As new moms typically do, I made the appointment for my 6 week check up right after having my son Caleb in 2013. After some light small talk, my doctor was ready to send me on her way. Then we realized that she never gave me a breast examination. So, I hopped back on the table thinking it would only take a second and instead was faced with a very different response.
“You are not leaving this building until you get a mammogram, Vera. I’m calling upstairs right now.”
Wait what? But I have my shoes on and was just about to leave? What is happening? Within moments, I was whisked away to another doctor’s office and placed in a waiting room all alone waiting for the unknown.
I thought I was going to die.
Because that’s where your mind goes, right? Immediately the WORST OF THE WORST. As I sat there and tried to make sense of it all, I just envisioned my husband having to handle my newborn all on his own. I couldn’t cry because I had no one to cry on. So, I kept texting my husband until my phone died.
When it was my turn, they ended up doing a sonogram on my breast because I had just given birth and it was too dangerous for me to have a mammogram. It turned out that I had a half dozen cysts. Nothing more. 3 months later, I returned to do a proper mammogram and was given a clean bill of health. But know – for those few hours that I waited alone in the doctor’s office, a lot had changed inside of me.
It was all too quick. It was all too finite. I was just simply unprepared. And so was my family. After my mammogram, my husband and I had a long talk about how we were handling our finances and our future. “Living on the Edge” makes for a great catchy song title… but it’s not really the right way for a family to live their life.
After my scare, we buttoned up. We started tracking our finances better. We sat down with a financial advisor and really mapped out our entire (non)system. He helped us set up savings plans, college funds and YES… we even bought a little stock. Don’t get excited!! It wasn’t much. But it’s something and it’s ours.
And life insurance. Well, that was the big one. Life insurance was KEY. Now as parents of three little ones, we realized more than ever that it was time to get serious about the future. Especially after realizing how fragile that lifeline really can be. I mean, everything turned out ok for me thank goodness! But a few different words from my doctor could have changed everything.
We needed to be prepared.
We needed to have someone there that would always be around to help. This game was very new to us. Preparing for our future, buying stocks, investing, insurance, saving with intention. It was all overwhelming and quite honestly – we couldn’t do it alone.
Thank goodness we didn’t have to. Thank goodness there are people out there whose sole purpose is to guide you in the right direction.
State Farm is a company that does just that. Their agents provide so much more than having coverage. They offer confidence, freedom and security. Security because you know you have someone with knowledge you need to help protect, manage, and ultimately realize your dreams. I’m no spring chicken – I’m not saying that. But in this world, I was very green. My husband and I knew that we needed to lean on professionals to help us build out our portfolio the right way the very first time.
If you are in the same situation…
If you are looking to protect the things that you love…
If you are looking to secure your future and literally don’t know where to start…
Rest easy knowing that there’s someplace to go!
And don’t be like me and wait for a life changing event to push you forward. You should take control of your life today because it’s the smart thing to do.
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