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It’s that time of year again, and we have advice to share from local experts!


Meet the successful TV personality and motivational speaker — Judge Hatchett

Dr. Nichole Quinn


In this Issue



EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Lori Samples Duncan


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ruth Chapman Elaine Clary Lori Samples Duncan Rodney W. Lumpkins Beth McCrary Dr. Drew McPhail Tripp Newsome Elaine Samples

From the Editor

Health & Wellness

2 School’s Back in Session!


3 What’s Happening?

Let’s Talk

COVER PHOTO Tammy Bevins Photography

DESIGN Melissa W. Morris

PHOTOGRAPHY Cathy Lindner Marni Rothschild Pictures Tammy Bevins Photography

4 One on One with Judge Glenda Hatchett 6 Type 1 Ties that Bind

Back to School

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Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep? South Carolina Future Scholar Savings Plan

Celebrating the Survivor in You!

12 How I Survived Breast Cancer

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Dr. Nichole Quinn: Balancing Life and Career Meet Dr. Keenan Green of Keenan W. Green, D.M.D. Family Dentistry A Very Special Delivery Is Forward Head Syndrome (FHS) Robbing You and Your Family of Health, Wellness and Vitality? Palmetto Primary Care Physicians Offers Patients 33 Years of Clinical Experience with the Addition of Dr. Edd Chariker and Palmetto Vein Specialists

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Personal Note

28 Answered Prayers

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ummer is almost over, and we are getting back to routines and cooler weather! God has been good to us in the Carolinas. We have some of the best weather in the country. Each passing season brings up new opportunities and the endings to old ones. I don’t ever want to forget to thank you for your faithfulness in reading Charleston Woman Magazine. A lot of work goes into bringing these stories to you. It is always rewarding to meet a new reader and hear them compliment us on a recent edition or a story we told that gave them hope or inspired them to change their situation. So thank you again for reading! We always want to hear what you think. Feel free to send me a personal email, or pick up the phone and call me. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. It is through the continued support of our advertisers that each issue is made possible, enabling us to bring Charleston Woman Magazine to your home, business, and to local merchants, as well. Be sure to visit them and tell them where you found them! Each of the businesses in these pages have made a commitment to you for excellency, and we personally send everyone we know to them! This issue features a wonderful wedding, an awe inspiring dentist and a hard working business woman who, as most of do, is finding a balance between home life and work. Charleston is full of so many incredible people, and it is exciting to meet each one you. It is our hope that you will be inspired by the stories and articles in these pages and take a moment to be grateful for all the many blessings in your life. Happiness is all about perspective. Like the old song says, “Don’t worry — be happy!” Don’t forget to visit our Survivor section to read about a local cancer survivor. We tell these stories to give you hope and inspiration until a cure is found. Don’t miss our upcoming “Surviving the Holidays” Fashion Show in Lexington, SC on November 6th — bring a friend! For most of us, school will be or is back in session! Can I get a “Amen” for routine!!!! I am so excited about all the great things for Charleston residents to do in the upcoming seasons! Until next time… your friend,

Lori Samples Duncan Editor-in-Chief

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What’s HAPPENING? Party for the Parks September 22, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Ashley Avenue, downtown Charleston

Attendees will enjoy local food, an open bar, live music, performers and silent and live auctions. The silent auction will be from 6-8:30 p.m. and the live auction starts at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance and $75 at the door. A VIP ticket is available for $150 and includes a $100 donation to the Charleston Parks Conservancy with member benefits and access to the VIP party area with lounge, private bar and food by Magnolias, Blossom and Cypress restaurants.

Harvest for Habitat September 29, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Summerville Country Club

Join Dorchester Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a night of family, fun, and fireworks! There will be football games up on the big screen TVs for all of the fans. Enjoy silent and live auctions, dinner from a variety of food vendors, kid-friendly activities, dancing and music by Wendell, prizes, a cash bar, and a brilliant firework show! Tickets available soon online, at the DHH office, and People, Places, & Quilts. $35 per adult, $10 for children ten and under. Contact Donna at (843) 851-1414 for information.

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Pet Lovers Warehouse proudly presents the 2nd Annual Fore Paws Open Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the foster medical fund for the homeless animals at the Frances R. Willis SPCA. Many homeless animals that arrive there face euthanasia due to illness, injury or behavioral issues. The mission of the Long Term Foster Care Program is to remove these animals from the shelter and place them in foster homes where they can get the loving care and medi-

cal attention they need to become adoptable pets. The cost for a 4 player team in the tournament is $260 and is $65 for an individual ($70 after October 1). Prizes are available, and BBQ will be served after the tournament and putting contest. For more information, call (843) 814-2911.

The 10th Annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour to benefit Children In Crisis, Inc. October 7, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Summerville

The Kitchen Tour is a unique delight for the senses as patrons tour grand homes, cottages and gardens in Summerville and sample gourmet treats prepared by premiere Lowcountry chefs. Local musicians are scheduled to perform in each home or garden and area florists will grace the interior décor with floral arrangements. Get your tickets now at the website below.

The Leader in Me Luncheon October 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Trident Technical College

Join the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce and its Leadership Dorchester Alumni in welcoming Sean Covey, keynote speaker for The Leader in Me Luncheon. Covey will speak on The Leader in Me model, based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, adopted by more than 700 schools across the country. Summerville Elementary School was the first school in the state to adopt The Leader in Me and has introduced the model as The Art of Leadership. Since then, this leadership model has been introduced at Newington Elementary and at Rollings Middle School of the Arts. This model infuses the foundational habits based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, leadership skills and quality tools to create future leaders.

Surviving the Holidays Fashion Show November 6, 6:30 p.m. Holiday Inn & Suites, Lexington

All 20 models are cancer survivors, and they will be wearing clothing from Craig Reagin and Mae’s on Main. This event is co-sponsored by Lexington Medical Center, and all proceeds will benefit the LMC Foundation. There will be food and drinks and the ticket cost is minimal. Visit us online for more details!


