In December 2014, Stephanie made a decision that would have a lasting impact on her future. After speaking with a representative at her company’s open enrollment, Stephanie decided to purchase Limited Benefit Cancer Insurance*,+ from American Fidelity Assurance Company.
Like most parents, Stephanie bought the policy for her family with the hope of never having to use it. But just six short months after enrollment, she found herself facing the unexpected.
The Beginning of a Journey
It was June of 2015. Stephanie’s fourteen-month-old daughter, Charlotte, had just been diagnosed with bilateral kidney cancer. “You are correct if you are imagining a world-shift in our lives,” she said. “We were devastated.”
Charlotte’s diagnosis was certainly a shock. “Having three perfectly healthy girls before her, this made no sense,” Stephanie said. She said, “As a mother, I can’t describe to you the pain, stress, worry, fear, exhaustion….I had three other daughters to take care of, and a job to start again in a couple months.”
On the day of her daughter’s diagnosis, Stephanie heard on the news that the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S. is cancer. But, money was the least of their worries. Stephanie and her husband had to focus on getting their little girl healthy again.
“The last thing we wanted to worry about was our finances,” she said. “We wanted to focus on getting our baby healthy.”
A Helping Hand
As the medical bills began to pile up, American Fidelity was there to help. “Having [our account representative] there to work us through the policies and procedures was a mental relief for me,” Stephanie said.
After months of harsh chemotherapy, a partial nephrectomy of her left kidney, and a re-lapse in 2016, Stephanie’s family received the news that Charlotte was cancer-free—just days before Thanksgiving 2017.1
While Stephanie’s family celebrates this good news, American Fidelity will continue to provide a helping hand on their journey. And if your life takes an unexpected turn, we want to be there for you, too.
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1 Dayton Daily News, November 2017, https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/area-parents-told year-old-cancer-free-two-days-before-thanksgiving/wmjKhhu7JJZdmCnoHqOAzL/