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.