3 Steps To Develop Courage During Cancer Treatment

What is courage and how do you get courage now that you need it more than ever?

While choosing to create new COURAGEOUS plans moving forward, just remember to always look back to see where you’ve been. Remember in the Wizard of Oz that each character already had what they(he/she?) needed without realizing it? Recall how Scarecrow thinks and problem solves; the Tin-Man, an emotional connector to his core; and the Lion, leading the way to the witches’ castle. They needed the journey down the Yellow Brick Road to realize what was inside of them all along.

You have been dumped into an unfamiliar land, language you can barely interpret, and the idea of feeling optimistic or positive about seeing what you are made of is probably not on your radar. But the reality is, this cancer is here now, so you might as well learn all the things you can during your own journey down the yellow brick road.

In the Wizard of Oz, like the Lion – our representation of COURAGE – is introduced later in the movie while trying to intimidate the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Again, Toto comes to the rescue. We watch the Lion chase after Toto until Dorothy has had enough and slaps the Lion to make him stop. You must decide to today to take control of your Lion. Taking control may take some very strong words, such as: “Stop talking about death. Stop saying this cancer is going to kill me. And for crying out loud quit wasting time on that false belief!” Others may think, “What did I do to deserve this?” This cancer is not your fault. If you want to keep up that under serving thought, just take a virtual walk through St. Jude’s hospital for children or Google children with cancer. After you have taken that virtual tour, you tell me which one of those young vulnerable children caused his/her cancer? So, why do you think you are any different than any one of those vulnerable children?

Cancer happens. Cancer happens to everyone all around the world. Statistics told us in 2011 that 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and 7.6 million die from the disease. You did not have a choice, nor did you cause your disease. Your choice now is, how do you plan to live with this cancer. And the answer so far is: ACTION, BREATH, and COURAGE. You are going to build a courageous heart and a disciplined mind. You are going to fight this with all your wisdom, strength, and courage. You are going to live your life now like you have never lived it before. When you are so tired that you can’t do anything but sit on the couch, you are going to turn off the T.V. and spend ten minutes meditating. Then you are going to read something positive. Then you are going to journal or color. Then you are going to drink some green tea or lemon water. Then you are going to take a nap. Next you are going to repeat the above until you have the strength to go for a walk for ten minutes. COURAGE is developed over a period of time. It is not a magic pill that you take and everything gets all better.

THREE STEPS TOWARD COURAGE

  1. Read someone else’s story that has been where you are. (Great book to start with –  In A Moment’s Notice:A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer)
  2. Make an appointment with a psychotherapist, health coach, or spiritual director.
  3. Watch movies where the heroine/hero win.

Photo source: Rose Medical Center

For more information and exercises for cancer patients read Breast Cancer: A-Z Mindful Practices.

Dr. Robin Dilley

Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

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Sugar Free Chocolate Protein Truffle Recipe For A Cancer Diet

These protein truffles are an ideal alternative to regular high sugar and high-fat chocolate truffles. With 5g of protein per truffle and no sugar, it is a great way to consume protein for a  person who has no appetite but needs to consume proteins during cancer treatment. Always use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 scoops – Chocolate vegan protein powder (Alternative – any protein powder can be used with 2 tbsp – coco powder)
  • 2 Tbsp – Crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup – Almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp – Sweetener (agave nectar, fruit sweetened jam)
  • 10 Whole Hazelnuts
  • 2 Tbsp – Shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt

Directions

  1. In a bowl or food processor add the vegan protein, sweetener, salt and peanut butter and blend to make a thick mix.
  2. Add the almond milk a little at a time to make a thick dough.
  3. Take a teaspoonful of the dough at a time and flatten into a disk.
  4. Place a hazelnut in the center of the disk and roll the dough back into a ball leaving the nut in the middle.
  5. Roll the truffle ball in some shredded coconut and leave in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.

