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Lori Samples Duncan (loriduncan86@gmail.com)

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From the Editor CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kay H. Barlow Ruth Chapman Briana Davis, DVM Lori Samples Duncan Randy Halfacre Ashby Jones Amy Pittsenbarger Chris Powers Ashlea Seagraves Rebecca Vigné Stacey Watts Rachel-Elise Weems

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5 Musical Mothering 6 Rising From The Ashes

Celebrating the Survivor in You! 30 Meet Lucy Martin

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10 All in the Family 12 Don’t Settle With Your Pain 14 Healing at Home 16 Obamacare is not your only option 18 An Editorial from Lexington Medical

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What’s HAPPENING? “Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, ‘Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary’.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, American Clergyman

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appy Spring Everyone! What a beautiful time of year in South Carolina. This issue is always one of my favorites; where we talk about Extreme Makeovers. I don’t know if it’s just me or if it’s just the fact that all of America seems to love a good makeover. LWM doesn’t look at makeovers like Hollywood does. We aren’t always featuring a person who got a new “do” or lost 100 lbs. (Which is a great accomplishment and it certainly changes your life. ) We take a different spin on makeovers. We like to talk about little things that can make big differences in your life. One way you might experience an attitude makeover is to start a gratitude journal!

If you have been reading long you know that I love Lexington- no really- I love Lexington. One of the reasons I love Lexington is Lexington people. Lexington people are a different breed. Most of them are kind and understanding at least the ones I encounter. Our article on the Rutledge family home make over is one example. From a horrific fire to the gathering of the neighbors and massive rebuild this family has not only gotten a “home” makeover, but came to understand the power of people coming together for a common cause. From adding olive oil to your diet or changing your insurance plans this issue is packed full of great ways to change something (if you are inclined to do so) in your own life. I know I don’t have to say it but I want to remind you to tell our advertisers how you found their business. It is through their support that we are able to offer LWM to you at various free distribution points throughout the community. I love to support businesses who support other local businesses. Don’t forget prom is around the corner ! Catz Formals still have dresses and tuxes!!!

New York Minute at Village Square Theatre May 9 - 18, 2014 105 Caughman Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Directed by Leslie Dellinger and Vicky Jackson, this revue will portray the interesting and entertaining history of the American Musical! you do not want to miss Ziegfeld follies staring in this event! For more information call Village Square Theatre at 803-359-1436 to get your tickets today!

Forest Acres Rooftop Rhythms May 22, 2014 from 5:30-9PM

Rooftop Rhythms is a FREE music concert hosted four times a year. This popular music event is the City of Forest Acres’ way of giving back to the community and providing a safe and fun experience for all. Family and friends of all ages are welcome! Kids can experience balloon art with Joey Young, face painting with Sarah Dippity, a bouncy house, a bouncy slide and much more. Food and drink will be available from Moe’s, Tombo Grille and Daley’s Dogs. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a beautiful spring evening! Call 803-467-8199 for more information.

Southern Guitar Festival Competition June 6-8, 2014 At the Columbia College

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Southern Guitar Festival and Competition (SGFC) was founded in 2012 by Marina Alexandra, executive director, with the help of other professional classical guitarists and teachers residing in Columbia, SC. It is a great opportunity to bring

together the community with musical skills! The mission of SGFC is to bring world-caliber guitarists to Columbia, South Carolina, USA and to inspire and educate guitar professionals as well as amateurs. Please visit www.SouthernGuitarFest.com for more information!

3rd Annual Paddle Bender June 7, 2014 Dreher Island State Park, Prosperity, SC

Get involved at the 3rd Annual Paddle Bender, regardless of your ability level. All kayaks, canoes, and SUP’s are welcome at this fundraiser for Carolina Wildlife Care. There will be 4 and 8 mile courses. The 2014 Paddle Bender will be the weekend after Memorial Day once again. Awards will be presented three deep in multiple categories for both race distances. Cash prizes for the top overall male, top overall female, and top tandem kayak paddlers from the 8 mile course.

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Southeastern Piano Festival June 15 - 22, 2014

Each summer the Southeastern Piano Festival transforms the University of South Carolina School of Music and Columbia into a major cultural destination that draws in audiences and young piano talent from across the United States. For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists. Call 803-777-1209 for more information.

