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Mother’s Day spotlight:
9 months and 34 minutes
of a purpose flled life
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In this Issue
Volume VIII
From the Editor 2
Things we love about Lexington 4
Let’s Talk
5 When “Green” is NOT good
6 Tongue Thai’d: Asian cuisine with a twist
8 Lexington Woman presents “On the Couch” at Travinia with Tyler Ryan
9 A guide to pet health insurance
Health & Wellness
10 Lexington Medical Center’s new program for urinary incontinence and
pelvic pain
12 Little League Shoulder
14 Smile from the beginning
15 Dress for the job you want
16 Getting a KICK out of life with Jackie Howie
18 Lexington’s own Rebecca West
Celebrating the Survivor in You!
21 Celebrate life, strength, and courage
22 Bren Miller
24 Brittany Barfeld
Business & Web Directory 25
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hank you for choosing to take the time to read this edition of Lexington Woman. Tank you for allowing me to share my thoughts
and referrals to the women of Lexington. We believe the businesses in these pages are the best of the best. Each business you will see
featured has made a personal commitment to you, the Lexington Woman, to provide you with quality products and services, and I invite
you to call them or go in and give them your business. Without their support, Lexington Woman could not continue to share such valuable
information with you.
If you haven’t already made plans to join us in Savannah for the Girlfriends Getaway, call a friend and invite her see page 13 for details. We
are going to Paula Deans and take a Riverboat Dinner Cruise. Ladies, I would love to see you there. Space is very limited so call a sitter or let
daddy watch the children and join us for two days in beautiful Historic Savannah.
Spring is in the air and the weather has us all guessing from one day to the next; do we get out the short sleeves or do we done a jacket? Lately
there are more days flled with sunshine than not. South Carolina is especially beautiful this time of year and I love this big cherry blossom
tree in my own front yard full of pink blooms.
We are doing a lot of exciting things on line so don’t forget to check our website frequently and see exactly what is happening in and around
Lexington and specifcally what up coming event may be especially for our readers. We have also joined Facebook and at last peek had
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Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefts:
Who forgiveth
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Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfeth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
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Things We Love about Lexington
Things we love about Lexington!
by Lori Samples Duncan
We love KICKS Exceptional Shoes!
Check out the article featuring
Jackie Howie on page 16, or stop
by their Lexington location at Te
Shoppes at the Flight Deck to fnd
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Anderson Filet at Travinia Italian
Kitchen. What a wonderful dish! Check out their ad on page 8.
We love the Colonial Life Center! Check out the upcoming events
and family shows at www.coloniallifearena.com.
We love Rodan + Fields SOOTHE regimen
– a deep, calming breath for your skin…
when your face just can’t take it anymore.
Rodan + Fields SOOTHE regimen is for-
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ere are some of the things we love about Lexington:
We love our Mothers! We wish all of you moms a Happy Mother’s
Day! Be sure to fip the magazine over, and check out our Mother’s
Day features.
Sexy Girls sushi – a sushi appetizer
at Thai Wasabi in Lexington beside
Publix on 378. I love the sushi! In
my personal opinion, this is the best
Sushi in town. Te Sexy Girls are a
defnite must try! Plated beautifully,
this dish is appealing to the eye as
well as the palate. Take your mom!!!
See their ad on page 6.
We love Blooming Butterfies at EdVenture starting May 1st run-
ning through October. Explore the world of these fascinating in-
sects! Interact with live butterfies and watch chrysalises emerge
into beautiful butterfies and moths through the “Bloom Room”
viewing window. Tere are 10-15 diferent species native to South-
eastern U.S. in the garden. Free for members
and $3 in addition to museum admission for
We love accessories at Cho’s on Main!!!
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When “Green” is NOT good
by Pastor Mark Crumpton
veryone is talking about “going
Green” these days, but I say green is
not always good. I believe that part of our
current economic situation is because we
have been “green” for too long.
I know you are thinking by now, “what is
this guy talking about”? I am talking about
us being discontent and “Green” with Envy
for too long. Because of this, Green monster
of Envy, we have sought out bigger houses
and more expensive cars until we have spent
all of our green (money), trying to keep up
with the Jones’.
When “Green” is not good, it is very bad and
destructive. It appears as a subtle discontent;
no longer satisfed with what you have. Mar-
riages have ended and families have been
torn apart as a result of our “Green with
envy” lifestyles.
One of the Ten Commandments in the Bible
is “Tou shalt not covet”, which is another
word for envy. God knows the destructive
nature of this “green” monster and desires
to protect us from it’s claws. So what can be
done about this? Well, the decision to make
a diference all starts with you! Te choices
you make today will impact others forever,
your children and family.
Paul said this in Phil 4:11 Not that I speak in
regard to need, for I have learned in whatever
state I am, to be content: NKJV.
He is saying that I am NOT lacking anything
that I NEED; and understanding this I can
be content wherever I am with whatever I
If you examine your life today you will see
that you truly are blessed. You may not have
what the neighbor has but you have what
you NEED. If you think back to what most
of our grandparents grew up with compared
to us, we are far better of materialistically
but none the happier. Life is less stressful
and debt is less of a threat when we learn to
be content in whatever situation we are in.
Phil 4:19
And my God shall supply all your need ac-
cording to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
God always provides and He always makes
a way.
Matt 6:25-26
“Terefore I say to you, do not worry about
your life, what you will eat or what you will
drink; nor about your body, what you will put
on. Is not life more than food and the body
more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither
sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of
more value than they? NKJV
Tank You Heavenly Father, for supply-
ing my daily bread (my daily needs). I truly
am blessed, I have all that I need and more.
I may not be rich by the world’s standards
but I am rich in life. Help me to be like Paul,
content in all things at all times. Tank You
Heavenly Father.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only be-
gotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)
Pastor Mark Crumpton,
Lexington Church of God
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Asian Fusion Cuisine www.thaiwasabi.net
he news of a new Asian Fusion res-
taurant next to Publix on highway
378 in Lexington was welcome news to me
and our Publisher, Lori Duncan. It didn’t
take too much arm twisting for me to accept
the invitation to join her for lunch at Tai
Wasabi. When we arrived, we were made to
feel very welcome in the dining room.
