The doctor diagnosed Hector with terminal inoperable brain cancer and said he had a year to live. Hector felt relief when he heard this because he had always been a hypochondriac and always feared that one day he would have a serious illness and die like maybe tomorrow. Now he knew he had a year to live. He had a timetable. He decided not to the waste any time. He decided to do whatever his impulse led him to do. He quit his job at the Post Office where he had worked for 15 years carrying the mail. He just started walking and ended up the cold woods in the snow in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia. He found a log cabin with a small for sale sign by the door. The couple had built the log cabin 30 years ago and really did not want to sell it, so they put a small sign by the door.  On an impulse Hector decided to buy the log cabin although he knew he had only a year to live.

That was 40 years ago and Hector was still living in the Log Cabin when he turned 85. The doctor who diagnosed him died 20 years ago at the age of 45. Hector went to the doctor’s funeral. The widow was sad and in tears. Hector walked up to her and hugged her. He said that he was one of the doctor’s patients. She said that he was not a very good doctor. Hector patted her on the back and said that he disagreed. The doctor was the best doctor that I ever knew. He gave me my life back.

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