The stock market plunge has really taken a big bite out of my retirement accounts. But I'm not worried about it. Here's why:
I've always told my financial advisor that I will be saving less than I could and be spending more on myself now because, having this autoimmune disease as long as I have, it has been hard on my body and I honestly don't expect to live as long as most people. I don't have any children so I don't feel the need to leave an inheritance behind (and also am not eager to linger in very poor health). I've told my sisters, quite seriously, what of my nice things they should have when I'm gone, even though they are older than me. This makes me happy, not sad.
Am I crazy, or realistic??
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills.
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.