Category: Interviews

Meeting the Challenges of Cancer Survivorship

Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment — you just have to be willing to take it.

Emily Hollenberg

In a recent article, Overcoming the Mental Challenges of Cancer, Heather Fues, Oncology Nurse for Palmetto Toumey Health, Emily, Cancer Information Specialist for The American Cancer Society, Daun Davis, Colon Cancer Survivor, Margaret Wineglass, Adenocarcinoma Survivor, Katrina Mellerson, Breast Cancer Survivor, and Tiffany Collins, daughter of a stomach cancer victim, told how cancer is survivable and controlled with the mind. These women pointed out the mental and emotional challenges of surviving cancer, while having the fear of possible recurrence and guilt knowing that they have survived while other patients like them haven’t. These women told what inspired them to fight, live freely and at what point was it when they realized that they won the fight against cancer.

Javier, Cancer Information specialist for The American Cancer Society’s Hotline, has provided more information on cancer survivorship and how they help in the process of overcoming mentally. During a telephone interview he was asked to give an update on the programs offered by the American Cancer Society and to advise if there were any specific changes in the programs since the last update Emily, CIS provided two months ago.

He said, “ There hasn’t been any recent changes to the programs we currently offer”. Javier stated that everything is still the same at this time but that he would be more than happy to provide more information about the organization and to answer any questions.

Javier was asked to explain how he helps cancer patients, survivors and their families meet the challenges of cancer survivorship. He said, “I answer calls and emails from people with cancer, their family members and friends, and others who have questions about cancer.” He stated that the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center has developed an extensive database of up to date cancer information. The information provided in the database is what he shares daily with callers.

According to Javier, the database covers many topics and includes information on cancer prevention recommendations, guidelines for detecting cancer early, different cancer types and subtypes, cancer treatment options, their side effects and more.

He also said that he not only helps callers get information but he locates resources and different programs to help patients overcome mentally. Javier said he searches resources within specific areas for support services to see what’s offered in the different communities before directing patients to those support services.

Javier mentioned that the organization’s website includes a list of all programs and services offered along with facts about the American Cancer Society’s Hotline.

The Cancer Society Hotline can be reached at 1-800-227-2345. The help line is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The NCIC provides local information for everyone in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winning Against Colon Cancer

“I know, that I know, that I know, that God has kept watch over me through the years” she said.

She is Daun Davis, colon cancer survivor of 14 years. Daun said that through most of her childhood and young adult years, she has gone through trials, like most kids do. Back in 1999 she had a mild stroke. She lost use of her left arm and could not see out of her left eye. She was given medication to reverse the effects and she had surgery to clean out a carotid artery in her neck. She now has a long scar on her neck from the surgery, but all of her body functions have been 99.9% restored. Daun was 44 years old at this time, not overweight, had no high blood pressure and no others symptoms for strokes. She was able to return to work full-time and eventually moved from Baltimore, MD to South Carolina. She said, “God restored me!”

The 20th of June 2002 Daun was scheduled for a normal check up with her family doctor. She said, “During my visit, my doctor asked if I had any questions or concerns. I said I had none, other than I was eating huge amounts of ice.” Davis stated that she was having a strange craving for ice and not just any old kind, she had a particular type that she would eat. She ate the shaven kind, the small clumps of ice like the ice they sell at Sonic. “I was buying it by the bag like it was my treat.”

Daun stated that her doctor wanted to run some test to determine if she had an iron deficiency. The test results showed blood where it should not have been. She was then scheduled to take a colonoscopy. “They removed some polyps and found cancer on my colon. I was stage four.” Davis was then scheduled on the 5th of July to have surgery to try to remove the cancerous sections. “Everything was happening so fast.”

