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PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Todd Shevchik toddshevchik@gmail.com

2018 is officially in the books, and it’s time to turn over a new leaf in 2019. Personally, my main goal — probably the same as most folks in their mid-forties — is getting my weight down. Regular exercise and better eating choices are easier said than done. Change is not easy and requires much discipline. I’ve learned a lot about discipline this year by observing my son in his first semester as a freshman knob at The Citadel. The discipline instilled in Citadel cadets helps shape them into successful adults. This fall I purchased two purple hanging baskets for our front porch. In the past, I struggled to keep my hanging baskets watered, and they usually didn’t last very long. This time, however, I was disciplined and made sure they were watered daily and received enough sunlight. They survived and thrived under my care. As it has gotten colder, I’ve brought them inside for warmth and shelter. My family pokes fun at me and how seriously I have cared for these plants. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring them in one night and there was a frost. The baskets were zapped, sizzled by the cold. I was mad at myself for forgetting to bring them inside. My stomach turned at the sight of the black frostbitten leaves, and I was about to dump them into the trash. Upon closer examination, I saw that the plants’ exterior was indeed dead, but some of the interior plant material looked alive. I quickly cut all the dead out and began nurturing the little bit of life that remained. I’m so thankful and happy that they are alive. May your 2019 be a year filled with life, growth, and maybe even a little extra discipline for good measure. Happy New Year! Todd Shevchik

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Every Saturday in January Saturday Family Storytime Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., 11 a.m. Join the Lexington Library for family storytime. This family program allows all ages to experience the best in children’s literature, songs, and rhymes. Each program lasts approximately thirty minutes. Ages birth to grade 5. Free. Sunday, January 6 Griefshare Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., 2-4 p.m. Griefshare is a confidential, Christian based 13-week grief and local support program. The video program features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Meet other people that understand what you are going through. 803-359-7770 ext. 63 for more information.

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Dr.Andrea Pezzella is a specialty trained Urogynecologist, double board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery. She earned her Medical Degree from St. Louis University and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Hartford Hospital in Hartford Connecticut. She completed her urogynecological training at Fallon Clinic, Inc, of Worcester, MA., co-directed the Urogynecology Clinic there, where she practiced in her hometown for 7 years. Dr. Pezzella continues to further her surgical and medical education with advanced training in pelvic floor surgery and Robotic technology. She performs clinical research in her practice engaging in cutting-edge technology and participating in clinical trials. Dr. Pezzella is a strong Key Opinion Leader in the field of Urogynecology. She is a proctor and clinical trainer for many surgical device procedures including Coloplast and Medtronic as well as participates in pharmaceutical speakers’ bureaus as a lead speaker and Key Opinion Leader for several pharmaceutical companies. In the pursuit of her dream, in 2010, Dr. Pezzella founded Southern Urogynecology, The Center for Incontinence and Female Pelvic Medicine, a unique, state of the Art practice exclusively designed for women with female pelvic disorders and urinary issues. Southern Urogynecology is the first and only center of its kind in the Midlands to offer a variety of treatments for pelvic floor disorders such a pelvic organ prolapse and urinary symptoms including, urinary frequency, urgency, nighttime voiding and incomplete emptying as well as cosmetic gynecology. Dr. Pezzella has dedicated her training to the health and well-being of women. Having advanced training in pelvic floor reconstruction and cosmetic gynecology, she strives to educate women about the urinary and gynecologic changes associated with aging and can provide specialized treatment plans for female pelvic-related problems. Dr. Pezzella’s highest priority is improving the quality of life of her patients and believes that it is a privilege to help women live their lives without the burden of pelvic floor conditions as well as menopausal/ post-menopausal symptoms. Since the introduction of innovative laser technology for pelvic and vaginal health in 2015 with the advancement in cosmetic gynecology and the Mona Lisa CO2 laser as well as radiofrequency, it was a seamless transition to begin to offer laser therapies for both facial aesthetics and body contouring. There was also a tremendous need for these women seeking hormonal balance, and ways to feel better in their daily lives, whether it be a sleep disorder, physical energy, and/or sexual desire, women were searching for help. Her vision was to create an all-encompassing center with comprehensive care for the complete mature female and improve their quality of life. In August 2017, SU Wellness and Aesthetics was developed as a complementary division to the center. Serving in a Women’s Health Care profession for over 20 years, she has dedicated herself to listening to women and how their female medical issues have such an impact on their quality of life.



