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Many older women are afraid of waking up with wrinkles, saggy elbows and a mustache, but for some, the real fear is never waking up at all.

"I'm afraid of dying. That's the reality," Nora says. "It's just a constant sense of how am I dealing with this. Aging is just a fabulous word for the D-word."

Diahann says she was also afraid of the unknown until she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 63.

"When I heard the word [cancer], I thought, 'Oh my. No, this is not possible,'" Diahann says. "But then you learn wonderful things about yourself...if out of every negative, if you can try to find some positive."

Now cancer-free, Diahann says she learned to depend on her friends more. "I needed to nurture my friendships more because I needed them so much. It was selfish of me to wait until someone said, 'You have cancer' to do that."
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FROM: Great Women and Their Anti-Aging Secrets
Published on October 05, 2006

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