Surgery was a success, doctors were able to remove the cancerous sections and put her colon back together. She did not have to wear a colostomy bag. During surgery, however, doctors saw some spots on her liver and recommended that she have chemotherapy for three months. “I saw an oncologist who was very bleak. He couldn’t really look me in the eye during my visits. He looked sad when he would talk to me.” After treatment, Daun was scheduled to have a CAT scan to make sure that the spots they saw, which they could not conclude was cancer, did not change. She stated that her doctors were baffled when they got the results. Daun said that they could not explain why she was doing so well. “I KNEW IT WAS BECAUSE OF GOD. He heard my cry and interceded on my behalf! He spoke to me and told me that there was more work for me to do!”

“HE RESTORED ME AGAIN”

Daun was able to take chemo treatments, rest for a day and return to work the next. She said, “The day of treatment, I was wiped out.” She was told that her medicine could cause nausea and hair loss. Her hair never fell out and she didn’t experience any nausea until the end of treatment. “God was with me all around this whole situation.” When Daun finished treatment she was extremely happy. She said that she was dancing in the office and was happy to get out of there.

When asked how she overcame cancer mentally she replied “My faith in God.” She said she was never going to give up. That she would have fought until her very last breath. She mentioned that walking, exercising when she could, encouragement from family and friends and joining a cancer support group also helped her overcome cancer mentally.

Daun would like to encourage cancer patients and survivors to stay positive and never give up. To have your family talk to each other about their health issues so that they will know their history. She said, “We all know our family tree, but talk about your HEALTH TREE. Don’t be ASHAMED!”

“I’m a survivor of 14 years! I praise God for his grace!”

From The Author

When Daun was diagnosed with cancer she said that the initial shock and trying to digest everything was difficult. Her desire was to grow older to see her children grown and on their own. She wanted to see her grandchildren too, but wasn’t sure if it was possible with stage four cancer. She became a survivor in 2002. It’s now 2016. She was able to see her children and grandchildren grow up. She is proof that cancer is beatable mentally and physically. Before the cancer was removed from her body, and before she even finished treatment she had already won the fight against colon cancer.

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.”

JIM VALVANO

Cancer Survivorship

Katrina Mellerson first noticed a lump on her right breast back in 2005. She said “ I had just got home from work and was about to take a shower when I noticed a lump on my right breast. It felt like a rock.” Mellerson stated that she then had her first biopsy done where doctors stuck a needle into her breast to pull out fluid. She had what she called a lumpectomy.

Years went by and it wasn’t until 2008 when she felt a lump again. Katrina said “ Everything was good until 2008”. This time, she saw a different doctor at New York Hospital. This particular doctor told her that her previous lump was cancerous and that the current lump was too. Katrina was very upset because she was told something different from before. “I was diagnosed with cancer.” She said that if she had known then that it was cancerous she would have started treatment then instead of waiting. “I could have done treatment then instead of waiting”.

Mellerson stated that at her second doctor’s appointment she had to get the lump removed. She said, “I was given the choice to remove my right boob or get a mastectomy.” Removing her boob, she said, would have made her feel like she was less of a woman. She decided to get the mastectomy and keep her boob.

“I was distraught and not prepared at all for this news”

After the lump removal, Katrina began treatment at Trident Hospital in Charleston South Carolina. Treatment began on April 28, 2009 and lasted until June 6, 2010. During treatment, Mellerson said that most of her stress came from her non-supportive mother, how her diagnosis affected her daughter Jasmine, her four hour-long treatment sessions and this medicine called The Red Devil.

She said that her mother wouldn’t attend doctor appointments regularly or help out with her daughter after her treatment sessions. She said, “I would be very tired and sleepy after treatment when I got home and my mother would ask me to get up out the bed and feed my daughter.” Katrina stated that she moved back to South Carolina from New York after being diagnosed with cancer so that she could get some help, but that it didn’t turn out that way. She said most days after treatment she even had to drive herself home.

During treatment, Jasmine started to act out but never admitted that she didn’t like or want to see her mom battling with cancer. The four-hour treatment sessions were once a week in the beginning, but eventually slowed up to once every two weeks. She said it was the Benadryl they gave her during treatments that always knocked her out.

The Red Devil, according to Katrina, was an all red medication that caused her hair and eyebrows to fall out. She said, “I ran from treatment for four months because I wasn’t ready for the transition.”