Making over your situation, room, body, attitude doesn’t always have to cost a million dollars or mean cutting off everyone you love for months. It can happen one small change at a time, one decision at a time, one minute, one hour, and one day at a time. I certainly have a list I need to work on. We would love to hear about your makeover. Write or give us a call to share your own makeover.- Big or small! Your friend,

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his July, I will have been a Mom for 14 years. I’m starting to figure this job out! One thing is certain: I could not have made it this far without all the help from Maggie’s Other Mothers (they know who they are), chardonnay, and music. Don’t misunderstand me. I have really bad taste in music. But so does Maggie, and this is how we bonded from the start. In the year 2000, Maggie loved the boy bands. I remember listening to NSYNC and dancing with Maggie. Well, I danced and she wiggled inside my tummy.

ed pretty great at the time, true love sounds nothing like that. True love sounds like her daddy singing Blue-Eyed Girl to me, even though the song is actually called Brown-Eyed Girl.

I need the music to remind her to come home. Even though Mag will go off to college someday and might follow JLo’s lead – dating a series of dumb-but-sexy back up dancers, she can always come home.

Once she was outside my tummy, we danced to some Christina Aguilera (before she was Xtina) – our favorite song was Come On Over. I held my little bald baby girl and we bounced while I sang my version “come on over, come on over Mag-gie!” When she could stand by herself I introduced Mag to Janet Jackson. Maggie held onto the kitchen counter and tastefully bounced to Nasty Boys. I am such a good influence. Mercifully, I was not her only influence. When she was two, Maggie started saying “I-BEECUSE” after dinner. I had to call her Other Mother/babysitter Kay to find out what in the world my daughter was saying. Kay had taught her to say “may I be excused?” when she was finished eating. I think this balanced out what I had taught her – that Let’s Go Crazy is the perfect song to crank up real loud and play repeatedly while you run in circles through the house in your diaper. When Maggie had matured sufficiently and was emotionally ready, I introduced her to Britney. (She was four years old). Our favorite song was Toxic. Mag knew all the words.

She explained to me that when Britney sang “You’re dangerous - I’m lovin’ it” that Britney was talking about traffic. Because bad traffic can be so dangerous. We listened to this song so often, Maggie suggested my sister name her first-born child Toxic. From age 4 to 11, the music was a whirl of Justin Timberlake, Britney, Maroon Five, Britney, Adele, Nelly Furtado, Shakira, and Britney. On the first day of 6th grade we were both extremely uptight. Ok, I was extremely uptight. Mag was fine. I was about to drop my BABY off at this big awful school. We played Lady Gaga. And it soothed us both. I realize I only have 4 more years of music with Maggie. Ok, I

know there will be music after that too, but it won’t be the same, because I won’t control the Ipod. I have so much more music to play for Maggie. Mag needs to hear and see Milli Vanilli. She needs to know that just because a man looks nice and is a good dancer does not mean he has true talent. Maggie needs to know she can choose her own music and dance her own dance. Just because everyone else is drinking margaritas and lining up to do the Macarena doesn’t mean she has to. I need the music to help me explain true love. I’ve already made Maggie listen to Fleetwood Mac sing The Chain and explained to her that the two vocalists loved each other and hated each other at the same time. I’ve explained that while those vocalists sound-

Even if she makes bad decisions like changing her name to a symbol and later realizes she has made this bad decision and then decides to change her name back to a non-symbol, everyone will forgive her, especially me. And she can come home. If I know anything, I know that even though Maggie is now potty trained, even if she now knows Britney was not talking about traffic, and that Nasty Boys might not have been an appropriate song for a dancing toddler - she will always listen to music with me. And if the timing is right, and no one is looking, we might put on Let’s Go Crazy and run around the house in circles.

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usan, her husband Bryan, and her two twin boys Zachary and Nicholas have had a lot thrown at them over the past year. Between a house fire, living in hotels, and the struggles of everyday life, it hasn’t been easy. However, coping has been made possible by the love and support of their local community, as well as the Lord.