Judge Glenda Hatchett by Rodney W. Lumpkins


recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Judge Glenda Hatchett, the highly successful Judge, single mother of 2, author and motivational speaker. Although she is known by most for her syndicated daytime courtroom television show that ran for 10 years, there is so much more to her. Indeed, my interview with Judge Hatchett revealed how her passion as a children’s advocate was born, her thoughts on leadership, parenting tips, as well as key take aways from her newest book Dare to Change. Judge Hatchett grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, in a household with nurturing parents who challenged her to aim for excellence and cheered her on to live her dreams. Her parents invested deeply in their community, giving their time, resources and the little money that they could to help young people outside of the Hatchett home. Her father was the Board Chair at the local YMCA and he taught a Vacation Bible School. Her mother taught elementary school in a poverty-stricken neighborhood. Her parents lived by the simple notion that to those who much is given, much is required. With such positive and encouraging parents as role models, it is no surprise that Judge Hatchett carried their determination for excellence. Judge Hatchett graduated from Emory School of Law and became a very successful litigation attorney at Delta Air Lines. She also carried on her parents sense of community. Even as a young adult, Judge Hatchett developed a deep respect for the Children’s Defense Fund. However, it was when

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Let’s Talk she went to work on the bench in the Fulton County Juvenile Court it became clear that her career, her purpose and her passion had intersected. This is where she was supposed to be. It was in this position that she really had a chance to do things beyond the bench and to advocate through policy and law for people to be more involved in opportunities to support children and families. One such opportunity is Kinder Kids. This group provides family support and services to children that have physical and behavioral challenges. Judge Hatchett is the guest speaker for the Kinder Kids 2012 Justice for Kids gala this October in Aiken. This is a black-tie fundraiser, scheduled for October 16, 2012. Judge Hatchett respects the work that the Kinder Kids organization does in its support of families dealing with physically and behaviorally-challenged kids, and knows that parenting special needs children requires work of a special patience and a special heart. Judge Hatchett also noted, when asked about advice for parents and caregivers dealing with challenged children, that caregivers must take time to re-charge their batteries, noting that you can’t just keep giving and giving without stopping to take a breath. One personal note, when I told my wife that I’d be interviewing Judge

Hatchett, she lit up and began to tell me about hearing Judge Hatchett speak at a leadership conference in Atlanta 2006. My wife took less than two minutes to ruffle through an old file to share with me her handwritten notes on the back of a folded flyer to show me the 7 rules

me that this was one of her favorite topics to speak on. She broke the idea down into 3 steps. The first step is to ask the child what his/her dreams are and be clear that the sky is the limit. Step two is to write that dream down boldly on a piece of paper. The third step, and her favorite part, is to then post that paper on the ceiling above the child’s bed. The idea is that this dream will be the last thing that child sees before he or she closes their eyes to sleep at night, and the first thing the child sees when they awake. The Judge noted that she has seen first hand as a mother and as a Judge in the Juvenile Courts that if our children focus on their dreams, then they are less likely to be distracted by the craziness in the streets. As parents, we have to cheer for our children and let them know they can achieve greatness, and that greatness is expected from them. became clear that her career, her purpose and her passion had intersected. of leadership that the Judge spoke about that day. Rule #4 stood out to me, it read: “be willing to go where you lead”. I told Judge Hatchett this story and she was flattered, and excitedly responded that you can’t lead where you are not willing to go and that true leaders never ever point. You can’t just point the way, you must lead by example. A true leader really sets the example for others to follow. Prior to the interview, a close friend told me about Judge Hatchett’s posting dreams versus posting bail strategy. When asked about her idea of children writing down their dreams and posting them on the wall, the Judge’s excitement was obvious. Judge Hatchett told

I also asked the Judge about key points that purchasers of her new book Dare to Change, should walk away with. She responded: “it’s the dare”. Judge Hatchett explained that in the book, she double-dogdares her readers to live their lives with passion and purpose, with the understanding that your past does not have to dictate your future. She went on to say that the book is for

everybody and is about what we do with what we have now and here. There is also a chapter that challenges readers to stop focusing on what they don’t have and to take inventory of and maximize all the wonderful gifts in their lives that they already have in order to make their lives full. Dare to Change is interactive and it challenges readers to look deep within themselves to decide whether they want to be victims or victors. Today, Judge Hatchett tells me that she wishes she had more time to work with organizations like Kinder Kids because the work they do is so important. These days, she re-charges her own battery by working out at the neighborhood YMCA. Along with her work as the National Spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) helping children all across the country in foster care, Judge Hatchett’s weeks are filled with traveling, doing motivational speeches, book signings and working on her new media production company. She also has plans to return to practicing law on an exclusive part-time basis. You can follow Judge Hatchett on Twitter or Facebook (she does her own tweets). Her Twitter account is @JudgeGHatchett, and on Facebook, go to her fan page “Judge Glenda Hatchett.”

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harlotte Flint was born and raised in Mount Pleasant, SC. She is the only daughter of Michael and Charlotte Flint and she grew up with three very protective brothers. David, Michael and Stephen gave a toast at the rehearsal dinner for Charlotte’s wedding this past Memorial Day weekend. In that toast they shared that it would take a very special man to break through the protective shield they had built around their only sister.

