Everywhere You Look
First impressions of Indianapolis employee Andrew B. are telling.
He's always smiling. He sings the theme song to the ‘90s sitcom Full House in between phone calls. His teammates chuckle at his enthusiasm. Andrew’s energy is contagious. His attitude sunny.
But first impressions don't always tell the whole story. Nine years ago, Andrew's outlook wasn’t so bright.
“I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.”
Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of lymph tissue found in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow and other sites.
“Chemo was tough, but I got through it,” he said.
But by 2010 the cancer was back, and spreading.
Weighing in at 110 pounds with a mass the size of a grapefruit hanging from under his arm, "I remember my parents and girlfriend all standing around me one day in my hospital room crying," he said. "I told them to stop – to cry when I’m dead.”
By this time Andrew had spent 62 days in the hospital and chemotherapy wasn’t working. He decided to take things into his own hands.
“I googled number one treatments for cancer, found a center that specialized in intensive treatment and sent them my medical records,” he said.
Andrew went through 21 days of high-dose chemo at this center. He's now cancer free.
Andrew's experiences taught him to appreciate things others take for granted.
“I just enjoy living and working,” he said. “And I love TQL because it’s fun, intense, high energy and it keeps me on my toes.”
He also loves building his book of business and no longer worrying about money. “Thanks to TQL, I paid off $20,000 in medical debt.”
And he’s excited about the road ahead. “I want people to say ‘that guy lived – he lived a full life.’”
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