A healthy cancer diet is only one of several factors that can affect your health; exercise and stress management are just as important in improving your overall health and well-being.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer. We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Breast Cancer Yoga DVD: A Restorative Yoga Therapy with Specialized Breathing Exercises

It is our pleasure to share this flowing restorative yoga practice with you. It is very important to start right where you are, and build up slowly. This will help in supporting and maintaining a positive attitude and a healing foundation. In time, with practice there will be improvement to sleeping patterns, a decrease in joint pain and an increase in range of motion. You will begin to experience less fatigue and gain more energy, strength and stamina. A calmness, along with mental clarity are some of the benefits of building your own yoga practice. Start with 10 minutes AND then begin to expand the time.

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This DVD introduces three breaths to train the mind to focus, complete, cleansing and ujjayi breaths also 12 restorative poses for breast cancer recovery, lymphedema management and cancer related fatigue.

Make sure your props ready. They can be household items, blankets, pillows, cushions and ties. Props are instrumental in your support and comfort.

We will finish with deep relaxation. It is Here all the benefits of this yoga practice will be absorbed into the body. We hope yoga will become part of your life.

This instructional video is intended to aid in post-surgical recovery from breast cancer
•to help relieve pain and manage lymphedema
•to reduce stress and anxiety
•to decrease fatigue and increase energy
•and to promote breast health

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey With Breast Cancer Book Review

Breast Cancer Authority Blog Bestseller Book Review! – In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer

In A Moments Notice - Breast Cancer Authority Bestseller

About The Book

This book is the culmination of Dr. Robin B. Dilley’s poignant journey to wellness after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Dr. Dilley’s story offers a unique voice, blending her clinical insights with spiritual awakenings along her journey. She describes in detail her emotional struggle to make sense out of the disease and the medical world while showing a strong and solid reliance on her profound spirituality. Her journey introduces amazing characters that she encountered along the way as her life took on new meaning, including the development of her friend and ally, the Tiger.

From the Author

In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer  Finally, I have finished my book about my eleven-year journey with breast cancer. When I was going through treatment I wanted to read someone else’s story, but could not find a book that talked about the ups and downs of treatment and how this disease drastically as well as subtlety changes your life and the lives of those around you. I read thousands of articles, and medical reports, but at that time, I could not find a single book that would talk to me about what it was like. I have now written that book and you can order it now.

About the Author

Dr. Robin B. Dilley is an Arizona licensed psychologist in private practice.She received her doctoral degree from Union Institute in 1992 and has been practicing as a clinician in the field of psychotherapy since 1978. “Psychotherapy for Personal Growth and Redirection” is the heart of Dr. Dilley’s practice, so regardless of what the problem is, there is a solution. The solution is found in the journey, not in the destination.

The Gap: An Important Mindfulness Technique

I had the pleasure of listening to Pema Chodron (Buddhist Monk and author) and KD Lang (Musician, singer, songwriter) in a conversation this morning on Live Stream. I was struck by several things, but the one that stood out for me is the concept of the Gap. I want to share the concept of the Gap with you, the reader.

The Gap is that in between space where you come to understand the presence of NOW. It is that moment when you look up from a hiking path and notices the sky, the tree, or the bird. The Gap is a sacred space within, when you realize you are part of the outer world.

It seems to me that as people living in the world of cancer, you can use the practice of the Gap regardless of where you are on your path. For instance, fall is my favorite time of the year and I am so excited about its arrival. that I know I will have many Gap moments when I see beautiful leaves dropping the magic of their colors on the ground as they leave naked branches ready for winter. What Gap moments might you look forward to this fall? What magical part of the day will you practice breathing into the Now. The Gap is that space within you that allows you to breathe deeply from the inside out.

As people experiencing cancer life can become very ugly and painful as rancid smells and nauseating waves of emotion run askew inside of your inner darkness. It is important that you do not live in the darkness. Pema Chodron might say something like, “Don’t run from the darkness, touch it, explore it and move on past it.” The practice of the Gap is a tool to help you move past the darkness into the NOW.