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Let’s Talk Their desire to protect Charlotte grew even stronger in February of 2009. Just two weeks prior to her 24th birthday, Charlotte was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. An unknown trigger had caused Charlotte’s autoimmune system to attack itself and in the process destroyed her insulin producing beta cells. Charlotte would now be insulin dependent for the rest of her life through no fault of her own. Like most people, Charlotte knew very little about T1D prior to her diagnosis. She had no idea that it is a disease that can strike suddenly and with little warning. In the weeks prior to her diagnosis she experienced all of the classic symptoms like extreme weight loss, frequent urination, and constant lethargy. On a weekend visit to see Charlotte in Columbia, her parents realized something was terribly wrong and insisted she return home to see their family doctor. He immediately recognized the symptoms of T1D and sent her directly to the emergency room. Charlotte was in severe diabetic ketoacidosis. Left untreated, DKA results in death. In the beginning, Charlotte’s diagnosis made her feel confused, scared, and mad. “It rocked my whole world. I was still young and had so much left to accomplish. It was so much to take in all at once and I didn’t want any part of it the first few days in the hospital. Then I just said to myself that I wouldn’t let T1D slow me down or hold me back. I didn’t throw a pity party for myself, I jumped back up and learned how to handle and manage T1D.” At the time of her diagnosis, Charlotte, a USC graduate, was working full-time in the Gamecock Club office in Columbia. She was learning a new way to take care of herself to not only stay alive, but to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible. This new way of living would include checking her blood

sugar prior to every meal and snack, counting the carbohydrates in the food she ate, and determining the proper amount of insulin to prevent her blood sugar from spiking dangerously high or dropping dangerously low. Just after Christmas of 2008, a new intern had started working in the Gamecock Club office. Matt Campbell, a former USC Gamecock pitcher, was completing his internship to graduate with a degree in Sports Management. Matt and Charlotte immediately hit it off as they had many friends in common and shared a love for Gamecock sports. It didn’t hurt that Matt had intimate knowledge of Type 1 Diabetes. Just 6 months earlier in August of 2008, Matt’s cousin had been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 7. Matt was one of Hannah’s

‘Living with T1D does help us live a more balanced and nutritious life.’ first visitors at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Little did he know that Hannah’s diagnosis would be the first of three that hit very close to home. From the time that Charlotte and Matt reconnected while working together at the Gamecock Club, they were pretty much inseparable. While Matt was shocked by Charlotte’s diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes, he was not afraid of it. Matt shares that he was more comfortable with Charlotte’s diagnosis because of his cousin Hannah’s journey with T1D. It prepared him to be a huge source of support and encouragement for Charlotte. “I knew how strong Hannah and

Charlotte were and I had all of the confidence in the world knowing that they had what it took to deal with living with diabetes.” While on a family trip to the Turks and Caicos late in the summer of 2009, Charlotte realized that Matt was the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. Of course, it helped that Matt got along well with all of her brothers. The two became engaged in March of 2011 and began to plan their dream wedding. They didn’t know that diabetes was not through throwing their families a curveball. When Matt began showing the all too familiar symptoms of T1D soon after their engagement, Charlotte knew something was not right. After checking Matt’s blood glucose with her meter and finding out that it was extremely high, “I thought to myself, not him too!” Although fitting none of the criteria, Matt was initially diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at an Urgent Care facility. After receiving the proper Gad antibodies and C-peptide tests from an endocrinologist, Matt received a diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. Charlotte remembers that as a very frustrating time in their lives. “It was not easy trying to get him in with the right doctors and specialists. We went around and around to get him in with someone. Who would think it would be that hard to try and get the right diagnosis and treatment? It was an up and down battle to get Matt’s sugar regulated and him feeling back to normal. It is still a struggle some days, but we’re still learning together.” Charlotte and Matt agree that there are both good and bad things about living with diabetes. Charlottes says, the good part is…“Living with T1D does help us live a more balanced and nutritious life. It has taught us both to take better care of our bodies and pay attention to what we put in them. It has

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Let’s Talk given us a stronger bond in our relationship. We both watch over each other and tell on each other when we start to get careless in our diabetes management. It has allowed us to tell our story and get the word out about T1D and the need for a cure.”

Charlotte with her brothers ‘We didn’t let anything stop us or get us down on our special day. We lived it to the fullest.

The bad part is the constant monitoring of everything they eat and the affect it will have on their blood sugars. There is so much planning and precision that goes into daily management of diabetes and there is also the fear of long-term complications even with diligent care. A cure is important to Charlotte because, “this is not the forever we want as we start this new chapter in our lives. We want a family without the worry that our future children may develop T1D.” For Matt, a cure is important so that he and Charlotte can live a more normal life without the complications that could possibly develop due to high blood sugars. Matt also wishes that his cousin Hannah could grow up without the constant worries of living with T1D. “She’s had to grow up so incredibly fast for her age and give up many of the joys of just being a kid.” Charlotte and Matt want others to know that even with the challenges, Type 1 Diabetes is a manageable disease and that you cannot let it control you or how you see life. They are almost the same as their family and friends, they just have to be more cautious to eat carbohydrates in moderation. For their recent wedding in Mount Pleasant, they had a plan in place to not let diabetes steal the show. Charlotte recounts, “It was the most amazing day of my life thus

far! Everything was perfect. My dress designer actually made a pocket in the bust of my gown for my insulin pump so I didn’t have to mess or fuss with it. We didn’t let anything stop us or get us down on our special day. We lived it to the fullest. There wasn’t anything in the world that was going to get in our way.” Weighing in, Matt adds, “Our wedding day was the best day of my life. Everything was perfect! It’s the only time that you can say that all of your closest friends and family are together celebrating with you. We were concerned about our blood sugar levels throughout just because we knew it was going to be a busy day and all the stresses that come along with it. We had a great plan to make sure it didn’t affect us or the day. Everything went off without a hitch and we enjoyed our special day with no worries!” Looking back, Charlotte and Matt can clearly see God’s hand in weaving their two families together. Both grew up in very tight knit families, one in the upstate and the other in the low country. Both families have strong ties to the University of South Carolina through Matt playing baseball and two of Charlotte’s brothers playing football. Both families now share a passion for raising awareness and funds to help the JDRF Palmetto Chapter prevent, treat, and cure Type 1 Diabetes. All are strong ties that bind their families together. For more information about how to become involved in JDRF Palmetto Chapter, visit

Beth McCrary is a freelance writer from Lexington, SC. She is the proud aunt of Matt Campbell, his new bride Charlotte and the mother of his cousin Hannah.

