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    Posted August 24, 2008 by
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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    The new face of 50

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    Here's to turning the Big 50 Oh Yeah !



    I turned 50 this August, and couldn't wait for that to happen. Life just seems to get better and better each day. When I was 37 I worked a grueling 70 hours every week on a labor job, and then one day my life suddenly STOPPED for me when I was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor. I was told to create a will, and given a less than 5% chance to survive. I shrugged that off, and... never lost the faith. After two major surgeries, and radiation teatment I was advised my chances still looked grim, from that point I was told to wait six months and see. I think those were the longest six months of my life, and as if things couldn't have got any worse, my insurance company decided to deny all my pre-approved claims which then left me over $90,000 in debt. Six months passed, I returned for my follow up visit just a few days before Christmas, I was told my tumor shrunk and went in to remission "for reasons they could not explain...". My doctor told me to have a Merry Christmas, and to keep taking my medications everyday, come back every six months for a follow up visit, and try to live a normal life. After all that I decided to STOP working all those grueling hours of overtime, and just work a 40 hour a week job, and enjoy life. In a mysterious twist of fate, instead of going after me for the $90,000, the hospital took my insurance company to court, they WON their case two years later, leaving me with a small debt of only $5,000. I now work that 40 hour a week job in a call center, go for long walks everyday, eat healthy, volunteer at a local Opry music theatre helping young musicians and performers by being their favorite techie, and enjoy just being alive. When I hear the John Lennon song "Just Like Starting Over" that is my theme song, simply because I did get that chance to start over. Everyone talked about the dreaded turning 40, for me I enjoyed turning 40, it was a blessing and I was glad to see it happen, and... I welcome turning 50, and every minute of everyday that comes after that. Here's shooting for sixty.



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