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October 2009

kimberly doyle

A Survivor’s Story

Inspiring Young Woman

Lisa McCollum

Relay for Life inspiring women

Breast Cancer Awareness Month / 1


October 2009

Your Home At Home: Fall trends 8 Landmarks: durst taylor house 10 Homestead: how to customize your home 11 home tour: the moore home 12 In the Kitchen: pecking around the kitchen 14 Landscaping: plan for spring by planting for fall 16 Your community business spotlight: smoothie king 18 Business Connections: kinnie parker 19 lufkin Chamber of Commerce 20 Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce 22 Calendar 24 Places and Faces 26 Giving Back: the coalition 32 Inspiring young woman: kimberly doyle 34 inspiring woman: relay for life top teams 36 medical resources 38 Survivor: Lisa McCollum 48 Breast cancer resources 50 Your Life Hall of Fame Hubbies 52 Pretty Babies 53 Girls Group: breast cancer support group 54 your wallet: the terrifying world of credit cards 55 weddings: Paige and todd brown 56 Relationships: laugh! 58 education: laughter is the best medicine 59 Your Body Fitness 101: healthy nacogdoches 62 fashion: the eyes 63 Beauty: beauty foods 64 Women’s Health: breast cancer update 65 Review 66 journey market 67 parting advice 68

Stephanie Oliver P r e s i d e n t a n d E d i to r Michelle Briley d i r e c to r o f s a l e s Courtney conerly l ayo u t a n d d e s i g n Kristie Huddleston graphic designer lisa crow w w w. s p e c i a l e v e n t s t x . c o m C o v e r p h oto g r a p h e r Lisa crow e v e n t a n d co n t r i b u t i n g p h oto g r a p h e r woodie hicks e v e n t p h oto g r a p h e r allyson langston c o p y e d i to r Susan childers web designer Paula Metzinger s ta f f w r i t e r alexis hudson marketing intern


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Welcome October is a very important month at The Journey. When we began, it was important that we took out time once a year to raise awareness and encourage women to learn more about their bodies. Breast Cancer is important because it is the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer in women and it ranks second in cancer deaths among women. After reading so much about health in general, it does not matter if it is your hearing, your breasts, your blood levels-- whatever it is, medical professionals all say know your own body! All the different organs and senses are genetically yours, so it is important to know your baseline, and what is normal for you. Yes, physicians are wonderful and can help you understand more about you, but they do not know your body like you do. After listening to many stories of Inspiring Women who are cancer survivors or have gone through other medical treatments, we often hear, “I knew something wasn’t right.” Even though the test might have come back okay, or the x-ray or screening had satisfactory results, time and time again, women who knew their own bodies, knew something wasn’t right. The month of October reminds us to make our health a priority. As women, we do so much for others. People rely on us: our husbands, our children, our extended family, our church, PTO, and on and on. Without us taking our health and our bodies into our own hands, all of that is irrelevant. The encouraging news relating to Breast Cancer, and probably most diseases, is that with early detection, matched up with the proper treatment, there is a 98 percent survival rate. So, ladies, when you flip through this month’s magazine and you feel inspired to do something different--do not put it down and forget about it. Wake up in the morning and make a change! This will be our fifth year promoting the fight against Breast Cancer and are proud to do our part! Don’t forget your monthly self check! Happy October!

Stephanie oliver president & editor

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Wiste ri a Hi d e away celeb r at es 1 0 y e a rs ! If you have not had the pleasure of staying the night, walking the grounds, or attending a beautiful event at Wisteria Hideaway, make plans now. Ron and Brenda Cole have done a lot with the property in the last ten years. Congratulations on ten years! September/October 2009

EAST M ag a zine The Sportsman

Terry Morgan


bimonthly publication that is out now. The magazine will feature topics on hunting, fishing,

Sports Center

golf, automotive, sports, and much more! Pick up a copy today at any of these locations:

Car & Driver



We have exciting news to share! There is now a new magazine for East Texas Men. It is a

Secrets Players to Watch This Season

Massingills Meat Market, Poulands, Air Cooled Engines, Truss and Sons, Texas Heritage Furniture, Angelina Savings, Wulf Outdoors, Smoothie King, Bills Gun Trader, Woodland Hills, and Clark’s Feed.

Join ou r tea m

A rt Bra

The Journey team now has two

Memorial Health System of East Texas,

publications and we need more

Abeldt’s Pharmacy, and Neches House

professionals to join us. We are

Assisted Living have teamed up to host

looking for a part time and full time

Lufkin’s first Art Bra Contest. Decorated bras

sales person. Send your resume to

will be judged and then displayed at the Power of Pink! Event on October 15,

2009. Get your girlfriends together and have some fun. For further information, contact Melissa Wheeler (936) 631-3099 or Vallie Cross (936) 639-9727. / 5

Director’s Chair I absolutely LOVE this annual issue of The Journey! I am always amazed by the women who have overcome such tragedies with tremendous triumph. These women truly inspire me to dig deep and to find strength and courage during the difficult times in my life. One thing I have learned is that all of us have strength that we don’t even know exists until we are forced to find it. Have you ever thought you have taken all you can possibly stand? You just can’t imagine having one more thing to handle. Have you ever felt like you are just about to break? Good News--we will not break! We may feel broken. We may even have a break down (and that’s okay). But we will heal and our current situation will one day be a reflection of our past. Sometimes that healing can only begin when we let go of the past and discover something about ourselves we may have never known. I heard a song recently whose lyrics said: I didn’t know my own strength And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble I got through all the pain I didn’t know my own strength Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive I picked myself back up, held my head up high I was not built to break I didn’t know my own strength Each one of us is inspiring. Each one of us has a story to share. Each one of us can touch the lives of others. In the midst of the storm, we often tend to forget about the rainbow after the storm. Hold on for your rainbow! And remember, you are never alone. Your faith, your family, and your friends will be the umbrellas you need to make it through.

michelle briley director of sales

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Your Home / 7

At home

FALL TRENDS | By julie castleberry

R bringing about definite trends for your living space. These selections can add an eclectic charm to your existing dĂŠcor and will instantly give eports from the summer furniture show in Las Vegas and articles from popular interior designers, make it very apparent that this fall is

your rooms an updated look. And, the best part, they are easily affordable.

First of all, animal patterns and prints are still alive and well! Everything from upholstery and rugs to cabinets and consoles to lamps and accessories can be found in a variety of interesting animal patterns. Zebra, leopard, giraffe, and cheetah prints in soft chenille, woven cottons and performance fabrics are plentiful in decorative seating. Also, nothing livens up a room like a bold animal print rug. You can even choose one of the natural hides for adding a bit of interest, texture and flair to your living space. Without question, it would be a fabulous addition to your room and would definitely become the room’s centerpiece. Many designers are adding occasional chests and tables realistically painted in animal stripes and spots to their rooms for a touch of the unexpected. If you are on a limited budget, seek out a new painted lamp or other accessory to make your room anything but ordinary. Another popular trend for the fall is the use of geometric shapes, especially in mirrors and contemporary rugs. But these round and square shapes are also showing up in lamps, pillows, screens and cabinets. Replace an outdated, gold leaf rectangular mirror with a stylish one that has a round, sunburst design for an instant update. Square mirrors with rubbed black or silver frames are also popular. Just as with wall dÊcor, area rugs with interesting geometric shapes can add interest and color. These decorative items, which can be easily and affordably purchased, will add an element of glamour and style to any room. 8 / The Journey - October 2009

“Animal Patterns and

Prints are still Alive

and Well!

F beauty found in nature. Textures and colors of the great outdoors should always be brought

inally, a concept that is always in style when decorating a room is the use of the natural

inside to create warm and inviting living spaces. Natural fiber rugs such as seagrass and sisal are rich in texture, ruggedly durable and easily cared for. As an added bonus, these natural fibers are renewable. Rugs woven from these fibers are definitely a favorite of published designers and are found in relaxed homes everywhere. When bringing natural elements inside, what could be more pleasing than the use of objects found in exotic places around the world that have been incorporated into fabulous pieces for your home? Along with naturally colored granite and marble tops on tables and consoles, beautiful capiz shells, which are being crafted as accents on cabinets and consoles, make bold statements. These unique pieces also add luminosity to your setting. Likewise, copper is another natural element that will add to the reflection and beauty of the room. As a final note, always remember that the colors of nature can always be used as a neutral. Do not be afraid to add a sky blue lamp to a room where that color is not part of the main color scheme. Purchasing these latest looks and hot new trends may be a big step “out of the box” for you, but don’t let that keep you from experimenting with some of them. You will be glad you did! / 9

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landmarks durst-taylor house

I might

t is a national landmark that you drive by everyday if you live

in Nacogdoches. If you have been to Nacogdoches even once, it is highly probable you drove right past this site, as well. The Durst-Taylor House is located at 304 North Street. This wood frame house is the second oldest structure still standing in its original site in Nacogdoches. It was built when most domestic dwellings in Nacogdoches were log cabins or palisados (vertical posts and adobe). The pier-and-beam foundation, wood framing, and exterior and interior features make it a rare surviving example of a Deep South Anglo-influenced frame dwelling from the late Mexican or early Republic period of Texas history.

The Acosta Family were the first land owners,

“stranger’s room” because the door between

as early as 1809. Andres de Acosta sold the

the stranger’s room and parlor could be locked

property to Joseph Durst. The Durst family

from the parlor side. This allowed the owners

was the first family to live in the home on the

of the house to secure their property while

property. He was also the Alcade (mayor) of

still being able to rent the room to travelers.

Nacogoches. The home is now owned by the City of Durst kept the home until 1836, when he

Nacogdoches. The Durst-Taylor home is open

sold it to the then Alcalde of Nacogdoches,

for tours Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4

David Hoffman. There were a total of eleven

p.m. The tours are free and donations are

families who owned the property, including

welcomed. For questions, call 936-560-4441.

families like Thomas J. Rusk and Lawrence Sterne Taylor. Taylor was the son of Charles

The House is a Recorded Texas Historic

Stanfield Taylor, a signer of the Declaration

Landmark, a Texas Archaeological Landmark,

of Independence.

and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The grounds include a blacksmith shop, smokehouse, historic gardens, a visitor’s

Source: City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites

center, a sugarcane mill and pot, and a chicken


coop. Not all are original to the property like the home is. It is really intriguing to go through the home and imagine what life was like at different periods. For instance, there is a “stranger’s” room. This room was a small bedroom to allow home owners to take in short term boarders. One of the home owners, widowed Lucy Blackburn, took in boarders to make ends meet. Historians know it was a

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A home? Are you building a home and trying to HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR HOME

re you looking at ways to customize your existing

decide what custom features to include? It seems as though everyone wants a custom home feel, even if you have been in a home for twenty years. Thanks to our expert Mike Hineman at Dream Homes and Drafting, we have tips and ideas on how to customize your home and where your investment will best be spent. • Kitchens, baths, and exterior remodels tend to get the best return for your money when selling a home (small kitchen remodels only). • If you are not looking to sell, redoing your living space (living room) is a more economical way to bring new life into your home. Changing your living space or adding to it by adding a back porch or sitting area is a great place to start. Start by pulling out everything out of your living room and start new. Buy a new chair or sofa, then work around it for a new themes for the living area. • Hiring a handyman to add new crown mould or base mould with flooring can also create a dramatic change. • Other items like taking in garages, redoing cabinet fronts, removing walls for more open room and new counter tops also make an enormous difference. To get more expert tips, contact Mike Hineman at Dream Homes & Drafting LLC, 936.414.6453 / 11

home tour

the home of david and kelley moore

D nestled in the Brookhollow Subdivision in Lufkin. They built their

avid, Kelley, and Macey Moore are finally in their dream home

Mediterranean style home in 2008. The outside is a stucco and Austin stone combination. The inside has a very traditional style. The three bedroom, three bath home took many years of planning. Kelley wanted to have every corner planned out before they broke ground. So, the Moore’s patiently planned out the floor plan, architecture, and style for many years. Some of the unique features of the home are a gourmet kitchen complete with commercial grade appliances. The subzero refrigerator, wolf six burner stove, granite countertops, and custom cabinetry throughout serve as the gathering place for many family functions. Along with the three bedrooms, the home has an entry formal piano room, dinning room, main living area, Texas Tech Red Raiders office, large washroom, and cozy den area off the kitchen. The Moore’s enjoy spending time in the outdoors. Mainly to grill and watch a good game on the flat screen, the home is complete with an outdoor kitchen. The pool adds an ambiance




entertainment. After a full year in the home, David,




Moore are enjoying all their family time in their new home.

