By Alan Rollins, FII Story Curator
Veronica Coney is a Chicago, Illinois resident and mother of two teenage girls. Coney is very involved in the lives of her children. Coney has successfully navigated her oldest daughter through the rigors of the Chicago’s school system– she has recently graduated from high school and is currently serving in the United States Air Force. Coney’s youngest daughter will soon graduate as well and is presently making plans for the future. As most parents, Coney wants the best for her children and as a member of FII since September of 2018, has found like minded parents and enjoys the supportive atmosphere and the networking and sharing of resources she finds on UpTogether.
Coney discovered FII through an email she received from her daughters after school program with the news about the launching of the new FII site in the Chicago area. Coney was very impressed with the FII visiting members she met at the meet and greet that evening and to this day remains in contact with them. Coney soon after joined and has since found the FII model for goal setting as being the most helpful. She has recently achieved one of her goals by obtaining a license to sell Life Insurance. As a life agent Coney is exclusively involved with helping uninsured low income individuals obtain Life Insurance.
Coney also credits herself as knowledgeable of health and wellness and shares her wisdom with those in her community due to a life changing event she had. Coney, a stroke survivor, endeavors to share her story and strives to teach others of the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parenting, work, and community involvement keeps Coney very busy, but she still finds time to encourage others to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid the suffering of having a stroke.
Coney having survived a stroke is now embodying that survival spirit and is determined to survive these uncertain days of the Covid-19 Pandemic. School closings and a number of other things understandably have affected her household. Coney, although slightly depressed and fearful at times, remains prayerful, hopeful and indoors and is actively following her state’s health directives.