‘I Am Surprised That I’m 104!’ Woman Considers Diet Coke Is Motive For Her Longevity

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Theresa Rowley was a resident at a Michigan retirement community for the past 15 years.  

She Transferred into Sentinel Pointe Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, Mich., when she was 89.

“I’m surprised that I am 104,” said Rowley on Tuesday. It just does not look like I need to be that old.”

When asked when she and her family moved to Grand Rapids, Rowley couldn’t recall the precise year, only saying that she was born in Illinois in 1914, then moved to North Dakota before finally coming to Michigan.

“When I was 100, I believed I’d never be 104; I thought I would pass away at the time but it just didn’t happen,” Rowley said. “Then I flip 101, and nothing occurs.

“Here I am 104, and still nothing happens”

The reason nothing has happened is due to her intake of her favourite drink — Diet Coke.

On Tuesday morning, Rowley celebrated her 104th birthday in style, with a cake, and together with the support of lots of the members of her retirement area.