Looking for something good and magical in your day will help you practice the Gap and stay in the Now. If you can’t see magic in your day then create magic in your day. If you are irritated with not getting the results you want with your health care, then focus on something else that you have control over. For instance, purchase some fall flowers. Take time to have a Gap moment with those flowers. Smell them, touch them and notice how each one is uniquely different from every other one. Have you ever noticed that no two flowers are exactly alike? Notice the nuances in the shades of the colors, notice the stems. Notice each flower as you arrange it in the vase. These flowers traveled from rich fertile soil and were “harvested” for your delight. All cut flowers will die. But each flower has its own elegance, story, and purpose in your life today. That purpose is here to bring you joy and to put a gentle smile on your face. Enjoying flowers is a Gap moment. Take a breath and look up and see your room come to life because you placed a vase of flowers on your night stand or kitchen table. You took the time to create a Gap that brings you delight.

As you learn to experience Gap moments, be the Gap in someone else’s life today. Pick up the phone and call a friend and tell them how much they mean to you. Send a card to someone who needs a connection. Smile at the clerk in the grocery store and tell them, “I hope you have a really good day,” as you look them in the eye. Be the Gap in other people’s lives daily and you will experience more Gap moments in your day-to-day life that is full of the necessary medical appointments, follow-ups and tests. I even imagine your health care team will respond to you more positively if you are practicing Gap moments in your life.

See you are not cancer. You are not your disease. You are a person with many roles and facets to your life. Don’t let cancer define you. Smile, in spite, of the cancer. Bring smiles to other people’s lives. Make a difference today and you will be happier because you did.

For more information and exercises for cancer patients read Breast Cancer: A-Z Mindful Practices.

Dr. Robin Dilley

Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

Apple No Bake Protein Bar Recipe (Dairy & Sugar Free)

Dig these healthy No-Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars that taste like a dessert you can eat daily….multiple times. Not only do they only take 10 minutes to whip up, they are a one bowl wonder which is a no-mess, no fuss kind of snack. They have a soft, chewy and doughy texture. Not only do each bar pack at a hefty protein boost, they are also naturally gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free! Remember to always use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients
1. 2 cups gluten-free oat flour (For the paleo option, use 1 cup coconut flour)
2. ½ cup coconut flour, sifted (Can sub for almond or more oat flour)
3. ½ cup vanilla vegan or paleo friendly protein powder
4. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)*
5. 1 T cinnamon
6. 1 tsp mixed spice
7. 1 tsp nutmeg
8. 1/4 cup almond butter (can sub for any nut butter)
9. ½ cup liquid sweetner (agave syrup or brown rice syrup or maple syrup in the paleo version)
10. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
11. 1 T + dairy free milk of choice**

Instructions
1. Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
2. In large mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice and mix well.
3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the nut butter and liquid sweetener and heat until melted. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well. Add the unsweetened applesauce and mix until combined, the batter should be crumbly.
4. Using a spoon, add the dairy free milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
5. Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Notes
1. *You can omitted the sweetener if vegan protein powder is sweetened
2. ** Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used up to 3/4 cup with the paleo version.
3. If your batter is too thin (brands VS homemade applesauce vary, add a dash more coconut flour until firmer).

Wide Angle – Arms Extended: Breast Cancer Yoga Pose

It is supported and endorsed in many research communities that yoga has a tremendous positive impact on our physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual well-being. Fearful thoughts associated with breast cancer often prompts us to research every possible alternative or integrated self care option. Yoga is an option that can become a vital aid for us to handle the stressors from treatments, fatigue and depression and from the unknown. Practicing yoga can have better fitness outcomes, less stress and improved biological indicators of future risk of secondary cancers.

Benefits

  • Stretches arm pit chest, biceps, inner forearm
  • Pectoral muscle is widened
  • Opens shoulder joint and improves flexibility
  • Increases circulation and blood flow in chest
  • Strong hip opener and deep twist in inner core
  • Lengthen and strengthen side body and increases vitality
  • Massages lower abdominal organs and glands
  • Develops core steadiness
  • Enhances circulation to chest and shoulders
  • Expands ribs for deeper breathing

Instructions

  1. Begin in a wide stance, legs 3 feet apart with feet parallel.
  2. EXHALE, bend forward onto bolster or yoga blocks (make sure the leg remains anchored).
  3. Begin to roll out bolster so the arms can straighten (make surehips stay over knees and ankles.
  4. INHALE, draw tailbone and spine back so the spine lengthens and the chest comes toward the ground and allow the back bodyto broaden.
  5. EXHALE, lengthen sides of torso
  6. Let your legs and arms support the extension of the spine.
  7. Relax your neck and shoulders
  8. Stay for 5 full breaths, then return back to center.

