So much has been going on since I have taken the time to post here. I sincerely apologize and will try and catch up. If anything, life has taught me that regardless of all the planning I did getting ready for retirement, there will always be unexpected challenges I must confront—an illness of loved ones, death, COVID 19, and learning that my mortality is being challenged. I’m not looking for pity, just prayers! Life has been pretty good to me, and even though I want more time, I have realized, sometimes it is out of my control.
When I thought about the end of my life, I always had a conversation with myself. I planned on being around into my nineties, and my focus was being prepared financially for my loved ones by making sure I had strong life insurance policies. But, unfortunately, the last two years have been a wake-up call for me. I lost my 33-year-old son to an unexplained illness, a nephew to suicide, and I have been diagnosed with bladder cancer.
After the tragic loss of family, my first reaction to my diagnosis was anger and terror. I reached out to a great friend who has been in a battle for the last seven years, and his strength gave me the courage not to throw in the towel and fight my fight. I am very fortunate to have excellent medical insurance and have confidence in my doctors. I have been in treatment since last summer and feel optimistic. So let us get back to my main point to “Enjoy life to the fullest.” I have realized that sometimes it is a lot harder to enjoy your day when you feel so bad. To get me over the hump, I try and remind myself of all the great people I have in my life and how much I am loved. So far, it is working, most of the time.