Simon Evans had always insisted that Multiple Sclerosis was never going to define him. With help from his Asteron Life Income Protection Insurance it never has.
“It’s almost like going to a mortgage broker for the first time. You’re not sure what you really need, but they were really good at explaining situations,” Simon recalls. It was here that Simon and Francine agreed that Asteron Life’s Income Protection cover best suited their needs. “We had a look through a whole pile of different companies but Asteron Life had the best features, the whole package as far as making sure we were covered” says Simon.
Then, in 2005 Simon’s world almost fell apart. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While he was determined to carry on with life as normal, he took great comfort in the fact that his family could rely on Asteron Life’s Income Protection Insurance. “The way the policy worked, I could still work without defending my claim. Let’s be honest, that is an amazing thing,” he says. There was no telling how severe Simon’s MS might become, but he and Francine had their hearts set on living life to the fullest.
10 years on, Simon and Francine's family has grown. The progression of his MS means he can no longer work in a corporate role, and while his Income Protection Insurance helps take care of his family's livelihood, Simon has chosen to keep working.
"The best part about life today is getting to spend time with the people you love, with the kids, and really just enjoying life..."
Simon acknowledges that things would be very different without Asteron Life’s Income Protection Insurance. “It’s worth protecting the future,” he explains. That message was reinforced recently, when Simon visited the MS Society and chatted to a nurse about his cover.
“She said ‘you’re so, so, so fortunate. A lot of people are diagnosed with MS when they’re 27-28 and haven’t thought to get insurance. They’re badly affected by it with no money and very little support.’ We could have easily been in the same situation, if we’d gone ‘No, don’t worry about insurance.’ It’s horrible to think about.”
Today Simon continues to live how he chooses, never allowing his MS to define him. “The best part about life today is getting to spend time with the people you love, with the kids, and really just enjoying life".
Asteron Life would like to sincerely thank Simon for his generosity in allowing us to publish his story.