President’s Message 2/6/19

Message from the President of SCPRA

Good afternoon everyone.  At the January Board of Directors meeting I learned that the October 2018 Conference was well received and enjoyed by everyone.  After helping to put it together I am truly sorry that I missed the conference.

However, life’s journey often takes you in a different direction.  Last year my journey took me on a wild ride.  After not being able to give blood at my church’s annual blood drive (twice) I sought out my County Doctor to determine why I could not give.  As it turned out I was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).  This was a cancer that affected my Bone Marrow causing it to not mature.  The only cure was to have a bone marrow transplant.  I began chemo therapy treatment in April of 2018 until we were able to locate a donor.  After several tests it was determined that my son was my best donor.  On September 20th I was admitted to MUSC in Charleston, SC where I received additional chemo and full body radiation and then receive my son’s bone marrow.  It was then that I had to be in Charleston for 100 days to recover from my treatment and heal.   I endured a number of ups and downs during this time but I came thru them with flying colors due to your many thoughts and prayers and cards of encouragement.  (I have saved all your cards)  I have been home now and back at work for the past 4 weeks.  (So much work to catch up on).  I go back to Charleston every two weeks now for checkups which will eventually get to the point of me going only once a year.  Please continue to keep me in your prayers that my numbers continue to go up and my strength will increase.

As I sit here writing this message the Board of Directors and Program Coordinators are preparing to get together at the Avista Resort on February 20th – 22nd to plan the 2019 conference.  If you have any ideas for the conference and know of someone that could speak, please feel free to contact any one of the Board members and/or Program Coordinators prior to the 20th.  If you would like to speak at the conference please let us know as well.

I look forward to seeing everyone this year!!

Andrew Bigony – PM – President of SCPRA