found my doctor

Ok here goes nothing.I found this site by...

ok here goes nothing.I found this site by accident(thank God) and ever since I am determined to get a TT but NOW I want a BBL too.the thing is that I am saving every penny to do this as many do,and it seems my best bet is to go to DR to do this. Is it safe to go alone? will I be ok? plz give honest feedback. I have no immediate family and my hubby wll be taking care of my twins.....

OH back story. I am 42, overweight but losing safely and have a wonderful husband. I had twins 9 years ago, almost 10 and as soon as they were out I wanted a TT, well I found a doctor, I thought, one that was certified etc. well I didnt get the results I wanted because I found out that he only did a partial and did it wrong. SO now I will fix this. I also need a breast lift and after seeing the beautiful results, want a it a mommy makeover. I have to wait until next year because I just started this job and will not have accrued enough vacation until January 2014...PLEASE give honest answers about travel to the DR alone. I hear stories and imagine worse...I am naive and to all of your ladies!!! yall feel like friends! oh is it possible to post pictures from a cell phone??

OK well after some deep breaths I scheduled an...

OK well after some deep breaths I scheduled an consultation!! I will let you ladies know how it goes. Its for 4/22 @ 11:15. I didnt realize how hard it would be to make just a consultation....its amazing how low self-esteem can mess up your confidence!!

Ok so I had a consult with one doctor not face to...

ok so I had a consult with one doctor not face to face, just over email with the staff regarding getting an idea of cost...well just for my breast lift and implants.13,000...I didnt even get to the TT questions...
I will do more consults...I will not base it on cost of course, but I will explore all options but that was a blow to my ego...

I went to my final consult. I say its my final...

I went to my final consult. I say its my final because I loved him and his office. I decided on Dr Kadi in Denton Texas. His office rocked. I decided on the TT with breast lift with implants. I would love to do it sooner but I won't have enough time saved at work. He also recommended an overnight stay in the hospital. I'm super excited.

Ok I realize that my procedure is 9+months away...

Ok I realize that my procedure is 9+months away BUT still so excited!!!! and right now I have my hubbys full support!! love everyone here and you all keep me motivated!!!!

Well I know that I am not scheduled until next...

Well I know that I am not scheduled until next January but I cannot wait. I had 2 people ask me yesterday if I am pregnant. So depressed.

Husband making this hard, I am working so much OT...

husband making this hard, I am working so much OT for this procedure as to not be a detrement to our family finances and he keeps finding ways to make me feel guilty. I am so mad and so frustrated with him. Men just dont get it and I am in tears stressing about this now.....

OK I posted pics. Might as well document my weight...

OK I posted pics. Might as well document my weight loss while I am waiting for mm. Thank all of you brave women for giving me courage to do this.

Ok so not a huge update BUT I gave away my size...

ok so not a huge update BUT I gave away my size 14's. I WILL NOT go there again!!! I just had to share!

OK so I share my tiny victories...well I struggle...

OK so I share my tiny victories...well I struggle with eating healthier as I do not like many veggies.well I especially hate tomatoes... So since I am living a new lifestyle I drank a V8 juice!! And I am proud. 1 serving of veggies! Yay me!!
Good luck to you!! I understand your concerns about traveling to the DR. I was once in your shoes even with my hubby not really positive on leaving the country but with all the RS ladies and research I am now planing to be a Duran Doll Jan 2nd or 3rd of 2014. So excited.. If you change over to DR let me know! :)
You definitely can do this!!! I'm so excited for you! Your motivation and enthusiasm are going to lead you to success!! Hugs!
Awe thank you! You are looking great!

time moves ever so slowly!!

well 8 months away!! lol...BUT I will use that time to lose lose lose....I am giving my self a goal of 5 lbs a month. and that would be 40 by January so I CAN DO THIS WITH ALL OF YALLS AMAZING HELP! the inspiration from realself is awesome and will get me thru this waiting game. well wishes to all the mommy makeovers and tummy tucks today and this week!!
I wear a 14 in pants and even after I'm still wearing the 14 with compressing garment and swollen but I'm down 16 lbs of fat
that is awesome!! well these 14's wont even stay up!!! lol..I have other 14's that are really loose but are wearable...I kept those because of all the swell hell stories here!! that is amazing! 16lbs of fat!!! YAY you
Mom --- just saw your comment on Jennifer's page . I am too a mortgage underwriter ... Girl ...... Hole punching after TT is horrible lmao !!!! Everyone in office loves my results and I'm still swollen and miserable

lowest weight in a year

well at my weekly weigh-in friday I was at 174. that is the lowest in over a year. also yesterday my hubby and I sat down and went over the cost of this and played with a couple of dates for the surgery...we are looking at january 30th or february 6th...I had such a moment of relief when he showed interest and support for this...

