Progress Report on Palate Expansion. Is it possible to expand the mandible?

Palate expansion progress is going on still. It has been almost a year since I started. I am working with Dr. Gibbs from

260 Jefferson Ave
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Tel. (616) 459-1267

At first we was expanding quite aggressively since most of the changes we were doing to the upper palate. But now since we got to the point where we can’t expand the upper palate any further past the bottom palate,  we have to go slow. Currently, I am doing 1/8 turn on the upper and bottom appliance every 4 days. (1 whole turn is 1 mm) When I was expanding rapidly in the beginning I was expanding 1/8 turn everyday on the upper appliance.

The reason for this is the upper palate has the suture which can be activated and begin to unlock where new bone can form quite easily, the bottom palate aka the mandible does not. If one begins expanding the bottom too quickly, the teeth begins to tip instead of actually expanding the underneath bone structure which is what you want. Because the mandible is not able to form new bone around teeth quick enough. Most orthodontist say expanding the mandible is not possible, however taking a look at some of the molds that I had to take to get my second appliance for the bottom palate since I grew out of the first one. You can clearly see that the bone underneath the teeth had expanding and remolded. Remember bone is a living tissue, not some dead calcified hard thing that you picture because you see human skull models that have rock hard bones. Remember that bone is dead, there is a big difference from the bone that is still alive in your face.

I like to picture bone as more like clay. Moldable and malleable.

when applying light pressure on the mandible, by only turning 1/8 turn every 4 days, its gently leaning on the teeth. the pressure is not aggressive enough to tilt the teeth. When the teeth moves to new, more expanding location. There is cellular communication between the cells of the mandible, the cells know that they need to destroy certain cells, and create new bone cells to continue to support the teeth in new location.

My hope is that I can continue to expand the bottom palate in this manner. and get visible changes in the size of my bottom jaw. However, I am at early stages and at new frontier, I’ve never really heard of anyone doing this besides me, and maybe one other. Time will tell so stay tuned.

On top of doing the expansion. My upper appliance has these springy attachments that tilts and push the front teeth forward, as well as this springy hook that hooks on to my canines to keep the front 6 teeth together while space is created where I had my bicuspids extracted from previous orthodontics. (without this hook on the canines, I’d have gaps all over my front teeth as the palate expands)

My appliance (Biobloc) looks like this:



Remember that it doesn’t look like much expansion has happened in the appliance, these are second set of appliance I am using since starting this thing a year ago. I grew out of both my previous appliances already.

I have self litigating braces on the bottom teeth similar to DAMON braces and we have coil springs to open up the gaps.

Here are the teeth pics.



As you can see…………. reopening extraction spaces IS possible. The world of orthodontics is truly unbelievable, before I found Dr. Gibbs. I went to 8 other orthodontists whom all told me in the consultation that what I was attempting to do was not possible. To me it is crazy to think that someone can just definitively say that something is not possible when they’ve never tried it themselves. They just learned it from an old text book or was told by somebody. or they are entering uncharted territories so instead of admitting that they are clueless in how to do this, they shrug you off and tell you some crazy lines like “if this was possible, it would of been published in all the science journals out there.” or “once you reach a certain age, this amount of change just can’t happen.” It began to dawn on me the level of ignorance I was faced with in the world of orthodontics. And all these orthodontists were all listed as Functional Orthodontists, supposedly orthos “open” to new ways of orthodontics. I can tell you most of them were clueless. But worse, most of them were telling me very matter of fact, that it can’t be done.

Well if you see the pictures above, clearly it can be done. This isn’t an issue of orthodontics I was dealing with. It was the issue of the Human EGO! I was forced to deal with. And boy was it a tiring process. I mean some of those doctors straight pissed me off, and that rage and frustration was used as motivation as well in hindsight.

