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My name is Theresa. Before I started at Dr. Bigbie’s office I was looking at knee replacements for both of my knees due to arthritis. My feet were turned in and my posture was terrible. I was in a lot of pain and losing hope of feeling better. I received chiropractic adjustments and cold laser therapy to my knees. I really appreciate everything they’ve done for me. I am able to walk without a cane and I am able to do a lot of things I used to do. I really appreciate Dr. Bigbie and his staff

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Due to the expected demand for this special offer, I urge you to call our office at once. The phone number is 803-356-9315. Call today and we can get started with your consult consultation and exam as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Knee Evaluation. Our office is called Bigbie Chiropractic and we are located at 943 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington, SC 29072

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The FDA cleared the first Cold Laser in 2002. This was after their study found 76% improvement in patients with pain. Their only warning – don’t shine it in your eyes. Of course at our office, the laser is never anywhere near your eyes and we’ll give you a comfortable pair of goggles for safety. Don’t wait and let your knee problems get worse, disabling you for life. Take me up on my offer and call today, 803-356-9315.

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from the EDITOR Happy 2018, everyone! Thanks for reading Irmo Chapin Life. We’re fortunate to have so many great folks running terrific businesses in our community. Please continue to support your local small businesses — we sincerely appreciate it. For many years, Donna and I received a talking Christmas doll from her parents. We’ve accumulated many talking and dancing Santas, a talking Scooby Doo stocking, and the Shevchik family favorite: Farting Santa. When he was unpacked from the attic this year, we were stunned to find him gas-free. Even with fresh batteries, Farting Santa was silent. Our youngest son Noah was devastated, and I have to admit I was, too. Noah’s sad face and puppy dog eyes tugged at my heart. What was I going to do? A quick Google search confirmed that Farting Santa was rare and no longer in production. The 2017 model was not as cute and crass. Our Farting Santa was full of wit and joy with sayings like, “Ohh, I’m glad this is a convertible” and “Ahh, my bag’s a little lighter now.” I couldn’t let our family suffer through a Farting Santa-less Christmas. A handyman I am not, but desperate times call for desperate measures. A YouTube video on conductivity, emergency voice box removal surgery, some copper wire work, and duct tape brought Farting Santa back to life some three hours later. Noah’s face glowed with mischievous joy as he ran around the house squeezing Santa’s finger. “Ha, Ha! Now that’s a stocking stuffer!” Santa exclaimed for all to hear. Noah’s genuine happiness when Farting Santa came to life was the best present I received this year. Thanks, Farting Santa! Enjoy reading Irmo-Chapin Life! Todd Shevchik

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kingdoms. This whimsical comedy was recreated by William Starrett for the Koger Center stage. Saturday, February 24 Women at Heart Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Presented by Palmetto Health. Dr. Bertice Berry will be the keynote speaker. Guests will also hear from cardiologists, women’s wellness experts, exercise trainers, and other health advocates regarding women’s health issues. Saturday, March 4 Midlands Kids Fest and Summer Camp Fair Jamil Shrine Temple, 206 Jamil Rd., Columbia, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Attend the free, 5th annual event to learn about amazing local businesses and fun summer camps. Kids can enjoy free bounce houses, face painting, a photo booth, balloon animals, stage shows, activity zones, and special guests throughout the day. Sponsor and vendor opportunities now available. Contact events@ Sunday, March 4 Beethoven, Brahms, & Beatles Concert Harbison Theatre at MTC, 7300 College St., Irmo, 3:30 p.m. The LMSO’s spring concert features the musical genius of “Three Brilliant B’s.” The program includes Beethoven’s glorious Fidelio Overture, Symphony No. 2 in D by Brahms, and a medley of beloved Beatles tunes that will take you back to the 60’s. Admission is free; donations accepted. Lmso. org or 803-400-3540 for more information.

