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Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is devastating enough, but being told you’ll need major surgery to determine if cancer cells have spread can add to the emotional turmoil you feel. Because breast cancer can spread to other areas of the body through the lymph nodes near the armpits, shoulders and upper arms, doctors typically remove the bulk of the lymph node tissue – about 10 to 15 lymph nodes – that drains from the breasts. However, because many stage one or two breast cancers have no cancer in the lymph nodes, these lymph nodes are often removed needlessly. Now, doctors have found a new weapon that can detect a tumor’s progress and frequently spare a patient from unnecessary lymph node surgery. Called sentinel lymph node biopsy, this targeted approach to cancer stating is available locally and performed regularly at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH). Sentinel nodes are the first lymph nodes to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a tumor. During a sentinel lymph node biopsy, doctors remove the sentinel nodes, typically one to three, and examine them to determine whether cancer cells are present. Stephen Castleberry, M.D., general surgeon with Sulphur Surgical Clinic and a member of the WCCH medical staff,

has brought this innovative procedure to breast cancer patients in Southwest Louisiana. Dr. Castleberry received training in this specialized procedure at Scott and White Medical Center/Texas A&M Health Sciences Center in Temple, Texas. “By identifying these lymph nodes, the disease’s progress can often be accurately determined,” Dr. Castleberry says. “And if the nodes are disease free, it usually means the cancer hasn’t spread – and nearby lymph nodes don’t need to be removed.” Keeping the majority of lymph nodes is important because removing them often complicates recovery after surgery as well as chemotherapy or radiation treatment. “Trauma to the lymphatic system, known as lymphedema, frequently causes swelling, burning, pain and disability in the arms next to the tumor site, a lifelong condition that affects many breast cancer survivors. Sentinel lymph node biopsy drastically reduces the risk of developing lymphedema, which is good news for breast cancer patients in Southwest Louisiana,” says Dr. Castleberry. If the sentinel lymph node biopsy is positive, additional lymph nodes will likely need to be removed to determine how far the cancer has spread.

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national champions. A series consists of nine race Few people in Southwest events between March and OcLouisiana are aware, but Lake tober. Doherty travels around Charles is home to one of the the country to participate in fastest motorcycle racers in these races, from Martin, Michthe nation. Since 2006, Billy igan to Xenia, Ohio, and nearDoherty has won 16 national by Baton Rouge – he drives apchampionships and numer- proximately 20,000 miles a year. ous runners up. Only one race He goes alone without a pit

pionships in four different classes. I drove to the races myself, I worked on the bikes myself, and I drove home by myself.” Consequently, Thunder Press magazine wrote a feature story on him, calling him an ‘Ironman.’ Doherty was born into the business of motorcycles. His parents opened Harley David-

Charles conducting business in the same location, according to Doherty. He began racing bikes at the age of three and a half. Doherty says his bike and the dealership parking lot were his mother’s babysitter. He is now general manager of the business. As a young boy and teen-

weekend remains in the current season: October 11-12 in Rockingham, North Carolina. That race will determine this year’s

son Lake Charles at 2120 Broad St. 43 years ago. It is the oldest Harley dealership in Louisiana and the oldest business in Lake

ager, Doherty raced motocross. In his 20s, he dabbled in car racing. But in 2006, he pursued his dream of racing motorcycles

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crew, tending to his own bikes. In 2008, Doherty accomplished an unheard of feat within his series. “I won four national cham-

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on the national circuits. He participates in both the American Motorcycle Racing Association (AMRA) and the National Hot Rod Association’s Screaming Eagle Series. He has found most of his success within the AMRA, He has won sixteen AMRA national championships since he began racing with them in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, he was Racer of the Year. In the AMRA, there are eighteen different classes of races, depending on the type of bike, fuel type, and motor size. All races take place on a quarter mile track. Doherty races three different bikes in three different classes; Pro Gas, Super Comp, and V Mod. Presently, he is leading the nation in the Super Comp class and sitting in second place in the two other classes. There are around 250 competitors at each event. “Each year the bikes get faster

and faster,” says Doherty. These events draw up to 60,000 spectators. Unlike car racing, at AMRA events, the fans have access to the bikes, pits crew, and racers. “Riders and mechanics are always willing to speak with fans, pose for pictures and sign autographs,”

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Doherty adds. One early morning in August 2012, Doherty was jogging in Lake Charles. He was mugged and beaten and as a result, he suffered from short term memory loss for around ten months. Despite the injury, he continued to race, but he struggled. Just six weeks after the incident, his father drove him to Bowling Green to compete in the finals. “I clinched three national championships and one runner up with no memory of what had happened.” While he continued to recover in 2013, Doherty raced but did not do as well in his classes. He earned three runners-up in three different classes. Doherty says he has made a full recovery. He is hopeful for at least one or more national

championship this year. Billy Doherty says it takes a special kind of person to be a champion motorcycle racer. “You can’t just go out and wing it by buying a motorcycle and decide to start racing. To win races and series, you have to be dedicated and focused on the sport and have a strong desire to win. I don’t give up.” He credits his success to the support of his parents, Bill and Nina Doherty. “My parents have always been supportive of my racing. They gave me the opportunity to chase my dreams. They instilled the notion that anything is possible.” The Voice magazine wishes Billy Doherty the best in this year’s finals!

