I saw a relative of mine at a family Christmas party. He also has CLL. His progressed faster than mine with swollen lymph nodes and tiredness. Because of these symptoms he had chemotherapy and is in remission.

He decided to retire early next year. He will be 62 years old which is the soonest you can retire for Social Security. Waiting until he is older would mean a larger check but spending more time with his family and enjoying the years he has left is more important to him.

I did the same thing.

As many of you know, leukemia has a way of giving you a new perspective. When I was younger (and before Leuk showed up) I was a bit of a workaholic. I loved my job but I love my family more. Also, this retirement thing has given me the time to do all the stuff I put off when working, like writing, photography, etc. But most importantly, I have time for my grand children, my wife, my adult children and their spouses.

These are the things that matter.

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