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Rachel’s Story

I asked Rachel to share her story with you.  She was more than glad to share.

My name is Rachel and I would really love to share my story with you in hopes that you will see the importance of Life Insurance, even at a time when you still think you are invincible.

I was 28 years old and got married in September of 1999.  While on my Honeymoon in St. Thomas my wisdom teeth became abscessed and I had just switched jobs so I was in between health insurance, you know I was 28 who cares about the 3 month waiting period I didn’t need COBRA.  So I bought some time with over the counter aids, and then in October I woke up and my neck felt stiff, so I rubbed it and found a lump on the right side just below my ear.  I went to my family doctor who said that it was a swollen lymph node to fight the inflamed wisdom teeth and sent me for CAT scan just to be safe.  The Cat scan came back negative and as soon as January hit, I had my teeth pulled and my doctor said that it would take about 30 days for the lymph node to go back to normal, after 30 days it was still there.  He sent me to an ENT specialist, and he treated me for 2 months on antibiotics and when it had still not gone away and another lump showed on the left side he decided it was time to remove the “dead lymph node”.  So into surgery I went, the next day the doctor called and told me I had Stage 3 cancer.

Long and short, I survived, but in the mean time my husband and I had bought a house and then after I got better decided to start having a baby. After 3 years we decided to adopt, and that is when I found out at 33 yrs of age, that I was going to have difficulty getting life insurance because of my past.  I filled out the paper work and told the truth when the question came up and thank God the paper work I was presented when we applied was all that was needed to proceed with the adoption because my Daughter was born the next month.  About a month after she was born, I was denied life insurance after they received my medical history from my primary doctor, and thankfully for us, all the papers were filed with the courts so it did not affect our adoption of Faith.

I tell you this story as detailed as I felt necessary because you can see the time in between getting married to the time of my diagnoses  I could have applied and gotten life insurance. Then I would have had the life insurance I needed for an actual event, other than death, the adoption of my daughter  that actually required life insurance be present to become a Mother.  I too was young and invincible, but now I am a 38 yr old cancer survivor, waiting out the paperwork time limit of 10yrs, so I can get Life Insurance at an affordable rate, and an amount that would actually benefit my family and not be turned down because I am High Risk.

So please, don’t view Life Insurance as morbid conversation at a young age. Realize that you have no idea what life has in store for you. Hopefully you will survive all that is thrown at you and come out with such a great reward as I did, my Life and my Daughter (my Angel), but for whatever the outcome may be: BE PREPARED!!!!!!

Thank you for listening to my story, God Bless you in your new life, and may you have nothing but happiness and health, and a piece of paper in your filing cabinet to take care of all you acquire and create!

Rachel

Getting Married? Wedding Season is Coming!

(Charlie’s family at Laura’s wedding in November)

Here is an article I wrote for our website.  Last November my daughter was married and this July my son Brian is getting married.  So I gathered some information to help newly engaged couples plan for their big day.

If you know someone planning for a wedding pass this along to them.

Congratulations on your engagement!

What do I do now that I am engaged?

  • Insure your engagement ring
  • Plan your wedding ceremony and reception
    • Search the web for sites that help you plan your wedding. Ask people you know who were recently married how they planned their wedding.
    • Purchase Wedding Insurance – Most people don’t know you can insure a wedding. Check with Spencer Insurance Agency to get this valuable coverage for under $300. Reasons to insure your wedding. . .
      • Protects you from losing your deposit should the venue for your wedding go bankrupt.
      • Protects you from losing your deposits should you not have the wedding due to sickness, weather and other factors. Sorry, no coverage for “Cold Feet.”
      • Protect your wedding gifts from theft the day of the wedding.
      • Consider other reasons, the photographer goes bankrupt, your wedding dress is not delivered on time.
  • Review your finances with your future spouse and a financial planner
    • Discuss how you will handle your finances once you are married.
    • Discuss your current assets with each other and decide how to protect them.
    • Be aware of what you will need to do after your wedding day.
    • Spencer Insurance Agency works with many financial planners and can recommend one if necessary. We are not CPAs or lawyers and do not provide legal advice. We suggest you consult your accountant, financial planner, lawyer and other professionals as you take this big step.

What do I need to do after I get married?

  • If you are changing your name. . .
    • Check your documents and change your name on:
    • Social Security Card – You will need to do this first so you can change your name on other identification.
    • Driver’s License
    • Other Identification
  • Notify your employer
    • Change your Federal withholding status if necessary
    • Review your Group Health Coverage
    • Tell your creditors, utilities and other vendors of your name change
    • Discuss your name change with your doctor and see what needs to be done to have your spouse pick up a referral or prescription for you. You may need to sign a form.
  • Update your benefits and beneficiaries
    • Review all your life polices, group and individual
    • Check the beneficiaries listed on your retirement accounts
    • Since marriage is a life changing event, you may be able to make changes to your group benefits. Check with your HR department or employer.
  • Review your insurance policies to make sure you are getting all the discounts you are entitled to receive

Call Spencer Insurance Agency at 215-885-2200 for a no obligation Insurance Review. Make sure you have all your bases covered now that you are married.

Do you have any tips for newly engaged couples?

Comment below and let us know how your wedding plans are going!

 

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