When asked to describe how she felt in two words about her overall situation she said “ Why me?”

When asked how she overcame cancer mentally she talked about her goals and receiving encouragement. Mellerson said that her main goal was to complete treatment so she could get back to her normal life. Focusing on what her outcome would be is what she said helped her to stay focus and maintain. She said, “I had to complete treatment because I wanted my hair and eyebrows to grow back. I was ready to get back to doing me.”

She also stated that family members would often encourage her and that the encouragement was a big help along her journey to recovery.

Tambre Leighn, a cancer survivorship coach expert has a Twitter account that she uses to encourage cancer patients and survivors. In a recent post she said, “Don’t ever let anyone tell you how your story ends.”

In another post she asked, “How effective is a lecture from your doctor?” In that post she links an article titled “A better way” and asked her viewers to check out her comment about the article because she believes that there is a better approach to lecturing cancer patients.

Eight Mental Tips for Coping With Cancer Treatment is an article that Eric Ryals posted to his LinkedIn account. He applied his athletic mindset to his battle against cancer and shared how he mentally overcame cancer in hopes of helping someone else face any extreme physical, mental and spiritual challenge. His eight tips are:

  1. Mind Over Matter
  2. Stay In the Present Tense
  3. Annihilate Self-Doubt: You Will Prevail
  4. Personify Adversity: Conquer the “Beast”
  5. Embrace the Love and Good Will of Others
  6. You Call This Pain? This Is Relatively Nothing
  7. Laughing and Crying Is the Same Release
  8. Happiness Is A Decision.

The American Cancer Society posted an image of a Facebook emoji on May 25, 2016 to their Facebook page asking all individuals to post in the comments all emoji reactions that describe how they are feeling along their cancer journey. The American Cancer Society stated, “ Your cancer journey can bring out many emotions- how are you feeling today? Use Facebook emoji reactions to tell us how you’re feeling today-we’re all in this together”.

The link to the Facebook post is provided below.


There are many ways to overcome cancer mentally. Check out the Cancer Survivorship Talk audio below.

From The Author
There are many ways to overcome cancer mentally. Find what helps you live freely. You’ve already won the fight by trying!

Living Life With Autism

Adrienne Kelly’s 25-year-old son, Prince, was diagnosed with autism at the age of one. He was taken to the doctor for a well child visit where he was first diagnosed with cataracts. Doctors informed his mom that cataracts were often seen in older people. He was taken back for more test and doctors eventually told her that he was suffering from autism. They ran multiple tests and finally told her that he would never be like a normal child.

Asking Kelly questions was easy; she didn’t mind speaking up about her son. When asked what was it like growing up in the home, she said, “It wasn’t too hard”. She had to treat little Prince the same way she did her other two children. In a single parent home she spoke about patience and how that was the key to taking care of her baby boy. Prince couldn’t walk on his own until he was about three years old, he wouldn’t speak or try to mumble words that a child that age would normally do. The basic needs at that age were no problem. She had done that stuff with her other children. It wasn’t until he got older when things changed.

Teaching him how to care for his self was challenging. It wasn’t as easy teaching him how to wash. It took time, but he eventually got it. Kelly said being a single parent, working, and not always having someone to look after her son meant that she had to teach him what to do. “It took time, but it was doable”. She made that clear. Prince knew how to lock and unlock the house door just in case he got home from school and Adrienne wasn’t there. He could microwave his food, use the bathroom and do all basic things needed to take care of his self until she got home. Adrienne stated that his autism didn’t stop him from learning how to do things; his learning ability was just slower than the average child’s.

Kelly described her son’s personality and what it was like for him in school. She said, “My son was always and still is a happy person. He had times when he would act out, but mostly whenever he was around large crowds. He also knew when he was being picked at”. On his way to school one morning another small boy was picking at him. He took his hat and wouldn’t give it back. Prince reacted by hitting the young boy.