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A More Beautiful Question While planting a church in Raleigh, I’ll never forget that afternoon when I’d gathered the leadership team together for our yearly planning meeting. We were ready to dream big and strategize for the coming year. Just as we sat down, the door swung open and, hobbling in on a crutch and revealing the pain in his bloody mangle of a leg, entered John Schwartz. Without looking up, he said, “Excuse me, could I speak with someone?” I flippantly cast a glance at the planning team as if to say, “Give me a minute to deal with this interruption, so we can get back to our important business.” As John and I entered my office, he meekly expressed his heart, “I don’t want a handout. I don’t want any food or money. Could you just speak to me as if I were a human?” That question has never left me. Each New Year, we reevaluate the important issues of our lives and ask a lot of questions, such as “How can I make more money? How can I weigh less? Should I stay in this relationship?” These are all good questions, but we can ask more beautiful questions—just like Van Phillips did after he lost his leg in a skiing accident. Being fitted with a clunky traditional prothetic, he wondered why prosthetics were designed as a fake leg rather than one to help him walk better. He asked a more beautiful question, “Can I design a prosthetic to climb Mt. Everest and run a marathon?” He went on to create the Flex Foot Cheetah, the first prosthetic used in the Olympics. This year may we ask more beautiful questions, such as “How can we speak to people as if they were human created in the image of God?” WATERSHED FELLOWSHIP 711 E. Main Street Suite S, Lexington, SC 29072 (Lower Level of Old Mill) 803.738.5335 •www.watershedfellowship.org kevint@watershedfellowship.org Caughman Harman

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Paula Rawl Calhoon It would be difficult to find a more varied résumé than that of Paula Rawl Calhoon. Furthermore, she’s working on adding yet another career to the list—and all of it centered in Lexington, her home town. That middle name gives you the first clue. Paula is one of five offspring of Ann Scyphers Rawl Jodie and the late Otis Bowdie Rawl Sr., all five children growing up on iconic Rawl Farms of Lexington County and graduating from Lexington Schools and the University of South Carolina. The only son, Otis Jr., now presides over the Lexington Chamber of Commerce. His four sisters earned acclaim on the basketball teams of Lexington and USC, winning a state championship along the way. Paula earned a B.A. and master’s degree in education at USC and taught eighth-grade Earth Science at Lexington Middle School. Then, she entered the business community, owning residential rental properties. A career in law enforcement beckoned, and she became an employee, later deputy director, at the S.C. Commission on Prosecution Coordination. For 20 years there, she led programs to assist law enforcement profes-

sionals in training and research, a behind-the-scenes support for the officers keeping the community safe. She also served as a research assistant for S.C. Senate Research. This experience in government service led her to enter the political arena, winning the November election to succeed Todd Atwater in S.C. House District 87. Her varied background in local services provides a useful foundation for public service, concentrating on education, safety, and the perennial Lexington challenge of traffic control. Volunteer work has been a passion for Paula Calhoon, giving her time notably to the Lexington Medical Center and serving formerly as president of the LMC Volunteer Auxiliary, where she is now treasurer. She is an alumna of the Leadership Lexington County and active at St. Stephens Lutheran Church. Her daughters Ashley Sims and Sandra Watson and grandchildren Aubrey, Maisy, Ian, Alexander, and Colton are upholding Rawl tradition with Lexington family life. Oh, and another new career in her orbit: last April, Paula married Donnie Myers, former Lexington County prosecutor. Congratulations to the newlyweds and to Paula on her recent election. n January 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 15


From the time she was eight growing up in the small South Carolina town of Cheraw, Sandra Burr knew she wanted to be an attorney. Fifty years later, she is the only attorney in a woman-owned firm that has become a premier real estate closing firm in Lexington. 16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2019

The Burr Law Firm, on Caughman Farm Lane, handles residential and commercial closings but also handles wills, probate, business formation, trusts, homeowner associations, and title clearance. The firm is marked by personal service and interaction between the client and the firm’s one attorney: Sandra Burr. “I have found that when it is just me, I can be more hands-on and give more personal service. If there is anything that we are known for, that is it,” Burr says. “Because you want to talk to the attorney, you ask for the attorney and you get the attorney. You want to walk in and see the attorney? You get to talk to the attorney.” Terence Smith, co-owner of RE/MAX Purpose Driven in Lexington, one of the real estate firms that Burr works with, echoes that. “She is great. She is responsive.

You can actually get her on the phone. She goes above and beyond.” During her long legal career (she has been practicing since 1983), Burr has worked in firms and with attorneys where that was not the case. The motto of The Burr Law Firm is “making your closing simple, efficient and affordable,” Burr says. Keeping the firm small is part of delivering on that motto. Burr doesn’t want the firm’s clients to just be one of hundreds of closings. “We get people in and out very fast; there is no lingering because they’ve got better things to do on the day they are buying a house than sit here and talk to me,” she says. Burr has an undergraduate degree from Francis Marion University and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. After law school, she joined the Columbia law offices of Don Rothwell in litigation. She lexingtonlife.com

FIRM then went to the Small Business Administration as a Special Assistant U.S. attorney. “That’s where I got a lot of banking experience because SBA does banking oversight for loans,” she says. After the SBA, Burr worked at Austin Lewis and Rogers, where she began moving into a real estate practice. “I was doing a lot of commercial and had a very strong real estate practice.” After taking a year off and living in Texas, she moved back to the Midlands and was contacted by Perrie & Cole, an Atlanta firm that had a multistate real estate practice. “I opened its Columbia office, and then we opened the Lexington office. Then, the marvelous 2008 recession came,” Burr says. She had made partner by that time, and, out of the 2008 recession, she had the opportunity to buy the firm’s South Carolina interests. That was the beginning of The

