By Linda Jovanovich
HMA Executive Vice President
I like sharing good news. And my news is that HMA member and past president, Pem Jenkins, injured in a surfing accident in late June, is back home in North Carolina after nearly four months of rehabilitation in Atlanta. He is amazing, and in my opinion, one of the toughest lumbermen I’ll ever know.
Not long ago, Pem posted a note on Caringbridge.org, a nonprofit social network dedicated to helping family and friends communicate with and support loved ones during a health journey. In his post, he shared some chilling details of his accident, announced his plans to head home, thanked those who have been and continue to be so instrumental in his recovery, and yes, even provided words of inspiration for all of us. Pem wrote …
“The amazing thing about the last four months has been the action, the support, and the prayers from all corners of our life. My spinal cord injury has been a continuous series of baby steps, and I don’t anticipate anything differently going home. Going home will be a new chapter, and one that we will have to navigate day by day. We are very excited to be back in familiar surroundings, and yet apprehensive at the same time.
I’d like to thank everyone who has reached out to us, said a prayer, or had a nice thought as we’ve been going through this journey – my new friends, my old friends, the Shepherd Center, my colleagues at Turn Bull Lumber Company, the hardwood lumber fraternity, my friends in Tavarua (Fiji) and my church family. I look forward to the day when I can see you in person and can thank you.
As one of my favorite sayings indicates, the world turns one degree every four minutes, whether we do or not. We plan to keep turning. Onward and upward!” … Pem Jenkins
Like I said, he’s amazing! And I plan to keep in touch with him via Turn Bull Lumber Company, 474 Sweet Home Church Rd, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. I hope that you will do the same.