Through the eyes of a caregiver, ‘making life the best as it can be

When Ernie Blaylock and his wife Silvia moved back to Dorchester to care for his mom, it was the fulfillment of a vow.
“We promised Dad we would take care of them and the property when the time came.”
That time arrived two years ago when Silvia and Ernie relocated from Oklahoma to Dorchester to care for his mother, Augustine Blaylock, and oversee the property that is his family’s legacy.

4 Signs You Should See a Doctor for a Breast Cancer Screening

It’s imperative for women to make sure they’re maintaining good breast health. While women can’t control their genetics or a family history of breast cancer, what they CAN control is seeking proper medical treatment and screenings. If you are age 40 or older, you should be seeing a healthcare provider for routine screening mammograms, says Dr. Susanne Bradford, an OB/GYN with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners.

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Place to Board Your Beloved Pet

As much as you’d like to, taking your beloved pet with you everywhere you go isn’t always possible. Whether it’s for an out-of-town business trip or family vacation, a safe and reliable pet boarding facility may be the best option for your pet’s wellbeing and your piece of mind. Some of the same things you would look for in a veterinary clinic will still hold true when searching for a kennel, but there are also some others to consider.

5 Reasons Funerals Are Important

“When words are inadequate, we turn to ritual.” Since the earliest days of humanity, across civilizations and cultures, humans have honored their dead with some kind of ritual. The ritual persists into modernity, and for good reason: funerals serve a very important purpose, according to Parks Funeral Home, a third-generation business in Summerville. Consider all the reasons […]

Restoring Hope: 5 Ways Shopping at a ReStore Supports Your Community

The changing season always inspires us to change up things in our lives and in our homes. Now that the weather is cooling off just a bit, it can make us think about shopping for cozy new items that reflect our tastes. The good news is, there’s a way to breathe fresh air into your household decor without breaking the bank – and while feeling great about giving back to your own community.

Is Permanent Birth Control Right for You?

From pills to implants and everything in between, there are a wide variety of birth control options available. However, most methods are temporary – meaning you can start or discontinue use at any time. For women who know they do not want to have children or are confident they are finished having children, permanent birth control may be the solution.

Is It Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke?

Sponsored by: Roper St. Francis Healthcare Charleston’s summers are no joke. The high temperatures combined with the high humidity can be potentially dangerous if you don’t pay attention to your body. Whether mowing the grass, playing at the beach or even working in the blistering sun, it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion […]

25 Years of Homes and Hope in the Lowcountry

Once upon a time in 1993, a passionate group of local volunteers felt called to take on the important task of helping their neighbors. That group eventually became the Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, and their mission still rings true in 2018 –“Putting God’s Love Into Action by Bringing People Together Building Homes and Hope.”

5 Facts and Fictions About Dorchester Habitat for Humanity

We’ve all heard about the great work Habitat for Humanity does for communities around the world. But how much do you actually know about the organization?

For example, did you know that there’s a Habitat affiliate right here in Dorchester County? Since 1993, Dorchester Habitat for Humanity has been “Building Homes and Hope” with the help of an inspiring community of volunteers. Here are a few other facts and fictions you should know about our local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Know Where to Drop Off Your Unused Prescription Drugs and Opiates

Open any medicine cabinet in this country and you’re likely to find one or two unused prescriptions. We’re given a drug for a tooth extraction, but need to use only one or two pills. Or we have minor surgery but use only half the medication.

What happens to all these leftovers? Some are flushed down the toilet. Others are thrown in the trash. Many continue to accumulate in the medicine cabinet.

5 Reasons to Attend Santee Cooper’s Celebrate The Season in 2017

It’s time to get festive again for the holidays, and Santee Cooper’s Celebrate the Season, presented by Berkeley Electric Cooperative, is the perfect occasion to do just that. Located in Moncks Corner and serving everyone in Berkeley County and beyond, this annual holiday festival goes on throughout the entire month of December and involves must-sees for the entire family.

How Can Physical Therapy Help with Balance?

Q:  What symptoms and risks are most commonly associated with “bad balance”? A:  Good balance is often taken for granted.  Most people don’t find it difficult to walk across a gravel driveway, transition from walking on a sidewalk to grass, or get out of bed in the middle of the night without stumbling.  However, with […]

How School Athletics Benefit Students

Sports may be a fun way for kids to get active, but athletic programs can also positively impact student development. “We’ve seen firsthand how athletics develop our students’ leadership and character capabilities,” says Eric Denton, headmaster at St. John’s Christian Academy, a private K3-12 school in Moncks Corner, S.C. “They also encourage good sportsmanship and […]

5 Ways Local Students Are Giving Back This Year

In addition to academics, students at St. John’s Christian Academy in Moncks Corner are engaged in several initiatives to give back both locally and across the globe.Community service is engrained into classroom and extracurricular activities at the school, says Dr. Eric Denton, headmaster at the school, which serves students grades K-12. Students can build valuable […]

How to Help Prepare Your Student for College

 Preparing for college is not an easy task for students or parents. Finding and getting into an institution can be challenging, but parents should remember how important it is for students to develop an ability to handle post-secondary education. This begins by instilling good learning and study habits, and cultivating a well-rounded student.In essence, each […]