well wishes to all of may/june tummy-tuckers!
You can definitely do it! I was 169 last summer and on the day of my surgery in April I weighed 140. I am now 131. My high, 6 years back was 210. I didn't do abything crazy, just watched what I eat small amounts etc. if you want more detail in private message let me know! Good luck!
Your going to be great, I wish I'd found this site much earlier than I did as its great and has been such a help. My husband says if he went on the Internet looking at pictures of naked men I'd start to worry but its ok for me to do it !! told him hes free to look at naked men but for some reason hes not keen. LOL. Must seem odd to an outsider!!!! Take care and well done you!! X
You got this!! Good luck and keep up the good work!

ready to give up

I am having a moment today...maybe I am pmsing, not sure. I had a partial hysterectomy for cerival cancer a few year ago, have my ovaries still so I still have hormone changes but I am sick and tired of the weight loss struggles...I am ready to go to a quack of a diet doctor and do it that way. today has been hell. this whole week in fact and if I cannot lose the weight I cannot do the MM. today just suck...sorry for being negative but I feel so disappointed that I cannot lose faster or work out more or eat less or whatever it is...I am venting....I hope everyone out there is, just a sucky day for me....
I lost 100 lbs with Jenny Craig. Its kind of expensive but it works. Keep up your work. You CAN DO THIS!!
On my weight loss journey I had many set backs and even now can have a bad few day or even a week but I just keep reminding myself that its not the end of the world. What goes on can come off and it the long term goal that's important. The harder you are on yourself the harder it will be to pick yourself up, you can't control the past but you can control the future and your future looks so good!!! A good night sleep and look forward to the new day which is yours to do with what you want. Each time I lapse I pick myself up and get back on with it again and each time I'm stronger because I have not given up. We are always here for you to vent, I do it, lots of hugs. Xxx
Thanks Nennie. Its just a rough day! You're right, tomorrow will be better!

sometimes things just suck!

hi all you wonderful ladies! I am so excited for the happy healing that all of you are having!!! I must tell you my life has been rough. My hubby and I almost separated last week. nothing was making sense for us, everything was going wrong. constant fighting...we will celebrate our 17 year anniversary on 6.28 and I honestly didnt think we would get there..but things are looking up this week...and we both agree we are in this for life so we will get thru this..its just sometimes you cant see the forest for the trees!! not much on the weight loss front..still saving and I must say, the time is flying by!! love to you all!!!
Wishing you well
thank you!!!
awe thank you!! I fell off the wagon, the coke wagon, and started up again and that completely sabotaged my weight loss so 1 day in to no carbonated drinks, esp sugary sodas and feeling better already! and I am looking into jenny craig!! thanks!!

finally decided.

Well my hubby and I got serious about a date for my MM....we set a tentative date of February 6th....It seems like forever away but that is the best for him, the kids and myself...
so thats all for now. nothing really exciting in my life. enjoying reading all of your journeys! so keep me going, please keep sharing! hugs to you all out there..
Sorry your having a tough time, I am going thru alot of the same things. I am an emotional roller coaster. I also had a partial hysterectomy 7 years ago and feel like i still fun. Now being off my antidepressants for a few weeks I am remembering why I went on them. I get stuck in my own head way to much and cant stand my "feeling to much" this is a real journey for sure. We will get to the other side just not as soon as we would like ;) but it will be here before we know it. Have faith love, all will be good.
Now you have a date! Very exciting!