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In the Kitchen

pecking around in the kitchen | by anna boles lee

Being that this month is the month for the

plastic wrap in the coldest

East Texas Poultry Festival, I only think that

part of your refrigerator for

it is fitting to write about poultry. Poultry,

a day or two. Most cooked

or should we say chicken, is one of the staple

chicken can be stored in

foods in many homes in East Texas . It is rich

a refrigerator for up to

in nutrients, low in fat, reasonably priced,

four days. Frozen cooked

abundant, can be cooked in various ways and is

poultry can be stored for

the perfectly pairs with many different foods.

4-6 months.

Chicken is prized for its tender white meat and

Safe Cooking Pointers

moist dark meat. White meat of poultry has

Always rinse chicken before

less fat than dark meat; dark meat has less fat

cooking, and use a clean knife

than many cuts of red meat. Most of the fat in

and cutting board.

poultry comes from the skin and pockets of fat

your hands, knife, and cutting

under the skin. You can easily remove the skin

board with hot, soapy water

and excess fat before or after cooking. However,

immediately after use to

a lot of the flavor comes with the fat.

prevent cross-contamination


with other foods. The way to determine what type of chicken you want to buy is determined by how you want to

The safest place to thaw chicken is in the

cook it. If your recipe calls for cut-up chicken

refrigerator. To safely thaw chicken quickly, place

or assorted pieces, you can cut up a broiler-

in a bowl of water at room temperature. Never

fryer yourself, buy it precut, or take advantage

leave a package of poultry sitting on the counter

of packaged chicken parts, buying all legs or

to thaw.

accurate way to determine doneness is to use a meat thermometer. When inserted into meaty part of thigh, thermometer should register 180 and a breast 170.

thighs’ if dark meat is your preference, or all breasts if white meat is your choice.






refrigerate until cooking time. Cooked chicken Buying and Storing Poultry Fresh poultry is highly perishable.

should always be cooked well done. The most When

shopping, check the “sell by” date and choose the freshest product available. It should look and smell fresh. Never purchase poultry with an off odor or skin that looks dry. Chicken skin should be smooth and soft. Pick up poultry items last, and make sure they’re bagged separately from other food

Anna Lee grew up right here in East Texas in the wonderful town of Center. While growing up, she was very much involved in her local 4-H club participating in projects from foods and nutrition, showing chickens in the infamous Poultry Festival, and riding in the Shelby County mounted drill team, played on her High School Golf team, and worked at her parent’s family business, Boles Feed Company. Anna completed a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at SFA, Master’s degree in Family Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Anna

at the checkout counter. Juices from raw

and her husband, Justin, live in Nacogdoches. Anna is currently is working at

poultry should not touch other foods. As soon

Shelby Savings Bank.

as possible, store poultry well-wrapped in

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anna’s chicken salad

Makes 5 ice cream scoops. 1 1/2 tablespoon Sweet Fire pickle relish 2 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped 6 boneless, skinless chicken tenders 3/4 cup purple grapes, chopped into quarters 3/4 cup light Miracle Whip 3/4 to 1/2 cup chopped pecans Salt and Pepper to taste In a medium pot, boil chicken tenders (season with salt and pepper) until cooked through. After chicken is cooked and cooled, finely chop chicken for salad. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. For the pickle relish, I use Sweet Fire pickles and jalapenos. You can purchase these from the Heart of Texas off the square in Nacogdoches. The sweetness and spiciness from these pickles and jalapenos gives the chicken salad a little extra kick. / 15


plan for spring by planting in the fall| by rose ella forsythe angelina master gardener

A enjoying the cooler evenings ngelina County residents are

of fall. Spring seems a very long time

away. You may think it is time to put hoes and shovels away, but now is the time to plant if you want to have color for the gray winter months and a beautiful spring garden. Area nurseries and garden centers have cool weather annuals such as pansies,



ornamental kale, and viola in stock.

garden favorite that provides tall, spiky effects

These plants will survive our winter frosts.

in the garden. Bunny Bloom Larkspur, a Texas

Pansies produce some flowers in fall and winter

and white. Sow seeds on top of a well-prepared

followed by peak flowering in spring. Dianthus comes in white, pink or red and grows best in

Superstar selection, is available in blue, pink, bed but do not cover with dirt. Tamp down the soil with the back of a hoe or pat down with your

cool conditions.

hands. Do not mulch. Poppies must have cool,

Ornamental cabbage and kale are grown for

benefit from a little lime in the prepared bed.

their colorful foliage. Snapdragons come in a rainbow of colors and have bloomed very well in our area the past few springs. Prepare the soil by digging, mixing in compost and a balanced

long nights and light to germinate. Larkspurs

Spring flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, must be planted in fall to bloom in the spring. Choose good quality bulbs, because the flower


buds are already formed when the bulbs are

Cottonseed meal may be added for a source of

not planted in straight rows. Be sure to plant

planted. Daffodils look much better if they are

nitrogen during the winter rains. Plant as late as November, using a flower bed that can be left undisturbed until late spring as some cool weather plants bloom into May. Poppies and larkspur seed must be planted

in an area of your garden that is a little isolated because bulbs can be damaged by stray shovels or hoes. Gardeners who spend time planting now will be greatly rewarded next spring.

in late fall for early spring blooms, requiring cool weather to germinate. Larkspur is an old

To contact the Angelina County Extension call 634-5414 or visit the Angelina Master Gardener website at

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Your community / 17

Business Spotlight S for Kathy Brown. It was something that Smoothie king

moothie King was not always in the plans

a year and a half and numerous trips to doctors to “put me back together.”

just came to fruition after a long career at KTRE-TV.

All this time, she was praying for God to lead her to something that would make

In 2001, the month before Kathy’s 50th

a difference in people’s lives. After thirty

birthday, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

years at KTRE, Kathy and Murray Brown

Her mother died from the disease in 1999 after

opened Smoothie King Lifestyle Center.

a courageous five year battle. Because of the

Being a cancer survivor, Smoothie King

family history, Kathy always did her monthly

is something she can relate to and bring

self-exams and annual mammograms. She had

passion to the business.

fibrocystic breast disease, so it was hard for Kathy to tell if there was an absolute bump she

“Smoothie King is all about health and

was feeling. At her annual exam however, the

helping people,” says Kathy. “The founder

report said, “probably not cancer; come back

of Smoothie King started it because of his

in six months.” There was a nagging feeling

struggles with food allergies. Our smoothies

like something was not right and she wanted

are perfect for helping people achieve a

further testing. Her doctor was in agreement,

healthy lifestyle. We only use real fruit and

too, so Kathy and her husband Murray drove

the highest quality nutritional supplements

to Houston.

to ensure that our smoothies are healthy and

Kathy Brown wanted to share, “Being a cancer survivor has taught me to cherish each day and appreciate health. Our bodies are a gift from God, and we should do everything we can to

taste great.”

take care of them. Be good to yourself!”

cancer. The cancer was aggressive and had

Kathy enjoys being able to relate and visit with

Smoothie King is located in the Southloop

spread to both breasts and lymph nodes.

customers--especially those who are cancer

Kathy recalls, “I had a modified radical double

patients and survivors. Smoothie King has

mastectomy, 5 months of chemo, 28 radiation

more than just smoothies. They offer vitamins,

treatments, and then reconstructive surgery

supplements, and various healthy snacks. She

using the latissimus flap procedure. It took

knows the needs of cancer patients and is glad

The diagnosis there revealed Stage II breast

she is able to offer a product just for them. “For those needing to gain weight during their chemo


they should be glad to know that we created a smoothie called the Hulk. It was created especially



purpose--to boost the immune system, and give cancer patients energy,” she says.

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Crossing Shopping Center in Lufkin, and is open M-F 7A-9P, Sat. 9A-9P, and Sunday 11A-9P.

Business Connections K vital group in Nacogdoches, doing her kinnie parker

innie Parker is one member of a very

facility within the City. According to the City of

from restaurants about the food they serve (how

Nacogdoches, “the purpose of the ordinance is

many calories, fat grams, etc).” Overall, Healthy

part to change the health of Nacogdoches. There

to promote public health by decreasing citizens’

Nacogdoches wants you to be in control of your

is a coalition that has taken on the responsibility

exposure to secondhand smoke, thereby

health and make better choices everyday!

to promote and make a change with a program

creating smoke free environments for workers

called Healthy Nacogdoches.

and citizens through regulation in the work

To find out more about Healthy Nacogdoches,

place and all public places.” Because of this


Healthy Nacogdoches is made up of community

huge achievement, the coalition received a gold

leaders from health care, social, education,

award from the state recognizing Nacogdoches

government, and business organizations. The

as a Heart and Stroke Healthy City.

all have come together to improve the heart and stroke health of Nacogdoches County residents

Another achievement the

through community driven initiatives and

coalition has been proud

environmental change efforts.

of is the improvement of Lanana Creek Trail. One

Kinnie Parker’s full time responsibility lies

of the goals of the coalition

with Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Her

is to get fitness involved in

title is coordinating heart and stroke health

everyday routines. With

programs. She says, “Heart disease and stroke

the trail improvement,

death rates are higher in Nacogdoches County

there is another avenue

than any other county in the state, along with


national rates.” As far as Healthy Nacogdoches,

moving! There is now

Kinnie and her staff serve as a facilitator and

a brochure and map to

liaison providing documentation, coordinating

raise awareness on the

communication, and planning events.

trail. The City Police






Parker states, “The overarching goal is to

safety call stations. The

decrease death rates related to heart disease,

local Eagle Scouts created






by getting our residents to move more and




eat smarter every day.” Since the coalition inception, they have made great strides and