Afer a once over look at the full menu, we
met Paul, the owner and chef at Tai Was-
abi. Like the staf members that met us at
the door, he was very welcoming. Not be-
ing a fan of seafood personally, my dining
companions thumbed through the full sushi
menu, and selected among others, the “Sexy
Girl,” which is shrimp tempura, jalapeno,
with mango. Paul has put together several
other sushi oferings such as “Breath of Fire,”
“Las Vegas,” “Lady In Red,” “10 SC,” “Fantas-
tic,” and one that makes me want to order it
simply because of its name, “911.”
We also sampled the Asian staple Edamame.
Yummy. We then tried the Tom Yum Tofu,
which is Tai herb enhanced soup, with a
splash of lime Juice. Again, a delight from
Paul and the Tai Wasabi. Afer Tom Yum
Tofu, and the Sexy Girl, it was onto lunch.
Lori had the Kung Pao Chicken, served with
baby corn, bell peppers, carrots, and a special
sauce. Te question Lori had to answer was
”How much kick” in the sauce? I selected the
Pad Tai chicken, which, in retrospect, was
an excellent choice. Also making it to the
table, the 3 favor trout, described as crispy
trout in a 3 favor sauce. Now, before we dis-
cuss the food itself, let me take a moment
and address the presentation. From the Sexy
Girl all the way through the fried ice cream
that we will get into in a moment, the food
simply looked delicious. Fresh dark green
broccoli and cucumbers, the right amount
of sauces, the tasteful garnish all made each
plate pleasing to the eye...and the nose, for
that matter. Te freshness of the vegetables
was a discussion at our table.
Ok, back to the food. As I mentioned, Lori
had the Kung Pao chicken. And don’t think
for a second that I didn’t reach across the
table with my fork extended to do some
sampling. A piece of chicken, the pasta, and
a baby corn. Te favor was great. Te kick
was spicy but not over powering. Although,
it did sneak up on me a bit, afer my com-
ment about it not being hot at all! Like a
Seinfeld episode, I can tell the story of my
Tai Wasabi lunch backwards. Our friend,
Teresa, looked at my empty plate and said
“Wow, were you hungry?” Although I was,
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by Tyler Ryan
...the right amount
of sauces, the
tasteful garnish all
made each plate
pleasing to the
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Paul’s cooking certainly made
it easy! Te chicken and sea-
soning was delicious. Even the
3 favor trout looked perfect,
and Tracy of Marketing Essen-
tials confrmed that it was an
excellent choice for lunch.
You might think that our time
at the Tai Wasabi would be
over. You would be wrong. Paul
brought out two of his favor-
ite meal enders. Sweet Sticky
Rice, with mango, and fried
ice cream, called Tempura Ice
Cream. How they manage to
deep fry ice cream without
melting it defes physics. Both
great choices to satisfy even the
most discerning sweet tooth.
Let’s check the balance sheet
so far on our time at the Tai
Wasabi. Great food. Great
atmosphere. Good presenta-
tion. Ok, time to talk turkey.
How much? Appetizers start
at $3.99. Paul has daily lunch
specials priced at $6.99. Mind
you, don’t be fooled by the use
of the words “Lunch Special.”
At Tai Wasabi, the specials are
a special price, not special size.
Tey are all very large portions.
Full dinners and entrees also
start at $9.99.
Te Tai Wasabi is opened
every day, with lunch start-
ing at 11:00 Monday through
Saturday, and Sunday starting
at 11:30. You also can check
out their website, including a
full menu, at www.thaiwasabi.
net. Tank you Paul for a great
Great food.
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exington Woman Magazine has
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We are so excited about this opportunity to
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re you worried you won’t be able to
aford veterinary care for your pet
if they need it? You and your family’s emo-
tional connections with your pet are strong,
yet today’s economic realities may cause you
to postpone necessary treatment or even
force you into euthanizing your pet if they
become seriously ill or injured. According
to the Journal of the American Veterinary
Medical Association, expenditures for vet-
erinary care have more than doubled since
1980. If this ‘health care crisis’ has you wor-
ried, then you should consider pet health
In many ways, pet health policies are simi-
lar to human insurance policies; annual
premiums, deductibles, and various cover-
age plans are based on what the pet owner
chooses. Tey are not, however, health
maintenance organizations (HMO’s) or pre-
ferred provider organizations (PPO’s), nor
is pet health insurance considered ‘man-
aged care’. Pet health insurance policies are
fee-for-service indemnity policies similar
to your auto or homeowner’s insurance. An
owner with a pet insured by these policies
has a contract with the insurance provider
and submits claims to their them for reim-
bursement of the pet’s veterinary costs. Since
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it is an indemnity policy and not medical
insurance, the providers are not concerned
with treatment outcomes, length-of-stay, or
other issues important to human medical
insurers and managed care. Veterinarians
are not bound by contractual relationships
with insurers nor do they sell policies or re-
ceive ‘kick-backs’. Overall, these policies are
much less complicated and more afordable
than our own health insurance.
Pet Health insurance has been in the U.S.
market for more than 30 years, however ac-
cording to Dr. Ernie Ward DVM, a member
of the PetPlan Insurance Advisory Board,
less than 2% of all U.S. pets are covered by
health insurance. Even so, the pet health in-
surance business is growing drastically.
An independent market research frm esti-
mated a total growth of nearly $110 million
from 2003 to 2007, and there are several
new insurance companies entering the mix,
including names well known to pet own-
ers such as Purina and the American Ken-
nel Club. Dr. Craig Pryor of Murphy Road
Animal Hospital in Nashville, TN, tells a
success story of one of his clients who had
two boxers develop cancer. Te successful
treatment and remission for both dogs cost
$25,000, which included surgery, hospital-
ization, radiation and chemotherapy, and
the client’s pet health insurance paid all but
Here are some tips to help you
select the right health insurance
policy for your pet:
• Make sure your policy does not exclude
certain breeds, congenital illnesses, or
pre-existing conditions
• Know your policy’s age limits and any
‘waiting periods’
• Ask about discounts if you have your pet
microchipped or if you have multiple
• Know what your plan covers (Accidents
only? Wellness care? Comprehensive
• Review deductibles, co-pays and caps on

For a complete review of available pet health
insurance plans, visit www.petinsurancere-
view.com. Ask your veterinarian for their
advice on pet health insurance for ‘your
other family member’.