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Go-Kart Races for a Good Cause

by Angie Kay Dilmore

Drivers . . . start your engines! It’s time for the first annual Gator 100 Go-Kart Race. Local promoter Thom Hager and over two dozen area businesses have teamed up with the Lake Charles Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission to raise money for local veterans. “I never served in

the military, so whenever I can, I serve the military,” says Hager. Race time is set for October 11, 8:00 a.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Seventeen Go-Karts, 68 drivers, and 51 pit crew members will compete for the championship trophy. All sponsors received an identical race kit, including the kart, so the odds of winning depend primarily on the skill of the drivers. The karts race at speeds up to 35 mph, 6.5 hp. Teams are comprised of

four drivers and three pit crew members. Each team will have a unique theme and their kart decorated with colorful personalized decals. Sign Now co-owner John Berryhill says his company will make the decals. Their own kart will be decked out in their logo colors of red, yellow, and black. “It’s going to be a great time; a family-oriented community event to raise money for local veterans,” says Berryhill. Pierre Malus of Pierre’s Dairy Barn is enthusiastic to participate in this exciting event. Their kart is designed to look like a black and white spotted cow. “I’m all about having fun,” he says. “But I do want to win! I want that trophy!” Hager laughs and says every sponsor who has a gokart thinks they are going to win the race. “There’s a lot of

competition out there!” Jeremy Nunnally is in charge of Lake Charles Toyota’s kart. Tarver Ford in Sulphur also has a kart. The Tarver businesses are taking this competition very seriously. They held time trials in the dealership lot for all those interested in driving the karts and choose the eight fastest racers to participate in Gator 100. Toyota’s kart sports the number 19 and mimics Kyle Bush’s Nascar ride. In addition to the grand prize winner, awards will be given for best overall theme, most creative kart design, best team uniforms, best team spirit, fan favorite, fastest qualifying time, and fastest pit time. A Golden Muffler Award will be presented for the greatest blunder. Don’t miss the first annual GATOR 100 Go-Kart Race!

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Student Debt—

Why is it so stressful? So, what does this mean for graduates who are fresh out of college and now job searching before their six-month grace period ends for their loans? Stress galore, magnified by the looming loan payments and any current expenses they pay. Even if the loans are tiny and affordable, that six-month grace period is not enough time for many to find a job using their degree. By Mandy Milliron As tuition for colleges have sky rocketed in the last decade, so has the amount of student loans on the backs of students. Unlike the past, a college degree does not necessarily equal a great job in a specific career. In fact, in many fields, employers will never ask once to look at your degree. What they want to see are your skills, your work experience, and, in many careers such as artists, a portfolio to demonstrate that you possess the skills they require.

Sounds like a paradox, huh? But, it is actually a common occurrence even for job fields with high demand for graduates. Welcome to the very struggle artists have faced, even before student loans were an issue. Searching for a job, even part-time work, takes a lot longer than in the past. Add the fact that in this so-called recovering job market employers look more for their ideal job candidate instead of finding fresh blood to train. It can quickly turn a normally exciting part of your life into a stressful, self-doubt riddled torment.

Again, this is actually a period many artists go through. Although the college system does work for some artists, most artists are leaving the “learning” stage of their career too early. It takes time for an artist to develop a voice in this craft, often, far more than the typical four-year college experience. However, this is where other job fields have it worse. Through the projects artists do on their own time, they can improve and gain experiences, sometimes even getting the portfolio pieces needed to land a job with a studio or client. In other jobs fields, however, opportunities to gain experience before being hired in a specific job are often not available. Hence, it makes the stress even harder on those graduates. So then, what is the best way to deal with the stress during this period of student loans and job searching? Many struggling artists have discovered the power of networking. Networking pro-

vides the support artists need to survive this period. How does this work? Let friends, both job field related or not, and family know you are looking for a job and ask them if they know anyone who might be able to help you get a foot in the door of your chosen field. The next thing to do to relieve the stress is to take a serious look at your financial situation and make a plan to streamline your finances. Getting rid of any kind of loan, especially a student loan, takes a weight off your shoulders. This may require you to take parttime work or even work in a job field outside of your degree, while you continue to search for your dream job. Remember, just delaying those student loan payments will only increase them. It is smarter to work them down. In today’s market, it takes hard work to get the job of your dreams. It sometimes takes more work than just earning that degree. But with planning, persistence and patience, you can and will reach your goal.

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6000 MILES FROM HOME...

