Found a blog post that kinda resonated with me. I am nowhere close to being in his state, but I can see a potential trajectory that leads to it. Frankly, I don't think he saw what was coming at him too.
All I can do is repost his story, and wish him all the best. With luck, the gap years between his current situation and the retirement benefits that were negotiated on his behalf will close with minimal suffering, and he can get back with his feet on firm ground again.
As for me, I have my own struggles with anxiety, life-issues, and future prospects. I am neither inspired nor frightened by his tale. It is however, a reminder that I should spend some time putting my own house in order.