Back to School



by Ruth Chapman


ccording to the National Sleep Foundation, preschool aged children (ages 3-5) need 11-13 hours of sleep each night and school-aged children (5-12) need 10-11 hours of sleep each night. How many hours of sleep does your child receive? They suggest that TV, computers, media, Internet and caffeine products lead to difficulty falling asleep, nightmares and disruptions to the sleep. They offer the following sleep tips:

So let’s do the math.

• Teach children about healthy sleep habits • Continue to emphasize the need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine • Make your child’s bedroom conducive to sleep — dark, cool and quiet including a recommendation to keep television and computers out of the bedroom. • Avoid caffeine.

If your 5 year old child has to be up for school at 6:30 a.m., he should be in bed ideally, between 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Your 10 year old child should be in bed between 8:30-9:00. Typically pre-school starts later in the morning, so if your 3 year old child has to be up by 8:00 a.m., then she should be in bed between 7:007:30 p.m.

Furthermore, there is research to suggest that there is a link between the #1 epidemic in America, childhood obesity and sleep, or the lack thereof. There is also research to suggest a link between common sleep disorders and ADHD.


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Getting them up that first week back to school, especially if their sleep schedule has been disrupted over the relaxed summer can be challenging. Perhaps going to bed a little earlier each night and awaking a little



earlier each morning, beginning a few weeks before school will help get your child back on the right sleep track. It’s always easier to set a sleep schedule at the beginning of

the school year than to try to backtrack weeks later. Good luck!

Getting them up that first week back to school, especially if their sleep schedule has been disrupted over the relaxed summer can be challenging.

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ancer – what a life changing word, especially when a doctor is saying it and looking at you. First, you are stunned. Second, you cry. Third, you go into shock.

Suddenly life takes on a whole new meaning. Maybe your life was fine, no aches or pains – then all of a sudden, you are very sick. My cancer was in my right breast and spread to my lymph glands. You have to go through more tests than you can count and visits with the oncologist and surgeon. Finally, the protocol for your treatment is decided. Then it begins. After four months of life-altering chemotherapy, three surgeries, six weeks of physical therapy and seven weeks of radiation, followed by one more year of chemo (the drug Herceptin), I can truthfully say that it was as bad as I had heard it was. No one lied to me about it. Besides feeling so incredibly awful, I lost my hair – the hair on my head, my eyelashes, in my nose, everywhere. I would pass the mirror and wonder who that was walking so close to me. I felt like I had lost me. My wonderful sister told me that I should look at


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it like I was pregnant. When I had been pregnant, I didn’t look or feel like me, but after the delivery, I did get the “me” back. It would be the same with my cancer. She was right. I did eventually get the “me” back. As long as I live I will always remember the way each of my two grown sons would come through the back door, see me sitting there with my bald head and shout with the biggest grins on their faces, “Mom you look so cool with your bald head – I really love it.“ So what did I learn from all this? First and foremost, I learned that my God is always with me and that he definitely has a plan for my life. I would have said that I knew this before getting sick, but cancer makes you see things clearer than you ever imagined. My favorite Bible verse became Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand says to you, ‘fear not for I will help you.’” During every test, every chemo treat-



ment, every surgery, every blood drawing, every doctor appointment etc., I would open and close my right hand and know that God was holding it as he had promised. By doing this, I received the peace that only he can give. Secondly, I learned that there is nothing in this life as valuable as family and friends. Again I would have said I knew their value before I got sick, but cancer once again gave a whole new meaning to their value. One such person was my sister, who kept the roads hot between here and Atlanta, because she couldn’t stand not being here to take care of me (and her family for doing without her so she could.) My first treatment resulted in 17 straight hours of vomiting, and she never left my side for a moment. She sat up in a chair all night by my side in the hospital after my major surgery and provided constant, never ending encouragement. Another person was my husband

for always being there, loving and supporting me and doing whatever it took. My two sons always made me smile whenever they appeared. And, wow! I learned I had some incredible friends; so many of them took turns taking me to chemo, brought food, sent cards, made many phone calls and visits, prayed for my healing, and gave constant encouragement and words of love. One friend kept trying to bring us food, and I kept putting her off, not wanting her to go through all of the trouble. Finally, she said that she was bringing it anyway, no matter what I said. I realized then that I must let people help me. It made her feel better to do something – I had to let her help me (a valuable lesson). What an incredible feeling it was to hear that the personnel in the office where I worked, after hearing of my diagnosis, gathered in the conference room and prayed for my recovery. Every time I turned

around, I was hearing about my name being put on another prayer list – even in other states. What a comfort! What encouragement! Third, positive attitude is essential. I viewed chemotherapy as another opportunity to kill some cancer. During chemo, everything is all about your blood and its levels. If your blood wasn’t right, then you couldn’t get chemo. As bad as it was to get it, it is worse not to get it – no chemo, no cancer killing. I use to open and close my right hand during the blood check before the chemo, praying God would let my blood be okay. I was blessed – I never missed a chemo treatment. One week I had a D & C on Tuesday and a chemo treatment on Thursday. It was rough, but I made it. Sometimes it was a mental war in my head. Sometimes it was forcing myself to get out of bed when I absolutely didn’t feel like it, all the while knowing I couldn’t let this defeat me. I found that staying busy made time pass more quickly, something you sincerely want to happen. I never allowed myself to be without hope or to be without faith. I could never get down because there was always someone loving and encouraging me. How blessed I was! You see, faith, hope and love can get you through anything. Fourth, I have learned the power of cards, phone calls, visits and other ways of encouragement. Sometimes people really care but are slow to do these things because they don’t really know what to say. I’ve discovered that it’s not the words that are important but the act itself. Sometimes a phone call from friend or family member saying he/she is thinking of you, or hopes you have a good day, or loves you, could be the very thing that gets a sick person out of bed that day with a fighting attitude of not letting the disease win. Oh, the power of encouragement!!