Susan Rutledge is Susan Rutledge is like most mothers I know: caring, supportive, and kind. However, most mothers haven’t had their homes suddenly destroyed and been forced to live in hotels for months at a time. Last August, The

Rutledge’s home in Lexington caught fire early one morning. “We were asleep. I had to wake up early that morning. [My son] Zachary had been taking care of me all summer. He was a troop-

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er. I heard a beeping noise, but it didn’t sound like a fire alarm. I figured the house alarm had been set off somehow. The phone rang and

it was the alarm company. Then I could see that there was smoke in the room. I didn’t even put my glasses on; I just got in my wheelchair and started yelling for the kids. Eventually, we got out of the house. It wasn’t until we were leaving that the fire alarm

actually went off.” The family was very fortunate to get out of the burning house unharmed. However, the blessings did not stop there. “That day, the Red Cross put us up at the Ramada Inn. From there, the insurance took over. I’m surprised they didn’t cancel us. We had an outstanding policy. We didn’t find a rental home until December, so we stayed in a Holiday Inn. Everyone at the hotel was extremely nice to us. Some people would even hand us money when they heard what had happened. We couldn’t have asked for a better place or nicer people.” In addition to this, the people of Lexington stepped up to help the Rutledge family. “We had people who drove the boys

to school and me to my doctors appointments. Lexington middle school gave us money, which was great. Someone donated a washer and dryer to us. The people in our own neighborhood took us in and gave us clothes. Our church, Faith United Methodist, even gave us money for school supplies and uniforms for the boys, which had all been burned in the fire. Just last week the family moved into their new home, built by JDM Building Group. “We are so thankful for JDM. They just started building in October. They did everything so quickly!” Through all the support they have received, Susan says that God has definitely been there through it all.

a whole different view on life. Bryan is more involved at work, stepping up whenever he can. We are all grateful to be alive. The bottom line is that God was with us. We couldn’t have made it without the Lord and without our family pulling together. Now we’re just trying to pass along the support and generosity we have received.”

“He got us out of the fire. I never thought in a million years that this would happen. We’re back in church now, which we had been away from. There was a family from the church that needed to get rid of some furniture, so they donated dishes, sofas, two beds, drawers, and a TV to us. Never in my life have I seen such an outpouring of generosity.” Such traumatic events can definitely make someone realize what is really important in life. On her family life now and outlook on life, “We grew stronger as a family through all of this. People still donate clothes, and people even helped us out at Christmas. I don’t even know how some of these people heard about the fire. It was amazing. Also, we have www.lexingtonwomanonline.com

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or her health. Cats are so adept at hiding illness that a physical exam alone cannot identify all problems. For example, when dogs develop arthritis, they may walk with a visible limp, or stiffness can be felt when their joints are moved through the range of motion. However, a cat’s only sign of arthritis may be decreased activity at home, or not jumping up on their favorite windowsill as often.

Benifits of a CAT Friendly Practice D id you know that cats have surpassed dogs as the most popular pet in the United States? It’s true: there are 86 million owned cats compared to 78 million owned dogs. However, compared to dogs, twice as many cats never make it to the veterinarian. This occurs for a variety of different reasons: 60% of cat owners report that their cat hates going to the vet, and 38% of cat owners report that they get stressed just thinking about bringing their cat to the practice. Another obstacle is that most people perceive that cats take care of themselves and don’t get sick. Unfor-

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tunately this is an untrue perception. Cats can get sick for a variety of reasons even when they are very young, and if caught early, can greatly extend their quality life.

Knowing this, Grace Animal Hospital has recently completed the process of becoming a certified Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). What this means is that we have gone through an extensive checklist of changes to make the experience much less stressful and more positive for you and your cat. This starts at the front door. Real Women

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When you arrive, you will be asked to sit in a designated cat section, so your cat won’t be stressed by the surrounding dogs. Once in an exam room, the lights can be dimmed and the volume of the music playing overhead can be softened. Our staff is trained in handling according to the AAFP Feline-Friendly guidelines, and we use a slow approach to minimize stress.

sorbed through the cheeks and gums of cats to help reduce stress without having to give a shot. It gives predictable results, and allows us to better evaluate your cat’s heart, lungs, eyes, ears, abdomen, skin, lymph nodes, teeth, and pulses. Beyond that, we make sure to take into account your cat’s specific needs, preferences, and behaviors when evaluating his

perience where they don’t have to make eye contact with other cats or dogs. Also, some conditions require daily medication. The hallmark condition for cats is Hyperthyroidism, and the treatment is twice-daily. Some cats will easily take pills if they

This is why we make a point to ask about behavior.

are wrapped in a treat. However, if your cat is difficult to give pills to, we consider alternatives, such as a compounded transdermal version of the medication, or an iodine-restricted diet.

