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Old Age is not for Sissies!

When I retired in 2011 it was an anxious and fearful time: my home was "under water" financially and unsellable, my last year of income had been frozen and I was about to embark on living on a fixed income that was less than half of what I had been earning.

With the support of faith, family and friends I projected optimism, believed the President would lead us forward to better times and did not look in the rear view mirror, either figuratively or literally.

I relocated, made new friends and threw myself into the Presidential campaign trying to keep in office a President that would understand and be sensitive to the needs of people like myself. I also worked to defeat a Tea Party Congressman and replace him with an energetic young man who supports women wholeheartedly.

Times have been difficult and there have been some anxious moments, but no regrets. Like many times in my life: hard work and faith have been rewarded.

There are things you can do when you are young like raising 3 children alone, taking care of a child with a disability, caring for an aging parent or returning to school to start a new career in middle age. All of these challenges I faced, but old age is not for sissies and one runs out of 'fresh starts'. Obama understands that. Now it's time to make Congress responsive to ALL the people. It is time the rich paid a little bit more. Like millions of other women, I've done my part and faced every obstacle head on; our elected officials may have to make some hard choices but it should never be on the backs of those on fixed incomes or who need compassion and sensitivity in order to survive.

—FeliciaFL
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