When members of the Illinois General Assembly took the oath of office Wednesday, State Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) was with the others in spirit, but not in body. He was able to take the oath in Texas, where he is being treated for a blood disorder.
Last year, Poe investigated why he felt so tired and was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a bone marrow illness which can quickly become leukemia. He says he got a bone marrow transplant via stem cell – adult stem cell, he stresses – and stopped the illness before it became that serious.
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Poe, who quips he was able to be sworn in in Texas because “down here, it’s not hard to find a Republican. Anyway, we found a judge, and a state rep who works with us, because we didn’t want to let that seat look like it was vacated.”
Poe believes his prognosis is good and that he will join the rest of the gang by March.