Prince attended most of his school days in New York City. He was in a class where he was taught individually. It wasn’t until after he got in school that he could talk. He was able to take speech classes and learn sign language. He was separated from other students who didn’t have a disability when it was time for lunch, but like most people he had rules to follow. He even had chores. Kelly said, “In certain areas of his life he was treated differently from a normal child, but in others he was treated just the same.”

Adrienne Kelly made it clear that her son was not mentally retarded. She said that’s how his doctors and most people would identify him. “My son is not mentally retarded, he is pretty intelligent. He can have a full conversation with anyone, he may not be able to read, write or ride a bike like most young adults at his age, but he can do great things. Prince received his high school diploma and never missed a day from school. My son can swim and ice skate and knows all about personal hygiene.”

Kelly discussed many reasons why people should get informed about autism and how to deal with it in the home. When asked if she had any advice for other parents or disabled people suffering from autism she said, “Patience is the key, it’s a lot of work, but if I can do it, anyone can.”

While speaking to Adrienne about Prince, he sat in the next room and remained quiet until he was asked a few questions. When asked, “How are you?” he replied, “I’m fine thank you. How are you?” Prince was able to engage in a full conversation. His speech was different, but he understood and answered all questions.

For more information on living with autism, email amsingletary@fullsail.edu.

Words From The Author
Living With Autism is not the end of the world. We all are different and beautiful in our own special way. It doesn’t matter if you are affected by this disease, if a family member has it or just a close friend. This is no reason to give up on or not live your dreams. Learn about the disease and use what you can to DO WHAT YOU LOVE or to help someone else achieve.

Cynthia Tindal: “Self Destructive Behavior”: Part 2

Cynthia Tindal: “Self Destructive Behavior” Part 2 from Ashley Singletary on Vimeo.

Last year, September 2015, Cynthia Tindal, a local resident of Summerton, South Carolina discussed her Self Destructive Behavior and how it’s caused her so much suffering and pain during her life. She spoke about her journey to drug and alcohol abuse and how her addiction started out as curiosity but quickly turned into self-destruction. Cynthia also mentioned her previous treatment process, how she would start, become clean for months and stop.

It’s almost six months later and Cynthia is ready to tell part two of “Self-Destructive Behavior”. This time she is the narrator and storyteller, she tells all in the above audio. Since her last interview, she stated that she made many attempts to stop her addictions and stay clean but has not been able to do so. “I tried but people kept coming and I couldn’t say no”.

While telling her story she said, “I have good and bad days, this seems to be one of my bad days”. Cynthia mentioned that she is still in the struggle but will continue to try and do better. Mrs. Tindal continuously expressed how she wanted to stop the drugs and alcohol but wasn’t strong enough to quit.

According to Mrs. Tindal, she is back on her heart medication and will be entering treatment again with hopes of becoming completely clean from her addictions. She discussed her feelings about death, leaving behind nothing and facing her fears. In closing she said “ I wish recovery on everybody”.

Alcoholism is a growing problem worldwide, some medical professionals believe that it’s a disease. Others believe that alcoholism is self-abusive behavior that result from psychological causes. In a recent survey of US Physicians, 20% thought that alcohol was a disease and 55% believed that there is no cure for alcoholism.

According to Alcoholrehab.com, drug use is a global phenomenon, effecting individuals from every ethnic and socio-economic status. They stated that there is no sure-fire way to avoid addiction to drugs without practicing abstinence.

Physicians Health Services, out of Massachusetts, believes if you face your addiction you can overcome it.

From The Author

In our everyday lives we struggle with addictions and issues. That’s life, no need to give up! No matter how many times you fail or fall short keep going. Face your addictions, over come, keep working and be successful. Follow your dreams and do what you love! Like Mrs. Cynthia, try to find relief in positive things. Always remember that succeeding is your biggest goal.

Succeeding In The Work Place

Succeeding In The Work Place from Ashley Singletary on Vimeo.

