This past year has made me realize it's time to retire and enjoy life. I'll take the layoff so I can get unemployment. My big worry is affording health insurance. I've been doing computer hardware maintenance the whole time. I'll probably find something part time just to stay busy.
I too had worked in computers my entire life.. worked on communications equipment in the military and took a job in hardware for one of the "route 28" companies in the northeast... Eventually got a business degree and spent most of the rest of my career writing specialized accounting software. But having a knowledge of hardware and industrial infrastructure was a definite plus.
Around age 60 I recognized that I couldn't do what I used to do. The industry had changed dramatically. I did some consulting, but as my wife reached her own physical limitations we planned our retirement right around the time that we both got sick. Her insurance paid for my earlier surgeries, but starting with my RP it was all under medicare.
Unfortunately, her cancer hit before she turned 65 and we had to pay a huge deductible. But things worked out okay, as we had just sold our house. It seems the remainder of the proceeds went toward our move and renovation of our retirement home in Florida. Oh, and a dream vacation to Orlando last year for the grandchildren.
All in all, it worked out fairly well. We haven't been able to "relax and take it easy" just yet, but things certainly could have been a lot worse.
2014-15: PSA's 9,12,20,25, Neg DRE's, false neg TRUS biopsy
6/16: MRI Fusion biopsy, 6+ Rt Base, 2x40%+2x100% G8(4+4)
8/16: DaVinci RP, 3 foci EPE, PNI, 11 LN-, 53g 25%, BL SVI, pT3b
1/17: 18 months Lupron, PSA's ~.03
5/17: AMS800 implant, revised 6/17
8/17: 39 tx RapidArc IMRT (70 Gy)
4/18 Dx Radiation Colitis
8/18 Dx mesenteric mass assumed carcinoid
1/18, 4/18, 7/18: PSA's 0.0, T=9