Should your kitty needs to be hospitalized for any reason, whether it be for surgery, dentistry, or intravenous fluids and monitoring, we have made sure to have specialized equipment for cats in the appropriate size. There is even a separate cat ward in our hospital so that cats can have a low-stress ex-

Truly, there is much more to your cat’s annual exam than vaccines, and with Cat Friendly Practice certification, we are equipped to help make the most of your visit. It is our goal to help ensure that you are a valuable member of your cat's healthcare

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members. Patients come in and we already know their name and health conditions. I love talking to them. We have everything to take care of all healthcare needs, like diabetic shoes, back and knee braces, durable medical equipment, and even Costa Del Mar sunglasses. I want them to have the healthiest lifestyle possible. It’s almost like treating your own family. I’ve gone to weddings, graduations, and other ceremonies for some of my patients.” On being a part of a family business, “It’s much more of a personalized service. However, it’s still professional. We take the patient’s needs into account, as well as their

Interview with Dr. Larry Stroud from Triangle Pharmacy

Lilli Serral There’s something different about the atmosphere of a family business. The people are happier the service is sincere. That’s the feeling you get when you walk into Triangle Pharmacy in West Columbia, a business that has been owned by the Stroud family for over 60 years.

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octor Larry Stroud, a West Columbia native, knows a thing or two

about the area, including how to run Triangle Pharmacy, a business that has been in the family since the 1950’s. “I grew up in West Columbia, then went to USC for pharmacy school. Both of my parents were pharmacists. After that I went to Atlanta. There I got my doctorate at Mercer University, and was also offered a faculty position

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there. I came back to West Columbia after my father deceased so I could take over Triangle Pharmacy, which he owned at the time. It’s been family owned since the day it opened.” So what about Triangle now? Stroud expands on how the pharmacy has stood the test of time: “It was one of the first pharmacies in the area. Even though we’ve moved locations, we’ve been very successful. Now my son

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Will, who is 31 works with me and manages all aspects of the business. We’re into our third generation of the business.” Although it’s been around for years, the people at Triangle Pharmacy still pride themselves on exceptional service. Stroud explains, “What I love most about my job is interacting with the patients. They become like family members to me and the other staff

family’s. We get to actually spend time with the patients. I think that there is a lot of healing in just talking to them. Our goal is to provide high-quality, personalized service. It’s something special that you can’t find anywhere else. Stroud and his team are not only driven by the personalization of the business, but also its location. On working in the West Columbia area, “I’ve been a pharmacist for as many as five generations in a family. West Columbia definitely has a lot to offer. You’ve got every economic stratosphere. It’s very diverse, which challenges me as a pharmacist. I think knowing that there is so much diversity is what motivates

me to provide the highest standard of care for everyone.” The pharmacist also takes his family oriented ideals into his home life. On his free time, “I love going to baseball and football games. Of course, I also love spending time with my family. One of my favorite things is playing with my two eight year old twins, Jackson and Alexa. They are the highlight of my life! In addition to that, I have served on the board at Lexington Medical Center, and I am currently a part of the MUSC Board of Visitors and the Congaree State Bank board. I really enjoy giving back to the community.”

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Health & Wellness fascia restriction which increases muscle pliability, thereby improving your joint range of motion. As part of your HEP, you will learn relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes and proper nutrition necessary to maintain a healthy body. We will teach you the proper ways to move to avoid increasing your pain, tell you when to use ice and when to use heat, when to exercise with weight and when not to, and we will show you the differences between isoteric and isometric movement and their benefits.

Don’t Settle With Your Pain! There is good news for an individual who is suffering with pain.

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he origin of pain is both a physical and emotional sensation. How the brain processes this sensation differs individual to individual. Physical pain can be from your muscles, joints, fascia and or nerves. One should note that pain is a very important communicator in your body. It is telling you that there is something going on in your body which needs attention.

Pain can manifest in many forms, the most common of which can be placed into two categories; acute and chronic.

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Acute pain happens suddenly and can be due to an injury a person sustains or can stem from a surgical procedure which they have undergone. Acute pain has a clear cause, is usually limited in its duration, and typically responds well to therapy and pain medication. Chronic pain, however, is pain that lasts longer and is usually associated with diagnoses such as osteoarthritis/rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine headache, post-injury, post-surgical and other long-term conditions. Both acute pain and chronic pain can be debilitating and can affect your emotional well-being. What Real Women

is different about chronic pain is that it seems almost constant and continues for a long period of time. Chronic pain can be mild or intense (severe). There is good news for an individual who is suffering with pain. Vital Energy Wellness and Rehab Center is your complete rehabilitation center, located under one roof. We are your pain therapists and here to help you with your pain, whether acute or chronic. Through a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy with Hydroworx pool, and complementary therapies available to you, we will design a program to assist you with your pain issues.

and ready to help you. Just give us a call for more information or even stop by for a tour of our facility. Learn more about the services we have to offer to help you with your pain management. You can reach us at 803-359-1551 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 pm. Vital Energy accepts most major insurance policies, credit card, check or cash.