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t may start during a cough, sneeze or
jump. But soon, it can develop into an
embarrassing problem that impacts quality
of life. National consumer research shows
that one-third of men and women ages 30
to 70 have experienced incontinence at some
point in their adult lives and may be still liv-
ing with the symptoms. Now, Lexington
Medical Center is pioneering a frst-of-its-
kind hospital program in the Midlands.
Lexington Medical Center has a new pro-
gram for incontinence and pelvic pain for
both women and men. To date, it is the only
Midlands hospital with such a program.
“We use exercises, nutrition, biofeedback
and other modalities to treat these patients,”
said Tori Gude, physical therapist and man-
ager at Lexington Medical Center Rehabili-
tation and Sports Medicine.
In women, pregnancy and childbirth are
common factors leading to incontinence.
Afer childbirth, the pelvic foor muscles
are weakened and the pelvis can be aligned
diferently. In men, surgeries, nerve damage
or benign prostatic hyperplasia can cause
incontinence. Habits such as drinking too
much cafeine or alcohol can make it worse.
Many of the same factors can lead to pelvic
pain, along with participation in high impact
activities such as cycling, creating problems
including pain in the lower abdomen, lim-
ited sitting tolerance and reduction in range
of motion. Pelvic pain is considered chronic
when symptoms are present for more than
six months. Te pain is ofen described as
aching or burning.
Gude says, for some people, the problems are
so bad that they limit activities or traveling
they once enjoyed. She adds that the experi-
ence of wearing a thick maxi pad or wetting
their bed at night becomes extremely embar-
rassing, especially for younger patients.
Patients who take part in the new program
come to the Rehabilitation and Sports Medi-
cine ofce on Lexington Medical Center’s
main campus. Tori Gude sees each patient
once a week for a 45-minute session. Treat-
ment will last 6 to 12 visits.
Health & Wellness
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urinary incontinence and pelvic pain
Lexington Medical Center
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Health & Wellness
Te therapy, which includes
education on diet and nutri-
tion, behavior changes, pelvic
foor exercises, biofeedback,
techniques to decrease urinary
urge and frequency, massage,
strengthening of the abdomi-
nal core and electrical stimula-
tion, can address the problem
well. It can also be a good op-
tion for patients who want to
get of medicine.
“It gives patients the opportu-
nity to take control of the prob-
lem,” Gude said.
Te treatment is always done
in conjunction with advice and
permission from the patient’s
physician. Patients can be re-
ferred by their primary care
doctor, Ob/Gyn or urologist.
Such a referral is necessary.
Most insurance providers cov-
er physical therapy for urinary
incontinence and pelvic pain,
however all patients should
verify their individual benefts
for specifcs on out of pocket
maximums and any limits their
plan has in place. Good candi-
dates for referral to the program
include people who experience
trouble leaking urine during
normal daily activities, leakage
during sneezing, coughing or
laughing, pain in the lower ab-
domen, pelvis, hip or tailbone,
pain with sexual intercourse,
trouble starting to urinate, or
trouble with frequent urina-
Tori Gude emphasizes that
patients must be diligent in
following guidelines to obtain
results. In addition, they may
have to be willing to make life-
style changes, such as limiting
certain activities.
For more information, visit
...one-third of men
and women ages
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Craig M. Burnworth, M.D.
Kim J. Chillag, M.D.
William T. Felmly, M.D.
David B. Fulton, M.D.
Wendell Holmes, Jr., M.D.
Mark D. Locke, M.D.
Earl B. McFadden, M.D.
Frank K. Noojin, M.D.
Bradley P. Presnal, M.D.
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Moore Clinic is dedicated to caring for the pains of today’s active lifestyles. We help
athletes perform better. We straighten children’s spines. We even repair the damage
that weekend warriors inflict upon themselves.
Moore Clinic—we’re your muscle and bone experts!
ith almost three million players,
little league is a time honored
and very popular tradition for young boys
who have dreams of becoming A-Rod, Ted
Williams, or even Babe Ruth. Te largest
organization of little league was founded in
1939 by Carl Stotz. Since then, along with
the growth of big league ball, little league has
become a tradition all over the world. Boys
that began as little league players have gone
on to win World Series titles and held long
careers in “Te Show” (the term used to de-
scribe the Majors). Unfortunately, there is an
increasing number of young players whose
dreams end with little league, sidelined by
what has become known as “Little League
Te average big league pitcher creates seven
thousand degrees per second of angular mo-
mentum. In layman’s terms, a throw that can
travel over one hundred miles per hour. Tis
creates tremendous stress on even the most
trained, strongest throwing arm. Although
your average twelve year old isn’t quite at
that level, as the young human body is form-
ing, it is susceptible to injury from use.
According to Dr. Frank Noojin from the
Moore Orthopedic Clinic, the dynamic of
how kids play sports has changed. In past
generations, kids played several sports.
Baseball in the spring, football in the fall,
basketball in the winter. Tis provided rest
to various parts of the body. With the in-
creased competitive nature of sports, kids
are much more specialized and focused on
one sport. With the climate of the south
east, it is possible to play baseball nine to
eleven months of the year, rather than three
or four. Te addition of diferent types lev-
els leagues, school games, summer leagues,
travel ball, among others, kids can get a lot
of practice, but also expose themselves to
potential injury.
Humeral Epiphysiolysis, commonly known
as “Little League Shoulder” has become all
too common among the future Roger Cle-
mens of the twelve year old set. Te injury
occurs from the repetitive throwing, which
causes stress on the growth plate. According
to Dr. Wendle Holmes of the Moore Ortho-
pedic Clinic, this stress can cause a weak
Little League Shoulder
by Tyler Ryan
‘Little League
Shoulder’ has
become all too
common among
the future Roger
Clemens of
the twelve year
old set.
