It's really sad, but I have found that once you've hit 50-plus, you begin to hear more than ever, of acquaintances, friends or family members who have become very ill or who have passed. I agree that the cycle of life must continue and it's for this reason that at this time, you begin to hear much of this sad news.
I'm finding that several middle-aged people have become seriously ill and have passed away from what seems to be age-related illnesses. That is why it is of utmost importance for us to start taking care of our bodies at an early age. Even if you have to begin in your 40s, 50s or 60s--go right ahead with eating right, exercising, minimizing stress--any activity that can lengthen your life-span.
With regards to stress, I am now learning of yet another middle-aged person I know who is now suffering from stage 4 cancer, has been transferred to Hospice Care and have been given a few months to live. I also know that she had been having quite a bit of stress in her life lately. I'm positive that this is the main contributor to her illness right now.
I lost a friend just under 6 months ago to the very same thing--a stressful marriage, which led to stage 4 cancer and to her ultimate and quick demise. These are not the only 2 people I know of either.
I can't emphasize enough that we MUST choose ourselves in every situation. We cannot let life issues and circumstances break our bodies down, leading to our own demise. I know that we can sometimes be genetically predisposed to certain illnesses, but there is no hard and fast rule that it will in fact happen to us. If we take charge of our lives, it may very well skip us. If your job or business is stressful - change it; if your relationship with your loved one is stressful - get help or get out; if you are inactive or lead a mostly sedentary lifestyle - get on your feet now and start moving. We MUST save our own lives. I'm seeing too much of this happening lately.
My mother is going on 93 years old and has no illnesses whatsoever. She has always been active--walked to just about anywhere she could, never let anyone or anything cause her stress - she simply got rid of whatever the situation was, and mostly ate a plant-based diet or meats from animals she or someone she knew raised. See what I mean? That right there is your recipe for longevity. Hello!!!!
Middle-agers, 50, 60 and 70-plusers let's begin to save our own lives!!!