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“As an experienced home care nurse I am given the opportunity to intervene and help prevent readmission and keep people at home safely and securely, while still allowing them to make choices and live the way they choose.”

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need! In addition to all that Linda does for her company, she has also worked as a volunteer EMT for the past 15 years and as a volunteer with RMAT, a team of emergency professionals who serve the Midlands in the case of a disaster. She says she loves being the “go-to” person for individuals in all types of need. Linda has been a registered nurse for 36 years, and worked as a nurse’s aide in a hospital for four years before that. She explained that the changing nature of the medical field was what first drew her to it. She and her husband went through their nursing program together and were married just four days after they both graduated. They have two adult children who are also both involved in the health care field. Linda launched Brook Health Care six years ago. She says that her extensive experience in the medical field has helped her realize that people do best when they stay at home, with their family and loved ones surrounding them. “The importance of a smile from a grandchild or the ability to pet the dog is very healing,”

It’s clear that Linda and the rest of Brook Health Care is willing to go above and beyond to help those in need! Linda explains. She went on, “As an experienced home care nurse I am given the opportunity to intervene and help prevent readmission and keep people at home safely and securely, while still allowing them to make choices and live the way they choose.” Linda explained that they are always growing in terms of the level of care that their 15-20 devoted

employees provide. These caregivers, Linda says, are the “heart of the company” and are willing to help out in any way possible. It takes a special type of person and caregiver to work in home health care, Linda explains. One must have the ability to work independently, and respond to a variety of different situations. Brook Health Care provides 24/7 care for clients and employees both in case of questions or concerns. From both a medical professional and a family member’s point of view, Linda has “been there, done that” with home health care. It can be difficult to navigate health care, Linda admits, and sometimes people need help that traditional medical systems don’t provide. For more information on deciding if home health care is an option for yourself or a loved one, visit Brook Health Care online at http://brookhc.com/ or call 803 9417231.

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Our health is one of the most important things that we can have, and Linda Shanabrook, the founder and owner of Brook Health Care, LLC knows just that. The company can provide any service that a person needs in order to be kept at

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home safely and appropriately. “This may include, but not be limited to: bathing, dressing, shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping, organizing, assist with downsizing…. I have told clients that our caregivers will do almost anything short of

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washing windows and waxing floors and have walked in for a visit and found a caregiver doing those things just because they need to be done.” It’s clear that Linda and the rest of Brook Health Care is willing to go above and beyond to help those in

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rom an unexpected urgent care visit to outpatient surgery, it’s nice to know there’s first-rate care at a community-based outpatient hospital close to home. Lexington Medical Center Irmo has been serving the Irmo community since 1986. Services provided in this facility include outpatient surgery, urgent care, diagnostic imaging (MRI, CT, ultrasound & x-ray), lab services, Women’s Imaging and Physical/Occupational Therapy. Lexington Medical Center Irmo has been undergoing significant renovations to update and modernize the exterior of the facility for patients.

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The renovations include new entrances and canopies for outpatient surgery, Women’s Imaging and diagnostic imaging centers, a new Urgent Care entrance and welcome desk, new signage around the campus to get you to your destination faster and a new roof. It’s the latest chapter in a success story for a facility that’s been a fixture in the Irmo community for 28 years. Lexington Medical Center’s outpatient surgery center in Irmo has been named one of the highest-rated ambulatory surgery centers in the nation for patient satisfaction by Press Ganey, a national organization that measures patient satisfaction.

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With patient satisfaction scores that consistently rank in the 99th percentile, Lexington Medical Center Irmo recently received Press Ganey’s national Beacon of Excellence Award. The award goes to top performing organizations that have maintained patient satisfaction scores above the 95th percentile for three years in a row. “The employees at Lexington Medical Center Irmo never rest on their laurels,” said Susan Horton, director of Guest Services at Lexington Medical Center. “They are always looking for ways to raise the bar in providing the most extraordinary care.”

