I turned 56 last spring. Shortly afterwards I received a diagnosis of arthritis in my toes – no wonder I sometimes have trouble walking. So I’ve learned to be more careful with footwear and paying attention to the warning signs. But I kept hiking and walking and moving. In late November I found out I was pre-diabetic (if that is a thing). I immediately made drastic reduction in sugar and a less drastic one in starch and started getting more exercise. I ate almost no Christmas treats except the Christmas pudding with hard sauce. I haven’t had a cookie or piece of cake or brownie since then. I had another test later in December and the sugar was totally normal and, interestingly enough, the arthritis has not once flared up. Today I had it confirmed that I have a basal-cell carcinoma. A somewhat rarer infiltrative kind which carries more risk. While I was tempted to title this post “F*** Off, 56”, I decided to approach this with curiosity and wonder what new lessons I’ll learn this year.

7 thoughts on “56. Unexpected Lessons

    1. I admit to feeling rather bad that I’m worried about this. Lots of people deal with considerably worse things. And so the most important thing is to find some of those positive vibes. Thank you for your kind note.

      1. The way I see it, which you will have to forgive for being extremely morbid is, you can’t always predict destiny. You can help it. You can create a positive loop for your life. You can be happy irrigardless. You can center your life around love. These things make life not only bearable but make some for truly magical moments. The rest can’t always be accounted for. Things sometimes happen because that is how they are meant to happen. I’m myself not 100% clear on this. People carry Karma that is sometimes not even their own that they have to account for. That’s as far as I’ve gotten.

        Search your soul. Look to God. You’ve got this! πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ¦‹

        Sorry. Kind of all over the place with this but I hope it made sense. πŸ’‹

      2. Forgiven! I think what you’ve said makes a lot of sense. Indeed, stuff happens. How we choose to deal with it is what counts and maybe there’s also room to be grateful for the good things that happened on the way to where we are too. This is a great opportunity for me to do some of that learning.

        Again, thank you for your kind words.

      3. And worry is bad enough and then you go and add feeling guilty about worrying. Come on now!!

        It’s perfectly normal for you to be worried. Cut it out. Stop both asap. But give yourself some slack. This is you doing the best you can. Right?


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