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What to do when aging brings on the blues- PennLive

9/3/2013
Fourteen years ago, at age 56, Richard Comiskey of Lower Paxton Township was at the pinnacle of his career as a correctional hearing examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
 
But his life changed in a single moment after receiving the news from his doctor that he had throat cancer.
Facing surgery of the larynx, numerous radiation treatments, as well as a lengthy recovery process, Comiskey knew he had little choice but to retire. However, with no job and a voice permanently not much louder than a whisper, he soon began to question his life’s purpose.
 
“I could have easily fallen into the trap of sitting around all day and feeling sorry for myself,” he said. “But I had always been active and I knew there was more I wanted to do with my life than stay home and watch TV.”
 
Along with the support of his wife, Shirley, Comiskey soon found fulfillment as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Since then, the now 70-year-old’s volunteer efforts have crossed all segments of society and the country from serving older adults to working with youth to assisting victims of natural disasters.

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