In the spring of 2011 Andy bought into his father’s business. Andy had worked there for almost 20 years and it was the logical thing to do. In order to be a financially responsible adult, Andy also applied for life insurance. We were young, and at the time seemingly healthy, but one never knows.
A little background on Andy to set the scene: Since before we were married, Andy referred to himself as a non-practicing smoker. He had been chewing nicotine gum for over 5 years and had an occasional (or not so occasional) lapse back to cigarettes. He was also what we like to call a “husky fella.” At 5′ 8″ and roughly 200 pounds, he was a pretty big guy. Not really one to go to the doctor on a regular basis, he was nevertheless “healthy”. He rarely got sick and aside from sleeping a little more than in months past—something we attributed to the stress on the job—we really weren’t concerned that anything would hinder his ability to pass the insurance blood test.
We were wrong. Shortly after his blood work, he received a letter stating that due to an A1C level of 14, his application was denied and he wouldn’t be eligible to reapply for two years. Andy wasn’t borderline, he was a full blown diabetic. With a—we learned later—frighteningly high A1C.
To say we were shocked, surprised, angry, confused—insert emotion here—is an understatement. If you’ve received an unexpected medical diagnosis, you understand. The only way to describe it is to imagine you’re on a roller coaster and just as you hit the peak of the loop-de-loop the ride stops and you’re left dangling upside down in mid-air. You don’t know if the ride will start again; you don’t know if you’re going to just fall. You’re simply stuck with your heart in your throat.
This website is our story. It is the story of how God turned our lives around and how in 4 short months Andy reversed his Type II diabetes and received the “all clear” from his doctor.
Please join us on our journey. We’d love to hear your own personal journey as well!