> You must not yet be at the stage of life where a lengthy hospital stay becomes more of a possibility, and would bankrupt even individuals with decent assets and savings.
Definitely one of the scarier aspects of life when you start getting up in years and realize its not a matter of if but when. I have seen friends of mine have one heart attack eat up their savings up in one fell swoop even when they had healthcare coverage. To imagine that you spent all those years savings and then BAM gone. Your backup funds out the door. It’s very scary.
When my doctor gave me the news last October, it was a "holy $hit" moment. It was the kick in the rear that I needed.
My next followup is in 2-3 weeks. My goal is to get the cholesterol down to where I no longer need medication (Crestor). I was on diabetes medication for 3 months, but that was no longer needed after I made significant changes in diet and exercise.
For my birthday two weeks ago, my daughter included a few pictures of me from Father's Day 2012, as well as a few more recent photos. The comparison was striking: I looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy before I changed. I'm not there yet, my goal is to get down to 180, about my weight when I was in my 20s.