Burr Law Firm. “The Lexington office has been going strong ever since,” she says. Her experience at larger firms drove Burr in part to create the hands-on one-attorney firm that is the hallmark of The Burr Law Firm. The Burr Law Firm team consists mainly of Burr and four paralegals. Joann Pigate has over 25 years of experience in real estate and estate planning. Lisa Zetrouer has been a real estate paralegal for 27 years. Lynne Register has been a paralegal for 15 years. The newest member of the team is Kalin Cleary, 22, who began working for the firm as a runner at 19, delivering documents, and is now a paralegal handling closings from start to finish. Burr describes her as well on the way to being a “power closer.” Cleary says that the environment and the people make The Burr Law Firm a special place to work. “The fact that they want to see people get really excited about buying their first home, or they haven’t bought a home in 20 years. The elderly clients are probably my favorites,” Cleary says. She recalled one client with whom she had spent a lot of time on the phone. “I was so happy because I finally got to meet him in person. He recognized me by my voice, and that was great. Just seeing everyone get what they want at the end of the day makes me happy.” “We are a really tight-knit group here,” Burr says. That tight-knit group also includes Jack, Burr’s English bulldog. “Jack is coming to work every day right now because I’m finishing up building a house,” she says. Both Burr, personally, and the firm are

supporters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But that is only part of their community involvement. “We were a sponsor this year for The Taste of Lake Murray,” she says and supported the MDA Muscle Walk with ERA Wilder and Coldwell Banker’s “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser for the Epworth Children’s Home. Building relationships is key for The Burr Law Firm in ensuring that real estate closings go smoothly, “because that saves time for everybody,” she says. “We do pretty much monthly visits to each of the real estate offices where I speak on a general topic. We do ‘Breakfast and Learn’ and ‘Lunch and Learn,’ that type of thing. I’ll speak on a topic and then answer questions that they may be dealing with on a daily basis.” Smith says that Burr has been to the RE/ MAX Purpose Driven office at least twice for presentations. “She will talk about on the legal side of things, trying to give some background information. It’s very helpful and helps us explain it to our people.” Michael Lucas, broker-in-charge at ERA Wilder Realty in Lexington, says Burr has also made presentations to his staff. He has worked with Burr in many capacities since 2005 and has always been impressed with “her wealth of knowledge.” That is really key in a business where time is of the essence, he says. Burr wants people to know that, if they use the Burr Law Firm, “They get old-fashioned service. They truly get hands-on, personalized individualized representation. And at a fair price, which is important.” n

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Times Seven: a formula for success

by Jenny Prather

Today’s quiz: How many kinds of “wellness” are there, and which is the most important? Surprisingly, wellness can be divided into seven dimensions—all seven are important and all contribute to enjoyment and satisfaction in life. The biggest surprise: one actually outweighs all the others in importance, and it isn’t the physical. When one hears the word “wellness,” most think immediately of physical wellness. Am I well, or am I sick? Am I always short of breath, or can I walk a mile in under 30 m i n u t e s ? Whole person, integrative wellness is so much more than just “sick” or “well.” When someone starts to deteriorate rapidly, the metaphor is often used that “the wheels fell off.” A wheel is the perfect metaphor for the dimensions of wellness. When things are running smoothly, we don’t

necessarily notice each one individually. But when one area goes awry, it tends to throw the whole system off balance. So, what are these seven dimensions of wellness? Physical Wellness: This one is the foundation of overall good health and wellness. If the body is not strong and healthy, it is difficult to maintain other areas. Physical wellness has to do with fitness (including all areas of functional fitness: strength training, flexibility, balance, and agility), maintaining independence, maintaining medical well visits, and avoiding negative behaviors such as smoking or excessive drinking. Eating well with healthy fats, lean meats, lots of vegetables, and little sugar can also contribute to overall health. Spiritual Wellness: Just as we exercise to condition our bodies, a healthy spirit is nurtured by purposeful practice. A strong spirituality can assist and comfort many of life’s challenges. If our January 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 19