Lexington Medical Center Irmo also won Press Ganey’s Guardian of Excellence Award for reaching the 95th percentile for patient satisfaction in ambulatory surgery for each reporting period of the year in 2013. Fewer than 5% of organizations measured by Press Ganey qualify for this award. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities across the nation to measure and improve patient experience. Approximately 150 surgeries per month are performed at Lexington Medical Center Irmo. Procedures include general surgery, gynecologic surgery, vascular port placement, gallbladder surgery, podiatry and plastic surgery. One of the newest surgical programs at Lexington Medical Center Irmo is Same Day/ Next Day Surgery, a first-of-its-kind program in the Midlands. In Same Day/Next Day Surgery, consultations are scheduled daily with procedures performed that afternoon or the next morning. In addition, the Urgent Care Asso-

ciation of America has designated Lexington Medical Center’s urgent care facility in Irmo a Certified Urgent Care (CUC) center. The CUC designation is a mark of distinction that separates Lexington Medical Center Irmo Urgent Care from more than 9,000 urgent care centers across the nation. Only 500 facilities have met the requirements for this recognition. And, Women’s Imaging in Irmo is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

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f you’re searching for an Interior Designer in the Lexington area, Chris Metz is the woman to call. As Owner of Chris Metz Interiors, she has been serving the residential and commercial community for over 15 years. I had the opportunity to talk to Chris about her passion for her business. Ever since the age of ten, Chris Metz knew the design business was for her. However, she owes her talent and success to the Lord. She explains, “I always have to touch and experience the textures around me...walls, fabrics, and art. I believe that God has given each of us unique gifts and talents to explore and build on. If we listen to that inherent voice, we'll find what we're intended to do and bless others with those gifts and talents. I have a keen sense of space, proportions, and visualization. I can feel the uneasiness of a space when the furniture and accessories are not proportionate to the space they're in. Most people can, they just don't realize where that uneasiness is coming from or how to change it.” Having received a BA in Studio Art and Interior design from the University of South Carolina, Chris was armed with the knowledge and experience to start her own business. After years of prayer 20

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and trust in God, this idea became a reality. On building her business, “It started in my home and expanded to my current location on Main Street ten years ago. I'm grateful to still be going strong in the same location with many repeat clients. By keeping my business small I am able to be hands-on with every project that comes through the door, even when I'm not the primary designer on the job. I want my clients to know they're important and that their vision is what we're looking to fulfill, not a preconceived designer's wish. My business is built on integrity with everyone. A bigger budget doesn't mean a better client. Every client is special to me.” Not only are the people at Chris Metz Interiors passionate about their work, but also the Lexington area. She explains, “I am grateful to be a part of the Lexington community. I've worked with clients in nearly every surrounding neighborhood and with many of the businesses in and

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around Lexington, including several on Main Street itself. It was a joy to be able to work with the Lexington Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center for it's new facility on Main St. as well as with the architect and builder. I work well as a team with arcitects and builders or independently with the clients. We offer experience in working with ADA guidelines for clients with disabilities and plan review & revisions. Our projects range from beginning of construction to new furniture and custom window treatments. So what makes CMI stand out from the rest? “I believe a humble attitude, a grateful heart, and a desire to be a blessing to others sets Chris Metz Interiors apart. Education, experience, and longevity of the business help too. Our mission is Making Your Vision a Reality...One Masterpiece at a Time."

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everal years ago, Kaye and Greg Gerrald went on a cruise to Italy and Greece that would change their lives. Over the course of their trip, they became “enamored with the Mediterranean”, as Kaye puts it, and came home with a desire to share their newfound love with family and friends. After a trip they later made to Helen, Georgia, where they discovered a locally owned olive oil and vinegar shop, the Gerralds decided to take the plunge and open their own Mediterranean inspired store! Right after Thanksgiving of 2013, The Classy Cruet opened for business in The Shoppes at Flight Deck. “My husband likes to joke that I couldn’t decide what I wanted so I bought a whole store,” Kaye laughs. “People kept asking if I was nervous about this, or anxious about that, and I knew I should have been scared, but I wasn’t,” she says. When I walked into The Classy Cruet to speak with Kaye, I was first struck by how beautiful the artwork and décor was (a gift from Susan Brush, a local muralist and friend of the Gerralds). And then I realized I was looking at an entire roomful of olive oils and vinegars (more than 50 flavors and varieties), most of which I was unaware existed until that moment. It turns out that tasting olive oil is much like tasting wine, and it should also be sampled at room temperature starting with the mildest varietal of oil and working up to the most robust oil. And perhaps the biggest surprise of the whole experience for me was learning that vinegars should be sampled on vanilla ice cream! I was hesitant to try this combination, but once Kaye talked me into it, I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it is (and how much healthier it is than chocolate sauce)!