Jenny Craig it is!

well I took the plunge and signed up with jenny, there was a special and I did it. hubby supported, mostly, lol, he wasnt happy about the cost of food BUT when I explained that its all of my meals and snacks..then he was ok. so my first weigh in is next thursday, I will post a pic tomorrow morning so i have a visual record. I appreciate all you ladies here encouraging have no idea how much a kind word or a "you can do it" helps!!
Hang in there for the big pay off! Good luck!
thank you! these comments really help!!
I can so relate to hubby getting on board and fighting etc. I had BR Oct. 2012 then I could see my fat rolls so I went to an open house the PS office puts on and made an appt. and went to a consult without mentioning it to hubby because he'd just say eat less, work out harder and "I love you like you are". I was gifted some money by my Mother so I had the money to pay without asking him for any of it. I came home from my appt. with a date, the procedure paid for and excited and sat down to tell hubby. I'm bopping around excited and posting and telling him what he needed to do-take down bed in extra bedroom, put up handicap rails, and how much he'd need to help me, PS appts, driving me and on & on....but I never asked for his help. Also men don't understand how we NEED to feel good about our bodies so they don't get the expense or pain we go thru for this. I now see my mistakes and how I should of handled it differently. I researched & watched u2 videos and he didn't want to get involved or watch so we were definantly on different pages for awhile. He did above & beyond taking care of me thru 5 surgeries and now that I'm able to handle everything myself it's much better. Maybe your husband is afraid you'll get looking good then leave him? Men just react differently....remember they're from Mars! Best wishes and don't kill yourself and focus 100% of weight loss & TT since probably hubby is feeling pretty left out about now since your priorities have shifted from him & family to yourself for a change (nothing wrong with that). Make sure you still let him know how attracted to him you are and I found having sex with my hubby helped keep up his feelings of value/wanting, since that's how they relate-thru sex. You deserve this in everyway, don't let opinions or horror stories change how you feel about this and remember you have a life other than weight loss & TT and hopefully your whole family will be happy for you as you come over to the flat side. Thanks for supporting me.

jenny craig

OK I am about to finish my first week of JC. I am doing 5 days of their meals and 2 of my own. I weigh in for the first time on monday!! I am hoping for some loss. I feel soo good and I feel lighter but not sure how the scale will reflect this. I have been doing my step aerobics and walking and weights now just a waiting/losing game until feburary 6...Ladies it feels so very far away!!! :(
Congrats on the start of your journey. I know it's ideal for women to lose weight before tummy tuck but its not a requirement. Take a look at Dr. Steven Vath & Dr. Andrew Wolf in Golden, Co. The Center for Cosmetic Surgery.
Congrats on the weight loss. I hope it is still going well! My mom lost a lot of weight on Jenny. I hear the food has gotten better since she was on it.
Awesome! So happy for you, you will reach your goal in no time :)

jenny craig works

OK my first weigh in I lost 5.7 pounds!! I am well on my way. That's all I have.

slow week

Only lost 2 ounces last week but hey no gain. Finally starting working out again so that will increase the pounds lost. Keep up all y'alls posts it helps time go by!
awesome, doing good girly!

having a pity party

Yep, having a pity party. It seems that every time I have a substantial amount of money saved, something comes up. car repairs, glasses for the twins...etc...we all know how life I know I am not the only one. Just feel like this will NEVER happen....ok, thats it, just feeling down. I am done griping. Happy healing and (((hugs))) to everyone that is going under for their transformation!!! you go girls!!! xoxoxoxoxo
Im right there with you, it seems like until its paid in full I wont believe it. My oldest daughter is getting a new car that of course we will make payment on and now the husband is talking about getting a Harley Davidson...ugh I feel like um hello.... Remember me??? I think I might try to find a job so that i can just pay it off myself. Gets super frustrating. On a positive note how is JC going? Lose any more weight?
I lost 9 ounces! lol...not much but between cysts on my right ovary and back pain...I didnt follow the plan last week....BUT I DIDNT GAIN! so that is good. this week I am following it to a t and since I didnt have to buy so much food(since I had so much left over :o) I bought an additional day, so i am going to do 6 days this week. my goal is to lose 2 lbs and walk 7 miles...we can do this, we can save the money and do this!!! all the wonderful women on this site give me strength...we help each other...thank you for asking.....
Just keep Positive... And everything else will fall in place for you Hun!!!

5% down!