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spiritual health is strong, we may be able to experience a sense of peace and purpose even when life deals us a severe blow. A nurtured spirit helps us to survive and thrive with grace, even in the face of difficulty. Spiritual wellness includes feeling a connection to a higher power, which can mean participating in religious rituals. the ability to spend reflective time alone, having a clear sense of right and wrong, spending time outside, prayer, yoga, and meditation. Emotional Wellness: Having a positive attitude, high self-esteem, a strong sense of self, and the ability to recognize and share a wide range of feelings in a constructive way. It is important to feel that our lives are meaningful and our relationships are healthy. Intellectual Wellness: It is important to keep the brain busy and engaged as we age. Intellectual wellness deals with learning new things, i.e., flexing the creative muscles. This includes reading, using memory often, and playing challenging games. Learning new languages or taking up bridge are good ways to stimulate brain function. Many classes are offered for learning in retirement, such as the Shepherd’s Center and Midlands Lifelong Learning. Vocational Wellness: This dimension is one that we don’t typically have to be intentional about when we are still

in the workforce, are raising families, or actively volunteering. However, once we are retired, we must make efforts to seek opportunities for vocational wellness in order to help us feel that we matter and have purpose. Intergenerational activities and opportunities to volunteer are a couple of ways to engage vocational wellness. Taking up painting or creative writing or gourmet cooking can keep your creative juices flowing. Environmental Wellness: Environmental wellness is being respectful of our surroundings. This dimension encourages interaction with nature and our personal environment. In addition, avoiding toxins in food or personal products is a positive step. And here’s the promised super-wellness that outweighs all the others: Social Wellness: Believe it or not, more than exercise, eating right, even whether you smoke, the single most important factor in predicting longevity is whether or not you have social connectivity. Seniors who live in a retirement community can expect to live about three to four years longer than those living in their homes. We are truly “well” when all of these dimensions work together and overlap seamlessly. The goal should be to engage in a lifestyle that supports all seven. n

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GRACE Peace & Sisterhood Grace Peace and Sisterhood (GPS) is an imperiled girls group initiative founded in 2013 at River Bluff High School by Mrs. Stacy Clarke, a school counselor in Lexington District One. GPS has since been implemented in 2014 at Meadow Glen Middle School by Ms. Dominique Sawyer, a school counselor at MGMS and at Lexington Middle School by Mrs. Clarke. Mrs. Clarke and Ms. Sawyer, along with a girls group out of Columbia (Every Black Girl/EBG), represented the state of South Carolina at the United Nations at the International Day of the Girl SPEAK OUT! in New York City.

“The young ladies represented with poise and dignity. We could not be more proud of them.” ­— Mrs. Stacy Clark

Day one started with a college visit and intensive at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to Harlem where the girls visited an African American museum of Art. On to Central Park, and Times Square where they had dinner at the DALLAS restaurant with Columbia’s very own Miss America Kimberly Aiken. Day two included Grand Central Station and the United Nations. One of the highlights was the community poem the girls wrote as a squad to open this monumental, prestigious event. The day finished up with sightseeing (Rockefeller Center, American Girl, FAO Schwartz, Park Ave, Trump Tower, NBC Today) and shopping. Mrs. Clarke gave kudos to Ms. Sawyer and Dr. Toby Jenkins from the University of South Carolina. As a result of their efforts, these students were presented with this amazing opportunity. Mrs. Clarke stated, “We are so elated our Lexington and Columbia students were selected to represent their schools and the state of South Carolina at this impacting event. The young ladies represented with poise and dignity. We could not be more proud of them. So much encouragement, empowerment, and life-changing experiences took place that weekend for these girls. Absolutely incredible!” n

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Living with a In Mind: STEPS TO MAKING A MARK by Kristen Carter

You’ve had a good year. Your career is at its apex, the family is thriving, your financials are finally in order, and you’ve been able to sleep well at night with a sense of security that everything is presently in pretty good shape. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE? Feeling a sense of comfort in life has to do not only with monetary collateral, but with the idea of the type of legacy you would actively like to leave behind. We often exclude the idea of legacy when we forge a path to our goals. Leaving a legacy based on what you yourself have inherited and learned can help bring a framework to your life.

Identify Your Values What you’ve learned in your life can be very valuable for the people around you, as well as the world in which you live. Take stock of the important values and morals you have learned throughout your years. This may be expressed through a spiritual path, through community service, or simply by teaching these lessons to others. Make a legacy statement. Write down what your values are and how they can be used to live your life to the fullest (a values mission statement, if you will). Research Your Genealogy In years past, it wouldn’t be uncommon for a grandparent or parent to pass down a family tree. The research that went into this was time-consuming and January 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 25

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tegies to Overcome TIONAL EATING by Kristen Carter

Emotional eating is a common behaviour where people eat excessive food when they are not hungry in order to comfort themselves when they feel stressed, bored, angry or distressed. Emotional hunger often triggers people to eat foods high in fat, sugar or carbohydrates. Solving the emotional problem you are facing is always the more effective way to stop comfort eating, but sometimes this is not possible. Taking care of children, unavoidable pressure at work, grieving for a loved one or financial problems are all examples of stressors that cannot be eliminated quickly. However, there are strategies that can help you take control of emotional eating and manage these stressors in a healthier way. Reducing emotional eating will have a positive impact on your physical health, meaning you will be more able to cope with stressors, and your emotional health may improve as a result.