Roman Solohor, S.H.S. Exchange Student him). He says he didn’t expect to have so much freedom and so many opportunities. “[Here] I have my own room, my own bathroom, my own basketball goal, and an X-Box.”

by Sean Hager Sulphur, LA is a quiet town. There are no flashy buildings or skyscrapers. There are no trolleys or subways save for the humble sandwich franchise conveniently located down the street from the local Wal-Mart. There are no mountains, valleys, or rainforests. In fact the majority of our plants are the industrial eye soars we see lighting up the night skies with dancing fire and billowing smoke. Sulphur, Louisiana is a quiet town, but for Roman Solohor it’s the perfect place to have the adventure of a lifetime. “Ukraine is really different,” he explains. “Different cars, different nature, different people.” The first thing he noticed after his 6,000 mile journey to Lake Charles was the unusually large automobiles making their way down the street. Roman has traveled to our humble neighborhood as a participant in a foreign exchange program. The best part that in America people seem to is he’s staying with my family. be a little more friendly. “People After having been enrolled don’t really joke with each othas a sophomore taking some er unless they’re friends. You senior classes at Sulphur High can say hello to a stranger but School, I asked my new broth- chances are they won’t respond.” er what the major social differRoman says he’s really enences are between Louisiana joying his stay with the Hagers and his homeland. He explained (and I can’t say that I blame OCTOBER 2014 • Volume 2 • Number 3

Though he says it’s not a very popular sport where he comes from, Roman loves basketball. And seeing as how he stands at 6’2” it’s no surprise that the high school basketball coach took notice and scooped him up to be a part of Team Tors.

Pictured L-R : Roman Soloh or, Sulphur High exchange stu dent, Taylor Wrigh t, and Ty Wright

Roman says he misses his family and friends but he gets to Skype with them whenever he’s feeling a little Nostalgic. And the Hagers love having him in our family. Roman expressed that he truly loves America and he says he can see himself staying here forever. Which worries me slightlyonly because I don’t know how my ego can handle losing more basketball games to my 16 year old brother. There are so many seemingly insignificant freedoms we feel infinitely entitled to and even take for granted. It’s strange to think how our customs and cultural nuances can be so fascinating; but I think that’s just one of the things that makes Roman so fascinating. It really puts the blessings of our community- and my family- into perspective.

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Breast Cancer:

Facing the Facts by Cecely Clark

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In the spirWhen it comes to it of increasing our awareness breast health, are you will- of this condition, I interviewed ing to face facts? Do you real- Barbara Laughlin, FNP, a pracize that information can’t hurt titioner who is as caring as she you, but that breast cancer, if left is knowledgeable. Her patients untreated, most certainly can? routinely say that she is one However, if caught and treated of the best listeners they have early, breast cancer is typically ever found. When you enter highly curable and survivable. the exam room, her total focus So stop procrastinating and is on you, the patient. She enlearn how to do self-exams reg- deavors to be thorough, and she ularly and properly. Commit to has the wisdom to know what getting the appropriate screen- she does not know, thereby reings, such as mammograms, ferring patients when she needs when recommended. John 8:32 to, whether that be for further (KJV) says, “And you will know testing, or to see a physician, the truth, and the truth will set or even a specialist. She pracyou free.” That verse contains tices in The Internal Medicine wisdom, as good today as it ever Clinic of Lake Charles, which is was. Why fear the truth? In- inside one of the offices of Mestead, arm yourself with it, and morial Hospital. We had a frank be prepared to walk with health discussion about how to enand confidence. courage women to be proactive:

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

The Voice: What do you think causes some women to procrastinate and not perform the self-exams regularly?

when her breasts aren’t sore, to

B.L: I think the biggest thing do a breast exam.

is anxiety and fear. Many Americans are not proactive in their healthcare. If a woman chooses to check her breasts, she needs to do it appropriately, the same way each time and 3 to 4 days after her cycle. Sites at American Cancer Society and breastcancer.org have guidelines and pictures to assist and their health care provider can instruct them on the proper technique.

The Voice: How can we help

The Voice: In your prac- women to be more proactive? tice, how do you find potential cases of breast cancer?

B.L: Education is the key. They

need to know they do not have to be an expert. Just be familiar with their breasts and if a change is noted, call their healthcare provider.

B.L: On occasion, I have had women pick up a nodule or lump initially through their self breast checks. This would initiate the call to the office, an exam and of course further testing. The Voice: How about women, However I must stress to date, post-menopausal whose cycles have stopped?  mammogram is still the best tool we have to screen for B.L: This woman should choose breast cancer. the same day each month, a time

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Barbara Laughlin, FNP

The Voice: I wonder, can a woman with fibroids do breast self-exams? Can the difference between a tumor or fibroid be differentiated just by palpating? Can an average woman learn the difference?

