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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Sahuarita (Tucson) AZ
Re: Life's Too Short To Just Work It Away
My wife and I owned our own business for over 31 years. At 61, I contemplated selling and retiring. I decided against it, mostly because of health insurance. A year later I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Three years later I had my first heart attack. A year later, my wife got diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, discovered when she had a heart attack. I'm thankful as heck that we had health insurance, it kept us from going bankrupt. After three deals in a row to sell our business fell apart, we finally got the job done a year and a half ago, two months before I turned 72. We're both on Medicare now, health has improved (somewhat), and I'm busy every day. Some days I'm playing with my cars, some days I'm working on our 5 acres, but I always have a plan to do something every day. We've taken a few 4-5 day trips around the Southwest, seeing things we were too busy to see before. I joke that I'm not sure I retired, I just changed jobs.
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