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Moving Past the Past It is probably not surprising that, as a pastor, I often work with families who are hurting, strained, or broken. It is not uncommon for parents in those circumstances to voice their fears about how their family dynamics might negatively impact their children. It is easy to believe that damaged families will always produce damaged kids, but there are numerous examples to the contrary in the Bible. One shining illustration of this is Hezekiah, one of the greatest kings in Judah. King Hezekiah restarted Israel’s flagging worship of God, repaired the temple in Jerusalem, and led the way by honoring the Torah, which is the law of God. While Hezekiah’s religious fervor is commendable, what makes it remarkable is that all of his righteous efforts resulted from a rather unlikely upbringing. Hezekiah’s father, King Ahaz, was one of the most wicked and evil kings in the history of Judah. In fact, it was he who led Israel so far away from God that his son spent years trying to undo the damage. Some of us come from less than ideal circumstances ourselves. Maybe our parents were distant, cruel, or absent. Maybe we did not enjoy our childhood so much as we endured it. Many of us are parents ourselves and feel like we have fallen way short of the mark in our own parenting. Be encouraged today. Your past does not need to define your future, and your own missteps will not automatically condemn your own kids. Connect with a local church, admit to a friend that you need help, and get into community with people who will help you walk through whatever you are experiencing. You are more than the sum of your past. n

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Lisa Hostetler “Lawyer Lisa” admits it: Moving to South Carolina changed her life. “After growing up in Ohio and graduating from college in West Virginia, I was told by my adviser, ‘Moving to a warm climate will change your life.’ He was right,” Lisa says. Always methodical and organized, she researched communities and law schools and came up with the University of South Carolina School of Law as the ideal destination. “It was rated among the top law schools in the country and was right in the middle of a warm southern state. I sent in an application and crossed my fingers to earn acceptance. I’ve been here ever since.” That was in 2004. Three years later, Lisa Hostetler began her law practice here and now maintains offices in Columbia, Irmo, and Lexington. Her team consists of six attorneys and staff, all operating under the banner “Lawyer Lisa.” She concentrates on elder law and estate planning, along with real estate. Lisa thinks she has found just the right spot. “This area is growing so fast and real estate appreciates every year,” she says. “It’s very satisfying to help someone get settled into the right home and to assist in estate planning and help protect it for the heirs. A warm climate is a much easier way of life, too.” Her appreciation for this community shows in the many activities she takes part in. She holds many memberships in the legal, financial and title associations of her practice, serving as president and sometimes a board member within these organizations. She is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, and has received many honors, including: 2016 Columbia Business Monthly’s Best and Brightest 35 And Under, Habitat for Humanity Halo Award, and Rising Star Super Lawyers for five years consecutively. She is a member of the Irmo and Lexington Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club of 5 Points, and is the former board of director at The Cooperative Ministry. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Lexington County and Leadership Columbia programs. Making guest appearances as a speaker and leader has brought her before many organizations of not only lawyers, but other professional associations in the Midlands. One by one, members of Lisa’s family are following her example and moving to South Carolina: two sisters have moved here and now both live in Greenville. Her father is contemplating the move as well. Lisa’s 2004 decision was a win for us all. n

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by John Anthony Albino As 2018 begins, many are focused on changes they would like to make in the coming year. While these resolutions are various in nature, one resolution in particular seems to top the list statistically year after year: Losing weight and getting in shape. While there are copious weight loss and fitness trends that come and go, most experts would agree, good old fashioned healthy eating and hard work are the keys to success. Fortunately for Irmo and Chapin residents, there is a new health center in town! Fit 413 Health Club, located at 4350 St. Andrews Rd., opened its doors in 2017 under the ownership of a couple of fitness buffs: husband and wife team, Tony and Megan Dempsey. Fit413 offers many options and services to help clients accomplish their fitness goals. These services include group fitness classes, group training programs, personal training, and spin and yoga classes. There is also a “women only area” designated for those clients who may be more comfortable exercising solely along their female counterparts. Every Fit413 member is provided a complimentary fitness consultation to discuss goals and motivations. Tony and Megan believe the true catalyst for making a change comes when one is “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” According to the Dempseys, one of the most satisfying