B.L: If she becomes very famil-

iar with her breasts, she knows where the fibroids are. Usually a tumor is fixed (does not move) and does not hurt. This is different from a fibroid. However this may be hard for an average woman to determine. This is why she should have regular visits to her provider and mammograms when appropriate. So, now that you know better, will you do better? It could save your life. Learn how to perform self-exams correctly, visit your doctor, and have routine tests and screenings done. Remember to check on the web at American Cancer Society and breastcancer.org.

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Ellen’s Story

gram. I had that done the following day. They biopsied it after the mammogram. Me: Why did you choose a mastectomy?

by Mark Wayne Allen Ellen Allen, is a breast cancer survivor of seven years. We had never really discussed the whole experience in detail, so for breast cancer awareness month, I talked to her about it. Me: How did you discover that you had breast cancer? Ellen: I found a lump one night when I took my bra off. Me: How do you self-test of your breasts? Ellen: I always laid down flat on the bed and started under the outer part of the arm and worked toward the middle. Me: How did the discovery make you feel and what were your first thoughts? Ellen: (silently) “Oh crap!!!” (laughter) After I found the lump, I knew what it was. I made an appointment after our vacation. The doctor ordered a diagnostic mammoOCTOBER 2014 • Volume 2 • Number 3

Ellen: I chose it because I wanted it out of my body and away from me as quick as possible. Both breasts were removed. The problem then became my balance was off because my breasts were so large. After I got home, it hurt bad for several days. The worst part about the surgery were the drainage tubes. They were sewn into the skin and every time that I moved, the tubes pulled. Me: As you were going through the treatments, can you describe how you felt? Ellen: The first treatment didn’t make me sick, but it made my hair fall out. After that, I got sick. As to what was going through my mind, other women have gotten through this and so can I. The Lord assured me through all. Me: What was your reaction to the final treatment? Ellen: Hallelujah! (laughter) If I had felt like it, I would have partied hearty. They were supposed to give me six weeks before they started radiation and they only gave me three. I was still weak. I had to lay down for the treatments and, afterwards, I couldn’t even PAGE 11


raise back up by myself. Me: Did you have any side effects from the radiation? Ellen: Yes, the lymph nodes I had in my left arm were destroyed, therefore I have lymphedema in the arm. Because of that, the fluids do not drain. It has no resistance. I have to be careful about scratches. No blood pressure. There’s a lot about it that I don’t remember. Chemo-brain. Me: Does it scare you to have the required follow up tests? Ellen: Yes, but after five years they no longer do PET scans because of radiation dangers. That’s very scary! Me: What advice could you give to women who have just been diagnosed or are going through treatment? Ellen: Stay positive and follow through with everything they advise you to do and I would advise them to have both breasts removed. Your life means more than a breast. Me: Is there anything you would say to all women in general regarding breast cancer? Ellen: Do your breast exams often, do it every time you think about [it], keep up regular mammograms, and hang on to your faith because you’re going to need it. I felt a lump in January and it turned out to be nothing and by April, the cancer was discovered. Breast cancer is not a death sentence. Bright side, I don’t have to do mammograms anymore. Brighter side, I don’t have back pains from bra straps anymore. PAGE 12

Could This be a Reason Women Live Longer? By Marcia Dutton How many of you have tried to get your husband or boyfriend to a doctor? How successful were you? Like trying to bathe a cat, wasn’t it? Oh, yes, they’ll have a multitude of excuses and can be charmingly convincing, or maybe even get angry with you for pestering him. “Oh, that’s nothing; it will go away.” “I feel great, how could there be anything wrong?” “That’s so time-consuming.” “You women have time and patience for that sort of stuff, I don’t.” “Look at me, how fit I am, going to the gym regularly.” Is it because we are vain or narcissistic, and therefore, want to take good care of ourselves? Maybe, it’s because children and husbands depend on us, that we feel we can’t take the chance. Perhaps we are smart enough to listen, read and study about health issues .Whatever the reason, we are far more apt to check into our health, and therefore catch problems, hopefully, before they become big ones. It would seem to this writer that women might live longer, partly because we take the time to go for checkups to make sure. While dear hubby has plenty of time to go fishing, hunting, enjoy his poker nights or watching sports on televi-

sion, he’s too busy to see about his health, even if he is covered by some sort of insurance. Then, uh, oh…a sudden problem. “I had no idea,” he says. “Sorry”, says the doctor, “if we could have just caught it sooner, things would have been much easier.” Now, let’s see how much time this good man is going to have, after all the doctor visits, tests, and so forth. Ladies love on your husband and get him to get a regular checkup. More importantly, you set the example by taking all the preventive care you can for yourself. Don’t you be guilty of the same reasons your husband isn’t taking care of himself. Make yourself aware of the need to act quickly when that little voice within tells you something is wrong. You may be inclined to procrastinate because timing in not just right. Don’t wait to wash your hair, find your prettiest night-clothes, collect your makeup, or, heaven forbid, tidy the house. GO. I know someone who, in case of the unexpected, always has an overnight bag prepared with all her needs. If nothing else, it will come in handy when you’re suddenly confronted with a last minute trip to go somewhere.