Sebrena Wells, a 911 Shift Supervisor has been dispatching for Clarendon County Emergency Services for 13 years. In a recent interview she stated that she started as a telecommunications officer back in 2003 and became supervisor in 2007. She has an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Service Management and a Master of Science Degree in Public Safety specializing in Emergency Management.

On March 19, 2016 Sebrina gave tips on how to succeed in the work place. She was able to give tips on success by providing information as an experienced supervisor. In the above audio she mentioned just a few but had a lot of information on success in the work place. Topics that she elaborated on included, sticking to your work schedule, following the rules while at work, displaying positive attitudes, dressing appropriately and professionalism.

Latrice nelson, also a 911 dispatcher has been working for Clarendon County Emergency Services for two years. According to Nelson, she assists with on the job training and is a senior dispatcher. Latrice said that succeeding in the work place consist of time management, goal setting and leadership skills. While explaining why these elements are important she said “In 911 communications my co-workers and I work 12 hour shifts. We have a lot of work to complete while answering the  radio and dispatching officers.” She stated that in any work environment planning and having control over the amount of time spent on different activities is effective in managing your time.

For more information on succeeding in the work place you can contact Sebrena Wells at sebrenab@gmail.com or Latrice Nelson @ latricenelson21@yahoo.com

Attendance Is Important Too

Attendance Is Important Too

From The Author

Showing up for class is just as important as showing up for a job. Young adults must practice now for their future. My website if focused on motivating and encouraging young adults in every way possible. Attendance will be an important factor in one’s career.

Mary Adger, a former substitute teacher for Clarendon County who served for years, agreed to discuss the importance of attendance in schools. She was first asked to explain why attendance in grade school students important is important. She stated that attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school on a regular basis. She said students who are consistently absent make it very hard for teachers to teach their students skills so that they can progress and continue to learn new material.

Below is the S.C. Code of Laws: Section 59-65-90 Rules & Regulation
The State Board of Education shall establish regulations defining lawful and unlawful absences beyond those specifically named in this article and additional regulations as are necessary for the orderly enrollment of pupils so as to provide for uniform dates of entrance. These regulations shall require: (1) that school officials shall immediately intervene to encourage the student’s future attendance when the student has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences and (2) that the district board of trustees or its designee shall promptly approve or disapprove any student absence in excess of ten days. As used in this section, “intervene” means to identify the reasons for the child’s continued absence and to develop a plan in conjunction with the student and his parent or guardian to improve his future attendance.

Provided, However, That nothing within this section shall interfere with the Board’s authority to at any time refer a child to a truancy prevention program or to the court pursuant to Section 59-65-50.

Mrs. Adger was asked if she agreed with section 59-65-90 of the S.C. Code of Laws. She said, “Absolutely, action must be taken for those students who have too many unlawful absences”. She agreed that those students need encouragement and an action plan to help improve their attendance. Mary explained that learning is a progressive activity and that each day an assignment builds upon those of the previous day. “As a former substitute teacher, I can assure you that regular student participation in daily activities can play an important role in a student’s success.”

After discussing why she agreed with the law on attendance in school, Mrs. Adger was asked to provide information on how students can benefit from attending school versus those who have frequent absences. She replied, “Working in a public school allowed me to see students benefit from great attendance all the time.” She said students with good attendance usually achieve higher grades and love school. She added that students with a regular attendance routine seemed to develop other responsible behaviors. Mary went on to explain that those with poor attendance usually are not able to keep up with school work and that these students usually have lower grades.

Section 59-65-260 of the S.C Code of Laws talks about the duties of attendance supervisors relating to non-attending children. This section also discusses how the attendance supervisor works to get parents involved in motivating and persuading young adults to attend school. Mrs. Adger was asked to explain from her experience what parents could do to help. She said that parents must make sure their children go to school regularly, is on time and understand that their parents don’t approve frequent absences. Lastly, she mentioned that if days are missed, the parent is responsible for making sure the work is picked up from the teacher and is completed.

