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    Bloke down our local was asked if he would be celebrating his 75th birthday in any way. He grumpily replied that 'at my age I don't so much celebrate birthdays as wonder how many I've got left'. That was his humour - physically and mentally he was actually in fine fettle then.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    My little line at the bottom used to say - Live every day like it's your last. One day you'll be right! Not a bad philosophy actually!
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    I'm undergoing daily radiation treatments for cancer, which involves lying still on my back, fully clothed, beneath the precisely aimed radiation beam. A technician binds my feet to assure no accidental movement. A couple days ago when I arrived home I was chagrined to discover I was wearing a brown leather boot on one foot and a white tennis shoe on the other. The next day I tried to come up with some lame excuse to explain the discrepancy to the technician. And yes, she had noticed.
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    I had that back in May but without the feet being bound, for me it was a perforated plastic mask moulded to my head and face and clamped down, the beams were aimed at my vocal chords, 5 days a week fo 4 weeks then about 6 weeks spaced out on strong pain killers, not sure which was worse!

    Seems to have worked though, I can speak again instead of a semi intelligible croak.
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    Kudos X 2 for the posts above.

    The sobering side of "gettin' past it", I'd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pickett View Post
    Kudos X 2 for the posts above.

    The sobering side of "gettin' past it", I'd say.
    But also a recognition of modern medicine and its ability to get people back on their feet after very serious illnesses, ones that would have been fatal not all that many years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Berry View Post
    But also a recognition of modern medicine and its ability to get people back on their feet after very serious illnesses, ones that would have been fatal not all that many years ago.
    Exactly! 16 years ago Tag was on dialysis for a month, then spent years on steroids until his kidney condition improved.
    In the olden days, that would have been it.
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    Living in a retirement block with some residents into their 90s one does see both sides of the coin, some appear to keep going despite their years, others seem to barely survive; age is not necessarily a factor, previous life style can have a tremendous effect, smoking, drinking and eating to excess usually take their toll sooner rather than later but there are always exceptions.
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