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being widowed and her children grown, Joyce went to work in the ready-to-wear department at the White House. She sold the big family home and lived in an apartment, then purchased her town house. She took up tennis and played until she realized she liked traveling a lot better. For thirty years she and her cousin traveled together. They went on

cruises, bus tours and visited the Bahamas, Canada and many other places. When her cousin died Joyce didn’t enjoy the trips as much. Joyce enjoys life but has battled with cancer for many years. After recurring bouts of skin cancer, in 2002 she was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. For four months she lived with the use of a feeding tube. In 2003, she had a spot on her lungs and a nodule in her left side that required surgery. She lived at at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, lost her hair and wore wigs and scarves. All this did not dampen Joyce’s spirits. “One day, forgetting that I wasn’t wearing a wig or scarf, I answered the door, coming face to face with the meter-man. I’ll never forget the shocked look

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ag Joyce Burnett Shaheen, Esoph By Joyce R Kebodeaux Joyce Burnett Shaheen has enjoyed visiting other places but her home is Louisiana. Her memories of Lake Charles has surprising facts, like the Catholic high schools. Although today, these schools are coeducational, this was not always the case. Landry Memorial was an all-boys school. Joyce attended St. Charles Academy, the all-girls school. Gone now are Borden’s, the ice cream store on Ryan Street. Also stores like Lerners, Woolworth and Mullers disappeared downtown, along with the movie theaters and drive-ins. Joyce vividly remembers that during World War II the

hardships caused by rationing and shortages of things such as meat, sugar and even tires. Joyce enjoyed dressing up and especially missed being able to get nylons and lipstick. To this day one friend says each time he sees red lipstick he still thinks of Joyce. She admits, “Red lipstick is still my favorite color.” Joyce and her husband, Jake grew up in the same neighborhood. They married in 1948, then started their business. Jake’s Produce sold fresh vegetables to grocery stores, restaurants and schools. Their family grew to include a son and daughter. After Joyce’s sister passed away her niece became part of their family, too. My two girls are more like sisters than cousins. After

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on his face,” she laughs. In 2006, the surgery for cancer on her left leg was followed by radiation that affected the ligaments. Arriving in Houston she was told that the leg would probably be amputated. Awakening from the surgery, her first words were, “Is my leg gone?” She was relieved that the leg was still there but couldn’t be convinced to stay in Houston for rehabilitation. They found an extended care facility in Lake Charles where she spent forty days before going home to finish her recovery. Two years later her leg was healed. “In July of 2011, I discovered new spots; these were on my right leg,” she said. “A biopsy revealed the cancer. The removal of these two was not as painful as the ones on my other leg,”she said. “In March 2012, I had four biopsies; two were cancerous. I was taken care of as

an outpatient. That June I had two more surgeries on the right leg.” Joyce accepts her fate without complaining and is a woman who sticks to her decisions. She said, “25 years ago, I started having trouble breathing. I gave up smoking. It was only with prayer that I was able to do so.” Joyce speaks about joining Senior Circle. “Senior Circle is a lifesaver. I am not an ‘official’ ambassador, but I help out wherever I can. I know my limitations but I’m determined to stay active. I exercise twice a week. I go often to the activity center to have coffee, play cards and meet new friends, too.” When Joyce is seen in Lake Charles, there’s no doubt she’s enjoying life, her friends and family, and, of course, wearing her favorite “Red Lipstick.”

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e l d a r C e h t g From Rockin r i a h C g n i k c o R e to th By Merrilyn Williams Like Russian nesting dolls that fit one inside the other, each doll larger than the one inside, so are the infant, child, teen, adult and mature woman. All of our years are within us. Thus the realization that our lifestyle impacts us at every stage of our lives is vital. Before conception, our parents’ health and genetics predetermine many issues in our development. So, health consciousness should be a guiding principle in shaping what we eat, how we exercise, and even the amount of sleep we get. The anticipation of new life is heralded by a trip to the medical practitioner and pre-natal vitamins. Mothers, grandmothers and girl friends offer support and advice. No responsible mother-to-be ignores her health but becomes hyper vigilant to ensure what is best for her and her baby. Then,

important decisions on formula and/or breastfeeding, when to introduce cereals, and other choices for the building of a strong beginning for the newborn, the toddler, and the preschooler are made. As a recent study proved, and all mothers of two-year-olds can attest, a two-year-old has more energy and can stay on the go longer than a college athlete! Moms and caregivers need to be just as healthy and energetic. Proper nutrition remains key. School age children may be developing very decisive ideas about what they will and will not eat. Do not fall into the “fast food/processed food because it’s quick and easy” snare. There are many attractive, nutritious, but quick meals. Pinterest has a selection of lunches that will tempt the most per-