As of my weigh in yesterday I have lost 5%!!! I never thought that would ever happen but I just realized if we all believed in ourselves as much as God does, then we would realize that through him all things are possible. I am at 171.2. I have 28 more pounds to go and I KNOW I can do that before my surgery goal date of 2/6/2014. Thank you out there that give me constant encouragement. It really helps. this place, realself, is amazing. its the pat on the backs we need, or the extra push, or the its ok to have a bad day! love to you all!!!! and thank you again! (((hugs)))
Yea for you! That is will lose that last little bit with no problems. So happy for you :)

feeling down

I am feeling so sorry for myself. Everytime I havE money Saved something comes up. Jenny is costing 90 a week but I am losing. I am afraid This will never happen. I am a firm believer that things happen when they are supposed too. Anyway this place we can all vent and I adore all of you mmakeovers and tummy tuckers. So just asking for prayers and shoulders. Happy healing to all of you!!!
Don't forget about Care Credit. 12 months no interest. I have my TT scheduled for December 18ht. Had the breast lift and augmentation 4 years ago. Absolutely love it and the best money I ever spent! I too am trying to drop the last unwanted weight, using the Atkins diet because I can't stand vegetables(except potatos and corn, of course!). Just say no to veggies! I'm so glad your weight loss is going reasonably well. It's definitely not easy but with each little bit, you feel so much better. Please don't get discouraged about the money. Keep saving and if the 6th of February doesn't cut it then just set a new date and keep on saving for it. It will happen if you want it to and yes, when one door closes another better door opens. Tell everyone you want all of you Birthday and Christmas presents to be cash for surgery. And please do this for yourself and don't let your husband hold you back. I'm sure he's just afraid for you.
Oh im sorry love....sending good luck your way...awesome on the weight loss :) it will happen, have you looked into any of the financing options? Ive heard some of the ladies have used it. Thinking about you and sending big hugs xo

stayed overnight in a hospital...good times

OK...well I had a fun stay(not) at a hospital....apparently I was malnourished..well my system was shutting down. I swore I was eating but after I got out of the hospital I went to my freezer to count my jenny craig meals (i buy a week at a time) and I had 5 days of I was NOT eating...I was NOT hungry. My BP dropped to 80/40, I was severly dehydrated and my potassium low low low...they thought stroke at first(couldnt move my left side, nor speak) but all of my tests for that came back great! so lesson learned. make myself eat when its time...even if I am not hungry. and my hubby promised if we cannot save the money ourselves we will get a loan!!! so that made me smile...I want to thank all of you that post such uplifting words. it helps me smile!!! xoxoxoxoxo to all that are recovering!
Omg, how scarey. Im glad you are ok. Sweetie you cant worry so much about the number on the scale. You have to be healthy for your surgery. I am excited your husband is looking into a loan. You deserve this. Keep your head up love, you will get there. :)
thank you! we will look into that if need be...and girl i hate veggies too....I mean i will eat broccoli and green beans and thats all
I actually tried broccoli and I had to spit it out. Tastes like grass to me. I won't eat anything green except pickles and lettuce if it's drowning in salad dressing!

its been a while

OK so I have had serious downs.....but its a new year. I lost my job and found out dad died via internet. Long story. But I am back and have decided since I cannot afford both surgies at once. I will do TT first. I have missed all of you! Just been depressed.
It's okay, sometimes we run into obstacles but we get past them. There's nothing wrong with doing one surgery at a time instead of both. Besides I did hear that the tummy tuck is the worse surgery to recover from. So when you do go back to get your breast done you shouldn't have a hard recovery, Lets get this tummy tuck out the way. You will not regret it! :-)
I'm sorry to hear of your father. I hope you find peace in everything and look forward to your updates for a tummy tuck. I am also a mother to twins (they're 2). :-)
Will be praying so everything turns out for the best. Good luck

new doctor tomorrow

I am going to consult with a new doctor tomorrow, he was highly recommended by a good friend of ours. So praying it goes well!
Your back! I was worried and sent you a few private messages but no response. I am happy to hear you are doing better but sorry for all the bad you have endured. New year, new you!