Kinnie Parker says, “We

have many successes. One major milestone to

can all do our part by

making Nacogdoches County healthier was the

being a model of healthy

passing of a no smoking ordinance in the City of


Nacogdoches, effective last July. The ordinance

more sidewalks in our

states that “Smoking shall be prohibited in


all enclosed public places and within twenty


feet of any public entrance to a business or




for and


information / 19

angelina County Chamber of Commerce Jewell Hudgins Machine Company named the 2009 Small Business Award Winner The Business Resource Council of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce named Jewell Hudgins Machine Company the 2009 Small Business of the Year Award winner at the September First Friday Luncheon. Tom Billingsley bought Jewell Hudgens Machine Company in 1990. It was a third generation family owned company that was started in Lufkin in 1947. Originally formed to serve local sawmills, they now manufacture and service rubber and urethane covered rollers throughout the southeastern United States. Jewell Hudgens contributes locally by selling their products and services throughout the southeastern United States. Their trucks deliver and pickup rollers in states from Texas to Florida up to Virginia and all states in between. This allows them to bring dollars from outside our area in to support our local economy. There were five finalists total and were as follows: The Center for Sight – Dr. Richard Ruckman; Innovative Homes of Deep East Texas – Andro Branch; Jewell Hudgens Machine Company – Tom Billingsley; Music World – Bonnie Dowdy; Wisteria Hideaway - Ron and Brenda Cole. Thank you to our Small Business Awards Presenting sponsor: City-Wide Directories. Gold Sponsors - Davis Insurance, Johnson Pools & Spas & What-a-Burger. Silver Sponsors - Cookie Advantage, Alexander & Spencer, P.C., Rite-Weigh Scales, Extreme Collision Repair and Southern Chrysler. 2nd Annual “TEE IT UP FOR TEACHERS” Golf Tournament on Monday, October 26th, 2009 at Crown Colony Country Club. This event is dedicated to raising funds to provide scholarships to teachers who teach at any of the six Angelina County independent school districts who wish to continue their education by pursuing a Master’s Degree. Our goal is to provide at least 20 / The Journey - October 2009

angelina County Chamber of Commerce one per school district in the amount of $1500 each. Sponsor the event, put a team in the tournament and/ or volunteer to help with this event. It will benefit our entire education system in Angelina County. 11:00 a.m. Lunch Served 12 noon Shot Gun Start 5:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony & Door Prizes Note: because we are having a full scramble format, team scoring will apply. NO RAINOUT DAY! Full Scramble Format-Team Scoring $500 Per Team of Four (4) Hole-In-One on #17 wins a 2010 Toyota Rav4! (Thanks to Loving Toyota-Scion) To Register your team call The Chamber at 936.634.6644

The Texas Forestry Museum held a ribbon cutting on Saturday, September 5th in honor of their two new exhibits: Paper Quest & Recycling: Lost & Found. Both are interactive exhibits that teach children how to make paper and the importance of recycling. Children get a hands-on experience by taking paper pulp and creating sheets of paper. Pictured is: Museum employee David Young and staff, Mayor Gorden and family, AB/C Program Manager Amanda Anderson and lots of young fans of the museum. / 21

NACOGDOCHES County Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five Suddenlink Communications General Manager Raymond Greenwood invites you to Alive After Five. The event will be 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, at Lanana Hall, 108 N. Lanana St. in historic downtown Nacogdoches . Guests will enjoy this after-business-hours mixer with delicious hors d’oeurves and really cool door prizes. All Chamber members are entered in a cash prize drawing, but you must be present to win. This is your opportunity to catch up with friends and make new business contacts – pass out that business card! Fourth Friday Luncheon Rep. Wayne Christian will deliver “The Texas Legislature: Where we are, why we’re here, and where we’re headed” at Fourth Friday Luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 23, at Hotel Fredonia. The luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting, but all are invited to attend. Reservations are required, and lunch is $16 at the door.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Come and Celebrate with local Businesses 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 8 Special Find Antiques and Collectibles, 411 E. Main St . - downtown business (936) 564-0075 Jerry Graham, owner New Chamber member. 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 20 Macy May, 114 N. Church St . (936) 205-5911 Rebecca Welch, owner New downtown business and Chamber member. 5:15 p.m., Thursday, October 22 Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas 903 North St. - 2nd floor of Westminster Presbyterian Church (936) 560-4064 Jan Rhodes, executive director 30 year anniversary! Reception will follow.

Always know the latest Nacogdoches news - Twitter updates for Chamber. - Twitter updates for Texas Blueberry Festival. - The Nacogdoches County Chamber Web site is also a great place to 22 / The Journey - October 2009

find a community event! Online calendar (submit your events, too), links to the Chamber events photo albums, Shop Nac First and NacBlog sites, and more!

NACOGDOCHES County Chamber of Commerce Noon, Thursday, October 29 Heart to Heart Hospice, at the Chamber, 2516 North St . (877) 639-6001 Jackie Kendrick, executive director. New Chamber member. Join the Ribbon Cutting, stay and enjoy lunch. 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 5 The Dragonfly Gift Shop & Gallery 134 N. Mound St. (936) 558-7200 Richard and Kimberly Wright, owners New gift shop addition to downtown business.

CEO Gary Stokes cuts a red ribbon for the new Toshiba Infinix Catheterization Lab at Nacogdoches Medical Center, 4920 N.E. Stallings Dr . The equipment gives Nacogdoches and area residents close-to-home, superior healthcare access. Contact the hospital at (936) 569-9481 or go to www. NacChamber1 video channel In addition to viewing photos of Chamber events on the online photo albums, find Chamber video on the NacChamber1 video channel. Find the link for these and much more at The Chamber promotes networking in the real world and also online. So be sure to become a Facebook Fan of the Chamber, follow on Twitter and add as a contact on LinkedIN. Remember to check the Hot News and Community Calendar at, too! The Nacogdoches County Chamber is located at 2516 North St. Visit our office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 936-560-5533. Chamber member wins cash drawing Bill Teague, right, wins $50 at the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon held Aug. 28. Also pictured is Corey Ashley left, and Emily Stanaland with First Bank & Trust East Texas. All luncheon attendees are eligible to win the $50 drawing, sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas. / 23

October 2009 Calendar of Events 1-31 The Museum of East Texas presents 5 Exhibitions: John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist; Mimi Hoppe Wolf, Birds and Other Creatures of North America; Angelina Photographic Association Birds; 47 Photographs from Nancy Hopkins Reily’s Book Georgia O’Keeffe, A Private Friendship, Part II, Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land; Jeanelle McCall, Birding Notebook Sketched in Thread. All exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge. Museum hours: 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, 10 to 5 Saturday, and 1 to 5 Sunday. Call 936-6394434 for more information. 6 Jon Schallert Workshop 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hotel Fredonia Out of Town $125 Nacogdoches Resident $50 For info call: 936-564-7351 7-11 Pineywoods Fair Nacogdoches Expo Center For info call: 564-0849 8 Jewelry Making or Wire Wrapping Becker Art Studios Classes 116 S. 1st Street, Lufkin Email to sign up: 936-699-5022 Jewelry Making or WIRE WRAPPING CLASS - $40.00 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 9 PrayNacogdoches! a Christ-centered organization uniting pastors, congregations, ministers, prayer leaders, and prayerful community members in prayer. Meetings held in the “community room” at Regions Bank in downtown Nacogdoches. The meetings will be held from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm and will meet every Friday. Tonya Elizabeth Huber 936-615-4109 or 5643095. (Oct 16,23,30) 10 Acrylic Painting Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $30 per class;$10 to use our supplies Becker Art Studios Classes 116 S. 1st Street, Lufkin Students for these classes must be at least 9 years old or accompanied by an adult. (Oct 17) Lufkin Art Guild Fall Show First Street Arts Center 24 / The Journey Opening Reception 5-7p.m. - October 2009

Art drop off, Friday, October 9, 4-7p.m. Public viewing and sale Tuesday thru Saturday, 10-5 p.m. Contact Sarah Wallace at 936-829-3878 for more information. Texas Gold Star Opry Lufkin Pitser Garrison Civic Center 6 – 9 p.m. Jesse & Cindy Wilburn 936-564-2279 Old Fashioned” Western Swing Dance” Zavalla High Gym 936-635-3548 2009 Memory Walk 8 a.m. registration 9 a.m. walk SFA Native Plant Center When you register for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, you’re joining a chance to change the future! Approximately 2 mile walk. For info, call Robin Dawley at 936-569-1325 Bird Walk on the Azalea Trail with Rick Schaefer US Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Rick Schaefer will lead all levels of birders on an expedition through the Azalea Trail in Lufkin. Participants will meet at Grace Dunne Richardson Park at 8 a.m. No experience necessary, but participants are asked to bring binoculars. Open to the community and free of charge. For more information, please contact the Museum of East Texas at 936-639-4434. 12- 31 FUMC Pumpkin Patch 9 a.m.-Sunset. 805 E. Denman Avenue 12 March of Dimes Swingin’ for Babies Golf Tournament Crown Colony Country Club 936-639-4557 15 Power In Pink Luncheon Lufkin Pitser Garrison Civic Center For tickets or more information, call Lindsey Mott at 936-639-7613 2009 SFA Mast Arboretum Les Reeves Lecture Series 7 - 8:30 p.m. SFA Agriculture Bldg Rm 110 FREE. For info, call 936-468-1832 16 SFA - The Ugly Duckling 7:30 p.m. SFA Downstage Theatre For info, call 936-468-6407 17 Charlie Hall and Band LIVE

Outdoor Concert in Carpenters Way Church Parking at 7p.m. lot Contemporary music SFA - The Ugly Duckling 7:30 p.m. SFA Downstage Theatre For info, call 936-468-6407 SFA - The Ugly Duckling 2 p.m. SFA Downstage Theatre For info, call 936-468-6407 Birding with Louis Debetaz and Carroll Moore at Kurth Lake Angelina College biology instructor Louis Debetaz and retired Angelina College instructor Carroll Moore will lead an adult only birding expedition at Kurth Lake in Lufkin. This trip is limited to 10 adults and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Open to the community and free of charge. Please email to make a reservation. Call 936-639-4434 for more information. 18 Dr. Craig Rudolph Lecture: “The Redcockaded Woodpecker. An endangered species success story?” Dr. Rudolph is a Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service. This lecture is open to the public and free of charge. Held at the Museum of East Texas at 2 p.m. Call 936-639-4434 for more information. 20 Heartbeat Pregnancy Center Banquet 7 – 9 p.m. SFA Grand Ballroom “Touching Precious Lives” banquet, benefitting Heartbeat Pregnancy Center will be held at SFA Grand Ballroom. Guest Speaker is Henry Jernigan. For info, call 936-569-6288 23-24 Ellen Trout Zoo Boo Ellen Trout Zoo 936-633-0399 24 Blast from the Past: Nacogdoches Archeology Fair 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For info, call Jessica Wood at 936-560-5426 Festival Plaza Nacogdoches The city of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Department will celebrate Texas Archeology Month by hosting Blast From The Past: Nacogdoches Archeology Fair. It will be a day filled with fun and learning with activities the whole family. Blacksmithing, Civil War reenactments, pottery making, rock painting, story telling, pioneer food, and more.

Pickin in Nac presents “Idgy Vaughn” 7 p.m. Banita Creek Hall, 401 West Main.$30.00 Online at or by calling 4628000 Idgy Vaughn comes to Nacogdoches from Austin, Texas. She is a New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival. SPLAT MINISTRIES Fun Fall Festival atBoys and Girls Club Diboll 5 - 8:30pm. Free food, games, bounce houses, puppet shows, prizes, and tons of fun. Children are welcome to wear costumes, Please no witches, devils, or evil costumes. For more information, contact Stephanie Crager at or call 936-674-7487. Lufkin Art Guild Meeting 1-3 PM, Charlie Becker’s Art Studio 116 S. First St., Lufkin, TX Open to the public. Call Sarah Wallace for more information: 936-829-3878 Carol Athey will demo “Watercolor on Yupo paper” SFA Homecoming Tractor Pull Expo Center 564-0849 Nacogdoches Naturally - Hiking at Lake Sam Rayburn Nature Cent 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 468-1832 Super Saturday Pumpkin Party Mary Anne Weber, Education Director from the Houston Audubon Society, will bring live birds, entertaining dances, stories, and information to share with children of all ages. Children will be decorating pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Open to the community and free of charge. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian. For more information, call the Museum of East Texas at 936-639-4434 25 Nancy Hopkins Reily Lecture and Book Signing Noted author and photographer Nancy Hopkins Reily will lecture and be available to sign copies of her latest novel: Georgia O’Keeffe, a Private Friendship, Part II, Walking the Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch Land.

