Originally Posted by 2soon2tell
Some folks diagnosed with pancreatic cancer do survive. I am a 7 year survivor and very grateful to be here. The Whipple surgery and simultaneous chemo and radiation were tough to endure. The alternative was worse...
I am happy to learn that some patients do beat the odds. And perhaps the info I have read was outdated.
While surfing the Web for RV'ing experiences, I stumbled across a blog of a full-time RV'er who is living in the boondocks of New Mexico. He survived leukemia and the full-body radiation treatment. When he got out of the hospital, he left his job and decided to retire early and lived with whatever means and pension that he had. He is now in good health, and leading an active lifestyle.
Many of us here are in the late 50s as I am, or older. When faced with our declining health, we will put things in a different perspective. But let's not forget that disaster can strike without any warning. That brings us back to the OP's premise of retiring when we still have health. We may not know when we suddenly do not have it anymore.