See, that’s something that we have achieved. Yesterday was my birthday and therefore I walk around on this earth for as much as 60 years. Simultaneously it’s a strange feeling, because previously age meant little for me.
That is different when you are young, but then you can still achieve some important milestones. Such as the right to vote for the first time, or driving a car, or when you are 21 you are (at least legally) considered to be an adult. But later on? Age does not say much, it’s how you feel.
I certainly do not belong to the group of people who, from the age of 50 or sometimes even earlier, are longing for their retirement. Already fallen asleep before they should go to bed and not realizing that thus much of their life is going past them unnoticed.
Life has just too much to offer in my opinion. Only now with GIST my playground has become more limited. But nevertheless, I have reached the 60. And not everyone can say that. In any case I’ve already lived longer than, and I will mention just a few, Napoleon Bonaparte (51), Peter Sellers (54) or George Harrison (58).
But looking ahead is much more interesting. My father reached an age of 84 years, and that was nothing compared to his mother who died when she was 95 years old. In the Netherlands most people die at an age of 85 years. That is obviously an average, but that does not mean that I wish to finish underneath. And as long as there is life, there is hope. The only question is, comes the solution on time?
Freddie Mercury (Queen), for instance died in 1991 from the effects of AIDS and was only 45 years old. Should he had lived now and had the disease, than he probably had, due to the development of new effective drugs, been able to enjoy his life for many years longer.
As for GIST we are waiting for a similar development. Only for the pharmaceutical industry the development of medicines for a large group such as AIDS patients, is financially more interesting than a rare disease as GIST. But sometimes it can go fast. As became clear during the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa when the development of drugs suddenly gains momentum.
It can apparently happen, if enough (media) attention exists. However, to wish now that unexpectedly a large group or otherwise a few famous people should have GIST, in order to accelerates the development of new medicines, goes a bit too far.
So we are waiting (impatiently) the developments. And meanwhile I’m assiduously on the road to my 61st birthday. Because who knows what the future yet will bring?