Thank you every one!
It was a good birthday! I turned 49! It is a little strange - much like when I turned 29 and I realized "this is the end of my 20's" and when my 30th came around I was fine with it! So when I told this to my 18 year old niece the day before my birthday this week - she tells me on my birthday - Happy 50 minus 1 Birthday!
I don't know which I like better - 49 or 50 minus 1?
Still the most important thing is I am still here! Despite the many times I have been near death! I am lucky and very blessed!