Ep. 9: Listen to Your Body: A Story of a Breast Cancer Survivor with Andrea Bond Johnson

When it comes to stories of going from there to here, Andrea Bond Johnson has quite a journey to share. She’s the CEO of the Golden Circle Insurance Agency, a full-service firm in Brownsville, Tennessee that evolved from a legacy her grandfather started in the 50s. Moreover, she’s running for office in her hometown with a vision to prioritize people over politics. She champions the importance of health and wellness and has dedicated the majority of her life to serving other people.

But behind all these amazing feats, there is one experience—one struggle—that solidified her calling and beliefs.

Andrea Bond Johnson is a breast cancer survivor.

And the journey from finding out about her situation to surviving such an illness is what propelled her forward.


In this episode you will also discover:

  • Running a family business and working in the service industry
  • Striving to offer the Affordable Care Act in Haywood County
  • Running for office to prioritize people’s lives over politics
  • The road to discovering she had breast cancer and how second opinions saved Andrea’s life
  • Winning over cancer and how this shined a new light on the importance of health care for her
  • How gut feeling and listening to your body can be a matter of life and death
  • The lessons Andrea lives by and her non-negotiables


Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on SpotifyStitcher and iTunes.



  • “I grew up seeing the importance of simply helping people. It’s instilled in me, it’s in my DNA. I feel it. I’m passionate about it.”
  • “Second opinions everybody. Second opinions. You don’t have to be just satisfied. You need to know about what’s going on in your body. If you’re not satisfied, you still need to ask questions.”
  • “You have to know your body. If something doesn’t seem right, please seek help.”
  • “You can have a lot of education but if you don’t have any common sense, you’re going to be in a heap of trouble.”
  • “You cannot be all things to all people at all times.”

I Voted Today

I Voted Today sticker

I voted today. No, it was not my first time, but this time was different. I have been voting since 1973 when the law first allowed 18 year olds to be part of this rite of passage. Almost without fail, every four years, every two years, every time there was an election of any sort, I cast a vote, so I was unprepared for the emotional state I found myself in today.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so be aware

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has officially arrived and as we celebrate, being vigilant about caring for the “girls” has never been more important. Usually there’s pink everywhere to gently remind us that if we’re focused, committed, and unrelenting, we may get the opportunity to eradicate this scourge in our lifetime. This year we include men since every year at least 2,500 men versus 276,480 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Ep. 7: Hard work and big dreams are a winning hand – A conversation with Carey Bond

Episode 7 of “3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life” is where we meet Carey Bond, child #5 of the Bond family. Hailing from the town of Stanton, Tennessee, Carey’s adventures took him from America to Iraq, and from one career path to another.

Listen to hear more about his experiences with racism, learning to live out loud, his achievements in the military, and how he brought and carried all the learnings from his small village throughout it all.


In this episode you will also discover:

  • Carey Bond’s life as a child
  • The greatest life lesson Carey Bond has ever learned (and still lives by today)
  • From his life in Stanton, Tennessee to his successes as an adult
  • Joining the military, moving to different cities, and countries and key career turning points
  • His year in Iraq and how this changed his view on mortality
  • Pursuing a new career and how this path is a culmination of all his experiences


Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on SpotifyStitcher and iTunes.



  • “Despite the influences of others, make up your own mind and stand on the decision that you and only you will have to defend or support.”
  • “You won’t know if a decision is good or bad until you have made it. You have to stand for it either way it goes.”
  • “Being receptive to color and cultural differences—the opportunity that I had at that point was learning that not every white person meant you ill. There are some that actually care and had a different intent. That was one of the shaping moments back in the late 60s, early 70s.”
  • “All money ain’t good money. No matter what, I couldn’t sacrifice my family for that money.”
  • “If somebody’s gonna kill me, I can’t stop them. That realization allowed me to come to terms with mortality—meaning that if I’m gonna die, well, that’s the Lord’s will. Stop being scared and avoiding everything, and just get to it.”