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June 19, 2013

At 105, Opal Bowden still independent, quick-witted


While Bowden says she does have some assistance from in-home nurses during the week and her lunch brought to her Monday through Friday, she takes pride in still living alone in a house she had built in 2003.

“It’s half the size of my old place and I just love it,” Bowden said. “It’s just perfect for me and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Like everyone else, the positive Bowden, who was named Ms. Senior Parker County in 2006, has gone through some adversity, having beaten both breast and ovarian cancer in her life.

“I came through both cancers just fine,” Bowden said. “Overall I’ve been blessed with good health in my life.”

The most painful thing, however, was losing her only child to brain cancer over the last year, Bowden said.

She says maintaining the good health is something she does by listening to what her body is telling her. She says she has been in hospice care for the last seven years.

Wiggans said she used to make breakfast for the hospice worker to show her appreciation. Bowden like to think she has defied the odds of hospice.

“When they put you in hospice, you’re supposed to die,” Bowden said. “I don’t pay a bit of attention to what I’m told. I tell them, ‘you’re not the one living in my skin.’”

She does suffer from osteoporosis, saying she has old bones. Because of macular degeneration, Bowden is blind straight ahead and can only see in her periphery, according to Wiggans. She does move more slowly these days but is still able to answer her own door and welcome guests. Bowden takes pride in getting up early and staying up late.

Bowden contends she still makes her own decisions and is happy for every day she gets. She pays no mind to friends that think she needs to be anxious over her life.

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