Forty-seven photographs from Reily’s book are on display in the Loggia Gallery of the Museum until November 1. This event and the exhibition are open to the community and free of charge. For more information, call the Museum of East Texas at 936-639-4434 Birdhouse Factory FAMILY MATINEE 2:30 p.m. Temple Theater, Angelina College, 936-633-5454 Birdhouse Factory 7:30 p.m. Temple Theater, Angelina College, 936-633-5454 27 Red Ribbon Jamboree Lufkin Pitser Garrison Civic Center, 936634-9308 SFA “Garry Krinsky” Toying with Science” 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Turner Auditorium Target Audience: K-12 Join this zany new vaudevillian whose dynamic program combines circus skills, daring feats of balance, mime, original music and audience involvement to explore gravity, leverage, fulcrums and simple machines. Truly a unique learning experience. 936-468-6407 29 Texas Forestry Museum’s TREEmendous Celebration Lufkin Civic Center Ginger Trotter 936-632-9535 31 Jubilee Christian Center Festival Nacogdoches Expo Center 936-564-0849 Beginner’s Bird and Butterfly Walk with Rick Schaefer. US Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Rick Schaefer will lead all levels of birders on an expedition at Ellen Trout Park in Lufkin. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. No experience necessary, but participants are asked to bring binoculars. Open to the community and free of charge. For more information, please contact the Museum of East Texas at 936-639-4434.

Send us your events at Submission deadline is the 15th of the month prior to publication. (October 15th for the November issue) In order for your event to be included please list all ofthe following: Date, Event Name, Brief Description, Event Location, Time, and Contact. / 25

Yo u r Co m m u n i ty /

places and faces beth moore live telecast

harmony hill baptist church August 28-29, 2009 Lufkin

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museum guild fall luncheon Museum of east texas September 8, 2009 Lufkin / 27

alive after five regions bank

September 17, 2009 Nacogdoches


ST. CYPRIANS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL September 15, 2009 Lufkin

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/ Your Commu ni ty

First friday chamber luncheon

crown colony

September 4, 2009 Lufkin

fourth friday chamber luncheon hotel Fredonia

September 25, 2009 Nacogdoches

Family day

ellen trout zoo September 12, 2009 Lufkin / 29

art camp exhibit

museum of east texas

August 30, 2009 Lufkin

Forest festival henderson expo center

September 16-20, 09 Lufkin

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small business of the year nominee luncheon angelina county chamber of commerce September 2, 2009 Lufkin

lil cheer camp lufkin high school

September 12, 2009 Lufkin / 31

Giving Back the coalition


ou might be familiar with “The

youth, and the prevention and treatment

Coalition” by all the family fun they

community, serving 83,000 residents and

are known for: the great Family Day at Ellen

providing education to over 18,000 school

Trout Zoo, the Red Ribbon Jamboree, a Fun

age children.

Run, and so many more. Our community would not be the same without all the fun, but

Their mission statement is: The Coalition

we also would not be the same without The

will reduce youth drug abuse by nurturing a

Coalition working behind the scenes making

community environment that exposes our

Angelina County a better place to live.

youth to positive influences.

It all began in 1988, when the Angelina

The focus areas are chosen every year based

Drug Education Program was founded. The

on events and changes in society, laws, and the

superintendents of six school districts and

youth. This year the focus areas The Coalition

the Chamber of Commerce identified a drug

plans to target are : alcohol compliance checks,

problem in schools. This group knew it was

smoke free restaurants recognition, providing

not something that could be combated on

drug prevention information at fall festivals,

their own. At first, the program was designed

fish camps and Cub camp, educating state

to provide drug education and prevention

lawmakers about keg registration for the 2011

activities in Angelina County Schools.

legislative session, and restricting alcohol sales at festivals in Angelina County.

Today, they have changed their name to “The

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Coalition.” This coalition is comprised of six

Some of the improvements made on the

school districts, the business community, the

county’s behalf have been substantial. Every

faith community, law enforcement, parents,

two years, The Coalition perform a survey on

all middle school and high school students. Janet Taylor, Executive Director, said, “The 2007 Angelina County Drug Survey told us that tobacco use in Angelina County is higher than the national average; therefore, The Coalition worked toward tobacco free parks and smoke free restaurants in order to eventually reduce those numbers.” In April 2009, the City of Lufkin approved for all parks to be smoke free. Another important change was that of energy drinks. The Coalition and the Drug Free All Stars educated the community about the confusing labeling and the dangerous nature of alcoholic energy drinks. These drinks were marketed to underage youth. Taylor explains, “When told about these drinks, the Brookshire Brothers Food and Pharmacy decided to pull all of these drinks from their stores and all of the Polk’s Pick-It-Up stores. The management stated that the labeling was too confusing, making it hard to tell which ones were alcoholic and which were non- alcoholic. The Coalition appreciates the support of Brookshire Brothers in this matter.” The Coalition is constantly working behind the scenes on behalf of children, families, and the overall community of Angelina County. To get involved, make a donation, volunteer, request speaking engagement from the Drug Free All Stars, visit, or through Facebook. If you would like to receive our monthly E-Newsletter, please email Amy Bradley at / 33

Inspiring Young Woman

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/ F e at ur e s

Kimberly Doyle Inspiring Young Woman “The best things come when you least expect

pain got increasingly worse. After another trip

them is so true,” says Kimberly Doyle. She grew

to the doctor, he got the worst news possible.

up in Lufkin, graduated from Lufkin High School

They found a seven inch tumor from the bottom

in 2002, and began her first year of college at

of his rib cage to the top of his pelvis. October

Texas Tech University in Lubbock the fall of

15, Chris was officially diagnosed with cancer.

2002. The four years flew by for her.

We were both 24 years old. At that time he was

Her last semester, a group of friends planned a

in Houston, the official diagnosis came- non-

spring break trip to Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma.”

still in Montana. After a trip to MD Anderson

It was a group of eighteen friends that made the trip; most being from San Antonio. She met

The family sought the doctor’s report of Chris’s

a friend of a friend that came along on the trip

cancer being aggressive was good news because

in fear that someone would ask me how I was

named Chris. They instantly became inseparable.

chemotherapy reacts better to aggressive cancers.

doing. I would want to scream at them, “I am not

The best things come when you least expect

doing ok!”

them. Kimberly remembered thinking, “I will

“I was with Chris the night he got his first round of

probably never see him again.” Since he would

chemo in November. His first five rounds of chemo

Since then, she has become a much stronger

go back to college in Montana, and she would

went very well. Then he started experiencing the

person. “One day I woke up and realized I had to

graduate from Texas Tech in a matter of weeks.

pain in his abdomen again. The doctors went in to

pull myself together and find something to look

Kimberly’s assumption was wrong. They kept in

operate. They discovered the tumor was attached

forward to. I had been substitute teaching and

touch everyday via Facebook, email, or phone.

to his appendix and forced it to rupture. When the

had fallen in love with special needs children. I

She laughs saying, “We racked up some pretty

tumor began to shrink and it was also attached to

decided to pursue a Masters in Special Education

expensive phone bills!”

his intestines and part of his intestines had to be

and become a special education teacher. I

removed. After the surgery, the doctors said that

truly feel that making this decision helped me

“In 2006, I took a leap of faith and moved to

the entire tumor was out of his body but he still

tremendously in the grieving process. I still think

Bozeman, Montana,” said Kimberly. Chris still

needed two more rounds of chemo. After those

about him daily, but I have found a passion in

had a year and a half left of school at Montana

two rounds, they declared Chris cancer free in

working with special needs children. My kids

State University working on his degree in

April 2008 right after his 25th birthday. We had a

make me happy!”

landscape design and horticulture. So she moved

birthday party/cancer free celebration in honor of

there while he was finishing up. “I loved Bozeman

Chris! Chris was ready to move back to Montana to

Because of Chris’s fight with cancer, Kimberly

and hated it at the same time,” she said, “I loved

finish up his last semester of school. Three weeks

has taken on the cause to help raise awareness

living there because Chris was there. But at the

later, Chris abdominal pains were back. That report

about cancer. She serves as the Advocacy Chair

same time, I was far from home, my friends, and

showed the cancer was back and worse than

for Angelina County Relay for Life. Friends and

my family.”

before; the only thing that would work was a stem-

family have also started a foundation in Chris’s

cell transplant. After a 10 month battle and a hard

honor to promote awareness about Burkitt’s

fight, Chris passed away on July 19, 2008.”

lymphoma- FLCG which stands for Fight like

Kimberly recalled the next months. “In February 2007, Chris started having very high fevers and

Chris Giesey.

night sweats. He was also experiencing a sharp

The days immediately following Chris’s death

pain in his abdomen. The doctor would say to

were hard for Kimberly. “He was the one I was

Kimberly says, “No matter what, you can get

change his diet and it was probably an ulcer. This

going to marry. We dreamed of the day he would

through difficult times in your life. They might

would come and go for months. After a year of

be well enough for us to get married,” said

not all be good days, but you can do it.”

living in Montana, the cold and the distance from

Kimberly. Even though she was not the one with

family started wearing on me. I knew I loved Chris

cancer it was tough watching someone you love

For more information on the FLCG foundation

but I needed to move back to Texas. He would

go thru it. The months after he died, “I stayed in

please visit our website

graduate soon and then return to San Antonio. I

bed most of the time. I did not want to talk to

decided to move to San Antonio. In October his

people. I was scared to leave my parents house / 35

Inspiring Women

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T were not for the fundraising efforts for cancer research, we would not be making strides in not only the fight against Breast Cancer, but all cancer. his year, our Inspiring Women are a special group of women. They are the teams that work so hard to make Relay for Life a huge success. If it

Collectively, Angelina, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Trinity, Houston, Cherokee, Polk, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine and Liberty raised $1,568,629

last year. Who would have ever guessed over one and a half million dollars was raised right here in Deep East Texas? Here are a few of the top grossing teams in our area.

