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“D2 & Me:” A Diabetes Support and Wellness Group

Lexington Medical Center has begun to host a new diabetes support and wellness group called “D2 & Me” for type 2 diabetes patients and their caregivers. The meetings, which are open to the public, will feature guest speakers, exercises, healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings, recipe exchanges and dinners at local restaurants.
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Classes take place on the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus, the hospital’s community medical center in Lexington, and off site for special events. Clinicians and experts who have special training in caring for people who have diabetes lead the classes and meetings.

Here is the calendar of meetings for 2014:

Wednesday, September 17 – Meal Planning (includes carb counting)
Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE
Lexington Medical Center Lexington
811 West Main Street, Lexington
First floor conference room
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Free and open to public

Wednesday, October 15 – Meal Planning – Part 2
Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE
Lexington Medical Center Lexington
811 West Main Street, Lexington
First floor conference room
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Free and open to public

Thursday, November 13 – Holiday Recipe Makeovers
6:30pm – 8:30 pm
Lere Robinson
Columbia’s Cooking
915 Greene Street, Suite 200
Columbia
colacook@mailbox.sc.edu
803-576-5636
$35/class or $25/students/military/senior
Attendees must sign up online or call to register

December 9 & 17 – Diabetic-Friendly Holidays
Laura Stepp, MA, RD/LD, CDE
December 9th class will be in the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus inside Lower Level Classroom 3 from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
December 17th class will be at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center at 811 West Main Street in Lexington inside the first floor conference room from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Free and open to public

diabetes1LMC employee Natalie Copeland started the group in June. It was something she wanted to do after she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

“Diabetes, regardless of type, is a prevalent disease nationwide that affects more than 29 million Americans. I figured there were a lot a people in this area affected by this disease, especially since obesity plays a big part in type 2 diabetes and obesity is a Lexington County community need that wasn’t being addressed,” Copeland said. “I am fortunate that I have been able to control my diabetes with diet and exercise. I want us to be able to control our diabetes so that it doesn’t control us.”

Since June, D2 & Me has provided people with type 2 diabetes a forum to talk about their disease and learn how to care for themselves. For more information on upcoming meetings, visit Facebook.com/D2andMe or www.LexMed.com.

An Evening of Honor

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation hosted a dinner and talk this week with three of the 78 living Medal of Honor recipients in our nation. Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, Maj. Gen. James Livingston and Lt. Michael Thornton – who have each called South Carolina home – attended and addressed the audience of more than 800 people.

Created in 1861, the Congressional Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat. The President, in the name of Congress, presents it to the nation’s bravest men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

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Livingston and Thornton are both Vietnam War veterans. Livingston was wounded three times as he continued to lead his fellow Marines out of battle and refused to be evacuated until all others were safe. A S.C. native who now lives in Texas, Thornton acted courageously to remove two seriously wounded senior naval officers during battle and towed them seaward for approximately two hours until a support craft rescued them. Carpenter, a current student at the University of South Carolina from Gilbert, S.C., suffered devastating injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, the loss of his right eye, a broken nose and 30 fractures to his right arm, when he jumped on a grenade to shield a fellow Marine from a deadly blast in Afghanistan in 2010.

During An Evening of Honor, the men reflected on their time in the service and those who fought alongside them. They also encouraged guests to honor veterans and active duty military personnel, and to treat each day as a gift.

Free Art Classes Help Cancer Patients

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to offer “Healing Icons,” a series of free art classes for community members who have cancer. The next classes at Lexington Medical Center will begin on Wednesday, September 10th and run through December 3rd on the Lexington Medical Center hospital campus. The classes are open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, and in any stage of treatment, regardless of where they have received their treatment.
Healing Icons at LMC
During the classes, students create art including black and white pencil drawings, masks, paintings and more. The students are in all stages of treatment from the beginning of chemotherapy to grappling with a recurrence of cancer. Creativity can help stimulate and support health immune systems. It can also help patients express the range of emotions they often feel about a cancer diagnosis and how it will impact themselves and their family.

Columbia artist Heidi Darr-Hope leads the classes. Learn more about her at www.healingicons.org

“Once people can freely express the anger and anxiety, they lay them on the shoulders of their artwork and become lighter,” Darr-Hope said. “It seems simplistic, but there’s rich information under it.”

“Healing Icons” is a free class for cancer patients that’s paid for through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Each week, students meet in the Resource Room located inside Lexington Oncology on the hospital campus.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming classes:

Autumn Workshop: Understanding Uncertainty, Unity, Wholeness and Balance
Wednesday, September 10. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Mixed Media Mandalas for Releasing, Letting Go

Wednesday, September 17. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Open Studio – Independent Workshop Time

Wednesday, September 24. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Mixed Media Mandalas for Harvesting Gratitude

Wednesday, October 1. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Open Studio – Independent Workshop Time

Wednesday, October 8. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mixed Media Mandalas for Accepting Uncertainty

Winter Workshop: Coming Home to Ourselves, Exploring Bookmarking
Wednesday, November 5. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Creating a Visual Journal for Remembering

Wednesday, November 12. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Open Studio – Independent Workshop Time

Wednesday, November 19. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Creating a Visual Journal for Letting Go

Wednesday, November 26. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Open Studio – Independent Workshop Time

Wednesday, December 3. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Creating a Visual Journal for Discovery

To register, email info@healingicons.org, or call Libby Daniels at 791-2289 or Jennifer Peagler at 791-2617. Register early as class size is limited.

Members of the community can support Healing Icons by making a contribution to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at LMCFoundation.com or by calling (803) 791-2540. Additionally, some of the current artwork from Healing Icons students appears on note cards that are available through the Foundation.