went to another doctor for a consult

ok, I went yesterday to a friend of a doctor on my hubbys soccer team. well he looked at me and said mini-TT...and he said AFTER I lose 15lbs, so I was happy, I am losing and I will just work harder. then I got the blow....9200$$$$$$ UGH...I really want a great surgeon for my TT but damn that's a lot of money....I was thinking 6000, maybe 7500...but almost 10,000. it just put me in a severe funk and state of depression........sorry to be negative but I am really down.....
I had the full with lipo from bra line to hips and it was only 7500. I paid extra for my thighs and a couple of mole removals and the total was only 8500. A mini shouldn't be more than 5000 or 5500 tops. Total for all. And my doctor wasn't the cheapest just the best.
Thanks! I am now looking all around the area to find the right one. Consults are so exhausting!! But that fee was so much.
Keep at it but do stay closer to home. You want to be close enough to be able to get to the office if something goes amiss. Plus follow ups. I thought about going to either Dallas or Austin for a better deal but driving far for appointments when you feel like crap really isn't a good deal is it?


ok since the last ps pissed me off regarding the fees....UGH I mean 9200, I could get a full mommy makeover in some places for that amount.......
so any realselfers in the dallas area please give me your suggestions I would be so greatful!!! thank you!!!!
Hope you do find the ps that fits your needs. Good luck!
You aren't any bigger than I was. I was right at 173 when I went in. 5 foot 5 inches.
Well I am booking more consults next week! I will find the right "man" lol

getting ready for more consults.

Not much going on, since being laid off I sulk and look for jobs and stalk realself. We are doing our taxes soon, so that will be the time.....until then happy healing everyone!!!!
My ps is fabulous and worth heading to ft worth for. Kelly Kunkle. Consult is free. 817 335 5200. He is gentle, kind, patient and extremely competent. I just can't say enough good about him!
Thank you so much!!! I will look him up!

just some photos of how i look now.....

weight loss photos I think


weight loss photos i am hoping

photo bomb

Just posted some photos from august...the jenny was working...I finally had some indentions where a waist was trying to form....everyone else shares everything so here I go.......I know they look better than the very first photos I posted.....


you ladies on this site are the best ever for lifting each other up.....when I am down I being religious do pray but I come here and read everyone's stories and they thank you all

Not looking good

My hubby told me this would never happen because I was laid off.......I am more determined now. Screw him.
I know it's hard to do without a job, and it would be irresponsible to go into that much debt with no way to repay it...but...TT is like having babies...if you wait until you can afford them you'll never have them. Also right now you wouldn't have to ask for time off for recovery time. A mini is about 4 grand here in Waco. The doctor and the surgery center will take Care Credit(interest free, 12 months doctor and 6 months surgery center) but the anesthesia people want up front money. But even if you have to wait awhile it will give you a chance to get the weight down and tone up your muscles in preparation for a great result. Do not let the negativity of others hold you back.
Thank you! I love the encouragement from everyone here!!! It helps!
I put of a tt for about 7 years until I could afford it and I was in better physical shape. Really it was a blessing on the timing. Focus on what you can do to work towards your goals, that may help relieve some of the frustration. Excersise is always a great outlet and it may give you a sence of control over the situation, also boost your confidence (not that I hear you need it, but we all like to feel good about ourselves and accomplishments). When you hit that wall change directions. Theres more than one path. God bless and good luck!

Consultation scheduled

Going to see Dr Kasden 3/26!!!! Hubby going with.
March 26th will be here before you know it!
I am so excited! Thank you for helping me keep my head up!

I ALMOST gave up

I have a consult 3/26 and I was hoping my income tax would be enough to cover the TT but it was only 1700. So I was being pissy and said fine I just won't ever get this done. I was being a baby. But after long thought I decided to keep the consult appt and make my deposit and then save a set amount every month. I am a grown woman I need to act like one.
Make sure there isn't a time limit on the deposit. Sometimes there is and if you don't use it in a certain time you lose part of it.
Thank u! I didn't think about that!

Picked my doctor. Dr. Kasden

He is the one. It will be in September or late August. Seems like forever away! But HE IS THE BEST!
The countdown begins!
It feels like forever but I know it will be here before I know it.
Nah, it's going to seem like it's crawling and then one day you'll look up and be like"Omg, it's tomorrow and I haven't gotten (fill in the blank)!" It will breeze by before you know it! But the best thing is that IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN! YAY!

I scheduled my surgery and down payment paid

My surgery date is 8/21 and I am so excited I may pee my pants! :)
Put on a diaper and pee away! It's worth it!
LMAO! I am grinning ear to ear!