If I could live my life over again, I would not want to omit the cancer. I have learned so very much and have seen so many things with clearer vision. I have seen the greatness of God, the unconditional love of family and friends, the warmth of new friends who are cancer survivors, and the truth of what’s really important. I have acquired a new mission in life – I want to pass the love, encouragement and support I so generously received during my ordeal onto others going through the same thing, with hope that they then will pass it on. I went through all phases of treatment (chemo, surgeries, radiation, physical therapy) instead of just one or two phases, and for this I am thankful, for it enables me to identify with even more women. The Bible speaks of a refiner’s fire that we sometimes go through in order to become a better person. I feel my cancer was the refiner’s fire for my life. I pray everyday for God to use me for His glory to serve and help others with this dreadful disease. I was seven months late in getting my mammogram – not such a smart thing to do. Then I discovered the lump in my breast while taking a shower. I had never been late with my mammograms before, but this one time I was. The biopsy revealed another lump in my lymph glands. I know that just a few short years ago I would have never survived cancer. Even though treatment is literally hell, I have been fortunate to live in a time when such great progress has been made with this disease. The wonderful news is that breast cancer is not the death sentence that it once was. I am an example of how a person can get breast cancer, have it spread to the lymph glands, and with treatment, become cancer free. I hope this gives encouragement to other women. Another thing I’ve learned – DO NOT be late for your Mammograms!

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hen she was in Chiropractic School, Dr. Nichole Quinn went to a Bible Study at the request of a friend. At the Study, she was introduced to a young man named Bryan. They had their first date after church on Sunday, and he later became her husband. They have been married for seven years, and have two children, Nevaeh (6) and Peyton (2). After graduating from chiropractic school, Dr. Quinn became an independent contractor, working in different offices around the Lowcountry. She was able to run her own business, while utilizing the services and office space of other chiropractors. During this time, at the age of 15 months, Nevaeh came to live with the Quinns. “We took custody of her and after a lot of prayer, we knew we had to take the necessary steps to adopt her to ensure that she did not go back to the conditions we rescued her from,” says Dr. Quinn. “I am happy to say, the adoption was finalized in August of 2011, and we had a separate Adoption Birthday Party to celebrate!”

Wellness, and she says it was the best move she has ever made. Being a mother of two, Dr. Quinn realized the importance of making her practice family friendly, and she was able to create an environment that caters to and accommodates everyone. “Some of my most treasured compliments about my new practice come from mothers,” beams Dr. Quinn. “First, the kids play area is a big hit with them (and their kids). Second, the moms connect with me because I too, am a mom. I understand what they go through before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after. I can relate to their experiences and feelings because I have walked in their shoes. I love having a place where they can come and relieve stress so they can be the best moms possible to their little ones.”

Being a mother of two, Dr. Quinn realized the importance of making her practice family friendly, and she was able to create an environment that caters to and accommodates everyone.

Nevaeh’s brother Peyton was born in 2010, “and they love each other so much. I worked up until the day I went into labor with Peyton,” recalls Dr. Quinn. “I am happy to say that I was able to give him the best birth possible. He was born in the water and I received no meds during the labor and delivery. As a Chiropractor, I knew the importance of keeping my nervous system functioning at its optimum level and my spine and pelvis in the optimum alignment throughout my pregnancy, so I was adjusted once a week throughout my pregnancy.”(The word Wonderwoman comes to mind…) In September of 2011, Dr. Quinn opened Family

Dr. Quinn’s husband leaves early in the morning, so she is charged with the daily breakfast to outthe-door tasks. She drops the children off at school, sees patients for a few hours, gets in a workout and healthy lunch, and is back at it from 2:30 to 5:30. If Nevaeh doesn’t have gymnastics, she goes home for dinner with the family. To make the most of their time, the Quinns try to cook their meals on weekends, so that they can warm up the nightly dinner. After dinner, it is baths, books, and bedtime. Nevaeh is on a competition gymnastics team and completed her first season of competing earlier


this year. “I have to brag a bit,” smiles Dr. Quinn. “She was the state beam champion for her age and level. I am so proud of her discipline and focus when it comes to gymnastics. At the age of 5, she is putting in 9 hours of practice a week…I am sure Peyton will be involved in something soon. I would love to have a football player one day (my husband wants a hockey player)!” As does any working mom, Dr. Quinn sometimes feels guilty about not spending more time with her children, but she also feels that it makes their evening and weekend time more special: “I cherish every minute with them and devote my full attention to them when we are together.” And the most rewarding part of successfully balancing family and career? “The joy I get when I see my patients feeling better, the values that I teach my kids through the discipline of balancing home and work, and hearing my daughter tell others what I do. I remember when Nevaeh learned the word, Chiropractor, she began to tell everyone that I was a Chiropractor and my job is to help people. It feels great knowing I am making a difference in the health of so many lives!” We asked Dr. Quinn what she feels is the key to maintaining a healthy balance: “Putting God first, family second, and my practice third. Without my faith, I would not be able to everything I do. I also think planning is very important. I write down my tasks that need to be accomplished in a given week and schedule specific time for family, work, and other events. I have found that when you write tasks down, they are more likely to get accomplished.” And the final thought from Dr. Quinn that we thought worth sharing: “My purpose for having a career is to help others obtain better health through natural Chiropractic care. I am fulfilled in all I do, but being a mom is the most rewarding job I will ever have!”


