Since July 30, 2008, I have received 40 units of blood during 21 transfusions of red blood cells. During the same time period, I received 15 transfusions of platelets which may have come from as many as 60 individuals. It is probable that over 100 unknown donors have been keeping me alive. Knowing that the end may be near, I have treasured each precious day of life. I filled them with music and books, Nature walks and kayaking, family and friends. When I finally kick that proverbial bucket, I can say that it has been a wonderful life - thanks in no small measure to all those who made the last 12 months possible.