I know three women in their 40s with brain cancer.
I go to a writing group of about 8 women who have breast or ovarian cancer or both.
I have former classmates who have horrible illnesses such as MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, brain cancer, and congestive heart failure, just to name a few.
And just this week, my aunt, who has always been spry and vivacious was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
I don't consider myself old, but I am hard pressed to find a friend or loved one who is in good health. My former classmates and my aunt are all freeze framed in my mind from when I was a child. When you are a child, you don't imagine getting older, or those around you getting older.
Time is the avenger.