Highest Grossing Team in Polk County

The Believers Team $30,156.61

Polk County is a very unique Relay. According to the American Cancer Society, they are a class of their own. The whole community and county rally around, get involved, and make this event a huge success. This passed year, the Polk County Relay raised $295, 244 alone! They are the number one grossing Relay in the East Texas Region. In 2008, they raised $6.06 per capita, making them number three in the nation! The 2009 rankings have been set yet, but Polk County raised $6.40 per capita this year. Simply Amazing! The top grossing team in Polk County is the Believers team. The team began in 2005, made up of close friends and family. When you include all the spouses, there are about fifty team members. The children are also a huge part of the fundraising. When the team began, it was called Tammi O. and friends. But, one of their first fundraisers was selling Believe tshirts. They were an automatic hit! Tammi O. and friends changed their name to the The Believers. The team first started with the idea of having something for the city’s huge Christmas Parade. They designed a green shirt with a red Believe in a whimsical font. Tammi Ogletree team captain says, “We sold over 800 shirts for Christmas in 2006. Since then, we have shaped “BELIEVE” into several different forms.” They change it up every year for Christmas, and other holidays, special months like Breast Cancer Awareness. There is a new design that comes out almost every other month. The new one coming out soon will say, “Care for the Cleavage” and “Peace, Love, Cure.” One huge supporter of the team is My Place restaurant. They always have a stock pile of shirts and have the new designs on hand. The

Believers say, “Polk County is truly a county that believes and the entire county has really embraced it.” Tammi explains the Polk County passion and how they truly live out belive. “You can walk in one of the local banks and see Believe all over an employees desk or walk into City Hall and see the word Believe proudly displayed because the City Employees have all rallied around one of their own who is battling ovarian cancer. Or, go to Corrigan and see all the teachers who are supporting another teacher who is fighting breast cancer.” The Believers raised over $14,000 the first year. Since then, the team has raised almost $100,000 in four years. Every team in Polk County has their own story or a “driving force” for getting involved with Relay for Life and that is what makes it special. To follow the new “BELIEVE” shirts visit The most popular shirt, Christmas Believe, will go on sale in November. You can come by the restaurant, My Place, in Livingston in the Baskins shopping center where the shirts are sold or call (936) 327-0011 to see what shirts are available. You can donate or follow what is going on with Polk County’s Relay for Life by going to our website, / 37

Highest Grossing Team in Angelina County

Pink Pearl E-Rasers Erasing out Cancer $17,081

This special group of twelve is a team made up of family, not every single one is blood family, but they might as well be. The group was started the same year Relay first began in Lufkin. Now, twelve years later they are still going strong. The team was named in honor of Pearl the matriarch of the family. The team says, “even though we are named after Pearl, we have lost many friends and family to this disease. By participating in Relay, we feel like we are doing our part to fight back and make a difference!” In all those years, Pink Pearl E-Racers have done many different things to raise money. First and foremost, they reach out to their individual family and friends to support what they are doing. Some of the events they have taken on are skeet shoots, bingo, bake sales, and raffles. The team has even stood at red lights to collect money. Their current project is a Ladies Night Out- Pajama Party. It is complete with a visit from ELVIS PRESLEY (Rayburn Hance) and the Stonewall Rockers Band. This year’s event will be in March with a Viva Las Vegas theme. Another fundraiser is the sale of their t-shirts: Save a Life, Squeeze a Boob. There is no better way to bring a family together than to work on a project and work as team. Congratulations on all of your many years of hard work Pink Pearl E-Racers Highest Grossing Team in Houston County

Bahama Mamas $15,419.50

This group has been in existence for four years. Since 2006, the team has raised approximately $65,000 for Relay for Life. Their first fundraiser was “Cruisin for a Cure,” which the team raffled off a cruise. When they were thinking of a team name, they wanted it to match up to their theme- hence came Bahama Mama’s. Each year the group finds different event to raffle off. In 2008, the group was Bettin’ on a Cure, selling tickets to a trip to Las Vegas. Last year, Bahama Mama’s were “Huntin’ for a Cure.” The response was so great for Huntin’ for Cure; the team will repeat that theme this year. The team says they owe their success to Houston County who support and give generously; along with the citizens of Lovelady. Lovelady State Bank and Willie Josey’s Quality Paint and Body have been our team sponsors for the past three years, and this year our guns were donated by George Crowson, Jr., Callie Creek Ranch. Norma Lane, Bahama Mama Team Captain said, “Our passion is finding a cure. Everyone on our team has been touched by Cancer. Several team members are survivors and many of us have lost loved ones to this disease and we want to do our part to help others who are struggling with this disease that causes such 38 / The Journey - October 2009


Team members for 2009: Team Captain: Norma Lane. Team Members: Teresa Krenek, Tammy Cousins, Jaimee Kyle, Bea Shelly, Jennifer Murray, Julie Hay, Shannon Campbell, Callie Hunt, Kelli Robinson, Denise Gunnels, Stacy Ledbetter, Ona Presto, Kristi Rich, Susan White, Rhonda Gardner, Michaela Gardner, Mindy Booth, Ashley Frost and Suzanne Powers.

Highest Grossing Team in Shelby County:

Farmers State Bank #1 $10,809

This is the third for the bank to team up for Relay for Life. The team is made up of all bank employees. The first year the group was formed they just did small fundraisers throughout the year. That first year they raised $7,000. Team Captain, Reneta Jones said, “We all like to eat and talk, so the first year we basically purchased our own food. We did bake sales, and sold hot lunches.” A lot of the employee team members have been touched by cancer. Not one of the members has been specifically affected. But, this is something they can all do together, pitch in, and enjoy as a family. “At the bank, we are a family,” she said. The last two years the team purchased a mule, and raffled off tickets. They set the mule up in the bank and the community loved it. They were able to raise $15,000 and $20,000 pre mule expense. The team is another great example of what hard work and teamwork can do. / 39

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Ever Clear Imaging E tiny bundle of joy that they patiently wait veryone is anxious to see a glimpse of the

The main reason behind Ever Clear Dimensional

share a special moment with your baby still in

Imaging was to give East Texas an alternative

the womb, or looking for answers from a health

for the arrival day. Now with the advancement

to driving to Houston, Tyler or other cities to

screening, the friendly staff is here to assist you.

of technology, not only is a glimpse possible, but

experience 3d/4d technology. There are packages

a clear view of so many of their tiny features.

to choose from, so you can find something that


EverClear Dimensional Imaging is filling the need

fits in your budget. Another great feature they

We are offering health screenings on Wednesday

of wanting to see, see, see!

offer is portrait sessions with Melinda Harris

& Thursday from 9:00 - 11:30 & 1:30 - 4:00. No

Photography. Belly, hospital, newborn, and family

appointment necessary.

3D/4D has been around for quite some time. Ever

portrait packages are available.

Clear Dimensional Imaging was created to fill the need for newer, faster, and better technology.

Ever Clear Dimensional Imaging wants the

“Dimension in our name comes from the “D” in

community to know they are dedicated to the

3d/4d which stands for dimension. ‘Ever Clear’ is

needs of every family. Whether you come in to

what we strive for,” said Kayla Griffith, licensed ultrasound technician. As much as Ever Clear loves seeing babies, and the smiling faces on the moms and dads- they wanted to do more than just ultrasounds. Most dimensional services are administered by someone who has gone through training for ultrasound. “Other facilities have a person administer the ultrasound or sonogram who has only received a fast track training course, says Ever Clear Dimensional Imagaing staff. The staff is well trained and highly experienced. Kayla Griffith is the licensed sonographer with over twelve years experience. Kayla takes much pride in her work and enjoys spending time with patients and explaining the procedures and results of what they see. She is also accompanied by a board certified medical doctor, Dr. Kim Schaus. The services are set far above the rest. Along with the ultrasounds for expecting parents, they also offer health screenings. There has been a drastic rise in health care expenses, so screenings are becoming very popular.

Screenings are an

inexpensive and reliable avenue for patients to take advantage of medical services. Kayla Griffith adds, “We offer carotid, aortic, peripheral arterial, and bone density screenings. So, if you are worried or have a family history of stroke, aneurysm, or peripheral arterial disease (PAD), or bone loss, then come see us.” / 41

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Audiological Services H taken for granted. Dr. Sally Muhlbach

earing is a precious gift that is most often

annually. • School-aged children are screened in 4-yr pre-

and her staff at Audiological Services know what

Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Third, Fifth,

a vital role hearing has on everyone’s life. That is

Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh grades.

why her career is dedicated to educating those

• Adults should be screened annually as part of

in East Texas about audiological services on

their wellness checkup. When hearing difficulty

prevention, detection, and treatment.

is suspected, referral to an audiologist for a full diagnostic evaluation is recommended.

Audiological Services opened its doors in East

• Children and adults with diagnosed hearing

Texas in 1995. They cater to patients who are hard

loss should be re-evaluated annually. Regardless

of hearing, deaf, or are having hearing problems.

of age, no hearing impairment is insignificant—

In almost fifteen years of operation, The Better

all warrant hearing management.

Business Bureau has awarded Dr. Muhlbach and her team “No Customer Complaints.”

One factor that can impact hearing is the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation for cancer

Dr. Muhlbach states, “Hearing loss is the third

patients. Hearing loss is a possibility; it can be

most prevalent health issue in adults and has

immediate or take place years after treatment.

important effects on physical and mental health.”

Having a recent check or knowing your baseline

noise exposure is temporary’.”

It is helpful to know the basic timeline for hearing

helps in this situation. You have a measurable

“Some of the hearing loss will be permanent.

check-ups. This is important not only for early

reference on what your hearing was or should be.

Symptoms of hearing damage are ringing and/

detection, but also to have a baseline screening

The truth is,

or head noises (tinnitus) after sound exposure

for your hearing. There are many other factors

During her tenure, Dr. Muhlbach has seen the

and difficulty understanding on the phone or in

that can affect your hearing and anything can

industry only get better. She shares, “There is

the presence of background noise.” Another

change in a day’s time. Audiological Services

greater emphasis on noise pollution, ototoxic

misguided idea about hearing is that, “Hearing

suggests this timeline to keep in mind for

drugs and overall patient health. We are learning

loss is mostly caused by old age.” Dr. Muhlbach

different ages and stages in life.

more about the impact of diabetes, circulatory/

says, “Research shows that cumulative exposure

hearing disorder, hypertension, kidney disease,

to loud sounds, not age, is the major cause of

smoking, etc., and drugs used to treat specific

hearing loss.”

• Newborns should be screened before leaving the hospital.

disorders which may cause hearing loss. Today’s

• Toddlers and preschoolers should be screened

digital products with wireless technology have greatly


signal-to-noise ratio

Regardless of your age or situation, Audiological Services wants to be your hearing health care provider.

and are much better than products of the

Dr. Sally Muhlbach has been married to Don


for thirty years and has three grown children, Donald, Jr., Molly, Beau. She earned a BS degree



in Speech/Language Pathology and an MS



degree in Communication Disorders/Audiology




from SMU, and a Doctoral degree in Audiology




from AT Still University. She is board certified






by the American Board of Audiology, a fellow of


the American Academy of Audiology and holds

Muhlbach says, “Some

the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued

might think, ‘Hearing

by the American Speech-Language-Hearing

loss after excessive

Association. / 43

44 / The Journey - October 2009

Cross Medical

G free and calls us to use our freedom to

The mission statement for Cross Medical is what

A recent accomplishment that they are very

the company lives by: “Serving Christ by Serving

proud of is obtaining accreditation by the

serve others. On January 1 2007, Cross Medical

Others.” According to Chad Parks, “It is what

Accreditation Commission for Health Care,

began its mission to “Serve Others by Serving

sets us apart. Our mission statement is easy for

Inc. (ACHC). This is no small feat. Chad Parks

Christ” by providing great service to the East

us to say but hard to live by in today’s business

recalls, “It took us about 18 months to receive

Texas area.

standards. Fortunately, our employees’ mindset

our certificate. ACHC pulls charts, interviews

alatians 5:13 tells us we have been set

is aligned with our mission statement. They do

employees, reviews policies and procedures-

Cross Medical began as a small start-up

not watch the clock because they come to serve.”

down to inspecting the battery check log for your

company. Two friends, who worked together

Because Cross Medical is a small company and

smoke detectors.” This certification is important

at different levels for a large, national home

locally owned, the owners and employees feel

to Cross Medical because they want patients,

medical equipment company, were discouraged

they have a closer connection and accountability

doctors and referral sources to know they are

by its atmosphere. The two friends, and now

to every one of their patients. Patients are priority

committed to quality.

business partners, felt as if the large company

number one at Cross Medical.

environment was only focused on monthly profit and not on patient care or employee happiness.

Together, the employees of Cross Medical have


They thought to themselves, “We all have to work.

over 50 years of experience.

expectations. Our mission is to serve East Texans

Why not make it enjoyable and meaningful?”

employs several specialized staff. A full time

The company






and we appreciate them allowing us to do so!”

Respiratory Therapist to handle the CPAP/ Their Christ-driven idea was, “If we had happy

BiPAP program, Rehab Specialist to run the

owners; we would have happy employees.