Remember as you begin to practice yoga poses with awareness, you not only begin to feel better but you will also be able to feel; that is, you become sensitive to everything and everyone around you. As inner awareness expands and deepens both within and outside the body, we  consciously begin to overcome obstacles of fear, pain, anxiety. You can practice yoga in such a way that the practice becomes a much “larger yoga.” Our true nature is revealed through this new sensitivity and awareness. We intuitively begin to discover how to overcome certain obstacles on this journey with breast cancer.

To experience the benefits of yoga for breast cancer, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Potato-Free Easy Baked Broccoli Tots

Welcome to the potato-free party, easy baked broccoli tots! This healy alternaive can be used for a cancer free lifestyle diet and always use organic ingredients when possible.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/4 small diced onions
  • 1/4 finely ground breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 nutritional yeast
  • 1 Flaxmeal egg replacement (1 tbsp. flaxmeal combined with 3 tbsp. alkaline water, combine and let sit for 5 minutes)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets to the water and cook them just until fork tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Thoroughly drain the florets and transfer them to a food processor.
  4. Pulse the broccoli for a few seconds just until the it breaks down into small pieces. (Do not overmix the broccoli or the mixture will be too wet to form into tots.)
  5. Measure out 3 packed cups of the broccoli and add it to a large bowl. Add the diced onion, breadcrumbs, egg and nutritional yeast and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Using your hands, portion out about 2 tablespoons of the mixture and mold it into a tater tot shape. Arrange the tots on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  7. Bake the tots for about 20 minutes then flip them once and bake them an additional 10 to 15 minutes until crisped.
  8. Remove the tots from the oven and serve them with ketchup, vegan ranch dressing or hummus for dipping.

Recipe Notes:


The onion should to be cut small enough so that it’s not too chunky and can be easily mixed into the broccoli mixture.

The cheese can be omitted in order to make this recipe dairy-free.
The breadcrumbs can be swapped for finely crushed gluten-free pretzels, cereal or dried bread in order to make this recipe gluten-free.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

How Meat Stimulates Breast Cancer

In 1979, an epidemic of breast enlargement was noted in Italian children. Poultry or veal was suspected, given that estrogens may be fed to farm animals to accelerate their weight gain. After this episode, Europe banned the use of anabolic growth promoters in agriculture, and has banned the importation of American meat from animals injected with drugs like Zeranol, sold as Ralgro Magnum.

Zeranol is the one of the most potent known endocrine disruptors—100,000 times more estrogenic than the plastics chemical, BPA, for example. And Zeranol constitutes a special case among potential endocrine disruptors, because in contrast to all other estrogenic “endocrine-disrupting” chemicals, Zeranol is present in human food, because it’s deliberately used—in fact, designed to be a potent, persistent, estrogen, whereas the estrogenic properties of the other chemicals are accidental.

And if you drip blood from a cow that’s been implanted with the drug on human breast cancer cells in a petri dish, you can double the cancer growth rate. We don’t drink blood, though, but preliminary data also showed that muscle extracts, meat extracts, also stimulated breast cancer cell proliferation.

Furthermore, Zeranol may cause the transformation of normal breast cells into cancer cells in the first place. Zeranol-containing blood from implanted cattle was capable of transforming normal human breast cells into breast cancer cells within 21 days.

Obese women may be at greater risk of developing Zeranol-induced breast cancer, since they already have high levels of leptin, a hormone produced by fat cells, that can itself promote breast cancer growth. And Zeranol exposure can greatly enhance this growth-promoting action. This result also suggests that Zeranol may be more harmful to obese breast cancer patients than to normal weight breast cancer patients, in terms of breast cancer development.