snickety eater! (Lunch time on Pinterest) The demands of an active lifestyle—sports, cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, marching band (GET OFF THAT COUCH!) require balanced servings of protein, carbs, and vegetables to replenish the energy used. Sugar-laden drinks, chips and fries, fast food, and sweets do not build and maintain the muscles and bones of growing bodies engaged in rigorous activity. Guard against injuries now that could sideline your children permanently or cause problems later in life. Although most of us have attained our physical size by late teens, our bodies continue to

develop into our mid-twenties. Yet many teens and young adults are too busy with work, study, and active social lives to get enough sleep, and move through life in a sleep deprived fog. Crashing out on the weekend cannot make up for missed sleep. Our brains continue to develop all our lives. Such conditions as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and autism have been linked to environmental and dietary causes. To avoid many of the problems of aging, the seeds of which are often sown by youthful bad habits, a healthy lifestyle from the cradle to the rocking chair could reduce chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Recent studies indicate that mental as well as physical exercise reduces the risks of Alzheimer’s. Reading, writing, word games and puzzles, and learning to play a musical instrument have been shown to grow dendrites in our brains and improve memory. Above all, attitude is essential. The ability to laugh and maintain a sense of humor lets people live longer, happier lives. Laughter lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, fear, and anger. A happy person has more energy and less discomfort.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” Proverbs 17:22.

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Becoming a

Guillory

by Bruce Sweatt

the family. The relatives seated on the stiff benches just a few The dark wood benches ar- feet away experienced a flood en’t made for comfort. The room, of emotions. Mieke Ledoux, slender and intimate, is also a cousin, wept. Heather’s father, Gary Lemons, a grizzled, ill-suited for coziness. As the

elevator repeatedly delivers its passengers to the third floor, the opportunity to sit down lessens, and tension permeates the stifling air. A visual tour of the Ryan Street courthouse highlights the anxiousness on the occupants’ faces. However, for the nearly one-dozen family members there in support for the Guillory family, the moment is thick with joyful anticipation. The date of this gathering, August 30, became a celebratory occasion for the Guillory’s and their loved ones. With one fluid swing of Judge Bradbury’s gavel Heather and Randy Guillory, along with their daughter Addyson, welcomed a reed-thin 5-year-old boy into PAGE 16

hardened retired police officer, remained stoic behind his watery eyes and suddenly crimson cheeks. Others snapped photos and interlocked their fingers as they smiled uncontrollably. The day will forever be the anniversary that the Guillory’s made the transition from foster to adoptive parents. “The number of children,” Mrs. Guillory remarked, “needing homes is too numerous to not do something.” Her heartfelt declaration is not without credence. According to the Department of Children and Family Services the number of abused or neglected children in Louisiana needing “a safe and nurturing en-

vironment” is greater than 4,000. As a result, families such as the Guillory’s with huge hearts, stable homes, and a desire to open their doors—and arms—to the state’s disadvantaged children are in great demand. The anniversary of the newest member of the Guillory family, therefore, is a celebration for both the recognition of a new son and also of the unselfishness that is the Guillory way of life. One by one the vehicles arrive at the modest home first filling up the front lawn then lining the street like an automotive picket fence. The backyard gate is wide open giving passersby a quick glimpse into the late-Au-

gust celebration. Kids sway back and forth on the swing set; adults share laughs. Footballs are being hurled, and the remnant of a soccer ball is being gnawed on by the family dog. Grey smoke escapes into the humid air as a perspiring Mr. Guillory studiously flips the burger patties and rolls the hotdog links. Foldable tables line the yard with a homemade cake as the centerpiece surrounded by finger foods and juice boxes. The air is a medley of smells, laughs, barks, and, above all, joy. For the beaming-with-pride new daddy this day is the day “he became our son…this is his birthday as far as I am concerned.” Others share this sentiment. The number of family members attending the celebration to show their love and support for the newest family member is well above the ten who sat through the adoption ceremony. The wide-eyed boy at the center of the day’s attention surveys the packed yard and shyly grins. He is now home.

He is a Guillory.

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By Jacqueline Spring Is there a fountain of youth in Dominica? This is the question many ask when they discover the unusual longevity of these islanders. It is a fact that Dominica has the most centurions (people who are at least one hundred years old) living to date. On a recent mission trip this past August, Lake Charles missionaries were intrigued by a centurion named Margie. When one-hundred-and-fouryear old Margie was asked, “What is the secret to your long life?” Her simple answer spoke volumes. “Love God and praise Him through all circumstances. [That] is the secret to a good life.”

So where is this island paradise?

