Sunday, July 22, 2007

It is so strange how we age so differently. It seems like in our 20s and 30s, even 40s, most of us have equally good health. But in our 60s we can be so different. I guess it is simply because we are subject to more illnesses then. In my parent's and grandparent's days, the 60's were old but not any more. What do they say, now 60 is 40. But not for all of us.

What brought all this on? One sixty-something acquaintance of mine is really a healthy 40 year old and is getting married. Another was 65 and died of cancer yesterday. Judy sometimes traveled with Shirley and me. Shirley has known her for 47 years. Judy had a mass in her mouth and jaw and she and her dentist didn't follow through with a diagnosis fast enough. She finally had surgery to remove it, including some teeth. Chemo and radiation. It came back and more treatments. So much pain and suffering. Please, please be aware of what your bodies tell you and be aggressive to have things checked out early. I'm sure you've heard this before but listen and do it! Please.


candyschultz said...

You are so right. I started running in my forties and ran a marathon, lots of half marathons. I was planning on running until my knees gave out. I never expected to get hit with fibromyalgia. I feel like I am ninety. I can still run sometimes but I barely can keep my house clean anymore, let alone work. The best laid plans and all that. Enjoy your health while you can.

Norma said...
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Norma said...

It is so hard to deal with the fact that one minute you are healthy and the next day, not so healthy part of aging.

You take care of yourself! It is hard to lose a friend at any age.

DH and I are trying to make the most of every healthy day that we have and give thanks for that health.