If you had three months to live, what would you do with the time you had left, how would you spend your days. This is the story of one woman's extraordinary way of giving something back in the face of death.
To see her you'd never know, to hear her there is not a hint, but nearly three months ago Kate Carmichael was told she had three months to live. Friday, she was greeting people at a blood donor clinic in her honour.
"They called me up and wanted to do a memorial blood donor clinic and they wanted to wait until I was dead," says Kate. "So, I said, 'Why would you want to do that? I want to be there. I want to talk about it. I want to promote it. I want my friends to be there and for me to see them."
Kate Carmichael is well known in Halifax as a former city councillor. She now works for the downtown business association.
She found out she had leukemia a year ago. She fought it and won, for awhile.
And now, even though she has little time, Kate still goes to work, only taking time off for the many transfusions that buy her precious days.
"You march ahead or you crawl into a hole. I haven't given up. I fight for every day that I get," says Kate. "I just keep marching on. I'm marching on nothing. I'm made of steel."
Anne Hachey came to give blood at the special clinic. "I hope I have the strength and courage she has if I ever get sick. She's pretty special."
"What do I want people to remember ?" says Kate. "I want people to remember me as the straight up person that always said what was on her mind."
"I'd like to be at the memorial service," she said laughing. "I'd like to do a rehearsal, get everybody there so I can sit there and listen and say no, let's not deal with that side, how about we talk about more on this side of stuff."