So much has been going on these last nine months. 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. Illness of loved ones, death, COVID 19, and today learning that my mortality is being challenged. I’m not looking for pity, just prayers! Actually life has been pretty good to me and even though I want more have realized, sometimes it is out of my control. But what I can control is the quality of life I will enjoy with the time I have left in this world.
When I thought about the end of my life, it was always a conversation I had 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. This year has been a wake-up call for myself. 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 start my treatment in a few days and feel optimistic. So let us get back to my main point to “Enjoy today to the fullest.” So that is what I am doing even if today I have no plans.