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Old 01-16-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hi All,
I retired early (not as early as I would have liked) but at 59. The only reason I waited that long was I was close to getting my full pension with medical at 60 if I got the hours and years. I had a fun job in the entertainment business and so a few more years was my option. Lucky I got the medical because soon after I retired I became very sick and after many miss diagnosis they found I had a restrictive pericardium (the sack around the heart) which had to be removed. I was lucky as my medical insurance covered everything. Since then I have been getting back in shape and learning to generate an income from my savings as a buffer to my pension.
I decide to to join this forum to get ideas on retirement investing and possibly help those on the fence to retire before it is to late.

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Old 01-16-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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Welcome. It's great that you got a good diagnosis finally and are enjoying ER .

Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:16 PM   #3
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Thanks, the scary thing I was in good shape before it happened, they had no idea what caused it. Apparently they had not seen this for many years due to TB which I did not have. At least my case got into a medical journal and I have the photo's of my heart.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:51 PM   #4
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welcome 2BRetired. Thank you for your words of encouragement.
Very conservative with investments. Not ER'd yet, 48 years old. Please do not take anything I write or imply as legal, financial or medical advice directed to you. Contact your own financial advisor, healthcare provider, or attorney for financial, medical and legal advice.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:58 AM   #5
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Welcome and thanks. I am not retired yet, but I do come to this forum for encouragement advice and to learn about FIRE topics. Any experiences and potential pitfalls that you want to share... I'm all ears.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:39 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard! But there's no way you could talk me off the fence due to probability of an unknown medical issue. I am well aware that many people have an illness or other event in the family/self that impacts their retirement, and I am truly sorry to hear you had that experience, but it's still statistically a minority. Anyone who retires with NO indication of a medical or other life changing event, will have made a mistake more often than not. Guess that's just how a lifelong engineer is programmed. YMMV
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:32 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum, glad you are recovering and enjoying ER. I hope to be there one day.

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