parts of owning a health club is watching a member lose their first ten pounds, buy their first Under Armour outfit, and walk with a smile on their face and a new confidence in their step. The Dempseys owned a personal training company prior to opening Fit413. Running their personal training business required a lot of travel on their part and they found themselves missing their home, their families, and their church. Thus the decision was made to “step out on faith” and sell their business and start a new one. Fit413 was born. “Our goal was to create a space where clients can come and work on their fitness goals while experiencing a high level of service and support on a journey that is difficult for most.” The couple is currently in the process of finalizing a second Fit413 location, which will be a new construction. Tony and Megan are excited to be able to put their own, personal stamp on the facility. The new location strives to meet an underserviced need in the fitness industry: Youth Fitness. A part of the second location will be designed to focus on youth athletics in an effort to give children in the community a fun, safe, and exciting outlet. This in hopes of easing local youth’s addiction to video games and social media. Providing a fitness facility for the entire family will also eliminate many of the excuses

that hinder people from achieving their fitness goals. The Dempseys look forward to announcing the second Fit413 location in the very near future. When mapping out your fitness strategy for the new year, consider Fit413 while you make your plans. The Dempseys are there waiting for an opportunity to help you accomplish your fitness goals and achieve the quality of life that you deserve. n

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20s 50s 40s 30s 60s January is a good time to set goals for healthy habits in the new year. The OB/GYNs in Lexington Medical Center’s network of care provide care for women of all ages. They practice in convenient locations in Irmo and Chapin. We asked them to tell us their best advice for each decade of life.

Nichole McDonald, MD Lexington Women’s Care Irmo

Annual Exams Women should begin having an annual exam with a gynecologist at age 21. This appointment is an excellent opportunity to ensure patients are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks. The doctor will check a woman’s blood pressure, weight and body mass index, and also perform a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam. Patients can also review contraceptive options and family planning concerns, and talk about any areas of concern. Janis E. Keeton, MD Lexington Women’s Care Chapin

Managing the Scale Have good nutrition habits in place before having a baby. That will help limit weight gain during pregnancy and decrease the risk of complications such as pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and even a caesarean section. Eat a diet that’s high in protein and fiber, and low in carbohydrates. Keeping a food journal or downloading a free fitness and nutrition app on your phone can also be helpful. The way to win the weight battle is through consistency and a plan.

Robert W. Silverio II, MD, FACOG Lexington Women’s Care Irmo

Breast Cancer Screening Breast cancer is the most commonly cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. While most women have less than a 15 percent risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime, the risk increases with age. That’s why the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Radiology recommend yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer may begin screening earlier. Women should talk to their doctor about the best screening regimen for them. Allyson Jones, MD Carolina Women’s Physicians

Perimenopause The five years leading up to menopause can be filled with irritability, memory changes and sleep problems. Metabolism can begin to slow down and menstrual cycles will fluctuate. These are symptoms of perimenopause and can be treated with hormonal and non-hormonal methods. It’s also important to eat a diet that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates to diminish the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Allyson Jones, MD Carolina Women’s Physicians

Preventing Depression and Anxiety Many women believe that changes will slow down and they will start to relax in this season of life. However, the risk of depression can increase and is very common in women in their 50s. Symptoms such as changes in appetite, shortened sleep cycles, weight gain and apathy can be signs of depression and anxiety. A combination of medicine and therapy are the most effective ways to treat chronic and situational depression. Remaining engaged in long-time friendships, traveling and exercise can also help. Evelyn R. Tucker, MD, FACOG Chapin Women’s Care