Health & Wellness
photo by Timeless Expressions Photography
13 www.lexingtonwoman.sc
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spot in the bone, which can lead to
If ignored, these injuries can lead
not only to surgery, but lifelong
problems. Te good news, however,
is that Little League Shoulder is not
only treatable, but preventable. Some
medical Groups have become very
proactive with the education and
prevention of such injuries among
young ball players. Dr. Noojin and
Dr. Holmes are among a group of
about a dozen orthopedic surgeons
who practice with the Moore Or-
thopedic Clinic; in conjunction
with, therapists, and other health
care providers that treat sports re-
lated injuries. In addition to the staf
at the clinics, located in Lexington
and downtown, Moore has devel-
oped an outreach program, putting
some seventeen athletic trainers
into schools all over the midlands,
whose role is to educate and prevent
injuries in the sports programs. Te
trainers, who work as part of a part-
nership with Providence Northeast,
work to “prevent injuries from get-
ting worse, and act as a medial tri-
age,” according to Dr. Noojin.
If a player is experiencing pain, there
is a good indication there is a prob-
lem that can quickly get worse. It’s a
lot of responsibility for a young play-
er to recognize what his body is try-
ing to say. Although soreness can be
expected with any level of intensive
activity, “listen to your body. Pain
is not normal,” says Dr. Noojin. Dr.
Holmes goes on to say that if there is
pain afer a day, there is a good indi-
cation there is a problem. It’s impor-
tant for coaches and parents to pay
attention. Watch for the signs. Has
the speed gone down in the pitches?
Is there a loss of accuracy? Tese are
two telltale signs of an issue.
Does that mean that if you have the
symptoms of Little League Shoulder
you are going to meet Dr. Noojin
and Dr. Holmes in the operating
room? Almost never. In fact, with
treatment, only one to two percent
ever have surgery, according to the
Tere are systems in place to protect
the players, but it is vital for parents
and players to play by the rules. “Live
by the pitch count rules.” Dr. Holm-
es warns. He goes on to say that ball
should only be played a maximum
of 8 months a year. He also says
“Don’t cheat the system” by playing
in several leagues at once. Tis can
quickly create the fatigue and stress
on the young body that can lead to
Little League Shoulder.
If coaches and parents observe the
signs, and the players listen to their
bodies, Little League Shoulder is
not a career ender. Most players
can return to the mound, and with
technique corrections, can fnd
themselves stronger pitchers in the
end. Dr. Noojin tells us this issue
can be avoided all together, with
these simple steps. Plan, condition
in the of season, learn proper tech-
nique, watch the pitch count, and
take 3 months a year of to let the
arm rest. You never know, we might
have a World Series winner from
You can learn more about Te
Moore Orthopaedic Clinic, and it’s
outreach program, and treatment
by contacting them at (803) 227-
8000 or at www.mooreclinic.com.
photo by Clark Berry Photography
It’s a lot of
responsibility for
a young player to
recognize what his
body is trying to say.
Although soreness
can be expected with
any level of intensive
activity, ‘listen to your
body. Pain is not
14 Celebrating, Motivating and Educating Real Women
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irst impressions seem to be what most
people remember about a person. It
is the beginning of the relationship, a time
when you want to look great and feel conf-
dent. Whether it is a job interview, business
client or a frst date, you should try to make
the best impression possible.
Your smile is the frst thing people notice
when they meet you. You don’t have to be
a Dentist to notice cigarette and cofee stain
or to smell the bad breath from Gum Dis-
ease. We use our mouth so much in our
professional life through communicating
(talking), smiling and eating with our col-
leagues. It would be mighty hard to smile at
your boss or potential client when you have
a toothache because you put of that flling
from last year.
Now let’s get real here, especially women, if
we are going to an important function we
want to wear a great outft (probably one we
have tried on 3 times!). So why would you
not want a great smile? Everyone can see it
and you have to wear it every day! WOW
Tere are many options that can make you
look and feel better about your smile. Tere’s
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and orthodontics. Even regular 6 month
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and tea and remove tarter which contributes
to Gum Disease and unsightly “red” bleed-
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It doesn’t have to be expensive to take care of
your smile; we have payment plan options
to help you aford whatever you may need.
Just talk with your Dentist and your Dental
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can change your life. It’s hard to say “no”
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Whether it is
a job interview,
business client
or a frst date,
you should try
to make the
best impression
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Health & Wellness
15 www.lexingtonwoman.sc
Specializing in On-Site
Custom Repair and Design
903 North Lake Drive, Lexington
(look for the black awning)
Dress for the job you want
by Ruth Chapman
nce I was tasked with build-
ing an entire department
from the ground foor. What I
learned is that the interviewer’s per-
ception whether real or imagined is
everything. You never get a second
chance to make a frst impression.
From an advertisement I put in the
local newspaper, I received 21 re-
sumes to review. I pulled out any re-
sume in which it appeared the appli-
cant had relevant work experience;
much to my chagrin, there were only
one or two. Ten I looked for cus-
tomer service experience. I believe
that customer service is innate. You
can learn the facets of the business,
but it’s difcult to teach people how
to be nice.
A few of the applicants did not re-
spond to my voice mails. I didn’t
make a second attempt at contact.
One or two simply failed to show up
for the interview – no call, no show;
no job. I usually drive to the loca-
tion the night before, making sure
I know exactly where to go and de-
termining how long it might take me
to get there, so I that will not be late.
Tis just seems like common sense
to me, but apparently, not everyone
uses this approach as several were 10
minutes or more late; a big no-no on
a job interview.
I believe that just by talking to some-
one, you can get a feel for their per-
sonality. I begin telling the applicant
about the job. Next I ask them to tell
me about themselves. I don’t ask if
they are married, have children, go
to church, etc. but usually they feel
compelled to tell me all these things.
