Sixty may be the new thirty, and 105 may be the new eighty.
The above concept has nothing to do with CLL/SLL directly. Still, since we have cancer that affects mainly older individuals, I found these two sports articles reassuring and aspirational.
First, we are reminded of all the winners across multiple sports that thrived when others had long given up. It’s from the PGA website, so it tells a strong story about older golfers, but hockey, football, baseball, basketball, and other professional elder athletes are featured too.
The article starts with a focus on professional golfer Bernhard Langer who, among other things, shot below his age (an eight-under-par 63 when he was 64 years old), something exceedingly rare in the annal of golf.
The title of the second article says it all: 105-year-old Louisiana woman becomes first her age to run 100 meters.
As Langer said after claiming the Schwab Trophy for being the top golfer in the world over 50 for the sixth time: “Winning never gets old.”
So there are lots of reasons to stay alive with our CLL.
Stay strong. We are all in this together.
Brian Koffman MDCM (retired) MS Ed (he, him, his)
Co-Founder, Executive VP, and Chief Medical Officer
CLL Society, Inc.