CBA program and all power mobility, a Certified

If we had happy employees; we would have

Orthotic Fitter to oversee the diabetic shoe

happy patients.”

service and an incredible office manager to keep it all running smoothly. Cross Medical is also

“Three years later, God has proven our idea was,

blessed with dedicated support staff that care

indeed, part of His plan for our life,” said Chad Parks.

about the service they provide. / 45

46 / The Journey - October 2009

Dr. Sheila Hill Background


with patients. Dr. Hill offers a strong focus and

Dr. Sheila Hill grew up in Cleveland, OH. She

“I have a strong desire to serve women and

knowledge in Robotic Surgery, Urogynecology

attended medical school in Toledo. After

provide them the best medical care available.


completing her residency she joined the teaching

That is why I have spent a lot of time doing

Infertility Diagnosis and treatment. She was the

staff at two medical schools- Case Western

extra training in several different areas including

first to offer office urodynamic (bladder) testing

Reserve University and Northeastern Ohio

infertility, female incontinence, and pelvic floor

when she arrived five years ago. Her patients also





College of Medicine. She also

experience the joys of having a 3D/4D

practiced for five years while

machine in house. She is also about

on staff. She later moved to

to receive accreditation in nuchal

Minnesota, where she practiced

translucency screening and nasal

for five years with an ob/gyn

bone screening in the first trimester

group that practiced at Abbott

of pregnancy. Dr. Hill explains, “This



is a newer diagnostic test for Down’s

Hill started private practice in


syndrome, heart defects and other

Nacogdoches in 2004 after she

genetic defects or syndromes.” This

was recruited by Nacogdoches

accreditation comes with very strict

Memorial Hospital

requirements as there are only two national credentialing agencies.

Family Sheila Hill grew up the daughter


of a steelworker and paid to

All the women in East Texas are why

put herself through college

Sheila Hill chose to open her practice

and medical school. She says,

in Nacogdoches. “I have really found

“I think this gives me a unique

that obstetrics is really only one

perspective and connection to

small part of women’s health care

my patients.” Her husband, Dale,





is a PhD Chemist. They have

and overall mental health is just as

three daughters, Claire (23),

important.” Call today to schedule an

Rachel (11), and Emily (8). She


enjoys cooking with her girls. Dr. Hill also has a passion for music. She plays the piano and is learning to play the cello, and sings in the church choir. Her parents recently moved here to retire along with a younger sister to be closer to family. A huge part of who she is a mother, daughter, wife, friend, and physician comes from

support disorders” says Dr. Hill. She has been in

her faith. “I see tragedy, death, struggles, and

practice for seventeen years and brings a high

heartbreak in many women on a daily basis and

level of training and education with her. The

at times it is overwhelming.”

practice strives to be caring and compassionate / 47

Survivor Story lisa mccollum

I their story. Everyone dreads getting the

t is the story that no one ever wants as

her husband needed a kidney transplant. His

–three weeks for a year. The last rounds of those

twin sister ended up being the kidney donor.

treatments finished in June 2006.

flu; everyone dreads having surgery; and no one

“That was a very difficult and trying time, but

wants to hear the words from a physician, “You

everything has worked out,” she says.

have cancer.” Lisa McCollum says, “I can do all

“Being a breast cancer survivor, you make sure the routine mammograms are scheduled,” Lisa

things through Christ who strengthens me. If you

Then the unexpected hit. She was in a shower and

said. In June 2008, the report from her routine

keep your eyes on Him, He will see you through.”

her hand crossed over a bump about the size of

mammogram came back that everything looked

a quarter on her breast. “I always did self breast

okay. But, because of the precondition of breast

Lisa McCollum is known as a good friend to so

checks. Dr. Haskins encouraged me to always do

cancer, she was an MRI candidate. It just made

many. She moved to Corrigan when she was a

them. He told me a good day to remember is the

her a candidate, it was not mandatory. Two

junior in high school and has been there ever

day of the month of your birthday. So, I always

weeks later, she scheduled the MRI. That is

since. One person that really inspired her as a

did mine the 1st day of the month. I just did one

when she received the devastating news that

child was her uncle, Harlon Parrish. “He

her breast cancer was back and it was

was a special education teacher. As a little

now in the other breast. After testing

girl I would always tag along and go with

positive for breast cancer twice and

him.” It was his influence and admiration

for two different kinds of cancers,

for his profession that inspired Lisa to want

her physicians encouraged her to get

to major in special education and minor

genetic testing. The tests came back not

in elementary education. Lisa received

positive for any of the cancer genes and

her degree from SFA. This year will be her

they already knew the cancer was not

twentieth year teaching in Corrigan and she

genetic. Lisa was a “fluke” case and a

could not be happier! Lisa has been married to her

in January and know I did not feel anything then.

mystery as to why she had breast cancer. That

best friend, Kevin, for twenty-two years and they

When I felt that bump, I knew that was something

is when her physicians again, recommended that

have one son named Andy a senior at Corrigan.

new,” said Lisa. She went in to get tests and the

she opt for a bi-lateral mastectomy.

Lisa remembers many difficult situations along

report came back that it was breast cancer. The

the way. The first being the birth of her son- he

treatments started in March and she finished in

From August 2008-February 2009, Lisa had

was six weeks early and due to complications,

June. When the treatment was over, she started

undergone eight surgeries. This is the initial surgery

it was a close call for her health. Then in 1997,

preventative treatments that were every two

for the mastectomy to the tram-flap reconstruction.

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Through it all Lisa is just praising God and thanking him for where she is. During all reoccurrence of the cancer, Lisa had to miss a lot of school. She says, “I had so much support. My job, school, church, and friends-they all rallied around me. My husband, Kevin was the sunshine of my life. He kept me going! But, if it wasn’t for all of that support, there is no way I would have made it.” Her friends, family, coworkers- everyone just pitched in. Lisa remembers how they would just put a note in my mailbox saying they were thinking about me, bring us food, or would come over to clean our house. “We had so much food, we couldn’t even eat it all!” she explains. Then Lisa found out her teacher friends, coworkers, strangers she didn’t know all pitched in to give her a total of 85 sick days. That is so Lisa did not have to loose pay while she was out fighting breast cancer. Another surprise was a group of teachers, parents of students, employees at the school, began selling t-shirts in Lisa’s honor to raise money for their new Relay for Life Team: Lisa’s Ladies. The final surprise and probably the most touching for Lisa was right before she found out she had cancer the first time, Lisa was trying to grow her hair out to donate to Locks of Love. Unfortunately, she was never able to make that goal. The big surprise was that there were thirteen people who grew their hair out for Lisa. Her hair dresser, Brandy Oliver was one. The fact that Lisa was trying to do something for cancer survivors before it touched her life- touched many people. Lisa recalls, “Four or Five of those thirteen people were school aged children.” That really touched her to know that children would do something so big. “I remember when the cancer process began people would tell me, ‘Loosing your hair is going to be the hardest; it is really traumatic.’ And I thought no way. I was never a big hair person, having the latest styles was never a priority.” When the time came, it did have a huge affect on her. More than she ever guessed it would. “That is why seeing and hearing these little girls are growing their hair out and then cutting it. That has to affect them too.”

our CirCle of Care

Revolves Around You

One thing Lisa McCollum remembers thinking throughout the process is, “‘No matter what, I never leave you or forsake you.’ When I was that down, I knew God’s words were the truth.”

D igital M aMMography Have confidence in the latest technology available in the area only at Memorial Health System of East Texas.

Lisa encourages all women to do get your well woman exam every year, do self breast exams, and get your mammograms. And most importantly is, “when you get a second or third chance at life, you don’t sweat the small stuff. Every day is a gift from God.”

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Breast Cancer Resource Guide Local Support

Local Resources

Breast Cancer Support Group

Patient Navigator Program

Nacogdoches Medical Center

Designed with a master’s level oncology social worker to help cancer

2nd Wednesday of each month

patients navigate their way through the healthcare system. Also, the

11:30-1:00; Lunch is provided.

program connects patients with all the resources available in their


community. Contact the American Cancer Society to get connected with a patient navigator.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 1st Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m.

Mastectomy Fitting

Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital

Abeldts Pharmacy in Lufkin offers a personal and private room for breast

Charles Bright Pavilion.

prosthesis fittings. The mastectomy fitter is certified by The American


Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics. The fittings are free of charge and include Breast Prosthesis, Mastectomy Bras, Hats & Turbans,

I Can Cope Support Group

Swimwear, Camisoles, and Compression Garments. 936.639.2346

Memorial Health Systems in Lufkin 2nd Wednesday of each month

Joe Elliott House

11:30-1:00; Lunch is provided.

The Joe Elliott House is a service to the community. The house offers lodging


to patients and their families who are undergoing medical treatments at local hospitals. Instead of paying the high price for hotel rooms during your

Bilingual Support Group

medical treatments, the Joe Elliott House offers a comfortable room with

American Cancer Society

all the necessary amenities for $20 a night. 936.631.3400

212 Gene Samford Dr. 1st Thursday of every month. 5:30.



Depending on the county where you live there is transportation help to get to and from appointments. To find out what is available for you contact

Livingston Cancer Support Group

your local American Cancer Society.

Memorial Health Systems 4th Wednesday of each month

National Resources

11:30-1:00;Lunch is provided.

Cancer Care. A support and resources for those affected by cancer.

936-329-8700 National Cancer Institute Up to date research and medical information on American Cancer Society. 24-hour cancer information phone line, where people fighting cancer can talk to a trained Cancer Information Specialist and get referrals to community resources. 1-800-227-2345

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Your Life / 51

Hall of fame hubbies Jeff Chance

First, and most importantly, Jeff is a godly man who truly seeks God’s will for his life and the direction for our family. I can’t imagine how any marriage or family exists, in the days that we live in, and actually survives the trials and challenges that life brings without this ingredient. At a stage in life when our family is going 100 miles per hour in four different directions, Jeff makes it a priority to spend time with the whole family. We have a tradition of eating dinner together every night and catching up on the day’s stories. The kids and I are blessed to have a dad who cares and sees the importance of playing an active role in our kids’ lives. As his wife of almost 20 years I couldn’t ask for a more loving and encouraging husband. We work as a team making decisions together, laughing together and believe it or not, after all of these years, enjoying just hanging out together. I can honestly say I

am beyond grateful to be married to my best friend. Jeff would say that it’s not about the deals done, awards achieved or letters after your name. It’s about living a life of service with integrity and consistency. I believe he would say it should be, as a contemporary Christian recording artist writes, “to live a life worth living”. Husband to Becca Chance, father of Will and Caroline.

Daniel Johnson Daniel isn’t perfect. We have been married almost seven years and we have two children, 4 and almost 2. Between kids and work, our days are pretty hectic! He isn’t romantic at all, so my life isn’t full of spontaneous gestures of love. However, I love to see an email in my box from him. I know it is going to be something funny that made him think of me. I love it when he goes grocery shopping for the family because he buys me surprises like Vanilla Frappuccinos or candy corns! He is supportive and encouraging. He is funny, he’s my best friend, and we have a great time together. Most importantly, Daniel is a Godly man. He strives to do what is right and good, fully sheltered by God’s grace. Daniel isn’t perfect by the world’s standards, but he doesn’t need to be. He is perfect for me. I love you! Husband to Amanda Johnson, father of Dillon, 4, and Korenna 20 months.

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names if you would like to include them.


Pretty Babies 1.