Sometimes they tell me way more
than I need to know.
I always ask them why they are leav-
ing their current position. Tis is not
the time to reveal some transgres-
sion, either real or perceived that is
unforgiveable in your mind. Inter-
views should always be positive. All
the while, I am looking at this person
and asking myself, “Do they ft in
with other members of the depart-
ment? Are they pleasant? Are they
appropriately dressed?”
It is imperative to wear your best out-
ft to the interview. I was once hired
for a position in a law frm when I
was in college, simply because I wore
a navy blue suit with a silk scarf in
the pocket. My wise and wonderful
aunt once told me to always “dress
for the job you want, not the one you
have.” I believe that even if you don’t
own a suit, you know someone who
does. And if you don’t, go to Good-
will if you can’t aford one. You never
get a second chance to make a frst
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It is imperative to
wear your best
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I was once hired for a
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when I was in
college, simply
because I wore a navy
blue suit with a silk
scarf in the pocket.
16 Celebrating, Motivating and Educating Real Women
ven if you have never shopped at ei-
ther KICKS stores, on Devine Street
or at Te Shoppes at Flight Deck, even if
you have never thought about shopping
at a shoe boutique, even if you are a guy,
you have heard of either Jackie Howie, or
KICKS. As a professional emcee of sorts, I
can’t tell you the many times I have men-
tioned the words “footwear available at
KICKS” while hosting a charity event. Tis
tells me that Jackie Howie not only runs a
successful business, she is also a very active
member of the community.
Over the last 12 years, Jackie has built a
reputation for style and price, but she didn’t
start out with deep pockets to become suc-
cessful. When Jackie came back to Colum-
bia, she “didn’t have two dimes to rub to-
gether,” but had the entrepreneurial spirit
of her father. Drawing from her love for
the shoe stores in Atlanta, Jackie, with no
business background, asked a lot of ques-
tions, and jumped in with both feet … pun
Kicks did not always occupy the grand space
it does in Lexington and downtown that you
see today. Initially, she had an agreement
to sell shoes in an existing ladies boutique
on Devine Street. Te next step…(like the
metaphor?) was a “teeny little house,” also
on Devine. Her next big move was to the
current location on Devine Street. In Lex-
ington, Jackie went back to the basics. She
started inside of Lola on 378. With her re-
cent move to the Shops At Flight Deck, she
has really found a home.
Jackie has also continued the small town
feel and philosophy that has made the stores
a success. In Lexington, she simply props
the door open and people can just pop in.
Jackie fancies working at the store as act-
ing almost as a “bartender for females.” Te
friends come in, sit on the couch, and the
friends “work it all out…if we sell some
shoes in the process, all the better.”
Jackie also strives to break the impression
that a store like Kicks is full of only high end
shoes for select people. She actively fghts
that stigma. She works to make sure that
no one thinks they can’t aford things in her
stores. Although she had no formal busi-
ness training, she recognized an opportu-
nity to provide shoes at lower price points,
so that even moms with daughters who
outgrow their shoes can fnd the “adorable”
shoes that have made the stores famous.
With prices ranging from twenty dollars to
several hundred, Jackie’s pledge is to fnd a
fabulous shoe at the price you need.
Te other recipe for success is Jackie’s in-
volvement in the community. She recogniz-
es the diference between simply running a
store in a community, and being part of it.
Among the many events you see Kicks in-
volved with, Jackie is very dedicated to help-
ing others fnd the strength to fght their
battle with breast cancer. Her next event is
the “Get in Te Pink” event on May 8. Tis
event was started last year, marking her
tenth anniversary in business. She felt like
there was diagnosis afer diagnosis of breast
cancer among her friends and clientele.
With all that in mind, she coupled her love
for running with an event to raise money
and awareness. Te success of the frst run
brought the attention of the Susan G Ko-
men Foundation, who wants to be a part of
the event this year. Tere is more informa-
tion on the race at www.GetInTePink.org.
Getting a KICK out of life with
Jackie Howie
by Tyler Ryan
Jackie fancies working
at the store as acting
almost like ‘a bartender
for females.’ The friends
come in, sit on the
couch, and the
friends ‘work it all
out...if we sell some
shoes in the process,
all the better.’
photo by Clark Berry Photography
17 www.lexingtonwoman.sc
Even with the stores, and com-
munity involvement, there is one
thing that she holds dear, and that
is her quality of life. Te life outside
the store. Te life with the family.
Although there are times that she
feels like no matter what, she is go-
ing to disappoint someone, she has
the support of a very “patient, won-
derful husband” who isn’t afraid to
lend a hand.
Successful business owner. Wife.
Mom. It’s very easy to see that the
magic of Kicks comes from the gen-
uine nature of its proprietor, Jackie
Howie. “It’s not rocket science,”
says Jackie, “buy pretty things, and
treat people well.” Good advice. It’s
working very well at KICKS.
You can browse, get directions, and
even shop at www.ShopAtKicks.com.
If you’d like to see more of the time
we spent with Jackie please log onto
Woman to Woman TV, at www.you-
tube.com/WomanToWomanTV, and
watch the entire “On Te Couch”
Among the many
events you see Kicks
involved with, Jackie
is very dedicated to
helping others fnd
the strength to fght
their battle with
breast cancer.
Jackie Howie
photo by Clark Berry Photography
“I can do anything with the
right pair of shoes by a single
act is better than a thousand
heads bowing in prayer.”
– Anonymous
“I still have my feet on
the ground, I just wear
better shoes.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“Funny that a pair of really nice
shoes make us feel good in our
heads – the extreme opposite
end of our bodies”
– Levende Waters
18 Celebrating, Motivating and Educating Real Women
erry Mason. Ben Matlock. Jack Mc-
Coy. Rebecca West. Ok, well the last
one isn’t as much a character on TV, but a
real, practicing, successful attorney with the
Law Ofce of Richard J. Breibart in Lexing-
ton. If you’ve lived in the Lexington area you
have, more than likely, heard of Te Law Of-
fce of Richard Breibart. Breibart has made
a name for himself as a criminal defense at-
torney. He also has a very talented team of at-
torneys who practice civil litigation, and the
frm has been involved in several high profle
cases which have yielded millions for clients.