In conclusion, because these anabolic growth promoters in meat production are, by far, the most potent hormones found in human food, we should really be testing people, especially children, before and after eating this meat. It amazes me that it hasn’t been done, and until it has, we have no idea what kind of threat they may pose—though the fact that Zeranol is as potent as estradiol—the primary sex steroid in women and DES—should concern us. DES is another synthetic estrogen marketed to pregnant women—all pregnant women until 1971, when it was shown to cause vaginal cancers in the daughters. But few know it was also used in meat.

In the absence of effective federal regulation, the meat industry uses hundreds of animal feed additives, with little or no concern about the carcinogenic and other toxic effects of dietary residues of these additives. Illustratively, after decades of misleading assurances of the safety of DES and its use as a growth-promoting animal feed additive, the United States finally banned its use some 40 years after it was first shown to be carcinogenic. The meat industry then promptly switched to other potentially carcinogenic additives, such as Zeranol.

When girls started dying from vaginal cancer, DES-treated meat was subsequently banned in Europe. However, misleading assurances, including the deliberate suppression of residue data, managed to delay a U.S. ban on DES in the meat supply for eight years.

Today, virtually the entire U.S. population consumes, without any warning, labeling, or information, unknown and unpredictable amounts of hormone residues in meat products over a lifetime. If all hormonal and other carcinogenic feed additives aren’t banned immediately, the least we could have is “explicit labeling requirements of the use and of [hormone] residue levels in all meat products, including milk and eggs.”

Doctor’s Note

Isn’t that amazing about the DES story? I had no idea it was used in meat production. Check out some of the other Big Pharma on Big Farms: Illegal Drugs in Chicken Feathers.

The most dangerous additive used in the meat industry is antibiotics, though. See, for example:

For more on what may be bad for the breast, check out:

And for what may be protective, see:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United

Scrumptious Lemon Icebox Pie That Is Vegan & Sugar Free

 Studies have found that sugar may fuel the growth of breast cancer so with that in mind if you or a loved one are in cancer treatment a sugar-free diet is recommended.  Your whole family will enjoy this summertime chilled dessert while maintaining a healthy breast cancer diet.  Also, use organic ingredients when possible.
Crust:
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup dates pitted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder or extract
  • pinch of pink salt
  • splash of water to help blend, if needed
Lemon Filling:
  • 2 cans coconut milk solid cream only
  • 1 medium zucchini peeled, grated & squeezed dry (roughly 3/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbs lemon zest from 2 large lemons, divided
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice from 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup pure agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink salt I used about 1/16 tsp
  • Extra lemons for zesting/slicing for garnish

To make the crust:

  1. Pulse crust ingredients in food processor until sticky crumbles form.
  2. Press into parchment lined 7″ springform pan.

To make the lemon filling:

  1. Add zucchini to a food processor with 1 Tb lemon zest and blend thoroughly.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except oil, and blend, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Stream in melted coconut oil with the processor running.
  4. Taste & adjust with more zest or sweetener, if needed.
  5. Pour filling over crust.
  6. Freeze for a about 3 hours, or until firm.
  7. Transfer to fridge for another hour or two, to make slicing easier.
  8. Garnish with more lemon zest, lemon slices or whipped coconut cream.
  9. chilled, or return to the freezer for a firmer, frozen treat. (see notes)

Recipe Notes

  • I use a 7″ springform pan. If you use a larger pan, your pie will be shorter. Or you can double the filling.
  • To get the cream from canned coconut milk: refrigerate 2 cans of coconut milk overnight.

  • The next day, carefully open and scoop out the solid cream that has hardened at the top of the can. Reserve the liquid for a smoothie!
  • Always buy full-fat coconut milk for whipped cream. I like Thai Kitchen organic.
  • This pie can be enjoyed frozen or chilled– both are delicious!
  • To enjoy chilled, store in the fridge (after the initial freezing to help solidify.)
  • To enjoy frozen, return your pie to the freezer after slicing and store in the freezer. (Pie will last several weeks this way)
  • If frozen solid, just set on the counter for 15 minutes or so to soften.

This ice box pie is the perfect treat to make for summer and would be amazing with a variety of different fruits – peaches and nectarines would be amazing! I hope you all love it, and will share with all of those that you love!

Recipe adapted from http://www.PrettyPies.com

Dawn - Breast Cancer Authority BlogAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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