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t is easy to get into a “rut� when you write, and I interview a lot of people. But I look at each person as an individual. Rarely have I ever been on an interview where I felt after the first meeting, this person was a long time friend. Meeting Dr. Keenan Green was a treat. He is not only one of the most friendly and outgoing individuals I have ever had the pleasure to meet, but he made me feel like I was family. The hard part of this article was not what to write about, but what not to write. Dr. Green is a fascinating storyteller who had me in stitches one moment and literally in tears when he talked about his children (both of whom I hope to one day meet.) His son is a graduate of Clemson University who has built a data center and his daughter is working in the home development industry.


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Dr. Keenan Green and Staff This fantastic dentist, recommended to us by Dr. Hehr himself, was once the youngest scuba instructor in the United States of America. At one time, he worked for General Electric. The son of a single mother who raised five children alone, Dr. Green put himself through college and sums up the problems of our country in one sentence, “The country has lost the fear of God, and parents have forgotten how to be parents.” Dr. Green met his wife while skiing in North Carolina; he thought she was the most beautiful young lady he had ever seen. Interestingly enough, they were both from Charleston, so he asked her out after the skiing trip The rest, as they say, is history. She is a stay at home mom and since I believe that behind every good man is a good woman, I am looking forward to meeting her as well.

making that first trip. It is important that who you entrust those little mouths to is trustworthy. Dr. Green is relaxed and friendly and his smile is literally infectious. He reminded me of California — warm and laid back — as he spoke about the accident that brought him to the medical profession. My sons would have been impressed — I got to see the scar. Dr. Green endeavors to be mindful of the work God has given him to do, and no matter who is sitting in the chair, he treats them with dignity and respect, recognizing that he doesn’t know what they might be going through. I had to smile because he prays for his patients, and as a person who prays for her advertisers, this sat well with me. An office staff that has very little turnover is also a testament to the character of Dr. Keenan Green.

It is important that who you entrust those little mouths to is trustworthy.

A motorcycle accident at a young age, which broke every bone from the waist down and almost claimed his leg, brought Dr. Green to the medical field. Amazingly, the doctor that helped save the endangered leg still checks up on him from time to time. Dr. Green credits this medical professional with his desire to become a part of the field. It was during his residency that he decided becoming a dentist was where he could be most beneficial to his patients. From the time we are young, the dentist is often a fearful trip. Moms threaten us with “sugar bugs” and other such things to keep us brushing on a daily basis, and it can be scary when you are three or four years old and

As a young boy, his dream was to fly jets and play football. The motorcycle accident that robbed him of the dream opened the door for his destiny. Dr. Green is a believer, and it was evident as he spoke, giving God credit for saving him from his close calls. As we talked, I thought of a quote I saw on Coach Dabo Sweeny’s wall during a recent trip to Clemson, “No man can open a door that God closes and no man can shut a door that God opens.” Closing the door to football and flying jets set Dr. Green up on a five and a half year college plan and a lifelong career of dentistry. If you are in the area and looking for a dentist, do yourself a favor and give Dr. Green’s office a call. You will be glad you did.

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n his almost 30 years in practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. James Martin has delivered hundreds and hundreds of babies. Several of the baby girls have grown up and had babies of their own, which Dr. Martin has also delivered. We have had the pleasure of meeting several newly pregnant patients who were also delivered by Dr. Martin.

One such patient had a story that was unlike any other that we had heard here at the practice. We first met Lauren Hyman in late September of 2011, when she came to us as a new OB patient. It turns out that both Lauren and her husband, Aubrey, were delivered by Dr. Martin. “I have delivered many patients in my career and have now delivered the babies of a number of these patients. This is the first time that I delivered both of the parents,” says Dr. Martin. After hearing their amazing story, we wanted to share it with everyone. The couple dated for a year and a half before getting engaged. They met while Lauren was in high school. She worked with Aubrey’s mom and sister, who insisted that Aubrey get together with Lauren,


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because they thought that she was the perfect girl for him. Eventually, their persistence paid off, and Aubrey proposed to Lauren. Aubrey originally wanted to propose on Christmas, but he couldn’t find the right time to do it, so he waited two more days to pop the question. Little did Aubrey know that Lauren had overheard Aubrey’s Christmas proposal plan. When the big day came and went with no ring, Lauren was disappointed to say the least. “I was so upset that not only did he not propose but that he hadn’t even gotten me a stupid gift when I went all out for him,” she says. Two days later, Aubrey snuck the engagement ring in Lauren’s jewelry box while she was at work. He



took a pair of earrings from the jewelry box and put them on the living room table. When Lauren got home from work, Aubrey told her to put her earrings back into her jewelry box before the cat got a hold of them. “I put the earrings away and saw the ring, but I acted like I hadn’t and went on my way. He asked me if I had put my earrings up and I said, ‘Yes.’ That was all. He was confused,” says Lauren. She made him sweat it out just like he did to her in the two days following Christmas. Flash forward to 9 months later, and the happy couple winds up in our office expecting their first child. “When we found out we were pregnant, we starting talking about who delivered us, and basically it was just a Dr. Martin

specialty! He delivered both of us as well as our siblings and one of our nephews, so there was no real debate over who we would choose to deliver our baby,” says Lauren. Initially, the pregnancy came as a shock to the couple, who had just been married 4 weeks before Lauren came to us for her first visit. The news was also bittersweet because Aubrey was scheduled to be deployed to Kuwait before the baby’s due date. After the initial shock and natural fears of “oh my goodness, we’re going to have a baby!,” Aubrey and Lauren were excited. As soon as they discovered in January 2012 that they were having a baby boy, the couple went into super planning mode to do as much