It is interesting how god didn’t lead me to Dr. Gibbs right away. It took me 8 different consultation visits of heartbreaking disappointments before I found Dr. Gibbs. The key was persistence, born out of great desire which births great will power with a healthy dosage of faith. One way or another I always knew I was going to find a solution. I know there is a life lesson somewhere in all of this drama…lol

You can see the coil spring on the bottom braces where the gap is being opened.

Also the upper front teeth is tilted out for now and creating a slight open bite. This is on purpose. At later stages, different appliance and my lips will bring the roots of those teeth forward and caught up. So essentially we are moving the whole front teeth structure forward in the face.

Going through this process made me realize just how much my teeth had been pushed back from prior ortho work. And how that is really the opposite of what you’d want. As I bring the front teeth forward again, I am getting more lip support for a more fuller lip, which I love. And as you can see below with mouth closed.

New (Aug 2013)        Old (Aug 2012)


the right lips are no smaller but they are scrounged in because the teeth has been so far pushed back, especially the canines to close the gaps where my bicuspids were extracted. Now as the canines are brought forward again, the lip is able to come forward as well, and lips became wider and fuller. and just a lot better in appearance. And I’m not done yet. Later on, the canines will come forward even more.

Also what I notice is that when I smile big I used to have a lot of gums show. Although it wasn’t extreme like some other people I see sometimes. Still it was there. Now as the teeth are brought forward, when I smile big no gums show. now I’m beginning to think that most gummy smiles out there may be the result of traditional orthodontic work where braces were used to push the teeth back. Or maybe some other issues where the teeth did not properly grow forward?

And the cases where extraction was done, the teeth are pulled back even further… and to think pulling teeth out if still widely accepted practice… smh….

or even regular traditional orthodontics for that matter. where braces are used, which means teeth are pulled back… we are in the dark ages still when it comes to fixing our teeth.

this is all for now. look forward to more in the near future. ttys.


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Trusting the Being

Lessons on completely trusting the Being.

I heard this beautiful quote today by Burt Harding so I thought I’d share.

“If your walking in the desert, and your dying of thirst.. but you’re completely convinced that the being is going to take care of you… A fountain will appear.”

“You’re always taken care of. The power of being is incredible. But the slightest doubt or fear will block it.”

“So all we are learning all the time is to be in alignment with the Being.”

recently my ability to just Be, in the moment here and now is deepening. My ability to witness my thoughts, my fears, my insecurities.. I am understanding that is all I have to really do. Just see what is going on inside.

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Bashar – On Feeling Worthy

Very interesting perspective.

“There is a very very large paradox at work, when people on your planet think that they are unworthy, its actually one of the most arrogant things you can say, one of the most egotistical things you can say!

Because what you are saying is that: Yes everything in the Universe fits perfectly, EXCEPT ME! I stand out as the only unworthy aspect of all of creation! Look at ME!

..And by really saying your unworthy what your telling The Creator is that the gift of existence is worthless.”


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small update and words of hope

I want to provide a quick update on what is going on with my orthodontic work.

I am seeing Dr. Gibbs of Michigan at the following office.

John Stepanovich, DDS
General Dentist
260 Jefferson Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Tel. (616) 459-1267


Let’s look back a year ago, when I first discovered that the orthodontic work I had done at age 18 (I’m now 24) was detrimental to my health and physical appearance.

I had crowding and the ortho back then extracted four bicuspids.

A year ago I was hunting for orthodontist that would provide expansion for my palate and reverse what had been done. I had seen over 10 orthodontists in Michigan. ALL of them told me what I was trying to do was not possible.

Some of them claimed to be “a specialist in TMJ”, “Functional Orthodontist”, “DAMON braces orthodontist”, “DNA appliance Orthodontist”

They were all rejecting me and some even flat out told me they do not want to deal with my case because it is just too complex and beyond their skills and knowledge as an orthodontist. At least those orthos were humble enough to admit that lol.

But some ignorant ones told me to just give up and accept… “your teeth looks fine.”

Needless to say, I left many of those consultations feeling hopeless, defeated, and angry.