Te Law Ofce of Richard J. Breibart is a
general practice frm. Te frm is giving spe-
cial focus to alternative dispute resolution,
which is used to avoid what could be a costly
legal battle. Te frm facilitates structured
negotiations and uses the skills of the attor-
neys to reach a resolution prior to entering a
courtroom. Te ofce is also adding a divi-
sion of probate and estate work, making the
frm a truly full service general practice.
Rebecca West grew up in West Columbia
and attended public schools, before attend-
ing Ole Miss for law school. Afer coming
home and earning visiting student status at
the USC School of Law, she found herself fo-
cusing on family court cases. She now heads
the family court division at the Law Ofce
of Richard Breibart. Te practice unique
among frms in Lexington because it has at-
torneys who are dedicated to work specif-
cally in the family court.
In the family division, she sees a lot of divorce
cases, and the inevitable custody battles that
ensue. She also handles social services cases,
ofen in the defense role, where someone is
accused of wrong doing when it comes to a
family member. Some times family law has
a criminal component, and she pointed out
that at Breibart, they can handle both the
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If you’ve lived in the
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Lexington’s own Rebecca West
by Tyler Ryan
19 www.lexingtonwoman.sc
In a world of
civility, she
learned early on
that regardless of
gender, ‘playing
nice with others’
will always serve
you better.
Rebecca West
civil and criminal issues for
a client, eliminating the need
for representation by separate
We asked Rebecca about the
difculties or diferences for
a female to practice law in
what some might consider the
“Good Ole Boy” world of the
southeast. “It’s a learned skill,”
she replied. In a world of civil-
ity, she learned early on that
regardless of gender, “playing
nice with others” will always
serve you better. Te balance
between the family and career,
however, tends to require a bit
more fnesse. Mom is still mom,
and when the kids are sick, she
is the one who is called. Re-
becca said that she relies on an
extended network of people
including a very supportive
husband. She also commented
that when you leave work, you
need to “leave work and be a
mom.” Rebecca did make the
point that sometimes when
you put on the mom hat, and
leave work behind, it can be a
disadvantage because ofen the
male attorneys can continue
working. “You work around it.”
Rebecca has found that the
number of female law students
has increased tremendously,
over the years, pointing out
that her class at Ole Miss was
nearly a third women, com-
pared to the pictures of classes
in years past, which had only
one or two.
You know that the question of
shows like Law and Order, Te
Practice, and Matlock came up.
According to Rebecca, there
are in fact, some similar aspects
to what we see on TV and real-
ity, which is more than can be
said for a lot of reality shows.
According to Rebecca, the re-
lationship that is ofen found
between courtroom adversar-
ies can ultimately help create a
positive court outcome. Even
some of the procedures we see
on the tube are “absolutely ac-
curate.” She’s even had some-
one confess on the stand!
Te Law Ofce of Richard
Breibart is clearly well suited
to a vast array of services for
clients, from criminal and civil
defense to injury cases, and
family matters. You can learn
more about the frm online
at www.breibartlaw.com and
You can also logon to www.
LexingtonWoman.sc to watch
the “On Te Couch” interview
with Rebecca West, where we
learned about how she puts her
negotiation skills to work with
her precocious three year old
red-headed son.
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“Other things may
change us, but we start
and end with family”
– Anthony Brandt
Here are two images from a session we did with
my grandmother and mother months before my
grandmother passed away. I sort of knew this was
probably our last chance to do these pictures with
my Nana and I’m so grateful we took advantage of
the time we had. Too often people put off doing im-
portant things like this and then they realize one day
that its too late. Even if people don’t choose us to
photograph their families I hope they get some pro-
fessional images made of their loved ones to have
to remind their children and grandchildren of their
loved ones who are no longer with them.
– Becki Berry (Clark Berry Photography)
Photos by Clark Berry Photography
(left photo) Doris M. Hobgood, Marian H. Warner,
Becki L. Berry, Caroline R. Berry
(right photo) Lindsey N. Berry, Jonathan C. Berry, Katie L. Berry
20 Celebrating, Motivating and Educating Real Women
A journey that was meant to happen….
Take a woman with a great sense of style facing a difficult situation with her
head held high and quiet fashionably decorated (I might add) and woman with
the heart to help others and the opportunity to do so and Chemo with Style was
inevitable. Paulette Criscione and Terry Vann Schon formed a partnership and
a friendship that has made Chemo with Style such an important part of many
survivors journey.
With the donation of 75 wigs and the desire to pay it forward Paulette and Terry
have worked since November of 2005 to help patients who lose their hair while
under going chemo therapy, look and feel better as they fight for their lives.
“Chemo with Style” classes are held every other month, and are open to all
cancer patients who are losing or have lost their hair. Hospice Care of
Tri-County, SCOA, local merchants, and volunteers support the classes, where
they teach and fit each individual with a wig and turban, showing creative ways
to wear different head gear, and offering other personal appearance tips. Scarf
tying and other tricks are shared along with fun and fellowship. Classes are
offered at no cost to the patient.This loosely knit support group supplies each
cancer patient an oasis from the sterile medical. Through the hearts of those
who are like-minded, Paulette and Terry strive to add sunshine to the day of
each cancer survivor.
Contact Terry Vann-Schon for more information
803.400.1177 | 166 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 100 | Columbia, SC 29210 | www.chemowithstyle.com
The “Chemo With Style” events have been made
possible by the donations of many caring, loving people.
South Carolina Oncology Associates
Hospice Care of Tri-County
“Chemo With Style” Volunteers
Joan Robinson, Hair to Stay
Graciously accepting Donations — Please call Terry
Vann-Schon for more information on how to donate.
“Chemo with Style” is a © copyrighted program with Hospice Care of Tri-County.