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‘It was amazing being able to watch the birth. It made me feel like I was part of it even though I was so far away.’ Then I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get a hold of Aubrey to tell him.�

Neal Alan Hyman as they could before Aubrey had to be deployed. “We picked out everything for the nursery, painted the room, put the crib together and completed our registries before I left for Mississippi for predeployment training,� says Aubrey. When Aubrey returned to South Carolina for a week of leave before having to leave for Kuwait, he came to one of the baby showers so that he could see all of the gifts and see the finished nursery. Aubrey left for Kuwait in late January, so his mother often accompanied Lauren to her OB visits at our

office. The couple communicated via email, Skype, and phone calls so that Aubrey could stay updated on the progress of Lauren and the baby, who was due on May 25th. When Lauren came in for a regular checkup on May 9th, “Lauren was quite surprised when I told her on that visit that she was going to have her baby that day,â€? says Dr. Martin. “I was in denial,â€? says Lauren, “When Dr. Martin told me to head over to the hospital, I was in shock‌I wasn’t ready. The house was still dirty, I hadn’t had a chance to get my hair cut, and I still had two weeks of work left.

Fortunately, Lauren did reach Aubrey in time. “When she emailed after her appointment saying that she was going to the hospital, I was all excited and went to tell my lieutenant that I needed the day off because my son was fixing to be born!,� says Aubrey. While Lauren labored at Trident, she and Aubrey would email back and forth and Aubrey would call in every hour for updates. Thanks to the power of technology, Aubrey was able to watch the actual birth of their son via Skype. “It was amazing being able to watch the birth. It made me feel like I was part of it even though I was so far away. It made my day,� says Aubrey. Lauren, obviously, doesn’t remember much about the Skype during the delivery until it was over and she was able to hold

and show Aubrey their little miracle, Neal Alan Hyman. “It was very special delivering Lauren and Aubrey’s son. What made it extra special was that even though Aubrey was overseas serving our country as part of the military, technology allowed him to watch the arrival of his son thousands of miles away. I thank God for a healthy baby and mother; and for the sacrifice Aubrey and others in our military make to keep us safe and free,� says Dr. Martin. Aubrey is due back from Kuwait sometime in January 2013. “I am most excited to be home with my family and to get to see and hold my son,� says Aubrey. Lauren echoes Aubrey’s sentiments, too, saying, “I’m most excited for Aubrey to meet Neal and to be able to hold him.� She adds, “Having extra help will be nice, too. His turn for diaper duty.�

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o what is Forward Head Syndrome? Forward Head Syndrome is the most common postural distortion affecting men, women and children today. Forward Head Syndrome is a progressive degenerative condition, where a person’s head is projected out in front of the shoulders or body. Not only does this condition produce an unattractive slouching of the head and shoulders, this abnormality can contribute to, and actually cause many common health disorders. How does one develop Forward Head Syndrome? Although the causes vary from birth related trauma, to wearing backpacks that are too heavy, to extended periods in a hunched position in the work place, the most common has developed from our age of iPhones, texting and social media. Statistics show that mobile users spend an average of 94 minutes a day on their phones or tablets. This does not account for the time spent at the traditional PC or desktop computers. These repetitive motions weaken nerve and muscle pathways allowing the body to move in this direction more easily causing the changes to become more permanent. What are the symptoms of Forward Head Syndrome? Because FHS affects so many systems in the body, the symptoms can range from headaches to hypertension. The most common symptoms that people with Forward Head Syndrome present with are tension or tightness in the neck and

The most common symptoms that people with Forward Head Syndrome present with are tension or tightness in the neck and shoulders... 22

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...the effects of FHS are very serious and can lead to dire consequences.

Dr. Drew McPhail and Staff shoulders, pain in the neck and shoulders (similar to Fibromyalgia), a feeling of heaviness of the head, or headaches. Other people may present with numbness or tingling in the arms and hands, pain in the arms and hands, TMJ dysfunction, or even shortness of breath. It’s not just about the pain. Medical research shows that the straightening of the cervical spine (neck) that occurs with Forward Head Syndrome causes a lengthening of the spinal canal in which the spinal cord is housed. This increase in distance results in a stretching of the spinal cord causing it to become taut and smaller

in diameter. The spinal cord must be relaxed and thick in order to function optimally. When it is drawn tight like a rubber band, many processes of the body that are required for healing and metabolism are impaired, increasing one’s susceptibility to illness and disease. Research also states that Forward Head Syndrome can decrease a person’s lung capacity by 1/3. When there is a decrease in oxygen intake by 1/3, the heart has to work that much harder resulting in hypertension and increased chance of heart failure. Therefore, as you can see, the effects of Forward Head Syndrome are very serious and can lead to dire consequences.

So how can I tell if I or my family member has Forward Head Syndrome? There are 2 very easy ways to detect Forward Head Syndrome. One is to have the person stand and look at them from the side. When looking at them from the side, the ear canal should line up with the center of the shoulder. If it is in front of the shoulder this is FHS. Another way to test is to have the person stand with their back against the wall. If their head is not touching the wall, this is also a good indicator of Forward Head Syndrome. Can Forward Head Syndrome be treated or corrected? Yes, there are several options that can be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of FHS. One is the strengthening of the deep postural

muscles that are responsible for holding us upright and erect. Another is a gentle stretching of the ligaments and muscles that have become deformed and shortened due to postural adaptation. Specific Chiropractic adjusting that is designed to restore and induce normal curvatures of the cervical spine is very beneficial. And finally, a system of exercise called Neuromuscular or Proprioceptive exercise is used to retrain the brain and nervous system to hold and maintain the new correct posture. All of these techniques individually will provide some results in the treatment of Forward Head Syndrome, but in order to achieve the best results, a program that includes all of the above options would be the most effective way to treat and correct Forward Head Syndrome.