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The products served in their shop come from Veronica Foods, located in California. Veronica Foods was selected as an official provider of olive oils and vinegars for the 2014 Sochi Olympics! A great benefit of incorporating olive oils and vinegars into your daily diet is all of the health benefits that it provides. The Classy Cruet partnered with Lexington Medical Center for heart health month in February of this year, and Kaye explained to me that the mono- unsaturated fats in fresh olive oil has been proven to lower cholesterol. She says that she loves teaching classes on how to live healthier lives! Olive oils can be mixed with vinegars to create a salad dressing, used as a marinade for meats, or drizzled on vegetables. Kaye recommends that newbies to the field of olive oil and vinegar read the same book she did when they were starting The Classy Cruet, “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil,” by Tom Mueller.

cruet.com or visit them on Facebook and Pinterest to explore all the great recipes they have posted!

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sat down for an interview with Connie at her store location on Main Street. From the very first moment I noticed that she had a certain happiness about her. When she began talking to me about her background, I knew why. “I’ve been doing hair for over forty years now. Over the years, I have come and gone from the business. I’m a single mother, and I’ve also escaped domestic violence. My daughter gave me the strength I needed to go into business on my own. She gave me the incentive to keep working. I wanted to be a good role model for her. That gave me the strength to provide for my daughter and be a positive role model for her.” Hello Gorgeous has now been up and running for 13 years. As I asked her about her salon, I saw that she has a great love and appreciation for her clients. “It’s a job that provides joy. The reward for me is knowing that I help people feel good about themselves.” 24

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gium on a mission trip. My mission while on that trip was to cut as many refugees’ hair as possible. It was an eye opening experience. It gave me a whole new appreciation for my home. The thing is, I really can go wherever I am needed. Over the years I have done hair in nearly every situation, including nursing homes and hospitals. I also specialize in custom color, bridal parties, pageants, and of course, proms.” Connie definitely makes her clients feel good in more ways than one. She explains, “I strive for perfection in my field, especially in color and design haircuts.” She also stays on trend with the technology she uses at the salon. Connie uses a device called VibraStim™, a type of deep tissue massage therapy that is effective in treating many types of pain common in conditions like arthritis, COPD, and neuropathy pain, as well as helping people recover from injuries and surgeries. The VibraStim™ system Real Women

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“My mission is to bring in everyone from all walks of life. My salon is a place where people can express their faith. It has been a way for me to minister to women. It’s also important that my clients leave my shop feeling whole, and GORGEOUS on the inside and out.”

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working parade of homes, and playing secretary in the office she learned the ins and outs of business and housing. What better career path for her to choose where she could achieve all her passions- people, real estate, and business/marketing? Her first career out of college landed a marketing position with a six state territory and trans-

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L A D I E S O F M A I N ST R E E T In her first year in the business she was awarded Coldwell Banker Rookie of the year, which Laura says she owes to her mentorship with Terence. From that first year on she has maintained a Top Producer status, even through the economic downfall. Fast-forward six years and Laura's dream of building her own real estate office came true. She contacted Terence and asked if he'd be interested in opening a RE/MAX franchise. Through 13 interviews and other candidates the franchise was awarded to Reid/Smith. And there began the whirlwind of excitement and creating a “dream” office on Main Street in Lexington. Laura says that watching the Main Street area grow and thrive is a passion of hers. After the first year they grew from 2-12 of the top most talented and professional agents in Lexington. Laura personally specializes in the Lake Murray and Lexington areas. The RE/MAX Purpose Driven team as a whole sells homes all over the greater Columbia area as

“It’s so special to be a part of of such an amazing area comprised of other local business owners, many of whom are women.” well as (but not limited to) investment properties, commercial, first time/second homebuyers, land, and luxury properties. Laura's advice for anyone looking to buy or sell a home is to Interview! Don't just choose your friend/family member working "part-time" in the business. When you consider that real estate is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make, you need the best professional with the most tools and marketing to represent you in buying or selling. She can assure anyone that contacts a RE/MAX agent that they will be full-time Realtors™ and well-educated professionals, not “hobby agents”! So far, the RE/MAX team has won the Eagle Award, which is given

through RE/MAX Carolinas. The award is granted between 154 offices to the fastest growing office in the Southern region. And as the housing market improves, they look forward to seeing where their business takes them! For all your real estate needs, call Laura at (803) 528-9311, check out the whole team at the RE/MAX Purpose Driven Facebook page, or drop by their Café Office for a cup of coffee!