I was getting desperate, I had just graduated college and now looking for a full time job, I was super motivated and driven, I thought If I had to die trying  I will get this.

I contemplated moving to California to see Dr. Hang. because his youtube videos was evidence that what I was trying to do was possible. which is to reverse 4 bicuspid extractions and get the 4 bicuspids back via implants. Produce a wider dental arch/smile.

Fortunately I was armed with plenty knowledge at this point, I did not allow any orthodontist to simply write me off. And shockingly I began to see that most orthodontists have no idea what they are talking about at all. Then the reality of the orthodontic profession began to unfold, most of these doctors just go to orthodontic schools and learn the basic, and this basic is really stuck in the stone ages when it comes to viewing teeth as a separate thing from rest of our face. They think if we can just straighten teeth at whatever cost then the personal will become beautiful. And these doctors spend their entire life just doing what they were taught back in school long ago. They fail to advance their knowledge in orthodontics for whatever reason they are just not driven to seek out something beyond ordinary orthodontic work.

Most are totally off in their approach when they view the teeth as separate from the rest of the body. yes the teeth can affect the body and face, more precisely the size of the palate can have, sometimes to a shocking degree, quite dramatic affect on the face, breathing capacities, and mental/emotional side.

Nature intended us to have the 4 bicuspids. It’s not genetics that cause us to have narrow palates.  We are suppose to have the 4 bicuspids, so why do orthodontist think it is okay to tamper with nature?

I will be one year into treatment in August.

I have expanded my palate considerably. Both lower and the upper. I have 4 mm out of 7 mm of space that has opened up on the bottom palate for my bicuspids. On the uppers I have similar progress. I have pretty big gaps now where I used to have bicuspids. My palate is now definately bigger than What I had even before my first orthodontic treatment.

I had always thought I had a narrow face. My face is now getting wider. as It does I am seeing my eyes are becoming more symmetrical on both sides.

The dark pockets in the corner of my mouth when I smile is beginning to fill with teeth as my molars expand out.

As we advance not only sideways but forward as well as we bring the front arch more forward by creating new bone growth forward and also tipping the teeth out forward. I am getting lip support which I like very much.

When I smile the gums that used to be exposed a lot is reducing considerably.

When I talk I have a nicer appearance as I actually am beginning to have somewhat of a frontal arch of teeth instead of where as before I had two front teeth and rest of the teeth was just pulled back. So my frontal arch was literally just two front teeth it seemed like.

As we expand the upper palate, my lower jaw is able to come forward some, so I appear to have more of a jawline/chin now. Instead of the receding look before. I hope to make progress in this area though.

What is remarkable is that as the palate expands the whole face begins to look better. The doctors notice the positive changes on a monthly basis as well.

As I mentioned before, I do work with a doctor that is far more knowledgeable compared to the average. But that does not mean I put all my faith on him and just let him do however he pleases.

This time around I’m taking full responsibility and I am leading the treatment instead of the doctor dictating where the treatment goes.

If it wasn’t for my incessant pushing to allow me to continue expanding, we would of stopped expansion months ago and proceeded to then begin moving my teeth with coil springs and just open the spaces for bicuspids.

But I did not allow this because I believed I had more potential for more expansion. We were first expanding 1/8th turn every other day or so, that is pretty fast expansion.

And at a certain point the doctor told me I don’t think we can expand any further, so let’s move on to next stage.

I had stopped him dead on the track there right then and there at our monthly appointment and urged him to go for more expansion. He had to remake both the upper and lower appliance because I out grew them and now I got new appliance to fit my newly expanded mouth to expand even further.

I am now expanding only 1/8 turn every week. but I do not care that we are going slow, as long as we are still seeing positive changes I plan to continue to expand in this manner.


