This happened to my mother also. She had made some friends on the street and at the senior center after my father died and outlived them all. She died at 91.
Because of this cancer I wonder about my own mortality. The Drs wont give guesstimates anymore. Two already told me it's impossible to know how long anyone has. And they remind you of all the new drugs like vaccines and immunotherapy treatments coming down the pipeline. I'm on Keytruda now. I doubt I'll live as long as my mother.
I don't fear dying, it's HOW death comes that makes me a little nervous. I don't look forward to going into one of those hospice places if I can no longer care for myself. Some of these diseases of old age can cause a miserable long painful drawn out death as we all know. That's what I dread.
What do you think the difference is between those you already lost and those at the book club? Why are they so long lived do you think?
All we can do right now is help ourselves stay alive as long as possible. Exercise (which is almost impossible for me now) and DIET are the main things from everything I've read about longevity. Avoiding stress as much as possible also helps.
You can't change your genes or your fate however and some of us will live longer than others despite weight, diet and exercise.
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