Last week, I turned sixty five. In the United States, sixty five is a milestone event. At last, I can go on Medicare, a federal health insurance program, and not have to worry about where I will get affordable health insurance. (Alas, over the years, it has been a big worry.)
As with all milestone events, there came a certain amount of reflection when I turned sixty five. Here is what I wrote on Facebook: “Twelve years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was fifty three, and I remember wondering if I would make it to my sixtieth birthday. Turns out I was lucky. My cancer was not aggressive and while I needed radiation, I did not need chemo. And here I am, at sixty five. Very, very grateful.”
Yes, very grateful indeed.
There will be a family celebration this weekend for me and for Clif, who also has a September birthday.
But on my actual birthday—a bright, clear, windy September day—my friend Dawna came over and brought me this sweet assortment of goodies.
The lavender and basil came from her own garden, she made the card, and the jam and honey are local.
Wowsah! Who could ask for anything more?
Many, many thanks, Dawna!
94 thoughts on “Now I’m 65”
Happy Happy Birthday. Glad you are now able to be on Medicare. Enjoy each day!
Thank you, Linda! Quite a relief.
Happy Birthday, well done for making it.
Sixty five is a liberating age to be: here it is the mandatory retirement age for many jobs, although I had to retire at sixty three. I look forward to reading about your joint birthday celebration 🙂
Thanks, Anne. The weather forecast is very promising.
No could ask for more – Happy Birthday Laurie
You bet! Thanks, June.
Happy, happy birthday, my friend! That’s a wonderful gift – special and hand made/grown and useful! Enjoy the celebrations to come. ❤
Thanks, Jodie! Will do.
Laurie, you’re 65 years young. Happy birthday!
Yes, yes! Thanks so much.
Happy Birthday Laurie!
Happy 65 and how blessed you are to still be here
We knew a lady named Melanie who was diagnosed in august and died the following June
And so another birthday is a huge celebration every year
And 65 is a special ☀️💛
Thanks so much! Feel blessed to still be here.
Happy 65th!! And a cancer survivor! That is encouraging for my battle! 💕
Thanks so much! And best to you and your battle.
You’re welcome! And thank you!!
Happy Birthday, Laurie. I’m going to hit that magical Medicare age rather soon. And I’m so happy to hear that you’re a survivor and have many years ahead of you. Wonderful gifts. And here’s to another decade and beyond. ❤
Many thanks! Grateful to still be here and writing.
My husband just finished his cancer journey, so I know how life-changing it is. I’m glad you’re here to celebrate your 65th!
Oh, gosh. So sorry. Wishing him all the best. It’s a journey far too many people have to make.
We’re through it now after a successful surgery. It’s been a stressful summer, though. The stories from survivors carried us through. ❤ ❤
Those stories are so important! Hugs from Maine to both of you.
Ohh Happy Belated Birthday
Thanks so much!
Happy belated birthday. I’m joining you in celebrating all the blessings you’ve listed.
Thanks, Susan! Lots to celebrate.
Happy Birthday! I wish I had just turned 65. 🙂 Everything is relative, and decent health trumps the actual number every time. Glad it helps with the medical insurance piece. It’s always good to have a special friend, and I hope your celebration is a fun one.
Thanks, Judy! Nothing like a bout of cancer to make you appreciate what you have. Grateful every day to still be here.
Happy birthday and congratulations on what you have achieved. It is amazing to think that some politicians would like to get rid of Medicare.
Thanks, Tootlepedal. Amazing is right. Too bad they couldn’t walk in the shoes of those of us who have had to worry about affordable health care.
That would help.
Happy 65th birthday, Laurie, and many more to come! And congratulations on having survived cancer. My experience with it was also 12 years ago. Wishing Clif a happy birthday, too!
Medicare is a wonderful thing, and I am glad you have that coverage now. If only the politicians would grant Medicare to all!
Sending our best to you, Clif and little Miss Watson ❤️ 🙂 🐱 🙂 ❤️
Thanks, Lavinia. Twelve years for both of us! Very grateful. And, yes, if only there were Medicare for all. Sigh.
A big congratulations on turning 65 and indeed, what a relief to be able to access Medicare. I hope you enjoy your birthday celebration with your family on the weekend… I have really enjoyed my 60s and I’m sure you will enjoy the rest of yours! 👏👏👌
Many thanks! Yes, a big relief. The weather is supposed to be good this weekend, and we have planned a picnic by the ocean.
Happy belated birthday, Laurie. Wishing you continued good health, happy moments with family, friends, and your writing, and everything else you wish for yourself.
Thanks so much, Tanja!
Happy birthday, Laurie. The best is yet to come!
Thanks, Jane! Lovely sentiment.
Happy 65th, Laurie! I forgot that you precede me by a little over a month. It is a big milestone, for sure. Not a particularly welcome vantage point, but it does have its perks. 😉 We’ll just focus on those! ❤
Thanks, Eliza. I am the eldest, then. 😉
Looking back at the decade since I turned 65, things have just gotten better. I wish the same for you, along with a heap of happy birthday wishes! You had a proper celebration!