Keep a Food Diary The first step to overcoming emotional eating is to understand your triggers. These triggers may be specific foods or emotional situations. Keep a diary for a month, recording everything you eat and drink. Note down what time you ate, whether you felt physically hungry and how you were feeling at the time. Include details of any stressors that came up for you during the day. At the end of a month, review the diary and look for patterns. If you always snack during evenings where you do not have plans, you might be eating from boredom. You could address this trigger by shaking up your routine and trying some new hobbies or activities to keep your evenings interesting. Alternatively, if you find that you eat when you have not spoken to a friend or loved one all day, you are likely being triggered by loneliness. Try to address this by scheduling chats with friends or exploring new social activities in your local area. Replace the Behaviour Some people replace target behaviours like comfort eating with healthy behaviours. This is a good strategy for people who struggle with impulse control, a common issue for people suffering with emotional disregulation. It is easier to do something new than to abstain from doing something that has become habit. You

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a step further by reaching for a low-calorie drink such as tea, coffee or sparkling water. The final step is to move away from oral behaviour and to do something that gives you comfort and makes you feel safe. For example, you might meditate, listen to a song that makes you happy or use a soothing hand lotion. Think of as many behaviours as possible that you might engage in, and work out which are the most practical to turn to at home, at work and out in town. For example, you might benefit from doing five minutes of intense exercise to release endorphins and make you feel better at home, but try a meditation practice at your desk and work. Urge Surfing Urge surfing is a mindfulness exercise, so it becomes increasingly effective with practice. When you are triggered to eat emotionally, imagine the urge as a wave in the ocean, growing and gaining momentum. Visualise yourself as a surfer perched on top of the wave. It might be getting bigger and more powerful but you are able to stay balanced on top. Watch as the wave peaks, and then begins to

decline. It typically takes 15-20 minutes for the urge to diminish completely, but the peak of intensity, the danger zone, lasts just a few minutes. Imagine yourself balanced on the wave as it declines and is absorbed back into the ocean. Staying with the urge can be exhausting and is difficult to do if you have distractions. If you are able to go to a quiet place, then this technique can be very effective. If you are constantly distracted, for example in an office or by children, the next exercise might be more accessible. Separate Yourself From the Thought When you are suffering from stress or emotional disregulation, thoughts and feelings become so powerful that it seems almost impossible to separate them from your emotional self. Urges to engage in behaviours such as comfort eating are strong and it feels as though you cannot disobey them. However, there is a technique you can use to separate yourself from your thoughts. Whenever the thought ‘I want a cookie’ or ‘I want a pizza’ appears in your mind, frame the thought in one layer of separation by

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telling yourself ‘I am having the thought that I want a cookie’ or ‘I am having the thought that I want a pizza.’ This puts a barrier between you and the urge to comfort eat. You might want to create multiple barriers by adding to your phrases, for example ‘I am noticing that I am having the thought that I want a cookie,’ or ‘I am aware that I am noticing that I am having the thought that I want a cookie.’ Urges to engage in habitual behaviours are strong as your nervous system is working on overdrive to get the soothing rewards of fatty, sugary and carbohydrate-rich food. This strategy can help you to feel less overwhelmed by thoughts and urges, giving you a better chance of overcoming emotional eating. Avoid Deprivation If you have a specific trigger food, the thing that you always reach for when emotional eating, it is a good idea to cut this particular food from your diet for a month to break any habitual behaviour you have associated with it. However, you should allow yourself some treats because depriving yourself of all comforting food is likely to make you feel more emotional and lead

to a relapse in emotional eating. The key is to gain control over your relationship with fatty, sugary and carbohydrate-rich foods. Try choosing one comfort food to eat each day. In the morning, plan what you are going to eat and when you will eat it. Planning in advance should help avoid the treat being eaten impulsively as a reaction to a stressor. It is a good idea to choose a time in the evening. This way, when you feel urges to reach for comfort foods during the day, you can reassure yourself that you will have something later and are not depriving yourself of this food. Knowing that you will get to eat comfort food later in the day should make it easier to engage in strategies such as replacement, urge surfing and separating yourself from the thought.

Behaviour change is hard and most of these strategies will be difficult to access at first. Comfort eating is the way your brain has kept you feeling safe and secure for a long time and there may be a lot of resistance in your nervous system, manifesting as urges to eat. Practise self-compassion when you reach for a trigger food and remind yourself that change will not happen immediately. Try logging your efforts in a diary, noticing how many times you had the urge to comfort eat each day and how many times you managed to use an alternative strategy. Over time, you will see an improvement in the average number of times you use a healthy technique. n


