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Four years ago today, I was woken up early in the morning by my elder sister who told me that finally, after months of waiting, of being hooked up to an Left Ventricular Assist Device that left me wired to a wall most of the day, and generally unable to be out of bed for more than a few minutes at a time, a heart had come in for me. My immediate family came to see me off, and I was taken downstairs in the elevator for surgery...

...to find out that the heart was no good. After promptly informing the doctor that I considered him to be a horrible tease, I spent the day rather depressed, and in the evening, my stepfather woke me up and asked if I wanted to try again. This time it took.

Since then, my life has improved dramatically. There are many people I've met for whom my life has been made better by knowing them. There are people who I became closer to either during that time or after for whom my life has been made better. There are those who I lost touch with, either due to my words and actions or theirs. To all of them, I offer my apologies. Maybe if I were a better person, maybe if I'd said or done something different, maybe if I'd exercised a bit more restraint, maybe we would still talk. I miss you.

Today, however, is a day I will spend trying to be happy and upbeat and celebratory. I have accomplished a lot since my transplant, and hope to accomplish much more. I hope you all have a safe, happy, and wonderful fourth of July, and wonderful lives.

~Gil

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