Rock Island, IL
"The life insurance didn't help me cope with the loss, but it helped me provide a better life for Mikey and myself."
Thirty-three year-old Mike Jacobs was the picture of health. He played softball, worked out and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He and his wife, Kelly, had just purchased a house and were looking forward to starting a family in their new home. Kelly was expecting their first baby and things couldn't have been better.
In the midst of his busy life, Mike started suffering knee pain. Thinking it was just a pulled muscle, he visited his doctor. On Feb. 17, 2003, Mike learned he had lupus, the worst case his doctors had seen.
In the following months, Mike's health deteriorated quickly. He was in and out of the hospital several times and eventually fell into a coma. A few weeks after the birth of his namesake, Mike passed away on Dec. 26, 2003.
Just 13 months earlier, Mike had gone to COUNTRY Financial representative Carla Goethals for auto and home insurance. At that time she also recommended a term life policy because it fit both his family's needs and their budget. This COUNTRY Life insurance policy provided Kelly with the financial means to live independently and raise their newborn.
"The life insurance didn't help me cope with the loss, but it helped me provide a better life for Mikey and myself," Kelly explained. "It helped me purchase a new home and a reliable car. I wouldn't have been able to do those things on my own. Mike made sure we were taken care of when he bought life insurance."