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In March 2018, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that more than 115 people in the United States die each day after overdosing on opioids. Opioid addiction is happening in our own communities. It is a dangerous secret that needs to be exposed and understood. Telling the story of addiction and recovery involves facing difficult truths that some may find challenging to accept. Yet it is crucial that we hear the voices of those whose lives have been affected and how they help others. Executive director of the Midlands Recovery Center, Bobby Brazell, is in recovery from heroin addiction and now works as a certified peer support specialist. After 20 years of active addiction, he remains passionate about sharing his recovery story and helping others. Asked what is his most important

message, he responds, “Recovery is possible. That is the biggest story. You hear all the horror stories about addiction and the damage it causes families. It leaves communities in shambles and tears families apart, including my own for many years.” Bobby adds, “The one thing that we highlight here at MRC is not just the addiction, but that recovery from addiction is possible and can even be beautiful. That is why I share my story so freely with everyone. If it helps even one person to find the courage to take that first

step into recovery, then we are doing our jobs correctly.” Bobby Brazell is not just talk. One leaves his presence feeling deeply touched by his journey and the active role he plays in helping others. Following his story with an open heart will illuminate what the hidden secret of addiction is costing some of our very own.

How Does This Happen? With his permission—and because, as he says, “I shared my active addiction with everyone for so long, I must now share my recovery”—we share Bobby’s personal journey with addiction. Bobby was born here in Lexington. He enjoyed spending time with friends and playing in a band—but becoming addicted to heroin was never part of his longterm plan. In 1994, at 24, Bobby lost two close friends from an alcohol-related car acJanuary 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 57

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“After drugs, you have to work on character defects. I was still deceitful, the liar and thief that addiction had taught me to be during those years, and I

cident. He had provided the alcohol at a party they all attended and was later charged with two counts of transfer of alcohol, resulting in their deaths. Bobby’s inability to cope with the loss was intensified by a devastating sense of guilt. Lacking the support and coping skills to work his way through the trauma, Bobby began using pain pills. He didn’t grasp the intensity of his commitment to his chosen pills, i.e., the opiates. That choice led to some 20 years of addiction, 12 treatment centers, and eventually an overdose. The overdose turned out to be a critical first and last cry for help. On the day of his overdose, his wife returned from work for lunch, something she rarely did. Discovering him unconscious and turning blue, she administered CPR until paramedics arrived. The incident led to his twelfth treatment that eventually led him to active recovery. In recovery, Bobby learned that addiction was a symptom of his problem: he had never dealt with his friends’ deaths years before. Through specialized treatment, he was able to work through his trauma and begin the healing process. “But that is not the end of it,” Bobby adds. “After drugs, you have to work on character defects. I was still deceitful, the liar and thief that addiction had taught

me to be during those years, and I had to establish healthy behavioral methods. I had to relearn how to be a good person and commit myself to being honest. Part of the process involved telling my wife about my stealing to buy drugs.” On one occasion, believing he didn’t know how to live without drugs, Bobby begged God to let him die. When that didn’t work, he altered his prayer. “If I can’t die, then let me live without the drugs, and I will do anything to help anybody else.” Bobby smiles when he remembers, “Lo and behold, when you say prayers like that, you should probably mean it, because it happened in a very big way.” It started with a testimony at church followed by a speaking engagement at a conference and eventually to Fox National News (in a piece about celebrating recovery). His story continues to garner media exposure. Bobby also plays a cameo role in a short film project filmed in Myrtle Beach, currently in its finishing stages, called Ocean Blvd. And, just this past September, he spoke at the South Carolina Governor’s Opioid Summit held in Columbia. In all, Bobby was addicted to drugs for 23 years and has been in recovery since 2014. Midlands Recovery Center Bobby tells the story of a young heroin addict who was in a two-month waiting

had to establish healthy behavioral methods. I had to relearn how to be a good person and commit myself to being honest.” — Bobby Brazell

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period for acceptance into a detox program. With no insurance, and desperate for help, the young man attempted to detox himself at his mother’s home. Bobby arrived at the home and tried to talk him out of it. Before leaving, he gave the young man his card and reminded him, “Please stay in touch and call me. Let’s figure out where we need to get you for a safe detox.” Three days later, having found the card Bobby left with her son, the young man’s mother called him. She found his card in the room where her son had overdosed and died. “He was waiting to get into a recovery house and had nowhere to go. He was trying to detox himself,” Bobby reflected. “That death was the catalyst. You start thinking about it and asking, how did the system fail this kid? How did he not have access to have someone to hang out with him and work him through that hard period?” “If you’ve not been in withdrawal from an opiate or a drug, you have no idea the hell on Earth it is. If you’ve ever had the flu, you can take that and multiply it by 10, and you might almost have a feeling of what that’s like. It is rough, lasting maybe four to six weeks. Willpower will not get you through that. You almost need a babysitting service.” At the time, Bobby and Michelle Miller worked for a nonprofit group as peer-support specialists, training others with substance abuse issues. Michelle has a master’s degree in social work. Bobby was in recovery from heroin addiction. A fellow volunteer, Josh Gray, was also in longterm recovery from substance abuse. All three are certified peer support specialists (CPSS), meaning they have the lived experience of either a mental health disorder or a substance abuse disorder—or both. They support individuals with mental health struggles, psychological trauma, or substance use. Their shared passion led to a series of conversations, which ended up with the creation of the Midlands Recovery Center. Josh remembers this as an important part of his own recovery. “Life presents opportunities, and it is our choice to take them or not. Why would you ever say no if you have the opportunity?” he asks. In November 2017, they began to type January 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 61

