Joseph and Emma Miller, AIM Chairman’s Club Directors.
For every Member who has succeeded in reaching the title of Chairman’s Club Director, there’s a unique story to be told. The AIM journey of Joseph and Emma Miller is no exception.
Joseph and Emma both came from large families and spent their childhoods on nearby farms in Ohio. Joseph grew up on a dairy farm, just down the road from their present-day home in Dundee. Emma’s family’s farm was about ten miles away in Holmes County, in the middle of the largest Amish settlement in the world.
In his teens, Joseph began working as a trainer in a horse stable, eventually becoming a farrier, a craftsman who trims and shoes the hooves of horses. “I was interested in horses all my life,” Joseph said. He was one of the first to provide a local, mobile farrier service, going farm to farm on his tractor and trailer.
Emma always enjoyed school as a child and competed in local and regional spelling bees. She would go on to win at an event that gave her the opportunity to travel with her parents to Washington, D.C., and compete. It is not surprising that Emma later became involved with education.
During her years as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, Emma was part of the same youth group as Joseph. In 2002, he asked Emma for her friendship and about a year later, they wed. “Soon after we married, we wanted to start a family,” Emma said. However, there were health challenges that began around nine months into their marriage.
Emma had been experiencing abdominal pain, which turned out to be primarily endometriosis. This was not good news for a young couple wanting to start a family. At the same time, they were reluctant to go with the recommended surgery and medication.
Fortunately, a friend gave Emma a handout on estrogen dominance, of which she had a number of its symptoms. She called the number on the bottom, connecting her with Marlene Rawls, AIM Star Sapphire Director.
Emma began taking the AIM products recommended by Marlene: The Garden Trio, Herbal Fiberblend, Composure and Renewed Balance. After about six weeks, Joseph and Emma were expecting their first child.
Marcus was born nine weeks early, but his size and hardiness were affirmation that Emma’s healthy nutritional changes had made a difference for their first child. The following spring, tests showed that Emma’s health issues had simply cleared up. Over the years, Joseph and Emma would have two more children: a daughter, Carrie Anne, and a second son, Christopher Daniel.
Other people in the community began asking Emma for help after hearing about
her health success. Marlene coached and encouraged Emma, telling her that she knew a lot more than she thought she did.
Since joining AIM in 2005, Joseph and Emma have learned a lot about maintaining wellness. Beginning with one-on-one consultations for neighbors, it wasn’t long before they were participating in local and regional meetings. By sharing their knowledge, many people began to experience health improvements.
As the years went by, Joseph and Emma promoted title by title and were on their way to Chairman’s Club Directors. Interestingly enough, Dr. John Shewfelt predicted that Emma would reach this pinnacle title after hearing her speak at a meeting in Iowa and witnessing many women asking her questions. At home, the telephone was constantly ringing: so many people needed help.
Then in January 2015, Marcus began having soreness in one of his knees, causing him to fall on several occasions. At first, the Millers thought it was growing pains, but an X-ray revealed a tumor in his leg just behind the knee. In June, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.
The recommended chemotherapy treatment did not do what it was supposed to do. “We stepped everything up with his nutrition,” Joseph said. “. . . osteosarcoma is very hard to deal with.” Emma added, “I still feel that some cancers would respond a whole lot better to the nutrition than what osteosarcoma did.” Tragically, Marcus passed away in May 2016. “He was very precious, but he went to be with the Lord,” Emma acknowledged. “We have good hope that someday we can meet him again.”
Living through such a tragedy left the Miller family with unimaginable grief and a palpable sense of loss. Understandably, Joseph and Emma were unable to focus on their AIM business. That’s when their AIM family stepped in to help.
Ralph Peterson encouraged them to go for the Chairman’s Club Director title and sent out letters to their downline asking them to support the Millers in this quest, and they did. “So thanks to Ralph,” Emma stated. “He’s the one who propelled us to actually be going for Chairman’s Club.” Joseph and Emma reached this title in December 2016. “Now that we have more time and energy that we can dedicate to it, we can get back in the AIM business.”
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