Dr. Drew K. McPhail is a practicing Chiropractic Physician at McPhail Chiropractic with over 7 years experience. He is a nationally recognized author of 2 books and has written many articles. Dr. McPhail is a certified Scoliosis specialist by CLEAR Institute for Scoliosis. If you have any questions, or would like more information on this topic, contact Dr. McPhail at 1709 Old Trolley Rd. Summerville, South Carolina 29485, 843-873-2225 or visit his website at


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Palmetto Primary Care Physicians Offers Patients 33 Years of Clinical Experience with the Addition of Dr. Edd Chariker and Palmetto Vein Specialists


ore than 30 million people in the United States are undiagnosed with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). While varicose veins are often thought to simply be a cosmetic concern, venous insufficiency for some patients can be a serious medical condition.

“Patients often go months or years dealing with leg pain without realizing that it can be linked to varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency,” states Dr. Edd Chariker of Palmetto Vein Specialists, a division of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. “If you are experiencing swelling, fatigue or aching leg pain– you should strongly consider visiting a vein specialist.” 

general surgery in 1979 and thoracic surgery in 1981 with recertification in 1991 and 2001. Over his 33 years of medical expertise, Dr. Edd Chariker has focused and dealt extensively with the venous system. “As a well-established medical group in the community, we were aware that Dr. Edd Chariker was a leader in cardiovascular therapy,”

performed as outpatient procedures. All diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are handled at the clinic, including ultrasound. Services include: radiofrequency endovenous ablation, sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and treatment of venous stasis ulcers. Consultations, ultrasounds and procedures are covered by most insurances, including Medicare

‘With the addition of Dr. Chariker, we can say with no hesitation that our patients are receiving the best vein care in the Lowcountry’.

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Dr. Edd Chariker is a South Carolina native born in York County. He received his Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest University in 1967 and moved to the Lowcountry to pursue his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He graduated from MUSC in 1971 and continued his education there, completing his residency in general surgery in 1976 and later his residency in thoracic surgery in 1978. He was board certified in

states Ron Piccione, CEO of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. “With the addition of Dr. Chariker, we can say with no hesitation that our patients are receiving the best vein care in the Lowcountry”.

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As a clinic, Palmetto Vein Specialists exclusively diagnoses and treats a wide array of vein disease and the complications associated with vein disease. Dr. Chariker offers the latest in minimally invasive treatments and therapies, Women

and most commercial plans. Palmetto Vein Specialists is located at 9263 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite C, North Charleston, SC 29406. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edd Chariker, call (843) 820-2541 or visit Palmetto Primary Care Physician’s website at 

About Palmetto Primary Care Physicians Palmetto Primary Care Physicians (PPCP) is a group practice comprised of nearly 73 clinical providers with a wide range of expertise in primary and specialty care including internal medicine, vein specialty, gastroenterology, neurology, sports medicine, disease management and acute illness. PPCP provides patient-centered services such as a stateof-the-art urgent care clinic and diagnostic center that is open 365 days a year and a Nurses Triage Line that is available to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company has over 550 employees in the Lowcountry and provides exceptional medical care for our patients through 28 physicians offices.   For more information, visit www.palmettoprimarycare. com.



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n a recent visit to see my family, my mother found herself stranded on the side of interstate somewhere near Easley, South Carolina. It was about 106 degrees that day, and when I got the call, my mind immediately went to the scorching heat. My mom is a go getter and not much slows her down; however, I was still concerned about her in the heat. Mom called AAA and I made a call myself. I called on my heavenly father; I asked him to keep her safe and to keep her cool. I forgot to pray for water. I was concerned for her immediate safety. Of course, I wasn’t the only one praying. When your mom breaks down two hours from her home and two hours from yours — the only thing you can do is try to reach her as fast as possible.


I left the office and headed to Easley. In the meantime, she reached AAA and they said it could be a couple of hours before arrival. It was Friday afternoon, and they were backed up. They would get to her as soon as possible. After talking to mom again, I was relieved to hear there was a big shade tree right beside where she was and she had some respite from the sun. “I am so thirsty,” she stated. The vehicle had stopped between two exits and there was no real chance of her walking to either one without risking injury in this South Carolina heat. As she was talking, I was reminded of the scripture that tells us “You have not because you ask not.” I decided that was exactly the problem. I had asked for a way for her to be cool and He provided the shade. I had asked for her safety so far she was fine. I did not ask for water.


On my cell phone, I Googled local churches for Pelzer, South Carolina. I was not hopeful that I would find someone at a church office at (by this time it was after 1:00pm) on a Friday afternoon. The first number I dialed just rang and rang. On the second call, I reached a gentlemen at the church office and told him of my plight. He said, “Tell your mother I am on my way with something cool to drink.” I thanked him for his help and he said he was happy to do it. And who was this man willing to drop everything and on a Friday afternoon in order to take some water to my mother? It was the Pastor of Pelzer Church of God. He could have thought himself too important to make the delivery. He could have thought someone who would never pay tithe in his congregation and likely never even visit his church was of no importance to him. But he did not. Perhaps he was studying for Sunday’s message when he received my call. Perhaps he was considering knocking off a little early to get home to his family. Regardless of what he was doing, this man of God didn’t question who I was or what my motives were, he just reached out to help someone in need. This pastor took two bottles of water to my mother (“ice cold” was the report). There he found her sitting in the air conditioned cab of a SC DOT Worker, who had just happened by and offered to stay with her until AAA arrived.


My daughter and niece were with me and they heard me pray. They also saw God answer my prayer in a very real and tangible way. This Pastor of the little church in Pelzer, South Carolina taught me a lesson that day with his kindness and generosity. Let us never be too busy to allow God to use us. I am so thankful we have a God who is our very present help in time of need. I challenge you to be a blessing to someone today. God Bless you,

Matthew 25:45 And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

Lori Samples Duncan

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