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up their purpose, vision, and mission. By January of 2018, they had the blueprint for their nonprofit center. What They Do A recovery coach advocates for individuals in court (who are in jail or have been arrested for drug offenses) to attend treatment in lieu of going to jail. He then picks up the client when released from jail and takes him or her directly to treatment. Bobby clarifies that they are not in the business of getting people out of jail if they have committed violent offenses. Pointing to a large black duffle bag in the corner of the room, Bobby explains he would be picking someone up from the Lexington County Detention Center that day. Once released into Bobby’s custody, the individual would be taken straight to a recovery community in Florence, SC. There would be no opportunity for the client to get high in the interim. “Once they’re released from the detox center, they are at a baseline. Now they’re clean. Expecting an addict to use willpower to fight a disease is the equivalent of a patient with her cancer in remission from chemotherapy being told, ‘Now use your willpower to prevent it from returning.’

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We know addiction is a disease. People argue that it is a choice. I would agree—it is a disease that started with a choice.”

The center tries to find a place for the client that serves a specific need, creating a solid community for him or her. The continuing follow-up, the wraparound care, is the core of their work. “We stay with them until they get it. They are heard, loved, and supported, and we teach them about recovery,” says Bobby. On the white board that covers one

wall of their office is something called a genogram. It is a pictorial display of a client’s family relationships and medical history, a fascinating educational map for a user and his or her family about the impact of genetics on addiction. The counselors use the ARISE comprehensive care with intervention model. It is not the often-hyped “gotcha” experience but, instead, a family intervention. The client is invited to meet with the family. The family meets, even if the individual doesn’t attend. They have had 83% success in getting participation, and the center stays with families for six months. “It is not an event; it’s a process. Our goal is to not just get the client in a better place but the whole gang,” Bobby says. The center serves as a hub from which it can connect families to other nonprofits, sober living facilities, or even homes for women who have children. They call it “mobile recovery.” They will walk a client to his or her first meeting or help the client get to a job interview. Bobby says, “I give away what was so freely given to me. It’s a life they deserve. If we don’t have the financial backing to create the wheel, we can put them with

somebody who can help them.” Providing constant real-time care involves funding, something that takes planning. The vast majority of their current work is basically done by the center and volunteers. Grants help them work through a trauma-based curriculum and access to a trauma counselor. “We don’t have to do it all,” Bobby says. “But we align ourselves with people who are talented and gifted in different areas. We really are a HUB. There is so much more about the Midlands Recovery Center to learn, and the best way is to visit its website. If you are in need of more, please don’t hesitate to call the center. Bobby, Michelle, and Josh call themselves a three-legged stool for the cohesion with which they operate. Someone in need could not find a safer place to fall. The amount of courage, devotion, honesty, and humanity involved in Bobby Brazell’s own healing, along with his contribution to the healing of others experiencing the same journey, makes him an excellent advocate. So, too, for Josh and Michelle. Bobby says, “It has been a God thing,” and he means it. n


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A Measure of for the New Year by Donna Shevchik When you think of the new year, what do you really want to accomplish? I have thought a lot about various things throughout the year as I reflected on my dreams, hopes, and disappointments. One word that continues to come to mind is “Grace.” If we can all start the new year out with a measure of grace, then I believe we should be able to rejoice everyday. We all have hopes and a dreams and a big wishlist of things we want to do. Why wait to start on these things on January 1st? I want to make my new year feel like it is December 25th every day. I want to rejoice in Christ for 365 days a year. I know we live in a sinful world. It’s evident all around us. It’s so easy to get caught up in the material world at times and to get caught up in the cycle of trying to please everyone. Why not focus on simply pleasing our Lord instead, because when we make mistakes (which we all will) we know He will give us His grace. I have been truly afraid about a handful of times in my living life and this past year I felt the doubt take over and I gave the devil a little bit of a foot hold. I forgot to just breathe and quiet my mind so that I could hear God’s voice say, “You are okay. You are a child of God.” When I got some good news and my fear passed, my husband said, “I knew it was nothing, because God has big plans for you.”

