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Old 06-25-2010, 04:47 PM   #1
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When your doctor says you're FI

In light of many of our discussions on this forum I thought this an interesting quote:
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When your doctor delivers the news that you are financially set for life -- because you will not outlive your assets no matter what you do -- it puts things into focus.
An interesting article from a financial guy about the lessons he's learning from his brother who was diagnosed with a fatal disease.

A brother's prognosis puts life in focus Chuck Jaffe - MarketWatch
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
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These stories always remind me of my poor brother. He retired at 50 then 3 years later, he had cancer surgery. Dead at 56. Unfortunately we all know of cases like these. They are good reminders to live each day to the max.
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These stories always remind me of my poor brother. He retired at 50 then 3 years later, he had cancer surgery. Dead at 56.
Yeah, my brother (only sibling) was 58.

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These stories always remind me of my poor brother. He retired at 50 then 3 years later, he had cancer surgery. Dead at 56. Unfortunately we all know of cases like these. They are good reminders to live each day to the max.
That's just awful! But was he glad that he had retired so young considering what happened?

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What a great story ! My brother was 53 when he died . Five years after he had a heart transplant . Last year I really decided that if there were things I wanted to do I was doing them now not later because there may not be a later .
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Daily exposure to situations like this was immensely important in my decision to ESR at age 61 (joking aside, quite a young age for my profession).

If I died soon I would take comfort in the fact that I at least had a taste of the retired life, the "everything's optional" life before it was too late.
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Rich, I feel the same way. I had 2 1/2 years of doing nothing before I went back to work PT at the age of 60. I'm 10 months from 62 and hope to get back to my retirement routine before long. If I died right now at least I had some time to myself after many years of working.
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Dying too soon is just another of the risks that we must all live with. It's very difficult to factor in since it is usually a great unknown.
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Seen that too often, which is one of the reasons I choose to bail at 59.5. Even though it required me to be full fare Freddie in paying health insurance. Well worth the expense and no hassles.
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