Suffering from a terminal illness, a wife of Muhammad chooses to “think big” | Contractors

MUHAMMAD — If former novelist Nicole Wellman included all the twists and turns of her life in one of her books, readers might roll their eyes, thinking it’s too much.

  • Former single mother of six children, including triplets.
  • Supported her great offspring on her own for many years by writing many books and working in public relations.
  • Lost over 100 pounds through physical training and long distance running.
  • Has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
  • Will launch a State Farm insurance agency in Muhammad starting next month.

“It may seem like a strange time to start a new business, but I’m going to go big or go home for as long as I can,” Wellman, 50, said.

Now married to Jim, whom she married “a few years ago”, they have 10 children between them.

The diagnosis of terminal illness came two years ago.

Nicole Wellman discovered in her family the genes for Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease whose symptoms are those of ALS, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

She was tested for the disease and the prognosis was not good.

“It’s a diagnostic beast,” Wellman said.

None of the symptoms have developed yet. But she knows they will.

“I had no problems at all,” she said. “I can’t imagine where I would be if I hadn’t made these changes. The goal of diet and exercise is to avoid symptoms for as long as possible.

Wellman is determined to help as many people with the disease as possible, including running marathons and other long-distance races to raise money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

Six years ago, she ran her first 5k race. She has also done triathlons and a half ironman, which includes a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a half marathon. She will compete in the Chicago Marathon again this year.

Wellman is a determined person.

She wrote 26 books of young adult fiction and books on Christian parenting, but had to put that behind her. The publishing industry has changed due to the advent of e-books and self-publishing. Wellman then did marketing work for a dental organization that served 1,600 dental practices.

From there, State Farm recruited her to become an agent.

“Getting into insurance and starting a business is a lot to learn,” Wellman said. “But State Farm has been amazing with all the support. It’s their 100th anniversary, so it’s a fun year to get on board.

The new office is slated to open April 1 at 1204 E. Oak St., Suite 4, on the east side of Mahomet.

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