Peyton Elizabeth Diggs Proud Parents: Katherine and Scott Diggs June 1, 2009 Lufkin


Reagan Grace Diggs Proud Parents: Katherine and Scott Diggs June 1, 2009 Lufkin


Slade James Holiday Proud Parents: Crystal and Brandon Holiday July 8, 2009 Lufkin


Aiden Bryan Morris Proud Parents: Earl and Lindsay Morris February 5, 2009 Diboll


Jameson Dean Southern Proud Parents: Julie and Doug Southern June 26, 2009 Jacksonville, TX


Emma Taylor Evans Proud Parents: Kimberly and Matthew Evans Proud Grandparents: Kris and Steve Wilson Margie and Joe Scott Evans January 21, 2009 Lufkin







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Girls Group

together and meeting new friends is more than what this group G etting is about. Over eighteen years ago, two of the charter members are

breast cancer support group

still a part of the Breast Cancer Support group that is just as strong today. Those two charter m Getting together and meeting new friends is more than what this group is about. Over eighteen years ago, two of the charter members are still a part of the Breast Cancer Support group that is just as strong today. Those two charter members are Margaret Hamlin and Liz Lachowsky. They both are cancer survivors. The Support Group began at Nacogdoches Medical Center in 1990. Their experience with cancer and the entire trauma involved was still all very fresh. Liz and Margaret were both encouraged by physicians to attend a support group for strength, information, and friendship. Neither one knew about one another about the other’s breast cancer situation. The two women attended the support group that year, and still continue to go over the eighteen years. Liz says, “It was really important eighteen and twenty years ago to attend a support group because women that were diagnosed with cancer more than likely received a complete mastectomy. That is very traumatic, and creates a lot of fear hearing those words.” They both agree it is more than just a group of women- “it is important to know there is somewhere you can go where you have friends who completely understand what you are dealing with.” The Breast Cancer Support Group meet over a meal that is provided by the hospital and then hear a health related speaker. Debbie Stephens, marketing director for NMC, shares, “Speakers may be physicians covering health related topics, but we also bring in a variety of topics of interest to the ladies. We always offer time for support and free conversation.” There was one woman that always stands out to Liz. She remembers one friend walking in and she just said, “It’s back.” “It was at that moment when I realized what a support group was,” said Liz. Not all breast cancer is the same and everyone takes it differently. That is what this support group is all about. 54 / The Journey - October 2009

Your Wallet C American

the terrifying world of credit cards just got scarier redit cards have been scary since Express



your interest rate until the CARD Act takes

Use cards with no annual fees.

effect next February.

As a result, many

For a full report of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill

Because they are mass

companies are increasing rates while they

of Rights Act of 2009 and how it affects you,

marketed, non-secured loans; they are as

can. If you see a hike in your interest rate, try

email MariJoHarding@WealthWiseWoman.

risky as getting bit while taking a nap inside

using another card. No matter how angry you


the zoo snake exhibit. Because credit card

are, restrain from canceling the card, which

companies protect themselves from people

can affect your credit score.

first one in 1958.

* Source: Nilson Report, April 2009

who don’t pay, they slap everyone with high

Credit card photo from Flickr, courtesy of

interest rates and penalties. Despite these

2. Read Everything – That innocent looking

high costs, Americans carry $972.73 billion of

envelope from your credit card company you

credit card debt with the average household

usually just toss may contain a little notice

carrying a balance of $10,679*. That alone is

about a big interest rate increase.

scary enough, but it gets worse.

because of an early CARD Act provision

Andres Rueda.


implemented this August, you can “opt-out” of You see, President Obama recently signed the

such travesties. The catch is you have

Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009

to respond within a certain timeframe

(CARD). The bill’s intent, effective February

that you decline their nice offer of an

2010, is to stop credit card companies from

interest rate increase, but “opt-out”

sucking the blood of hard-working Americans;

instead. As a result, you will be able

practices, such as double-cycle billing and

to continue the terms you started with

abrupt rate increases.

until you pay off your balance.


course, you won’t be able to make any These credit card companies, that’s been

more charges, but at least you won’t be

feeding on easy prey for years, are not easily

paying more interest just because you

relinquishing their bloodthirsty ways. They

decided not to read your mail.

have been warned and as a result are hastily preparing their resistance. Don’t let their

3. Annual Fees – What will credit

defense be your demise. Protect yourself from

card companies do when their supply

credit card changes that could be happening

gets squeezed? They charge annual

to you right now.

fees. One Citibank cardholder reports receiving a notice announcing a $30

1. Be Alert – For no reason and without

annual fee that would be waived if at

notice, credit card companies can increase

least $2,400 were charged per year.

MariJo Harding is a Financial Advisor Coach who ministers to women by helping them create a true financial peace of mind based on what women really want, while aligning their true purpose of money with their spending and investing decisions. She has a Masters 

Degree in Social Work (MSW), which enables her to understand the emotional and psychological needs of female investors. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Becoming a Wealth Wise Woman: A Secret Recipe with Seven Special Ingredients. 713-899-4104 / 55


Paige & Todd Brown T other and thought they needed to meet. Paige remembers, “Our heir lives began as a blind date. A friend told them both about

am very close to my family and to have Todd include them meant the world to all of us.”

schedules did not allow us to meet for a month. Finally on October 25, 2007, we went to Auntie Pasta’s for our first date and truly closed the

The wedding took place August 8, 2009 at 6:00 in the Christ Episcopal

place down...we were there for over 3 hours!!!” It was a match! The

Church in Nacogdoches. Paige’s mother, Janice Pattillo planned the

two began dating.

wedding and reception. As the first lady of SFA, Mrs. Pattillo hosts many events, but this one was a complete fairytale.

A couple years later, one night, after spending the entire day at her parent’s home watching football and cooking out, Paige was ready to

The wedding went as planned for everyone but the groom. When it

go home. Todd wanted to stay and “finish watching the game.” That

came time in the ceremony for, Dr. Pattillo to give his daughter away,

night he asked her parents for permission to marry their daughter. The

he did not. Father Hill asked, “Who gives this woman” and the father

following night, January 3, 2009, the foursome, Dr. and Mrs. Pattillo,

of the bride said, “Her mother and I will NOT give her away, but we

Paige, and Todd all attended a wedding together and afterwards

will SHARE her with this wonderful man, Todd Brown.” For just a

planned on going to dinner. In two separate vehicles, on their way to

moment, Todd said that his heart stopped beating, but when he heard

dinner, Todd pulled over and walked out to the SFA Ag pond. Paige was

the whole statement he turned and gave my dad an enormous hug.

confused and wondering what they were doing. “We were surrounded

Paige said, “That moment was priceless!”

by Christmas lights and stars; he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.” Of course Paige accepted! Then they went to dinner

The reception was held at the Baker Patillo Student Center Atrium on

with her parents, back where it all began, in the booth where they

the SFA campus complete with a beautiful purple glow. With over a

had their first date at Auntie Pasta’s. “It was perfect!” said Paige. “I

thousand guests in attendance, the reception was a blast for all. “We

56 / The Journey - October 2009

can’t tell everyone in the community how much fun we had and how much we appreciate their encouragement, support and friendship,” said Paige and Todd Brown. The Brown’s say, “God truly brought us together.” The only reason that Todd is in Nacogdoches is because of God. He was just a boy from Kansas who put himself through school, got a masters, and doctoral degree. Then out of out of the blue, took an interview at SFA that changed their lives. The Browns say, “We plan to live in Nacogdoches for the rest of our lives.” Todd is currently a professor in the Finance department at SFA. Paige is the first assistant county attorney in Nacogdoches.

Do you have an engagement, bridal, or wedding photo you would like to share with The Journey? Email your photo to / 57


Relationships D

when all else fails - laugh | by kathryn greene on’t you love to laugh? The Bible says, “Laughter is good for the soul”. There are two friends that I love to get with and go shopping. You probably think it is because I love to shop – wrong. I love to laugh. We have laughed about the silliest things and the things that do not make sense to anyone else but us. At the end of the shopping experience, we are not only physically tired, but we are newly invigorated with our serotonin levels raised up because of the laughter we have shared. There is a verse of scripture, Proverbs 23:7 that says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” There are a lot of frightening things going on in our world – failing economy; job losses; more cancer victims; young lives being loss in wrecks with drivers under the influence; young children being mistreated; young college students being murdered; sexual misconduct by teachers, coaches, or sports mentors; spouses cheating; deception by people who have been trusted; and on the list goes. How do we not allow these things to get us down? We have to choose to think in godly and positive ways. If we are miserable and unhappy, lacking cheer and lightheartedness, it is possible to change those feelings with healthier thinking. We don’t stick our head in the sand and act like there is nothing wrong in this world. But, we don’t allow the things of the present to rob us of the joy that comes by keeping our eyes on the One who is in control of it all! I read the following in the book, Laughter is the Spice of Life by Women of Faith: It Wasn’t My Fault! Insurance claim forms typically ask for a brief statement about how an accident happened. The combination of the small spaces on the forms and the finger-pointing instinct can lead to some curiously phrased explanations. Car Accident Reports: • “The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention.” • “I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.” • “To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.” • “In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.” • “The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.” • “An invisible car came out of nowhere, stuck my vehicle, and vanished.” • “As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.” The Four Stages of Life: 1. You believe in Santa Claus. 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus. 3. You are Santa Claus. 4. You look like Santa Claus. - Copied

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People can be funny! I encourage you to choose Godly and positive ways of thinking by doing what it takes to take the things life throws at you and look on the lighter side. Sometimes the only thing that will keep someone from crying is to laugh about it. Choose a good movie that has funny parts in it and pull it out at the end of a difficult day. You will be able to sleep much better, if you have had some good laughs. Have a book readily accessible that you can read from like the one I shared above and read some funny lines. Your blood pressure will go down and you will be able to see that, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Education with emily

laughter is the best medicine | by emily parks

A to comfort him but holding my breath as I do so, I panic because

s I am sitting here on the couch with my flu-stricken son wanting

I realize that I have been so absorbed with my sick child that I have forgotten about my article for this month! I started thinking . . .it is National Family Health Month and wondering how can I tie that into education. The phrase “laughter is the best medicine” keeps coming to mind. Lord knows everyone needs a good laugh! So I decide to share some of my favorite teacher/student jokes and funny stories. Dad, can you help me find the lowest common denominator in this problem, please? Don’t tell me that they haven’t found it yet, I remember looking for it when I was a boy! What kind of tree does a math teacher climb? Geometry! Teacher: What are you reading? Pupil: I don’t know Teacher: But you’re reading aloud? Pupil: But I’m not listening! Teacher: What’s big and yellow and comes in the morning to brighten a mother’s day? Pupil: The school bus! Teacher: Where is your homework? Pupil: I lost it fighting this kid who said you weren’t the best teacher in the school When a teacher closes his eyes, why should it remind him of an empty classroom? Because there are no pupils to see! “Dad,” said Little Johnny, “I’m late for football practice. Would you please do my homework for me?” The father said irately, “Son, it just wouldn’t be right.” “That’s okay,” replied Little Johnny, “but you could at least give it a try, couldn’t you?” / 59

Education with emily Continued

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. “I’m wasting my time,” she said to her mother. “I can’t read, I can’t write - and they won’t let me talk!” The little boy wasn’t getting good marks in school. One day he made the teacher quite surprised. He tapped her on the shoulder and said....... “I don’t want to scare you, but my daddy says if I don’t get better grades....... somebody is going to get a spanking.........” Driving my car one afternoon, I rolled through a stop sign. I was pulled over by a police officer who recognized me as his former English teacher. “Mrs. Brown,” he said, “those stop signs are periods, not commas.” Little Johnny’s kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures, tacked to a bulletin board, of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. “Yes,” said the policeman. “The detectives want very badly to capture him.” Little Johnny asked, “Why didn’t you keep him when you took his picture!”

