Check out the last announcements and news about our support group.

UM Switches September 8th meeting to a Virtual Zoom meeting

posted Aug 27, 2020, 6:49 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Aug 27, 2020, 7:00 AM ]

Due to COVID-19 Crisis, we have decided not to conduct our In-Person September Meeting, orginally scheduled from September 8th. Instead, we will be holding an online meeting and conference call to fellowship and support our members.


All members are invited to join us for that Zoom meeting. 

When: Sep 8, 2020, 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 


Register in advance for this meeting:  


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Updates on 2020 Schedule and Virtual Drop-in on June 24th

posted Jun 18, 2020, 9:43 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Aug 27, 2020, 6:43 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - We hope this finds you well and rested!  Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, we were unable to have our quarterly meeting earlier this month.   

As a test, we are holding a virtual drop-in on Wednesday, June 24th from 12:30 PM to 1 PM.  We are using Zoom to conduct the drop -in and we love to see you there. You can download the Zoom client at or your call in at  1-(929) 205-6099. Then type pin - 93487688540#

Also as a help for the summer month, we included an attachment (below) Health Habits for Patients at Risk for Lymphedema.  The schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:  

Upstate Monarchs Lymphedema Support Group 2020 Schedule


Wednesday, June 24, 2020  12:30 PM to 1 PM

“UM Virtual Drop-in”, via Zoom or Phone Call
Join by Zoom pwd=U1Y4d0RpMTc3aWVZczFBS1J2b1hMUT09 

by Phone:   One tap mobile +19292056099,,93487688540#


Tuesday, September 8, 2020,   12 PM -1:30 pm

‘Ask a Therapist’, Small Groups *  

Register in advance for this meeting:  


Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 5:30 pm -7:00 pm

Holiday Mixer Social*


  • If COVID-19 restrictions allow, our meetings will be held in the Community Room of St. Francis Millennium Medical Office, 2 Innovation Dr. Greenville, SC 29607. Refreshments provided at each meeting.

UM Holiday Mixer set for December 10th

posted Nov 21, 2019, 6:12 PM by Bobby Clark

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Greenville, South Carolina - Be sure to come to our Holiday Mixer with fun and refreshments on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, from 5:30 until 7:00 pm. The party will be held in the Community  Room at the St. Francis Millennium Campus, 2 Innovation Drive, Greenville 29607.

We have had a great year and we are inviting all members and former speakers to join as we close out 2019 with refreshments and fellowship.  We hope to see you there.

For questions or more information contact Deborah Smith, OTR/L, CLT, St. Francis Therapy Center 864 286-8288 or

March Community Meeting addresses coping with Chronic Disease

posted Mar 31, 2019, 12:33 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Apr 1, 2019, 8:28 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina -As a part of Upstate Monarchs' Lymphedema Awareness month, we had a great fellowship in our community meeting as we heard from inspiring speakers talk about dealing with lymphedema & other chronic illness.

The Meeting was held on March 12, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM at the St. Francis Millenium Coummity Center and was attended by 20 members. Dinner was provided by Bon Secours St. Francis. Our topic was "Living with Chronic Illness and Lymphedema Self-Care,".

Speakers were Jennifer Massey, MSW, LISW-CP.  She works with a group called "Warriors for Wellness."  In this group, participants gain support and skills to care for their body, mind, and spirit.  Our other speaker was Rebecca Messmann, who is the daughter of and caregiver to a Monarch member, Peggy Snyder.  She presented real-life strategies for living with lymphedema and the preparation she does to ease the stress of emergency situations.

Thanks to Rebecca, Peggy, and Jennifer of Spring Mill Ministries for sharing their wonderful message of coping.

2019 Schedule for Upstate Monarch's Community Released

posted Mar 31, 2019, 11:03 AM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina -  After a very successful March Community meeting, Upstate Monarch's is announcing our next three (3) dates to put on your calendar so that you can plan to attend our meetings this year.  We have been having great attendance this year at the St. Francis Millennium Campus. We hope many of you will come and take part in our meetings.

Please RSVP so that we can get a good count for meals and refreshments.

2019 Schedule:

June Community Meeting
June 11, Tuesday, Meeting from 12 pm -1:30 pm
at St. Francis Millennium Campus Community Room

The topic will be "Healthy Living, Healthy Eating Habits."
Speakers, Alison Lively, and Alicia Bliss, from Creative Living Wellness, will address the group. Lunch will be provided.

September Community Meeting
September 10, Tuesday, Meeting from 12 pm -1:30 pm
at St. Francis Millennium Campus Community Room

The Topic will be about skin care and wound care. Ann Doughty, a physical therapist from the St. Francis Wound Care Center, will be the speaker. Lunch will be provided.

