FOUR PILLARS SAVED MY FARM . . . While attending a high school reunion, a trusted friend pulled me aside. “Bobby Ray”, he began, “I know you’re going through a tough time right now, and I want to tell you about someone who has helped my wife and me. I think she can help you too.” That’s how I learned about Kelly Shovelin. I had worked with my high school buddy at the same paper mill for more than 43 years. I trust and respect him, so I knew every good word he spoke about Kelly had to be true. You see, my wife had been in and out of nursing homes for the past twelve years due to a series of health problems. I had worked hard my entire life to be self-sufficient and save enough for a modest retirement, but all of those steep health care bills had wiped out my savings. I had even cashed out a life insurance policy to pay for my wife’s residential care. Now, I was at risk of losing my farm, and I didn’t know what to do. My daddy was a farmer. He bought a piece of land and started with nothing. He stumped it, grubbed it up, bought a tractor, and planted tobacco when I was a boy. I grew up farming and I taught my own boys to farm. In fact, one of my sons now farms the property that belonged to my father. I never learned to hunt, fish, or play golf, and I don’t travel. Farming has always been and still is my entire life. After losing my wife to a nursing home, and losing my life savings to long-term health care, I couldn’t imagine losing the farm too. I contacted Kelly and she guided me through the steps I could take to save my property. She also acted as a mediator between me and Social Services, assisting with the Medicaid planning process and getting my wife qualified for benefits. I’ve had a tough time of it, but I’m thankful I still have my health, I still have my farm, and I have an ally in Kelly Shovelin. She has been an invaluable advisor and a blessing to me, helping me to navigate through terrain that was muddier than a Georgia pig farm.
After losing my wife to a nursing home, and losing my life savings to long-term health care, I was at risk of losing my farm. I come from a farming family and that farm represented my entire life; I couldn’t imagine losing it too. Kelly Shovelin proved to be an invaluable resource. She helped me navigate through terrain that was muddier than a Georgia pig farm, acting as a mediator between me and Social Services while getting my wife qualified for Medicaid benefits. I’m thankful I still have my health, I still have my farm, and I have an ally in Kelly Shovelin.