Isn’t it so easy to get so caught up in the little dramas of life? There are carpools, kids’ lunches, activities, work, and health issues. Not to mention the every day questions of what will I wear today and what am I going to cook for dinner? This year I am going to stop, breathe, and receive God’s grace because I have determined that grace and faith are all I need. Enough of saying I need to read my Bible more, be a better friend, parent, or boss. I want to try and live like it’s December 25 every day. I want to sing Silent Night all year long. I want to have intentional family time and watch warm and fuzzy Hallmark movies while drinking coffee and rubbing my dogs on the couch. What I am discovering is if we focus on the NOW and live in the present, we can go further in the future. There are so many lost and unsaved souls out there that have chosen not to follow the Lord. It’s their free will, but we as Christians need to tell unbelievers what they are missing. Grace. Let’s turn our phones off when we get home and have family time and play board games and watch Hallmark movies together. “Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” WOW! Let’s start the new year with some four letter words: Love, Lord, Save, and Soul. n January 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 67

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O’Hara’s Public House by Derek Savoy

O’Hara’s Public House, an Irish Pub located at 131 E. Main St., Lexington, is one of the most authentic Irish pubs in the tri-county area. The official opening of the restaurant was on April 14, 2018, and the local business has gained tons of traction. O’Hara’s is owned and operated by a team of six individuals: Matt and Michele O’Hara, Arlen and Rebecca Wingard, and Brian and Amy Reisnauer. Between the six of them, they created something incredible and, in the process, not only honor the authenticity of the traditional Irish pub but the integrity of the historic building they are in on East Main Street. Everything from the handmade dentil crown molding encompassing the restaurant to the original tin ceiling to the “snug” created for private parties – the thought and effort placed into the details are what make this restaurant so great. “My family and I have lived here 19 years, and Lexington was really starved for

local restaurants,” says Matt O’Hara, the restaurant’s day-to-day general manager and one of six co-owners. “Lexington really needed some good local joints.” O’Hara explains that O’Hara’s Irish Pub is focused not only on its incredible menu featuring some of the most genuine Irish plates you could imagine, but that the “pub is a community center – the most important thing is relationship building and networking.” Mr. O’Hara is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and traveled throughout Connecticut for several years. Nineteen years ago, he landed in Lexington, South Carolina, and has lived here ever since. He and his wife Michele have four children who grew up in Lexington – two of which attend local public schools. The menu at O’Hara’s is quite extensive, and it is obvious that executive chef Dan Orehek knows what he’s doing. “Our menu is a combination of traditional Irish classics January 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 69

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and stuff I love to eat,” explains O’Hara. The dinner menu ranges from mini shepherd’s pie appetizers to traditional Irish favorites like Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage (writer highly recommends the corned beef and cabbage). All in all, there is something for everyone on the menu – even an option for PB&J for the kids. The restaurant can accommodate over 70 people in the pub area, with 64 seats in the dining room, and roughly 50 seats on the back deck. An intricate detail of the pub area is the window seating, which has two front windows in the pub that roll up to accommodate three seats on the outside and three seats on the inside, making it a six-top table with both indoor and outdoor seating. This restaurant is an excellent addition to Lexington and a musttry for anyone looking for something homemade and traditional – or even for someone looking for a great spot to hang out for a couple of drinks. Don’t forget to look up before you walk through the front door and admire the décor. (Yes, they’re real – and they’ll change every season!) n

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n old book begins with details about dramatic events that happened long ago. What’s interesting to me is how these ancient events occur over and over again in each of our lives. It seems some of the events begin the moment we are conceived. I’ve known several people who’ve reached the doorway to the other side. Conversations and observations provide evidence that many of the old book’s events keep occurring right up until life’s last moment. Most people reading this article are familiar with the old book. Most would agree we haven’t read it closely enough to claim expert status. I don’t feel bad about not being an expert, since an 80-year-old man I knew who’d been studying that same material for 65 years told me every new day of study brought new insights. I remember wondering how that could be, since he had studied this old book in his youth with the world’s foremost professor at the time. The old man went so far as to say he didn’t truly get the point of the book until he’d retired, and his wife was suddenly stricken with cancer. He was

suddenly without his life’s partner, and had to begin all over again with the old story’s beginning. He said through his tears that he found he’d never really seen the story until then, and encouraged me to not wait so long to look closely at the story. We’ve all known intelligent people who acknowledge the book’s widespread fame while ridiculing its importance. They often call it nothing more than a fable — or worse. What’s funny is how many people rejecting the book’s points as unprovable will insist that their disbelief is the fact that disproves the book. I accept I am no different. I believe the book is true, therefore, it is. All of us can agree there is such a thing as day and night. Between those two extremes we find the nuances between light and darkness. The rising sun begins as a subtle flicker. After the night’s smothering darkness, it only takes a few moments of light to make the darkness disappear. Even a man with his eyes closed knows the sun is shining when he turns to face it. The old book’s beginning describes the extremes of darkness and light in

vague, mysterious terms. Our modern world loves having choices. The old book’s beginning story contains two sentences featuring two statements made by two creative beings outlining the only real choice one has. The second of those two sentences gives one a choice when it says: “Ye shall be as gods.” The first of the two sentences describes the other choice: “Let there be light.” We can agree there are nuances of dusk and dawn. But there is no nuance in the choice between smothering darkness or fullness of light. The two creative beings repeatedly beckon us at least every day to make the ultimate choice. One created darkness. The other created light.

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