Transverse Myelitis Association
Journal Volume 3 - June 2008

Article

Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) of South Carolina and Georgia
Vicki McKie

Hello, my name is Vicki McKie. I live in South Carolina, in the Central Savannah River Area. The CSRA is a metropolitan area encompassing five counties within the states of South Carolina and Georgia. All five counties in the area border the Savannah River.
 
I was recently diagnosed (March 2008) with Transverse Myelitis and am still adjusting to this “new normal.”  I am interested in starting a local support group in our area. Within the past week, I found three other women in my area with TM and we will soon be having a “Meet and Greet” just to get to know each other, share information, and get organized.
 
I hope to begin holding regular meetings with educational presentations. Anyone from South Carolina and Georgia with TM, ADEM, NMO or ON, family members, care-givers, doctors, medical and support team is invited to join our support meetings.  I will be posting a meeting schedule as soon as we are established.  We will also offer online support through message forums here on the website for those who cannot drive to the CSRA.  If you are interested in more information about our support group, please contact Vicki by email at: mamamckie@hotmail.com; or call my home phone: (803)278-4819.
 
Our mission is to provide fellowship and support through sharing our common experiences, to provide educational information, and to open the doors of communication between patients and the medical community.
 
Cities and Towns included in the CSRA:

Aiken County, SC: Aiken, North Augusta, Beech Island, Belvedere, Burnettown, Clearwater, Gloverville, Graniteville, Jackson, Monetta, New Ellenton, Perry, Salley, Wagener, Windsor
 
Edgefield County, SC: Edgefield, Johnston, Murphy’s Estates, Trenton

Richmond County, GA: Augusta, Hephzibah, Blythe

Columbia County, GA: Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, Harlem, Appling

McDuffie County, GA: Dearing and Thomson
 
Within the CSRA we have a large medical community with several hospitals including:
 
University Health Care System, Augusta, GA
http://www.universityhealth.org/
 
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
http://www.mcg.edu/
 
Trinity Hospital, Augusta, GA
http://www.trinityofaugusta.com/default
 
The Charlie Norwood V.A. Hospital, Augusta, GA
http://www1.va.gov/augustaga/
 
Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia
http://www.ddeamc.amedd.army.mil/
 
Doctor’s Hospital, Martinez, GA
http://www.doctors-hospital.net/
 
Aiken Regional Hospital, Aiken, SC
http://www.aikenregional.com/index.php?

Vicki McKie
731 Republican Road
Clarks Hill, SC  29821
(803)278-4819
mamamckie@hotmail.com  (all lower case)

Support Group website:
http://myelitis.org/local/csra/index.htm

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