Heart Disease and Osteoporosis Risks Women in their 60s have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Cardiovascular disease includes conditions such as strokes and heart attacks. It’s the leading cause of death in women over age 65 in the United States. Women can reduce their risk by leading an active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet and avoiding tobacco and secondhand smoke. They should try to exercise a for 30 minutes most days of the week, and limit sweets, added sugars, saturated fats, and fatty or processed meats. Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass and increased risk of bone fracture. Affecting up to 40 percent of post-menopausal women, it can progress silently with no symptoms until fracture occurs, potentially

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Nine Facebook Friends You Could Do Without by Calvin Farrell

Sometimes, by choice or by circumstance, we find ourselves connected online to people we try hard not to socialize with in real life. It could be a cousin, neighbor, or co-worker, someone you shouldn’t have added in the first place but felt obligated after the sixth friend request or several reminders in person. It’s possible that you didn’t even realize what a terrible idea it would be to add them to your Facebook network; they could be one of those people who seem normal but develop a personality disorder when their fingers hit the keyboard. Whatever the situation, you’re stuck with them now – unless you’re willing to risk their wrath or worse, tears, when they realize they’ve been unfriended and blocked. Sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it, especially with those we see often in person, so we do our best to tolerate: 1. Debbie Downer. Debbie’s an unfortunate sort. She hasn’t had a good day in 10 years, and her wall is littered with “Ugh,” “Why does this always happen to me,” and “FML.” Trying to cheer up a Debbie is an exercise in futility, as she has an entire arsenal of depressing responses ready and waiting for whichever friend makes the mistake of feeding into her negativity. The only way to deal with a Debbie is to...not deal with a Debbie. 2. Little Big Man. He’s only satisfied when he’s making someone else feel stupid and small. He mocks your typos, starts flame wars on your posts, and is always right about everything. When he’s losing an argument, you

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Little Known Perks of

Growing Old

by Calvin Farrell

No one plans on senior citizenship. It just happens. You look up one day, and the kids are grown. The grandchildren are walking and talking, using smartphones and computers, and you realize your life has an expiration date. But fear not. You have many good things waiting for you in the future. Here are five benefits of aging that can make your golden years a little more satisfying. 1. Time to Speak Your Mind For years, you worried about alienating people and held your tongue when you really wanted to speak the truth. As a senior citizen, you can say what you feel and no longer worry about repercussions. If your adult child is acting foolishly, go ahead and tell him or her about it. When a rude and selfish woman blocks your path in the grocery store aisle, you don’t have to sit there and take it. Run into her shopping cart with your motorized cart. What are the young folks going to do? They may think you lost some of your mental faculties, but you know better. They might believe it’s the medication you take. Either way, you are home free, so go ahead and do what you want. A word of caution: Don’t be too mean or cantankerous, when it comes to your kids. After all, they might get together someday to discuss “what to do

with Dad or Mom,” and you want them to keep good memories of you – unless you like nursing home food. 2. You Are Now the “Good Guy” As a parent, you had to wear the black hat, and this meant sucking most of the fun out of your kids’ lives. You didn’t want to do it, but it was your job. Now you are the grandparent who doles out sweets like they were good for you. You can have fun with the grandkids and don’t have to worry about discipline and other matters. Also, there is another perk to being the good guy. Your kids finally understand why you were the bad guy, and they may actually appreciate you now. 3. Enjoy All Those Great Classic Movies Remember all those movies you watched at the drive-in theater? Now you can watch

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them again, except this time you’re not distracted, so now you can actually enjoy the movie. Even if you saw a good movie in the 1970s, chances are you forgot most of the details, so it’s like watching it for the first time. 4. Bad Times Disappear As you age, start thinking about all the good things in your life. Write down all your pleasant memories and try to forget the bad

ones. In a few years, you won’t have those bad memories to haunt you at night. There’s a reason seniors become forgetful. It takes away memories of the past’s darkest hours. 5. The Neighbors Get Better Maybe you moved into a “55 or older” community and have considerate neighbors. Even if you didn’t move, you’ll soon notice the neighbors are much quieter than usual.