Terry Vann-Schon, Tyler Ryan, and Paulette Criscione
21 www.lexingtonwoman.sc
nyone can give up, it’s the easiest
thing in the world to do. But to hold
it together when everyone else would under-
stand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
—Author unknown
When I think of the survivors in the follow-
ing pages the above quote is a perfect ex-
ample of their courage. Te survivor series
is about celebrating the life, the gifs, and the
joy it is to simply exist. Te women in these
pages have chosen to do more than exist.
fcult situation. When someone has walked
the path before you, someone who didn’t
know how things would turn out, doesn’t it
make you feel like you can do it too? Why do
reality shows inspire people to change their
lives? Because they watched a real person
accomplish what they set out to do, and now
they believe they can do it as well.
When you read this section of Lexington
Woman, do it with purpose. Take something
away from what you read. Be inspired.
Tey have decided to live every day to the
fullest and make the most of every moment.
I like to call this section of Lexington Wom-
an Magazine, “Te Survivor Pages”. What I
want you to understand is that these pages
aren’t about cancer, they are about strength
and courage. Tey are about second chances
in life! Te women in these pages open up
about intimate details of their lives, for one
reason and one reason only. Tere is healing
in these pages. Nothing inspires me more
than an actual frst hand account of any dif-
Lexi ngt on Woman cel ebr at es t he sur vi vor i n you
photo by Clark Berry Photography
(frst row) Ellyn Reid, Elaine Clary, Cindy Spires; (second row) Tara Brady, Sara Dawson, Bren Miller Cynthia Weaver;
(third row) Michele Frazier, Lia Brown, Suzy Scott, Sylvia Livingston, Sheroyn McCormac
Celebrate life, strength, and courage
by Lori Duncan
22 Celebrating, Motivating and Educating Real Women
I am HER2 positive so I had to have weekly
chemo for a year fnishing in June 2008.
I now understand that it’s possible for anyone
– any healthy woman with no risk factors, to
turn up with breast cancer. I was proof that
cancer can hit no matter how good you take
care of yourself! I found a tiny lump sev-
eral months BEFORE but, for some reason,
didn’t worry about it…mainly because I had
no idea what a lump was supposed to feel
like! Also, my lump did NOT show up on the
mammogram (only on ultrasound) which is
even more reason to do monthly self-exams
and know your body!
I approached this nightmare as a “breast
cancer training program.” I prayed that
God would eventually use me to help others
through all the challenges I would experi-
ence on this journey.
Te biggest surprise was my ability to deal
with NO hair. I had been in denial from the
“get go” about losing my hair and freaked out
every time I thought about it. I know…..it
was only hair….but I am a girlie girl and my
hair has always been very important to me.
Shortly afer the frst chemo treatment, my
hair began to “let go”. Picking hairs of my
clothes drove me crazy so I ended up styl-
ing my hair in pigtail braids. Te braids were
Bren Miller
Founder of “Bling 4 Breast Cancer”, The Pink Posse, and The Pink Posse Philes
n March 2007, my husband and I were
ready to move to Columbia, South Car-
olina from Cincinnati, Ohio. Minutes before
the moving truck arrived, I received a phone
call from my doctor informing me that I had
been diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast
For over 30 years, I had worked out faithful-
ly and ran several marathons so, “ME”???...
with breast cancer??? How did I get breast
cancer? Am I going to die? What about my
hair? Honestly, I am embarrassed to admit
that for a moment, I was more worried about
losing my hair than having cancer!
In shock, I handed the phone to my hus-
band and fell to the foor crying in the midst
of packed boxes. My husband spoke to the
doctor, picked me up of the foor and put
his arms around me. “Moving” was the last
thing on our minds! We intended to leave
for Columbia afer the furniture was loaded,
but obviously, had to change our plans. At
that time, I began visiting doctors, hospitals,
experiencing all kinds of tests and proce-
dures, and dealing with the emotions that
come with this kind of news. It is amazing
how such a tiny lump can change your life!
We fnally made it to South Carolina in time
for my frst chemotherapy on June 1, 2007.
successful because the hairs stopped drop-
ping all over me! My only fear was that the
pigtails might fall of!
THEN, it was time to wash my hair. I pulled
the rubber bands out of the pigtails and
my hair fell out in HUGE chunks! OH MY
GOODNESS…..I had a mess….My hair
was totally “LETTING GO”!!!!!! I yelled for
my husband to bring the scissors. I hung
my head over the sink and begin chopping
it of at the scalp! NOW, it was time for my
personal barber (my husband Greg) to take
over. Greg did a great job shaving my head
and enjoyed every minute of it! But, here’s
the unbelievable part of the story: I did not
shed ONE single tear!!! NOT ONE!!! I actu-
ally liked the new “DO”.
I never wore a wig…I learned that a bandana
can be a very important accessory when
moving to a new city! So many people in Co-
lumbia reached out to me when I wore my
CROWN! Yes, people came up to me and in-
troduced themselves…..I felt I had moved to
the friendliest city in the country! My “Ban-
dana Crown” brought so many new friends
into my life….people I would not have met if
I had blended into a crowd wearing a wig.
Since my last treatment in June 2008, my life
has been flled with tons of changes. New
city, new home, new friends, and NEW hair?
Before cancer, my hair was long, straight,
and blonde…My new hair is curly, and very
dark brown! It is still pretty weird for me to
look in the mirror and see the dark hair! For
a long time, I barely recognized myself and
sometimes I even miss my bald head on hot,
humid South Carolina days!
Troughout my year of chemotherapy and
multiple surgeries; I found it very hard to
look in a mirror. My body had changed so
much and I really didn’t like the refection of
myself. At times, I would stand in front of the
mirror and say, “Who Are YOU?” See, before
cancer I was “Brenda” and my way of dealing
with the physical changes was to change my
name to “Bren.” As Bren, I started my life
over with more wisdom, more compassion,
Celebrating the Survivor in You!
Bren at the Pink Posse photo shoot
photo by Clark Berry Photography
I now understand that it’s
possible for anyone – any
healthy woman with no
risk factors, to turn up
with breast cancer. I was
proof that cancer can hit
no matter how good you
take care of yourself!
