how Trey, Abby, and Colton sang at this party; about how even Ryan made a speech about his mom, and how proud I was watching my precious children stand up in a crowd of my friends and say the sweetest things about me. (I am sure I didn’t deserve most of it.) Instead, I want to tell you to be grateful. Be grateful for every moment that we have with our little ones, and our big ones. There are only so many moments in a lifetime. Make memories. Laugh. Love them. Enjoy them. Pray for them. Take care of them. Treasure them. They have so much to teach us.

Abby and Trey

Colton and Ryan

God Bless, I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. —Abraham Lincoln

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