It happened to me 5 years ago.
Remember when we were younger? "Never trust anyone over 30!" Right. :-)
Tomorrow is my 60th birthday and for a long time, it was hard to admit I am that old! I was mad about it! I think somebody must have made a mistake in their math---? But now, with this second bout of breast cancer, going through chemo, I am GLAD I'm around to turn sixty! A friend with pancreatic cancer didn't even make it to her 50's. My kids are grown and settling down. My husband retires 12/31. Life is good, even at 60! Any thoughts?
My thoughts are congratulations, keep on knocking down those birthdays, each one is better than the one before because it means you reached another one.
Reward yourself, go out have a nice dinner, relax, or whatever you really like to do. I'm dull, for me sitting at home with my wife and dog is luxury.
First - Happy Birthday! I am about to be 50 in April - it will also be the second anniversary of my survivorship as I was diagnosed 4 days before my 48th birthday. I have a few thoughts about birthdays and aging. The first one is that Birthday's are great! Its another year of survivorship! Enjoy each moment, each day, each blessing!!!
However I see by watching my mom (who will be 84 in April) how hard it is to age. She is hard of seeing due to macular degeneration and is hard of hearing. She's alone as my Dad passed almost 4 years ago. She goes about her business and keeps her mind busy reading and surfing the internet. She stays strong.
I like to say that my mental age is much younger than my chronological age (really mentally I am about 25. So I say forget what the number is - always enjoy life and do the best you can with what you have. So yes Birthday's are great? So Happy Birthday.
Happy 60th birthday!!!! I too look forward to turning 60 in 3 1/2 years....and G-d willing, I will reach that milestone healthy and still dancing with NED!!!! 50 wasn't a good birthday as that is when I was going through treatment.....Wishing you many more happy birthdays :)
I was diagnosed with cancer 6 weeks short of my 55th birthday. One of the consultants I saw assured me that I would be dead within 5 years. (I selected another dr.) This past May, my husband and I celebrated my 60th birthday in France. It was wonderful! I sent "Dr. Doom" a post card stating that despite his prognosis, I was not only alive, but quite healthy, thanks to the wonderful care I received from his colleague. I sent thank-you's to my drs, and made donations in their honor to the medical centers that saved my life.
At exactly 6 months older than you, I welcome you to the fabulous 60s! Let's keep rocking! Have a very happy birthday!
I just finished my second chemo in three years and will never be cancer free but life is good. I think I appreciate it so much more now and have a better outlook on life than I have ever had in my 67 years. I wish I could have learned all of this before. I really did appreciate life but now the my feelings and outlook are so much more meaningful. Thank you for your encouraging words, you go girl, have a wonderful Birthday.
I turned 60 on March 21. I asked DH & DD to make me a birthday party - to celebrate the fact that despite everything I had made it to 60. Every Birthday is precious. Each day is a testament to our determination, spirit and strength. Age is a only a number. Remember we are not getting old we are becoming vintage wise women.
thank you all for your kind, encouraging wishes! You are right; there is LOTS MORE TO DO! Today I got three bouquets of flowers and the clerk at the store told me I looked "more like 50", so life is great, even at 60! LOVE you guys and thanks for helping me make lemonade!
I have to agree. I never thought I would get to the old age of 60. Doctors tell me that I am still young. I am glad that you are still fighting. Never give up. For the husband and the family that wouldn't know how to go on without you, keep going. Prayers and comfort.