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.

Columbia Medical Group Welcomes New Doctors

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Eddie M. Williams III, MD and Huong Thi Phan, MD to The Columbia Medical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice located on Trenholm Road in Columbia.

An Irmo native, Dr. Williams graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He went on to complete his internal medicine internship and residency, critical care residency, and pulmonary medicine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Additional education includes earning a diploma in tropical disease and hygiene from the University of Liverpool, U.K. and studying French at Institut de Formation de Cadres pour le Développement (IFCAD) in Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Eddie Williams

Dr. Eddie Williams

“I enjoy the relationships and the science in practice, long term friendships with patients and solving problems – therefore the art and science of medicine,” Dr. Williams said.

Dr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience as a physician. He most recently practiced at Palmetto Pulmonary and Infectious Disease in Columbia. Dr. Williams is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease.

Huong Thi Phan, MD is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Phan completed her residency in internal medicine in Columbia. She is board certified in internal medicine. Before coming to The Columbia Medical Group, Dr. Phan worked at West Columbia Internal Medicine, which was also part of the Lexington Medical Center network of care.

Dr. Huong Thi Phan

Dr. Huong Thi Phan

“As a practicing primary care physician, I have a unique opportunity to meet and care for a variety of patients with different needs,” Dr. Phan said. “To me, being a primary care physician is both rewarding and satisfying by taking part in the healing process.”

Specializing in general adult internal medicine, the board-certified physicians and nurse practitioner at The Columbia Medical Group provide comprehensive medical care for adults, including the diagnosis and treatment of health issues, care for chronic diseases, and advice on preventive care, diet and exercise.

Dr. Williams and Dr. Phan are accepting new patients. Learn more at ColaMed.com

The Columbia Medical Group
4540 Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC 29206
803-790-4700

Reap the Benefits of Family Mealtime

By Jennifer Benedetto MS, RD, LC CNSC
Clinical Dietitian at LMC

Along with the start of the school year, come homework and extra curricular activities. Helping your child with nightly assignments and carting them to their next practice leave little time for actually preparing and eating an evening meal together. But the benefits of family mealtimes are well known.

Family eatingBesides being a great opportunity to provide a healthy, well-balanced meal, family dinners improve adolescent well being by decreasing the incidence of disordered eating. Family meals also decrease the chance that your child will become overweight. Children and adolescents who partake in a family meal have less depressive symptoms, greater academic achievement and more positive family interactions. The most positive benefits are seen when 3 or more meals are eaten together. But with a busy schedule, how is this feasible?

Keep it simple. Family meals need not be complicated. Forgo recipes with long lists of ingredients and stick to basic staples. A favorite in my house is “taco” night using lots of fresh veggies, grilled chicken, black beans and cheese made with 2% milk.
Double up. When preparing meat, rice or pasta, cook double. Grilled chicken breasts can be used for salads, pasta or stir fries, so load up the grill. Browned ground turkey can also go the extra mile in tacos, burritos, or casseroles. Pasta can be served warm with sauce or cold as a pasta salad.
Prep ahead. Use the weekend to wash and prepare vegetables for weekday meals. Seeing the brightly colored vegetables in your refrigerator will encourage you to grab them and go. Serve them raw, stir fried, sautéed or grilled. Your family will love the fresh flavor!
Enlist help. Children that assist with menu planning are more likely to eat what is served. When it comes to meal preparation, have everyone strap on their aprons and pitch in by doing age appropriate activities. Young children can assist with washing vegetables. Elementary age children can set the table or stir sauces or stews.
Shop early in the week and avoid multiple trips. Organize the week’s menu early and make a shopping list. Keep staples like brown rice and whole wheat pasta on hand. Last minute trips to the grocery store are wasteful and time consuming.

With teamwork and advanced planning, your family can soon reap the benefits of shared meals!

    Sources

: thefamilydinnerproject.org; “Do family meals make a difference?” by Eliza Cook and Rachel Dunifon of Cornell University