Emily Parks grew up in Lufkin and then graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor of science degree in Education. She taught 8 years and this year has taken an indefinite leave from the classroom. Education is very dear to Emily’s heart and she wanted to continue to help parents feel more comfortable throughout their child’s educational journey. Emily and her husband, Chad, own Cross Medical, a local Durable Medical Equipment company. Their two sons, Pierce, 4, and Jackson, 7, also keep her very busy.

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your BODY / 61


fitness 101

O Month, it is more relevant than ever to walk across texas

ctober being Breast Cancer Awareness


take your health into your own hands. There are

many, many factors that work as preventative measures. One of the greatest for all cancers and diseases is fitness. The Ag Extension office has put together a great program to give Texans a kick start. Walk Across Texas! is an eight week program to help people of all ages support one another to establish the habit of regular physical activity. Walk Across Texas! is recognized as a Best

According to Physical Activity and Health:

walking routine. Making a regular appointment

A Report of the Surgeon General:

to walk with a friend can help both of you keep

• Regular physical activity can substantially


Practice Physical Activity Program by the Texas

reduce the risk of developing or dying from

Department of State Health Services.

heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.

The program is designed for teams or individuals to walk 830 miles. The program encourages you to form teams because you are

• Regular physical activity is also

more likely to participate and stay committed

associated with fewer physician

with team members.





To find out more visit www.walkacrosstexas. or contact your local Agriculture

• Regular physical activity can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve mood, and enhance ability to perform daily tasks. • Physical activity doesn’t have to be strenuous to produce health benefits. Walking the dog, taking walking breaks during the day, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator are all good ways to work walking into your daily schedule. • Walking




family can improve your health and enhance relationships. Plus, a companion will make walking more enjoyable. Planning in advance can help people stick to

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Extension office.



the eyes | by charla sparks fashion shop

“So if you want to appear taller or slimmer, the best thing to do is dress in one solid color--even down to the shoes.�

T and leaner the line appears. Anything that stops or breaks the movement he eye follows a line. The faster the eye moves across the line, the longer

of the eye along the line draws attention to the break.

So if you want to appear taller or slimmer, the best thing to do is dress in one solid color-- even down to the shoes. The eye will have no breaks, causing you to appear both taller and slimmer at the same time. Your sleeve length can also alter where the eye travels. A short sleeve, which ends at bust level, will call attention to a bigger bust. A three quarter sleeve can help emphasize a smaller waist, as well as call attention to a thicker waist. A longer sleeve pulls your eye down to the hip/thigh area. Always remember that dressing well is not about spending a lot of money on clothes. The solution is learning what kinds of shapes will balance your body and how to draw the eye away from what you want to hide and to the places you want to show off. / 63



E improve the appearance of our skin, hair,

are you eating enough beauty foodsn | by steve billesberger ating certain foods can dramatically

Acai: This is the king of all berries. It has 50% more antioxidants than pomegranates, and twice

nails, and eyes. A diet rich in “phyto-compounds”

as much as blueberries. They also contain omega

can stimulate DNA repair, increased collagen

6,9 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, and vitamins.

production, reduce inflammation, and improve

Apricots: Very rich in fiber and phytochemicals

blood flow. This not only keeps you healthy but it

like beta-carotene and lycopene. They also

keeps you looking younger longer.

have vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, folate, iron and potassium, making them very beneficial to

Creams and lotions can do wonders for your

our skin.

skin, but your diet is by far the most crucial

Broccoli: Also very high in fiber, vitamin C, and

when it comes to having healthy skin. Beauty is

folate. There’s a compound in broccoli called

dependent on the overall health of your body.

sulforaphane that protects our bodies cells

In order for your skin to look attractive and

from injury.

vibrant you need to make healthy lifestyle

Carotenoids: This isn’t a food, but it’s found

choices, and a great place to start is with the

in fruits and vegetables. It’s a fat soluble

foods you eat.

pigment which helps fight against cancer and cardiovascular disorders.

So if you want your skin to feel soft and look

Carrots: Have lots of beta-carotene which is a

firm here are a few foods that you can eat

powerful antioxidant.

starting today.


vegetables: A.K.A.- cabbage,

broccoli, kale, collard greens, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. These guys release a compound called glucosinolates and an enzyme called myrosinase when chewed, which are known for their anti-cancer properties. Cranberries: High in vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, and citric acid. Dark leafy greens: A.K.A - Spinach, kale, and dark lettuce are loaded with vitamins and minerals like Blueberries: These blue little balls are one of

beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium,

natures most potent anti-aging foods. They help

phytochemicals, and antioxidants.

keep the skins elasticity, strengthen the gums, and

Fish: Has lots of vitamin A, B1, B12, and B6. It also

contribute to the health of our eyes.

has omega 3 fatty acids which are very beneficial

Strawberries: Help protect our skins collagen

to the skin, as well as the heart and brain.

structures. Collagen is what keeps our skin firm.

Flax, grapeseed, walnut, seaweed, spirulina,

Wrinkles form when our collagen levels start

watercress: These are very high in zinc which


is vital for the health of our skin. Plus they have

Salmon: Promotes soft smooth skin, free from

been known to help clear up acne, and help keep

dry itchy patches.

us regular. Avocados: These contain

Grape seed oil: Has trace elements of selenium,

folate which helps blood

zinc, copper, and iron. It’s also a unique source

formation. This is essential

for oligomeric procyanidine, which is known to

for cell regeneration.

improve our skins elasticity.

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Honey: A nutrient rich alternative to refined sugar. Refined sugar is believed to contribute to aging. Myrtle: Is known to slow down our skin aging process. Has been used in folk remedies for centuries. Millet: A nutritious seed, high in silica, which is good for our skin, hair, and nails. Oats: Very high in soluble fiber, and complex carbohydrates.





phosphorous, calcium, vitamins B and E, and silicon. Silicon is crucial for healthy skin by maintaining collagen levels. Papaya: When applied as a paste on the skin, its enzymes help break down dead skin cells. Pomegranate: Very good source of polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can damage the skin. Water: Hydrated skin naturally looks younger. If you are one of the millions of people worldwide that spend money on lotions and creams in an attempt to look better, then it only makes sense to incorporate these beauty foods into your diet. It wont take very long to start seeing the major benefits these beauty foods will have on the health of your skin and the way it looks and feels. About the Author: Steve Billesberger lives in Edmonton Alberta with his wife and small dog. He’s a owner/operator of a couple of sites, one of which is a health and wellness site. He is a big believer in feeding the body what it needs to heal and maintain optimal health. Along with many other benefits, a proper diet can accelerate weight loss as well as protect us from skin problems such as cold sores, etc.

community boo/ bash Yo u r b o dy

Women’s Health breast cancer update

It is important to know the facts on Breast

for women age 40 and older.

Cancer. Here is what you need to know in 2009.

• Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast

Risk Factors

change promptly to their health care providers.

• The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age.

Source: American Cancer Society

• Certain inherited genetic mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2), a personal or family history of

Enjoy games and free treats at Lufkin Mall’s family boo bash, located near Sears.

breast cancer, high breast-tissue density as seen on mammograms, biopsy-confirmed hyperplasia, and high-dose radiation therapy to the chest. • Long




Saturday, October 24 10am – Noon

Plus, learn about the great things our local non-profits do for Angelina County.


menopause, recent use of oral contraceptives, postmenopausal hormone therapy, never having children or having one’s first child after

When you When you want want to to taste, taste, touch, hug and and hold…experience hold...experience touch,

30, or consumption of one or more alcoholic

Mall gift certificates available!

beverages per day. One event bringing breast cancer awareness to Prevention

the forefront is the Power of Pink (Jan Moore

• Maintain a healthy body weight

Memorial) luncheon sponsored by Memorial

• Engage in regular physical activity

Health System of East Texas. If you did not

• Reduce alcohol consumption

get tickets this year, make plans to get tickets

4600 South Medford Drive, Lufkin



GK Development, Inc. Properties 936-639-1249

early next year! “Each year the proceeds from Early Detection

tickets and the financial support of sponsors,

• The five-year survival rate for women

allow Memorial to help special needs cancer



patients with medications, travel to the cancer

(malignant cancer that has not spread to lymph




center, and treatment,” said Yana Ogletree,

nodes or other locations outside the breast) is

Marketing Director for MHSET. One special

98 percent.

addition to this year’s luncheon is an Art Bra

• Mammography is especially valuable as an

Exhibit. Entries will have decorated bras of

early detection tool because it can identify

many colors, themes, and fun styles. The bras

breast cancer at an early stage, usually before

will later be on display and be auctioned off to

physical symptoms develop.

raise more money for cancer. Humorist and motivational speaker, Dr. Mamie McCullough

American Cancer Society Recommended

will encourage and make the audience laugh at

Screening Guidelines

this year’s luncheon. She is a more than just a

• Yearly mammograms are recommended

speaker about the fight on breast cancer- she is

starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as

a breast cancer survivor. Memorial Hospital of

a woman is in good health.

East Texas want to promote early detection and

• A clinical breast exam should be part of a

prevention by letting women know they can

periodic health exam, about every three years

schedule mammograms through the Temple

for women in their 20s and 30s and every year

Imaging Center. / 65

The review Bouquet of Hope Bring hope to someone’s day by delivering a bouquet of hope. This special bouquet is available to order the month of October. Created to inspire and give hope for the fight against breast cancer. Available at any Brookshire Brothers Florist for $35. SWIFFER SWEEPER, $10.99 The limited edition pink Swiffer Duster, three-in-one Starter Kit includes 1 Disposable Duster, 1 Duster Handle, 1 Sweeper, 6 Dry Sweeping Cloths, & 4 Wet Mopping Cloths. Available at grocery retailers nationwide.

Better Homes and Gardens® Breast Cancer Cookbook This 640 page cookbook is filled with recipes and lifestyle suggestions to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Great Skin, Great Cause This limited-edition Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion comes with a key chain complete with two silver-tone charms: a Clinique “C” and Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon. $10.00 from your purchase helps support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at Belk.

Great Lips, Great Cause. CLINIQUE BUTTER SHINE LIPSTICK, $16.50. $10 from each sale benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Available at Belk.

Pandora Charm 5% of the price of the Breast Cancer Ribbon bead sold will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. $40. Available at Laines Hallmark, Nacogdoches.

Pink Mesh Chair Perfect for those long relay nights, available at Academy Sports for $14.99.

Hope Scrubs Those in the medical field are closest to breast cancer patients and survivors. Sport a fashionable top while you fight for your patients. $2 of every top goes toward breast cancer research. This comes in two different styles and sizes from XS -3X and retails for $25. Available through Scrubs with Love at

Japonesque Eye Curler Not only will you get the best eye curler on the market, you can donate funds to the fight against breast cancer. Available at Merle Norman in Lufkin. 66 / The Journey - October 2009

Nacogdoches 936-560-1488 / 67

Parting Advice: “If you could only choose one thing for your health everyday, what would it be?”







Move more! Sweat, and get your




heart pumping!

essential to being healthy, having

Kinnie Parker, Nacogdoches

a quality night’s sleep is by far the most important. Lacey Keath, Lufkin

Be Accountable!

We are totally

I would eat my favorite breakfast of

responsible for our own body’s well

fresh strawberries, Bear Naked Fit


granola with fat free vanilla yogurt.


Jessica Rocha, Nacogdoches

healthy decisions in all three areas. We




Health requires making

are what we are, due to our choices. So wake up each morning, thank God for your health, be accountable, and make the right choices. Connie Reeves, Lufkin

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