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    #16
    Originally posted by Le Type Français View Post
    I don't view death as negatively as many others do. It's as natural as birth, and if someone gets to the point where one cannot live anymore, then why not just hasten it rather than prolong suffering? Death is inevitable. The only reason we fear death and think of it as grim is because we have a survival instinct that all living cognitive creatures possess.

    Those anti-Kevorkian assholes make a profit off the dying. Hence their supposed moral opposition. Let's make the case that assisted suicide is wrong, but so is charging a dying patient the last month of his or her hospital care and you will see the outrage from the medical field. The last twenty days of a dying person's life is big money for those bastards. I hope they rot in hell.
    Here here! If I am broke, destitute, and in pain..and no longer able to enjoy my life..or give back..I am outa here too. Nice not to fear death..but to find it liberating...option against fear of the above.
    "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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      #17
      I'm not afraid of death either Todd, especially for terminal ill suffering
      people.
      I was making light of the state of our finaces after SCI at our age. All the planning went "poof."

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        #18
        1. clear all consumer debt. (recently done, student loans being the biggie)

        2. pay ourselves (i.e., save) before paying bills. (working on this, easier said than done)

        3. invest savings beyond what we need/want in an emergency fund ($15-20k) primarily into diversified mutual funds.

        4. wait a couple decades (I'm 31, wife 28) unless our income skyrockets somehow.

        edit:

        5. stay as healthy as possible.
        Last edited by -scott-; 29 Jun 2011, 2:48 PM.

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          #19
          Originally posted by Le Type Français View Post
          I don't view death as negatively as many others do. It's as natural as birth, and if someone gets to the point where one cannot live anymore, then why not just hasten it rather than prolong suffering? Death is inevitable. The only reason we fear death and think of it as grim is because we have a survival instinct that all living cognitive creatures possess.

          Those anti-Kevorkian assholes make a profit off the dying. Hence their supposed moral opposition. Let's make the case that assisted suicide is wrong, but so is charging a dying patient the last month of his or her hospital care and you will see the outrage from the medical field. The last twenty days of a dying person's life is big money for those bastards. I hope they rot in hell.
          Actually, I'm with you on this but....as my FA pointed out....what if I do get to 60 and want to carry on, wouldn't it be nice to have the choice?

          Goddamn logic. I was happy in the darkness I imagined my pensionable years to be.

          Glad so many of you are planning or have stuck with good jobs or have savings, I appreciate that I'm in a lucky position to consider finances. I know that circumstances leave many living day to day, particularly in this economy.

          rdf, sounds like you are going for it. All the best of luck.
          C5/6 incomplete

          "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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            #20
            Originally posted by RehabRhino View Post
            Actually, I'm with you on this but....as my FA pointed out....what if I do get to 60 and want to carry on, wouldn't it be nice to have the choice?

            Goddamn logic. I was happy in the darkness I imagined my pensionable years to be.

            Glad so many of you are planning or have stuck with good jobs or have savings, I appreciate that I'm in a lucky position to consider finances. I know that circumstances leave many living day to day, particularly in this economy.

            rdf, sounds like you are going for it. All the best of luck.
            Thanks RR - I don't want to be on my deathbed, and thinking, if only I had tried harder, or took the risk commensurate with the kind of reward we're looking for....

            If I fail in this endeavor, I'll try something else. I'm 50 this year in the fall, so I don't plan on gatherin any moss. Aging with SCI isn't the most pleasurable of things in this world.

            If I run out of money, we all have excellent credit, so we'll borrow a million or so and try something else.

            Good luck Paul.
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              #21
              Originally posted by rdf View Post
              Thanks RR - I don't want to be on my deathbed, and thinking, if only I had tried harder, or took the risk commensurate with the kind of reward we're looking for....

              If I fail in this endeavor, I'll try something else. I'm 50 this year in the fall, so I don't plan on gatherin any moss. Aging with SCI isn't the most pleasurable of things in this world.

              If I run out of money, we all have excellent credit, so we'll borrow a million or so and try something else.

              Good luck Paul.
              I'm 40 next week and while currently not struggling for savings or salary, the milestone has made me re-assess my outgoings and, er......lifestyle.
              C5/6 incomplete

              "I assume you all have guns and crack....."

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                #22
                30 did that for me.

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                  #23
                  I'm a military veteran and as such I have lifetime medical/prescription/dental/vision and a goodly sized pension. All of my kids college is paid for by the VA and I have a lot more benefits coming to me. I have life insurance thast is paid for by the VA and when the time comes a burial benefit.

                  I also get SSDI. I live primarily on the SSDI check for all of my monthly expenses, so the rest of the money I get is discretionary. I save like a demon since I traded my health and longevity for these benefits.

                  I have a very good lifetime income and guess that makes me a good catch lol.
                  Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                    #24
                    I'm debt free. I rent, and plan on continuing to rent. When I'm 45 my kids will be adults, so I plan on taking a good chunk of the money I give in child support and putting it somewhere for 20 years.

                    There's also a program here in Canada called the RDSP program. I can put in $1500 a year until I'm 50 and the government matches it with $4500. I've been doing it for 3 years so far and it's at 18k. By the time I'm 50 it'll be ~90k. Then it accumulates interest until I'm 65 (I hope!).

                    And I still have most (90%) of the indemnity I received from my accident which, while nowhere near an American style court settlement, came with no lawyer fees or taxes, in a country with universal health care. It's in somewhat stable investments, but I worry about the American economy collapsing and taking our relatively stable economy with it.

                    Then again, who knows where we'll be in 25 years...
                    www.worldonwheels.ca

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by RehabRhino View Post
                      Actually, I'm with you on this but....as my FA pointed out....what if I do get to 60 and want to carry on, wouldn't it be nice to have the choice?
                      True, but at 60, does the UK have a social security plan like the US does? What do they live with the elderly in your country? Even if you want to go living, if you're still paralyzed then (Forbid), you'll likely be living at a slower pace, which may cost less in leisure.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Le Type Français View Post
                        Cyanide.
                        Yep. Agree. Old and unemployed and SCIed? Not for me.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by TomRL View Post
                          Saving all I can and continuing to work as long as possible.
                          yup.................

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