She was probably at least 10 years older than me. The friend who died 6 years ago was younger than me - she was 46. And a friend the same age as me has just been diagnosed with advanced cancer. Heck, my best mate’s younger sister (50) has stage 4 cancer and is in year 4 of survival when the 5-year survival rate is about 5%. She’s on some new treatment and is beating the odds for now, but who knows… She ain’t gonna make old bones.
I’m doing my best to use these as reminders to live life as best I can. Who knows when our time is up. And, of course, all my other friends/family are still here - but that’s not how the brain sees it, is it.

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