Main Library - Join us for a conversation with members of our community who live life to the fullest while balancing the needs of chronic health conditions. Meet Dorathea Chaplin, who lives with Type 1 Diabetes, David Black, who lives with chronic kidney disease, and Ginger Smith, who lives with Lyme disease. The Human Library series invites interested members of the community to converse with individuals who have been exposed to prejudice or stigma. Join us to combat intolerance by engaging in open, honest and respectful dialogue. 

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David Black was diagnosed with Infantile Polycystic Kidney disease at 6 weeks old. The doctors gave his family a grim prognosis and he wasn't supposed to live past his first birthday. Around the age of 10 he was diagnosed with Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis of the Liver. Making it through 17 years of side effects, treatments, and procedures, David received a double organ transplant (liver & kidney) at Children's Hospital Pittsburgh (UPMC) in May of 1995. The longevity of his transplanted organs makes him a statistical anomaly, but in 2015 his transplanted kidney began to fail. David has been on dialysis for more than four years under the care of the MUSC Transplant team in Charleston. David grew up in Myrtle Beach and graduated with a B.S. in hospitality management from Johnson & Wales University in 2001. He loves food, travel, golfing, gardening, and cheering for Pittsburgh sports teams. His greatest accomplishment is being the father of a healthy, beautiful 5-year-old daughter who has changed his life. Follow David on Instagram at @dblacksixdeuce.

Dorathea Chaplin was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 27 years old. After a huge relief at finally having an answer to her declining health, she navigated a sharp learning curve and quickly brought her A1c (average blood glucose) down to a safe range. She also trained for and ran her first 5k post-diagnosis, and continues to tackle the daily needs of managing her autoimmune disease with acceptance and humor. She advocates for awareness and has been politically active in her circles of influence. Dorathea also participates in local JDRF events, including the annual One Walk in March, and the online Beyond Type 1 community where she jokingly renamed Type 1 Diabetes as “DeTickles.” Though some do, Dorathea does not eat low carb and will, mindfully, thoroughly enjoy a piece of cake. Thriving with her diagnosis, Dorathea enjoys traveling and keeps active with Taiko drumming. She also blogs at

Ginger Smith never expected to be diagnosed with Lyme disease at the age of 43. However, having lived in Williamsburg County most of her life, and having numerous ticks over the years, it was still a shock to be diagnosed in February of 2017. Lyme disease has been described as having the flu every day. It is one of the most challenging things she has ever faced. Ginger’s Lyme disease is currently in remission with treatment and lifestyle changes. She presently resides in Andrews and enjoys walking, spending time with her numerous great nieces and nephews, teaching Sunday school, and living life to the fullest.