Theresa Gibson, is a local citizen of Clarendon County. She has a daughter that is currently attending public schools in this county. She was asked to give advice on the importance of school attendance. “It’s important for students to know that having a good education will help them get the best possible start in life.” She mentioned that when she was a student she learned things that she now uses as an adult. She said that potential job employers want employees who are going to attend work regularly.

For more information Mary Adger can be contacted @ (803)-473-7399. Theresa Gibson @ (803) 485-5500

The infographic below is a visual of how schools can improve attendance

The infographic below shows the impact attendance has on students

Career Counseling

From The Author

Deciding on a career path can be a challenge for some. If you’re in college trying to figure out what you should major in or simply trying to figure out what to do after graduation, career counseling could help improve your situation. As young professional adults, we can use guidance when making educational and career decisions.

Career Counseling

Career counseling, is a process that will help you know and understand yourself and the world of work in order to make career, educational and life decisions. Career development is more than just deciding on a major and what job you want to get when you graduate.
Latrice Nelson, a local citizen of Clarendon County, has held a Bachelors of Social Sciences Degree in Sociology for several years. She was asked to explain why career counseling is important and what particular group of people need this type of help.

Mrs. Nelson said “Career counseling is career guidance that helps with selecting, switching or leaving a career. Career guidance is available at any stage in life.” She stated that a person’s career is important when entering adulthood and that career challenges can influence other areas of life which can cause stress. Nelson also said that counseling can help with shaping and discussing career options.
When asked to discuss a particular group who normally needs this type of help Nelson said “Everyone needs career counseling and it doesn’t always have to be professional counseling.” She explained that everyone is on their own career level and career development is a process that lasts a lifetime. “One may need assistance with making quick decisions; while others need help making future decisions.” She used the example of how college students need career counseling on what classes to take immediately where as long time graduates working in their career fields for years need help choosing another career.

Lastly, she advised all young adults to seek professional career counseling to insure a successful career.
For more detailed information Mrs. Nelson can be contacted by phone @ (803)4737528. For more detailed information on career counseling or contacting a professional counselor check out the link below.

What is Career Counseling?

Boise State University has a website that is devoted to career development. This website agrees with the information Latrice Nelson provided. However, it also explains that career development is more than making decisions on what to school for or the type of job one will get after graduating from school. The website states that the main goal of career counseling is not only to help someone make decisions on a right now basis but to also give knowledge and skills needed to help make future career and life decisions.

Check out the infographic below: In this infographic are facilities where professional career counselors will most likely be located. If you’re in need of professional help check the nearest locations near you.


Source: Counseling Psychology

Cynthia Tindal: “Self-Destructive Behavior”

Cynthia Tindal: Self-Destructive Behavior

At the young age of 12, Cynthia Tindal was under peer pressure to use alcohol and drugs. What started out as just curiosity turned into an addiction. She is from a small town here in South Carolina known as Summerton. Numerous of local people have loved ones out on the streets in this town who are abusing drugs and alcohol. After two interviews and a phone conversation, she was able to give enough information about her life to understand why it’s shattered in a million pieces.

As a little girl she started out on the sneaking level. As she got older she couldn’t stop. Cynthia called her problem a disease. “It’s a disease that can be fatal”. When asked how many years she has been on and off drugs she simply said from 12 years old until now. Her Birthday is March 19, 1962. She is often out on the streets, during the week it’s three or four days at a time before she takes a break. She called this a spree.

She described her addiction as a relief, at the same time knowing that her abuse is affecting her body mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Describing her addiction for the second time as a disease again, she added that its just like any other. She used cancer as an example and said that people with drug and alcohol addictions are no different from cancer patients. “We are sick” is what she said.

After asking her if she could stop using, did she want to stop, how would she stop and lastly why wouldn’t she stop. She said because it’s how I handle stress. “I want to stop and think about it all the time. I just haven’t tried in a while”. She mentioned going back to church and to treatment to get help.

Getting the drugs are pretty easy. Hanging around friends who use alcohol and drugs like she does keep her in the position to always get her hands-on something. Cynthia explained how nervous and jittery she becomes when she can’t get a fix. She can’t focus or concentrate.