Many, many thanks!
Happy birthday, Laurie. I’m glad you had a joyful day. Your friend’s card and gifts are delightful.
I didn’t know you had breast cancer in your fifties. I’m glad to hear you had a less invasive tumor and that you’ve reached your 65-year-old milestone. It must have been scary to receive that diagnosis at that age. I turn 63 next month, so I’m not too far behind you. Just imagine living in a country with a real safety net? Maybe one day…
Reading Laurie’s post and your comment is a reminder of how lucky I am to live in a country that does have a “real safety net”. Here in the UK we spend a lot of time complaining about the quality of our National Health Service (it’s a constant hot political topic), but the reality is that it’s pretty good and always here for us. When I reflect on it, as I’m doing right now, I’m truly grateful for the healthcare service here.
You bet! Wish we had a system like yours.
It’s a great system, and it dismays me sometimes to hear some of my fellow Brits moaning about it…they really don’t seem to appreciate how blessed we are.
That’s because they haven’t experienced our system. If they had, they would be counting their lucky stars.
Many thanks! Yes, it was a scary time, but I was lucky to have such a treatable cancer. I can imagine living in a country with a real safety net. It is one of my dreams. I’m not sure it will happen in my lifetime, but I live in hope.
I live in hope, too. We’re way overdue.
Belated birthday felicitations, Laurie. Another milestone reached…don’t they seem to come around quicker than ever as the years roll by? Hope you have a great year, and that the new book is published to rave reviews!
Thanks so very much! And, yes, the birthdays seem to whizz right by. When I was young, I remember feeling how long it took to go from one birthday to another.
The older I get the more I feel that youth is wasted on the young! Oh, for those carefree days when my parents shielded me from every harm and anxiety, and when I didn’t wake up every morning wondering which part of me will ache the most today!
Yup, I know the feeling. Still, grateful to be here.
Have a lovely birthday and weekend family celebration XX
Thanks, Derrick! So far, the weather forecast is in our favor.
I hope your birthday was wonderful. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift from your friend. I know you live every day to the fullest.
It surely was! Thanks so much.
Happy belated birthday, Laurie. Stay blessed 🎂💐🥳
Many thanks, Rupali!
Happy Birthday, Laurie! I have a September B-day, too, and I’ve always found it a great month for a birthday. Still summer, of course, but Fall is on its way (and that’s my favorite season!) Nice gift you received — a very thoughtful friend you have!
Happy birthday to you, whenever your birthday is. September is a grand month for a birthday.
Happy Birthday, Laurie. The gifts from Dawna are perfect indeed!
Thanks so much! They sure are.
Happy Birthday!! Such a wonderful gift and hope you and Clif are celebrating all month!!!🎂🥂🙂
Well, maybe not all month, but we’ll have several simple celebrations.
Wishing you many more wonderful and joyful birthdays.
Thanks so much!
Well happy belated birthday!! I’m grateful you’re here too. I hope you have a wonderful family get together! Happy birthday to Cliff too!
Happy happy birthday Laurie and happy birthday to Clif too! 🎉🎉
I was thinking of you & Clif this morning as I came in from my walk, wondering how my fellow Septemberites were doing and how you were celebrating.
And now I visit your Birthday post to wish you a belated hatch day! Wishing you a joyous family celebration this weekend!
You and I are the lucky ones – grateful to have journeyed beyond what could have been an ending to our stories. I am so glad to be able to wish you a fantabulous year ahead, filled with the fragrance of beautiful blooms, hugs of loved ones & adventure of discovery!
A belated Happy Birthday! 🙂
So glad breast cancer is mostly curable these days. I was cured 20 years ago.
Oh, wonderful! Always so heartening to read that someone was cured 20 years ago.
A rather belated ‘Happy Birthday!’ I hope you had a wonderful celebration. Health Insurance must be such a worry in your country. For all its faults the NHS is a great blessing for me. I hope you enjoy robust good health for the rest of a long and happy life and never need to trouble medicare!
Health insurance is a huge worry in our country. Just awful. Yes, the NHS must be such a blessing. Thanks very much for the good wishes.
Happy birthday and continued remission.
Yes, I have disappeared, but I will be back soon with explanation. – Oscar
Thanks, Oscar. Looking forward to your return.
Happy Birthday dear Laurie! I am 65 also. I haven’t been posting because my beloved husband, Tom, has died from his cancer. Such a long awful scary, miserable summer! He died on August 28. It has been very hard to be all alone in our home this past month and face retirement by myself. I have been totally inconsolable. HoweverI am sending you love and I am so glad you are doing well. Have fun celebrating YOU!
Betsy, I have been thinking of you and am so very sorry to learn about your husband’s death. How terrible it must be for you to face retirement by yourself. And how we grieve when someone we love dies. Thank you for taking the time to send me love.
Happy Birthday, Laurie. I love my 60s — and I love how you are “owning” yours. BC definitely adds a helping of gratitude for each year that follows. And you’ve got lots coming!
Thanks so much! Yes, gratitude.
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