I have been a pilot for >35 years, am at the ATP level. I am an active CFI and have graduates at all levels of certification.
My personal aircraft of 16 years is a FIKI PA34 200T, which is about the least machine one can operate with multi-weather capability. I miss my Cessna 140. I miss my M20J.
Being an active CFI has permitted me in the past to testify to an airman's physical capabilities.
I am happy to say that I am individually the originator of the Special Issuance for ~2% of the nation's 3rd Class airmen who have INSULIN dependent Diabetes Mellitus, and am one of four authors of the Chronic Monopolar Depression "Stable in Remission" protocol (Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro). PLEASE NOTE: the protocol is quite restrictive and is NOT "OPEN SEASON on anti-depressives", as an AOPA e-brief would have you believe.
I have been a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, IL, have been married 43 years, and have two daughters, both graduated. Neither of them have inherited the aviation "gene" but all are willing passengers.