What to do

I was laid off end of December, now it looks like I have a chance to go back to work, which is awesome, but my TT is scheduled 8/21 so now I pray when I get hired I can take the 2 weeks off to do this!!! Bleh
BTW, if you want to travel to Tampa FL you can get a TT around the same price and not have to leave the US. Take a Florida vacation!
No I went to a DR that a few ladies on here used. And I am getting my full TT for 6800 total for everything! In August !!!!!
oh ok-- that's good!! I bet you cant wait!

Pushed out a month

Hello fellow TTuckers! I had to push it out a month bc I GOT A JOB!!!!! Woo hoo!!!
That is great news! That extra month will be here before you know it! Having a new job is worth it! Congrats!


Less than 3 months! Y'all are right the time is flying by! Is there anything I need to do at this point???? Any advice???? I love all the feedback here.
Hey there! I'm super excited for you! You know my hubby wasn't on board at first either about the surgery. He went to my first consultation (the one with Dr. Kasden) but became disengaged and didn't attend my consultations with the other Dr's nor my pre-op/followups. We were having money issues as well... But I was determined to do this surgery for myself. I made sure the $ involved didn't come from our household budget so he wouldn't have anything to say. Boy was I wrong. 1 week (the day of my pre-op) before my surgery and the day I made my final payments, he told me he didn't think the timing was right financially. And I basically said the same thing you did. Screw him. I could see if the $ came from our bill $ but I saved it specifically for this. So I had my sx. Now... 3 months later all he does is rave about how great and sexy I look. His attitude changed significantly and I have no regrets :)


OMG what do I need to be doing????? Ladies please help!!!!! Only 11 weeks left
Just breathe! And yes you are awake and this is real.
Thank you!
I'm sorry for your ups and downs in the past. But glad you're on the right path now. So happy for you. It's a very exciting and nerve wrecking time as it gets closer. I recommend for you to take bromelain and arnica tablets. They're natural pills and will help with swelling, bruising and healing. It helped me a great deal and I highly recommend it. Even my ps was pleased to see how well I healed. Good luck in your upcoming journey. Wish you a fast recovery.

what do i tell people at work!

ok so I started a new job and when I interviewed I did tell them I had a "female" surgery scheduled and I did change it to the best week of the month for my business; but I know I will be out for two weeks. and I know its none of their business but they require a doctors note if I am out for more than 5 business days so what will they say when my note comes from a plastic surgeon????? UGH...but I do have the ability to work from home and after that 5th day and a couple of days of vac I can work from home.....
on a more exciting note.....5 weeks away!!!!! OMG OMG OMG
It's getting real now! Unless you have a mini toilet I don't know why you would need a riser. Unless it's just laying around anyway. I don't think they are allowed to ask you why you have a doctors excuse unless you are using short term disability. And plastic surgeon doesn't automatically mean cosmetic surgery. Maybe you have some kind of birth defect that you are having repaired. Mine removed a fatty tumor from my head and that wasn't "plastic" surgery. It's none of their beeswax what your issue is. But it doesn't hurt to get a good story ready and stick to it.
I agree w mavenhawk. Our company policy won't cover paid leave if its elective. So you may have to work with that.
It won't but I am using PTO then working from home! I am so excited. Ok do I need toilet riser! I am getting shower seat for sure but what did you get you are happy you did or didn't you wish you would have?

Do I get divorced!?!?!?

My husband spent my money for my tummy tuck and wants me to reschedule until January. He tells me this one month before I am due in! I am devastated. Please women out there help me. I can't even look at him but I have twins 10 years old. This seems dumb to him but I know y'all get it!
Hey, I haven't been on here in a while and I wanted to check in on you to see if you still wanted the chair. But i saw your last post. I'm so sorry honey. I hope you two sorted it out. He may be afraid. My husband went to my consults with me and pretended he was ok with the surgery but 1 week before his true feelings showed. He pouted and tried to sabotage my money situation too. At the time I was upset, but after having the surgery I realized he was insecure about how the surgery would affect our relationship. Fast forward to 5 months post surgery and he's elated that I had the surgery and sorry that he ever had doubts.
What in the hell was he thinking? What a jacka$$! I don't even know what to say to that! How disrespectful can you get?!
And he doesn't get why I am so pissed. I am devastated.
Dr kasden

The consult rocked my hubby and I both loved him. Will give the stars after the surgery but so far he's a 5/5!!!

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