Dominica, West Indies, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea. It is called Nature’s Island because OCTOBER 2014 • Volume 2 • Number 3

of its natural beauty. Dominica’s economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture. In 1493, on his second voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus came upon this island and named it Dominica after the day of the week on which he discovered it. Like many of the islands in the Caribbean, Dominica has had a long history with Europe. It was a French colony at one time, which explains why their language has a French derivative (it is known as Antillean Creole). In 1763, France turned Dominica over to Great Britain. In 1978, Dominica gained its independence. The island itself is unique in that thanks to geothermic volcanic activity, it is still physically growing. Unlike many of their island neighbors, Dominica has been slow to develop a tourist industry mainly because its volcanic beaches are black instead of the typical white sands. The population is relatively poor. These factors PAGE 17


If you would like to contribute to this mission or if you have a desire to be a missionary to Dominica, please call 337 436-8300. You may discover your fountain of youth begins with helping others.

have made it a haven for missionaries. New Covenant Faith Baptist Church of Lake Charles has been a part of this mission for the last three years. Dr. Jimmy R. Stevens has encouraged his members to follow the call of the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:20). On August 9, 2012, the church’s foreign mission delegates met in New Orleans with other Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention delegates and embarked on a mission to the island that continues today. My experience with the land and people of Dominica allowed me to experience God’s Word in an entirely new light. For example, when I saw the beauty of where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, Psalms 24 (which states, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof and all that dwell therein.”) came to mind. Another example took place during a church service on the island. The people of Dominica sang all of the stanzas of a song, taking the time to be grateful and thankful before God for all He did PAGE 18

for them. It reminded me that in Isaiah 26:3, the prophet tells us, “Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee”. The people of Dominica have limited resources. They are encouraged to grow their own food. Most people cannot afford transportation, so they walk wherever they need to go. With the help of the Seventh District Baptist Association of Louisiana, our Foreign mission’s team has been able to distribute over 300 pairs of tennis shoes. In addition to the shoes, the Gideon Ministry has donated fifty Bibles and the Starlight Baptist Church of Lake Charles has donated one hundred Bibles and some musical instruments. After visiting the people of Dominica, I’m convinced the fountain of youth is available to each of us. It is not a physical place, but a spiritual attitude. To access it, one must have a simple life of gratefulness, thankfulness, and freedom from worry (Philippians 4:11-13).

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Thinking Young

By LeNae Goolsby, JD

accomplished, or dress like.

For as a man/woman thinketh Up until a few years ago I had in his/her heart, so is he/she - my own self imposed limiting beliefs on how I should look at a Proverbs 23:7 certain age, how I should approI know two gentlemen who are priately act and dress at ages 25, both 59 years old. One fellow 30, 35, 40, 50, etc. (because heavdresses like an old man would en forbid a forty year-old womdress, he moves slow, stays with- an dress like she’s twenty-five. I in his daily go to work, go home also had restrictive ideologies routine. He elects not to pursue on where I should be with reactions and opportunities out- spect to my education, career, or side of his comfort zone because, when I should be married, when “I’m too old for that,” he says I should have children. Based with an unpleasant frown on on those faulty ideas, my life was his face. The other gentleman, a failure, nothing, and I mean dresses like a GQ model, even nothing, had gone according though he is not one, he is quick to the “When I am 25 I shall be to action and quick to thought, married and two years later we if there is an opportunity to do shall have our first child…” plan. more, be more, have more, produce more, create move, give The good news is that I am more, he never turns that op- able to now see that my life is portunity down. He frequent- a success and it was my limited ly veers off his path of comfort thinking that was a fail. I was and pursues new adventures all so caught up on being age apthe while saying, “I can do that,” propriately mature, professional with a confident grin. and serious, that I was self-imposing stress, disappointment, Which man do you suppose is and aging myself completely undrinking from the proverbial necessarily. “Fountain of Youth?” How did I make that mental “There is a fountain of youth: it shift? I heard a beautiful, sucis your mind, your talents, the cessful actress, about my age, in creativity you bring to your life, a matter of fact tone respond to and the lives of the people you some random question by anlove. When you learn to tap this swering, in part, “I’m just not source, you will have truly de- that mature.” And, she was okay feated age.” – Sophia Loren with that answer, there was no apology, no sarcasm, she knew I was recently asked how old I she wasn’t “that mature” and she am. I really do not understand just owned it. I decided to try why anyone feels it necessary to that concept on. I determined ask anyone else this question, to cut myself some slack, step save to impose judgments of into a good fitting pair of jeans what someone of a certain age and step out of my pinstripe should look like, act like, have gray suit of rigid professionalOCTOBER 2014 • Volume 2 • Number 3

Tapping in to our “Fountain of Youth” begins in the mind, but we can’t meditate ourselves young.

ism. I now laugh more, am able to more openly express myself creatively, and I have more fun. If being a little immature is what it takes for me to think younger, act younger, and stay younger, why not? If you ask me my age, I’ll give you a few options. There is the age listed on my birth certificate that I celebrate in style every year, the age that I have made an agreement with my body to feel, and the age I choose to be mentally. “The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. Most people believe that aging is universal but there are biological organisms that never age.” – Deepak Chopra