ferred her from her farm town in Michigan to the bustling city of Charlotte. It was there that she met her husband, Matt, whose job with CarMax transferred them to Columbia, SC. Upon transferring to Columbia and leaving her marketing position, Laura decided to dive head first into real estate- her first national brokerage was where she met her mentor and future business partner, Terence Smith. www.lexingtonwomanonline.com

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ucy Howard Martin is a three time cancer survivor and one amazing little lady. Her given name is Ruth but you will only find her by that name if you are looking for her in a hospital. She was the wife of a minister for many years and is the visitation pastor at Life Springs Worship Center on Platt Springs Road, in Lexington SC. So typically she is not a patient she is visiting other patients!

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knowing Him is what gives me that peace.” There wasn’t a moment of fear because from the beginning she knew she was in God’s hands. She had gone through the loss of her husband to prostate cancer in 1996. It was at this time she called on that same peace to sustain her through his death. Not having him to lean on during this time was the toughest part of her diagnosis. I have to tell you listening to Miss Lucy tell her story was a blessing the first time, but the second time as I listened to her talk; it was as if she was preaching a sermon that I truly needed to hear. The peace that she spoke of wasn’t just a peace she needed for surviving a cancer diagnosis and treatment but a peace we all need to survive every day and the troubles of life. She is a woman whose inner glow

beams all the way to the outside. I have met two other women like that in my life. Her journey wasn’t without some complications and she shared some of those with me as she told me about the second and third diagnosis. She also has some trouble with standing because of a knee problem, but she doesn’t dwell on that. “I don’t ever cry out about being in the valley because it takes two mountains to make a valley, so you have been somewhere ( a mountain top) to get to that valley.” She did share this with me and I felt it was important to share. When the doctors thought they missed something, Miss Lucy was called back for some tests. Her prayer www.lexingtonwomanonline.com

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was, “Lord let them find it, and let them see something that will impress them in some way toward you.” The doctor returned and excitedly expressed, “We got it, girls! We got it!” Miss Lucy turned to look and saw a cross on the screen. She didn’t say a word and the doctor exclaimed, “And look there is a cross on it!” Miss Lucy knew God was answering another prayer. If you have been in church most of your life you probably know someone that reminds you of Miss Lucy. Although she quoted many scriptures during our time together I asked her what her favorite quote or scripture is, “My favorite scripture is from Genesis to Revelation. The word is God in written form and He has already done what he said he would do.” She did give me a few specifics after some prodding and I have included them for you. “The place of all power, if just two people will agree on two things- one thing- it shall be done.” She is referencing Matthew 18:19 KJV “ 19Again I say unto you, That if two of you 32

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shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” When asked if she would like to share anything else about her journey this is how she responded, “Every day is a plus -every day is a day that the Lord has made regardless of what comes our way. He has made this day!” I felt like when Miss Lucy left that day the air had been sucked out of the room. She was so refreshing. I asked for a few “Lucisms”- little phrases and sayings that you may

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hear her say if you are around her very much- This is what her friend shared with me. I love to interview survivors, because I believe each of us have the ability to survive more than we can even imagine. I especially loved interviewing Miss Lucy Howard Martin because he is not just surviving she is thriving at age 70 something , still working, still ministering to those who are sick and still inspiring all those around her to live a better life!

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a thousand stories on the ride home about his new friends, coaches and this game he so enjoys. I am amazed at how having children opened my world. I am now a soccer mom. It’s funny; I can’t remember what I did before them. Who did I hang out with; who were our friends? Mostly family, I think. Once they started playing sports and developing their own individual interests, our little world became bigger. We meet more of their friends and their friends' parents, and su ddenly I know some of those families better than I know some of my own relatives. It’s wonderful how common interest bring us together - the way that the love of a sport or music makes us feel connected. I think that God made us that way so that we would want to communicate and spend time with one another; so that when someone was hurting or needed help, there would be other people to lean on. No matter what your common interest are or how the friends you have come into your life, friendship can be work, but friendship is worth it, if it is a give and take on both sides. There is a song I heard at a house party in Lexington where the lovely Lauren Lucas was performing with her friend Sara Beck. It’s called “To Love Somebody” and simply says, “There is one good reason we were put on this earth is to love somebody.” I hope we love a lot while we are here.

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