2019 UM Holiday Mixer

Tuesday, December 10 from 5:30 pm -7:00 pm
at St. Francis Millennium Campus Community Room

Our annual Holiday Mixer will continue to be at the end of the year. All members and past speakers at invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Reminder about Membership Dues:

There is not a requirement to pay dues to attend meetings, but we do ask that regular members pay $25 dues per year to defray the cost of advertising, speaker expenses, and providing food. Thank you so much for your support. Checks may be made out to Upstate Monarch Lymphedema Support Group and given to Debbie Smith, our Treasurer.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Thank you,

Nancy Brown, UM Secretary.

2018 Holiday Mixer rescheduled to 1/22 due to Weather

posted Dec 11, 2018, 7:18 AM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 7:20 AM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - Upstate Monarchs has rescheduled tonight's UM Holiday Mixer to January 22, 2019 and re-themed it as a New Year's Mixer for 2019. Normally scheduled for December, we decided to move the mixer due to the aftermath of the Winter Storm that hit the area this weekend and continue to have dangerous driving conditions at night. 

We're inviting all Upstate Monarchs members and past speakers refreshments at the January mixer as we celebrate the New Year and announce the 2019 schedule of community meetings. 

We hope to see you there! 

The Passing of Betsy Wilson

posted Sep 3, 2018, 1:46 PM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina - Betsy Wilson, an original member of the Upstate Monarchs, passed away early morning on September 2nd as she wanted - at home, surrounded by people who love her. 

The family thanks you all for the love, support and friendship you’ve shown her over the years.  Memorial service details for Betsy are as follows: 

Friday, September 7th at 11:00 am
Westminster Presbyterian Church 
2310 Augusta St. Greenville, SC 29605

Visitation to follow at the church. 

Thanks, her children,

Ryn, Cameron and Mac

Bon Secours St. Francis HS Sponsors Upstate Monarchs

posted Apr 23, 2018, 1:41 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 1:41 PM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - We want to publically thank Bon Secours St. Francis Health System of Greenville, South Carolina, for their generous sponsorship over the past 18 months. In that 18 months, we have made significant change and growth in our membership in the Greater Greenville area.  

The sponsorship includes funding refreshments and providing a meeting location, Millennium Campus Community Room, for Upstate Monarchs' Quarterly meetings for Greenville Community.  UM has sponsored several meetings in 2017 under this arrangement and as we look forward their continued support for 2018 and beyond. 

Neel to speak on Lymphedema National Month on March 13th

posted Feb 27, 2018, 11:14 PM by Bobby Clark   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 11:37 PM ]

Greenville, South Carolina - Our next Greenville Community meeting will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 5:30 p.m until 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the Community Room at the Millennium Campus of St. Francis Hospital. A meal will be provided by our sponsor,  Aeroflow (

The speaker will be Kim Neel, Owner of Alala Company, a compression/mastectomy boutique in Columbia, SC.  She is a breast cancer survivor, a lymphedema activist, and she will update us on the progress of the Lymphedema Treatment Act.  

As a one-year breast cancer survivor in 2006, Kim left the corporate world to open Alala, LLC with her fellow Girl Scout leader, Sherry Norris. Besides being an active Girl Scout volunteer, Kim has been a Team Captain for the First Ladies Walk – Steps Against Cancer and Relay for Life not realizing the research money raised would someday benefit her.

With her bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Lenoir-Rhyne College, Kim went to work for Pirelli Cables and Systems NA. After 21 years at Pirelli Cable and 5 years in insurance, Kim left the corporate workforce to get certified as a post-surgical breast prosthetic, compression garment and cranial prosthetic fitter. Kim stands ready to serve women from all walks of life at “The Unique Boutique for Today's Surviving Woman”.

Introduced in Senate on 3/02/2017, Lymphedema Treatment Act (HR930/S497) amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to cover certain lymphedema compression treatment items as durable medical equipment under Medicare. 

Fall Lunch and Learn Event set for Sept. 26

posted Sep 6, 2017, 12:56 PM by Bobby Clark

Greenville, South Carolina -  Upstate Monarchs of the Upstate of South Carolina is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday, September 26th at 12 NOON to 1:30 PM at the Bon Secours St. Francis Millennium Community Room. That room is located 2 Innovation DriveGreenville, SC 29607.

The Lunch event is provided and will feature two prominent vendors, Medi USA and Tactile Medical, who offer product to enhance the lives of  those living with Lymphedema and similar conditions.  This is fall meeting for the Greenville Community of Upstate Monarchs which has moved to a quarterly meeting schedule. 

We are asking any interested caregivers, patients, and healthcare professional to join us at the event. You can RSVP by send email to before September 24th. 

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