February 4, 2017 CSBA Breaking Bread Luncheon Featured

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The February meeting for the CSBA began with minimal fanfare as Rusty arrived at The Cheesecake Factory shortly before 11AM to find no one he recognized. Soon after, he was joined by Derek "Tiny" Snead and we began discussing last-minute cancellation messages and catching up on the last few months.  We were soon joined by Rick Johnson, who was followed by Allan and Nancy Curtis. We finally decided it was about time to ask for a table and we were then joined by the man we were all eager to see:  Andy Rohrer.

After we were seated, we invited Andy to share his dramatic story of the last year and a half. He recounted for us the details of his battle with a rare strain of Hepatitis C and his need for a liver transplant several years ago. Two years ago he entered an experimental treatment to remove the disease completely.  In the process of this treatment, however, a device from a previous hernia surgery opened a micro-tear in his colon, so as his body was becoming septic, he believed the symptoms were side effects from the drug treatment. By the time the real problem was discovered, his kidneys and borrowed liver had shut down and he was, again, in need of a transplant. However, the doctors determined that he was too weak to endure the surgery to repair his colon and, even more so, the transplant surgeries.

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Andy's Story - The Love and Gratitude for Organ Donation Featured

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Dear Lord God please bless all of these followers of you, that are here today and if it's not too much to ask please shine your light on all that seek you, to illuminate the path so that they may find the way to your salvation.

I have a personal story to relate to you. This same time of year 12 years ago, I was at my brothers hunting cabin. Our yearly brotherly gathering. I woke up in the morning and didn't feel well. I didn't know but I was in the middle of bleeding out internally from a disease (Hep C) that I didn't know I had. Bear in mind I was an active happy family man. I obviously ended up in the hospital and the doctors were able to stop the bleeding and save my life. Turns out I was a very sick man with advanced liver disease and in need of a liver transplant. God saw that a complete stranger and his family would step forward and donate his liver to me since he didn't need it in God's heaven.

Fast forward to this year, my transplanted liver was struggling due to my disease and some other medical issues (hernia operation from earlier failed).

 

 

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January 7, 2017 CSBA Breaking Bread Luncheon

january intro1On Saturday January 7, 2017 we held our first event of the new year.   This year we changed venues for our January Breaking Bread Luncheon and held it at Red Robin Gourmet Burger's in Quakertown, PA.

Those who followed us last year know that several of our events scheduled throughout 2016 were plagued with many weather challenges and for this first event of 2017 we were again faced with the same outcome.   As many woke up to find snow falling with some roadways becoming too slippery for travel, we were faced with the decision of whether or not to cancel the event. Fortunately for the Lehigh Valley the impacts were minor and we were able to hold our first luncheon with 13 members and guests in attendance.   Meanwhile, a few of our guests from southern areas were unable to attend as a result of more severe impacts from the winter storm in their perspective areas.

Starting at 1 p.m. people began trickling in and most were there by 1:15 p.m.   In attendance were John L, Nelson, Lisa, Erin, Rusty, Rick, Jim, Zori, Ana, Becky, Brianna, Chris, and John D. As we all arrived, John L. distributed some wall calendars, magnets, and other CSBA goodies to everyone. We greeted one another, gave our blessings for the New Year and then sat down to recollect on the past year's experiences.

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