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Oasis’ 3rd Annual “Walk to End Domestic Violence,” a 25-mile awareness walk from Vinton to the Lake Charles Civic Center, will be held on Saturday, October 25th. There is no registration fee and all participants will receive a free “Geaux Purple” t-shirt. Come join us and walk one mile or all 25 miles. We just want your help in raising Every October, cities around awareness! the nation are painted purple in observance of National Domes- The month will end with our tic Violence Awareness Month. annual “Flowers on the Lake” This year, Oasis a Safe Haven celebration. On Thursday, Ocfor Survivors of Domestic and tober 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Sexual Violence is encouraging Lake Charles Civic Center Seaeveryone in the community to wall, Oasis will honor the mem“Geaux Purple” in support of ory of Southwest Louisiana resthe fight against domestic vio- idents who have lost their lives to domestic violence within the lence. last 12 months. It is estimated that one in every four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. Domestic Violence is an issue that affects people of all cultural, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. It does not discriminate. The shelter has an exciting month filled with events geared toward raising awareness and increasing education on the issues surrounding domestic violence.

All of these events are open to the public. We hope the community will come out and show their support to end domestic violence in Southwest Louisiana. For more information or to register for the walk, please contact Oasis at (337) 436-4552 or like us on Facebook at Oasis a Safe Haven.

Oasis a Safe Haven is dedicated to the elimination of personal On Tuesday, October 7th at and societal violence in South9:00 a.m., Oasis will be hosting west Louisiana. It is our misa balloon release and short pre- sion to create change through sentation to kick off the month empowerment and support for of awareness. The balloon re- victims of domestic violence lease will be held on the Old and sexual, safe shelter for Court House steps on Ryan women and children, and community education. Street. PAGE 20

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Ask Mr. Carl!

Thank you for the questions and may you have a blessed day. If you need further explanation of any of the following Answers, please email me at AskMrCarl@gmail.com and I will be happy to give more details.

James asked: Why is it that when

I type a document and send it to some companies they say that they can’t open it, but other companies have told me they do not ever have a problem opening the ones I send? It depends on what version of Word that you are using. You need to find out what version of Word they are using. To make it easy, if you are using Word 2007 or later they might be using version 2003. They can either download

the “Compatibility pack” from Microsoft (free) at http://www.microsoft. com/en-us/download/ details.aspx?id=3 and they will be able to open your file, or you can save it in their version by using “Save As”, and at the lower left of the dialog box that opens, choose the “File Type” drop down menu and click their version. If they are not going to edit your document in any way, you could save your file as a “PDF” file. Most people in today’s Workforce have a PDF Reader on their computer.

Robert asked: If I am typing a

long letter is there an easier and faster way of saving my document along the way without stopping and clicking on the Save diskette next to the Word logo at the top?

The easiest way is hold down the “Ctrl” button at the lower left corner of your keyboard and press “s” and resume typing. Once you do it enough times you will be able to do it in a second! Make sure that you have saved the document already and given it a name because if you don’t, a dialog box will pop up and ask you to name the document. After you have given it a name the

box will no longer pop up. Bernice asked: I want to restore my computer with all the files that it originally came with because it is giving me problems, but I don’t have the Restore CDs that it came with.

Well, before I open Pandora’s Box, so to speak, and ask you what KIND of problems you are having I presume someone has told you that restoring your computer to its original state is the best option, so let’s go from there. The age of your computer will determine if you have a “Hidden Partition” with all the files on it to “Restore” your system without the CDs. If your “Hidden Partition” is there and your system is running and you can reboot your system, you will have to know what key stroke your specific computer manufacturer uses to access that “Hidden Partition”. If you have any problems, email me at AskMrCarl@gmail.com and I will restore it for you for a fee. YOU MUST REMEMBER this: If you do attempt to restore without backing up your pictures, data, emails, and your dreams, you will LOSE THEM!

Shari asked: If I did not have an

AntiVirus software installed on my computer and I caught a virus can I purchase an AntiVirus Software

and remove the virus? Good question…probably NOT! AntiVirus softwares are usually meant to keep Viruses OUT, not pull them out and delete them! No one should operate a PC without AntiVirus software RUNNING and UPDATED at ALL times. And no, that would not be a good reason to go out and purchase a MAC (no MAC users, I won’t tell them the reason behind that! Lol). Back to the question: My suggestion to someone that caught a Virus because he or she did not have an AntiVirus Software program installed on their computer in the first place, is to let a professional do it and he might be able to save your files and pictures and data…maybe.

Email your questions to Mr. Carl at

AskMrCarl@gmail.com or call him at 337.477.4400. At the end of September you will be able add your questions to my Blog at www.CanIAskMrCarl.com. Remember there are no “stupid questions”, but there are plenty of “ridiculous answers”! Let me help! Sign up for my Classroom Classes at www.InternetRoom.net by clicking on “Sign up”!

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All collected food will be directly donated to Abraham’s Tent, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing food for the poor and hungry in our community every day of the year.

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