I thought this comment of hers is quite telling:
Up until the past few days, I honestly thought I was strangly immune to it. :-?
Candy is 30. That is still pretty young. At 30 I guess I thought I was still
"immune" from things too. At 30 old age, disease, death, seem far in the future. At least in the west, for most of us. It's easier to feel "immune" when we are isolated, insulated, and afraid to look at other possibilities or perspectives. That doesn't mean of course that one truly is "immune." It just simply means that it's easier to keep that illusion going. But someday, just like a nasty virus, we might just have to face some of those challenges and realize, perhaps our "immunity" isn't as strong as we thought it was.