Knowing that the alcohol can burn her brain and is messing her up physically, she has to have it. She has been diagnosed with bipolar disease and is very aware that while she is under the influence it intensifies, causing her to become psychotic and out of control. She is not the healthiest person and has quite a few physical problems with her body. However, she feels no pain when smoking weed and drinking alcohol. She calls that feeling “false security”.

When asked if she had children she replied proudly, “Yes, I have two boys”. I asked what was life like for them growing up with a mom who was fighting demons? She paused and finally replied going into details about how hard life was for them. In addition, she gave thanks to God for her parents and family. Also, she indicated that everyone helped with the children. Most times she was always around and could be found, but she wasn’t home like she was supposed to be. As a result, both children are grown and have anger problems today.

Cynthia was sober for almost five years when, her estranged husband who was very sick, came back into her life. He had cancer and died within two years of coming back. She was devastated and turned back to using drugs and drinking alcohol. She has been self-destructing ever since.

Cynthia encourages all those who are not in too deep or just curious to “Don’t Start”. Walk the other way or you will end up like her; trying to find relief in substance abuse at the age of 53. An old woman, on the streets trying to find her next hit.

Having the chance to interview with one of her younger sisters, Theresa. She provided another look into Cynthia’s life. Theresa told how growing up with her sister was confusing and scary as a child. She said watching her sister go through those things and not understand why or what was going on, was crazy. She remembered her sister using at the age of 14. She thinks a classmate introduced her sister to alcohol and drugs.

Theresa said, “ Back then, my family wasn’t accepting her addiction very well. My parents kept her in treatment centers.” I asked Theresa, how does the family handle this situation today? She replied, “Our family has to accept who she is and love her”. Theresa’s advice to those who have loved ones who are self-destructing is to “ never give up on them and keep them in your prayers”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recap: “Do Something for Jesus”: Youth Day September 20, 2015

Recap: “Do Something for Jesus”: Youth Day September 20, 2015

Last Sunday, September 20, 2015, the youth at Mt. Zion Chapel Baptist Church in Pawley’s Island had its youth day celebration. The atmosphere was electric. “Do something for Jesus” was the theme for the event. The children of the church were hosting their own youth day. They want to inspire all young people to get involved, stay active and have fun in church. They are doing something for Jesus by spreading the Good NEWS about him through their praise and worship concert.

The event was held in inside the sanctuary at 6:30pm on this past Sunday. About 375 people attended. That’s not including all youth advisors who assisted with wardrobe changes, setting up the stage and music for the event.

After speaking with the children of the church, youth advisors and church members who attended the event I found out how much of an impact this event made on the community. One Youth advisor, Mrs. Dori, spoke about how the youth are trying to inspire others. She also said “Yes, the youth are an inspiration to others, but Youth Day gives them a chance to be recognized along with their parents. Youth Day is a time to recognize the children as leaders and the parents who are making a positive impact in the children’s lives”.

THE CHILDREN WERE JUST EXCITED TO GIVE GLORY TO JESUS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME DOING IT!

According to members of the church, this event had a goal to inspire, encourage and get the community to “Do Something for Jesus”. The goal was accomplished! The audience reacted excitedly as the children’s concert began. Over 87 youth participated in the mini concert, praise dances and skits. I also spoke with little Isaiah who was, very excited about this event. When asked what he was most excited about, he said “Praise dancing and doing something for Jesus”. Isaiah is only six years old.

Marie, who is the parent of young Isaiah, said “Every year I attend Youth Day because this day is designated to celebrate what God is doing in this ministry. Our children are actively involved in our worship here. This is a fun an exciting time for our church family and community”.

The children were awesome host! Last Sundays event was sponsored by the youth department at the church. The function was well attended. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s Youth Day. Here is what people from the community had to say upon leaving “Great concert” “The children were fantastic” “Looking forward to next year”……

For more information about this event or next year’s celebration you can contact: Mitchell Adger, Pastor @ (803) 473-7399