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Celebrating the Survivor in You!
more love and more life than ever
before…thankful for every single
day God gives me…appreciating ev-
ery moment and never taking any-
thing for granted…especially giving
encouragement and hope to others
dealing with breast cancer.
All through my life, smiling and
having a positive attitude has always
been very easy for me. Terefore,
with cancer, I have only concentrat-
ed on the good in everything I have
experienced while singing my fa-
vorite hymn “Leaning on the Ever-
lasting Arms.” Te Bible says, “Te
eternal God is your refuge, and un-
derneath are the everlasting arms.”
If life’s storms are overwhelming
you, climb up into your Heavenly
Father’s arms, feel the beat of His
heart, and rest assured He’s bigger
than the storm you’re facing.
Part of my healing has been the cre-
ation of “BLING 4 Breast Cancer.”
Tis is a way for everyone to join to-
gether and raise money to help fnd
a cure because we all know someone
with breast cancer and we all have
unwanted fashion jewelry!
Te 2009 “Mirror of Hope” was
made from jewelry donations from
approximately 100 people. I pray
that anyone fghting breast cancer
will be able to one day look in a mir-
ror with a smile on their face and
thank God for their blessings as I
have been able to do.
In this season of my life, I am grate-
ful for a new purpose and mean-
ing. God continues to bless my life
in so many ways. He didn’t give me
cancer, but He is watching what I
do with it…I want to give Him the
glory and please Him in all that I do.
A few years ago my cancer would
have been a death sentence and I am
committed to doing my part to help
fnd a cure.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a downcast spirit dries up the
— Proverbs 17:22 KJV
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24 Celebrating, Motivating and Educating Real Women
hhh I screamed as I bent over in
pain. My neighbors, my husband,
and my daughter all stopped what they were
doing…My daughter had squirmed out of
my lap and elbowed me in the side of my lef
breast…I felt like I was on fre.” Te words
of Brittany Barfeld. A wife, mother, and
friend…also a breast cancer survivor.
It was January, 2007. 2006 had been a tough
year for Brittany, at the time 28 years old, as
she had lost her grandmother, stood by her
year old daughter in the hospital for 11 days,
lost her job due to downsizing, followed by
her husband losing his, and her brother was
killed in a car accident. Te lump she found
shortly afer the day her daughter elbowed
her added to a time what some might fnd
completely insurmountable.
Afer her discovery of the lump, Brittany
called her OBGYN, who said, “You’ve def-
nitely got something here.” Tere wasn’t ini-
tial alarm, as her mother had dealt with cysts
throughout her life, dealing with Fibrocys-
tic Disease. Brittany assumed she was sim-
ply the next in the family line to have cysts;
which are simply drained and go away. Even
her radiologist initially thought everything
looked ok. As expected, this lump began to
shrink, giving the indication that the diagno-
sis was right, until one night, while reading,
she discovered three more.
With the next set of tests came word from
the radiologist that everything was still ok,
and the two tumors and cyst were all benign.
Te decision was made to remove the mass,
which was described as the “head of Mickey
It was early, the morning she got the tele-
phone call, as she was on her way to drop her
daughter of before heading to work. Could
she come to the ofce at three thirty that
afernoon? “Yes.” Tree thirty seemed a life-
time away. Afer she got to work, she called
her doctor back and simply
asked. “Do I have breast can-
cer?” “Yes.”
Afer calls to her Mom and
husband, Brittany decided
to stay at work, even with the
clock ticking to three thirty,
already accepting her fate,
and what steps she had to
take at this point.
Brittany wasn’t alone in the
news, or her fght. Her mom,
who she calls her “Rock,” was
planning to retire and take
care of her mother. Tis day
changed that plan, as she immediately told
Brittany she was going home, packing a bag,
and moving in.
Brittany kept her job as a Title Curator for
Roger Townsend, and Tomas, until her
Surgery in June, at which point, she took a
leave of absence. Te following nine rounds
of chemo, which lasted a year or so, lef her
unable to work for most of it.
Brittany, who had faced breast cancer head
on, took her hair loss in much the same fash-
ion. “Instead of letting the cancer control
that part, I shaved my head.”
During her battle, it was her family, friends,
and the nurses that gave her the strength to
fght. In fact, it was the compassion of the
nurses that have given Brittany her true call-
ing. Nursing. It was that strength that they
showed every day that has fueled her passion
to be there for someone else.
Te year had passed, chemo, radiation, the
Red Devils, the buttons, the faith, the sup-
port, fnally the day that scans showed no
cancer…”Praise Jesus!”
Trough the process, Brittany didn’t talk
much with those outside her support net-
work, but when her aunt mentioned that she
had a friend named Mandy Bowden who was
also fghting breast cancer, she agreed to call
her. Tey just “clicked.” Tey decided to meet
at Travinia Italian Kitchen for a cocktail. Te
drink of choice is now Buddies famous “Tati-
ni” martini. Amy Kinard joined them for
that initial meeting, together they all found
a deep connection. It was this meeting, and
the addition of Kim Hamrick and Jessica
McCain that founded the Ta-tini’s.
Brittany is still cancer free, and still on follow-
up medication including Tamoxifen. She has
hot fashes, and is still building her strength
back from the battle with breast cancer. Her
hair has grown back, although she says she
would shave it again in a “skinny minute.” It
could even be a challenge at the upcoming
Fight Like A Girl fund raising event that we
see GI Jane. If the right donation came in at
the party, it could be a quick trip to CVS for
some razors.
Her lessons? She found her calling as a nurse,
and is applying and hopeful she will fnd a
nursing program. She also passes along the
advice to awaken. Search for what your call-
ing is. Live life…for good. “Go for it.”
Tis article is brought to you by Dems Fine Jew-
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5290, or see their ad on page 23.
Celebrating the Survivor in You!
photo by Clark Berry Photography
In fact, it was
the compassion
of the nurses
that have given
Brittany her
true calling.
Brittany at the 2009 Surviving
the Holidays Fashion Show
Brittany Barfeld
by Tyler Ryan
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