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Actually, your hearing is not so good these days, but, as you can see, there is a reason for that, too. Enjoy the Time You Have Left Say what you want and spoil the grandkids. Watch those movies you didn’t have time to see while you raised a family. Enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from diminished hearing faculties, if you like. This is your time, so enjoy each moment to the fullest. You earned it, with all those years of hard work and sacrifice. After all, no one knows how long we have on Earth, which makes those golden years quite special. n

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History of an American Cowboy:

Will Rogers

by Ron Thompson

Will Rogers was born William Penn Adair Rogers on November 4, 1879, in Oologah, Oklahoma – Indian Territory at the time. His family belonged to the Cherokee Nation, and his parents named him after the great Cherokee leader William Penn Adair who also served as a colonel for the Confederacy. In fact, his relatives had been in North America for so long that Rogers often said about them, “My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat.” At a young age, Will Rogers learned how to rope and worked at his family’s Dog Iron Ranch for several years. Wanting to see the world, he traveled to Argentina to work with the Argentine pampas cowboys. Shortly after that, he performed as a trick roper and rider in Texas Jack’s Wild West Circus in South Africa. Later, he worked for the Wirth Brothers Circus in Australia and then returned to the United States to appear at the St. Louis World’s Fair. In 1908, he married. He and his wife had four children. In 1911, Rogers decided to buy a 20-acre ranch near Claremore, Oklahoma, as a retirement residence, but he was far from ready to retire. After performing in vaudeville stage shows as a humorist, he appeared in his first silent movie in 1918, called Laughing Bill Hyde. Over the next several years, he made 50 silent films. Later, after sound, he was cast in over 20 additional feature roles. Rogers continued to work hard – he published a weekly newspaper column, wrote several books, and traveled the world multiple times. He even became a radio star with a weekly evening show. In August 1935, Rogers tragically died at the age of 55 in a plane crash. His family tomb stands at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma. The museum sits on the land he originally bought for his retirement. Many places in Oklahoma carry Will Rogers’ name, such as the Will Rogers World Airport, Will Rogers Turnpike, Will Rogers High School, and the Will Rogers Scout Reservation, just to name a few. William Penn Adair Rogers left an enduring history. He will continue to live on in our memories as one of the most interesting characters in our country’s past.



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Butternut Squash Turkey Chili 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 lb ground turkey breast 1 lb butternut squash - peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch dice 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 (4.5 oz) can chopped green chilies 2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans with liquid 1 (15.5 oz) can white hominy, drained 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tsp garlic salt Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium

heat. Stir in the onion and garlic; cook and stir for 3 minutes, then add the turkey. Stir until crumbly and no longer pink. Add the butternut squash, chicken broth, green chilies, tomatoes, kidney beans, hominy, and tomato sauce; season with chili powder, cumin, and garlic salt. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Quinoa and Black Beans 1 tsp vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 3/4 cup quinoa 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 tsp ground cumin 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 cup frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Mix quinoa into onion mixture and cover with vegetable broth; season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes; mix in the black beans and cilantro.

ABC Pudding 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted 4 very ripe bananas 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for garnish Place avocados, bananas, and cocoa powder in a blender; puree until smooth. Pour pudding into serving bowls and sprinkle additional cocoa powder on top for garnish. Chill in refrigerator for texture and flavor to develop, at least 1 hour.

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IN THE NATION It’s nothing to smile about. South Carolina ranks eighth in the nation for high blood pressure. And that’s not a ranking we should celebrate. High blood pressure is a serious issue. Even though it may not have any symptoms, high blood pressure can have dangerous consequences. Left unchecked or untreated, it leads to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. More than one in three people in South Carolina has high blood pressure. But only half of them have it under control. Don’t get sidelined by high blood pressure. Know your numbers. Take your medicine. And take charge of your heart health.

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