John & Tammy’s Story
We moved to Tennessee a few years ago from Florida and couldn’t transfer our Obamacare healthcare until the following year because we missed the deadline. This left us without insurance and although we sought after private insurance, we couldn’t afford the policies mostly because of John’s pre-existing conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, neuropathy). We scrambled to find a doctor who would accept him as a patient without insurance so John could just get his medications. They did offer coupon programs but his medicines were so expensive that even with the discounts it was unaffordable (nearly 1/3 our monthly income). So, at times, we had to decide which medicine(s) not to fill because we simply couldn’t afford to fill all of them.
In November of that same year, John’s blood pressure became so high that we had to go to the hospital. We learned his main artery was 50% blocked and he would have to be on beta blockers and other medicines in addition to the ones he was already taking. We can’t express how very stressful this time was for us. We had no idea what to do so that John could get the medications he needed. We asked the Lord to help us and He heard our prayer. We learned about Healing Hands from a friend in our small town and were happy to discover that we qualified to be patients. That same day we met Executive Director, Helen Scott who very kindly showed us around. I couldn’t stop crying because I was completely in awe at what the Lord had done for us.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”. I am truly overwhelmed with the reality of this verse. God abundantly blessed John with Healing Hands and here is the “exceeding” part… I get to be a patient, too! At Healing Hands, we also get dental and vision care, help with medicine and have access to programs that help us learn how to make better health choices. Unbelievable!
John is currently doing very well and has been able to get off of three of his medications. Dr. Arnold continues to work hard to get him off more.
Sometimes I think about how blessed we are and I can’t hold back the tears. We are so very grateful for every doctor, nurse, board member, and especially donor. Your kindness is truly a blessing.
From the bottom of our hearts we thank you for everything you have done for us and thank you for being vessels through which God can bless others.
John and Tammy Love