The reason we have to go slow now is because the lower arch, the mandible does not have a suture down the middle like the upper palate. So the it can only expand as the bone remodels around the teeth and changes shape. This take considerably longer time because if you expand too quickly without the bone catching up to support the teeth that is getting pushed out. then you will only be tipping the teeth which is not what you want.


Anyway we will see what sort of results will happen over time as I expand at this slow pace.

Will I be able to produce considerable widening of the mandible? that is the new quest for now. As I tend to have a more narrow appearance lower jaw, this would be a very nice change.

Anyway I am beginning to receive a lot of emails regarding orthodontic stuff.

What I want you to take from this article is that take your orthodontic treatment in your own hands. Just because the doctor is famous or well recognized, don’t take their word for it 100%, always question things if you do not like what you hear. Be armed with knowledge and know where you want your treatment to go. in most cases, the patient with the problem knows more about it than them. This goes to even orthotropics orthodontist like Dr. Hang or Dr. Mew or Dr. Gibbs. As I have illustrated int this article, even I had to push Dr. Gibbs A LOT to get him to go along with my plans of continuing expansion.


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Dowsing via Pendulum Experience and its application to self-NCR?

If you have been following my blog you would know that I have been learning and experimenting with self treatment NCR (neurocranial-restructuring), where I insert finger cot (tiny balloons) affixed to a pressure bulb, insert it into my sinus cavities and expand, allowing it to ever so slightly cause expansion inside my skull. releasing connective tissue tension. and causing changes to the shape of the skull towards more ideal structures.

(I am not teaching this technique, atleast for now, because of my lack of understanding,skill,knowledge. for more information I would go here:

Anyways I’ve been checking the forums of the above site from time to time, and also been talking to the site owner who taught me how to do this, and the topic of using muscle testing to determine which passageways to treat/expand the balloon into for the day came up.

I thought this was interesting because I was aware of Koren Specific Technique ( in which the body tells the doctor where to treat.

Well this was sort of similar…

For those of you unfamiliar with what muscle testing is, its the idea that the body knows stuff that the human intellect doesn’t, or the higher self knows pretty much everything (if you buy into the idea that in the higher dimensions there exists no time, so the higher self has access to all things that has ever happened, is happening, or will happen, in infinite web of possibilities,etc)

Or the idea that the body can not tell a lie, so the body becomes the ultimate lie detector. If you tell a false statement, the muscles become weak and that is the basis of muscle testing.

Now some people reap incredible benefits with muscle testing and dowsing. If you are unfamiliar I suggest you go to Youtube and check out some videos or this interview of Drunvalo Melchizedek in the interview somewhere he describes his encounter with dowsing. in which a game was played where one person will hide a piece of corn somewhere in the house and while the other guy had his eyes closed but that guy could find the piece of corn without fail every time using dowsing rods.

And this other guy could find stolen cars just buy using pendulum and rods to ask the higher self where the stolen car was on the Map and the rods and pendulums would point to where the stolen car was.

How is this possible? I am inclined to believe that there is part of our awareness that knows everything that is going on around you at all times we just filter that part of our awareness out to have our human experience. However when we walk into a super market, we “think” we only see what is in front of us. but there is part of our awareness, I believe,, that sees and is aware of every corner of that supermarket even before turning the corner.

if that part of us can find a stolen car, even though we’ve never even seen the car ourselves, let alone where it was stolen to. then surely that part of us can tell us if it is okay to treat ourselves with self-NCR for the day and in which passageway to treat for the day…

Anyways for the past few months, I have been using a pendulum to dowse which passageway to treat for the day and I have been getting yes or no answers to determine which passageways to treat and have been following them. I believe I am continuing to see positive results from the treatment, possibly even better results from previous technique. Which was to expand the entire one side (Top,Middle,Bottom) one day then do the whole other side the next day. Left and Right alternating between days. That means at least 3 expansion minimum for the day.

With dowsing, I am finding that I am only required to expand once or twice a day. and sometimes they are not all on one side. Sometimes its like Top left and Top Right.

My dowsing equipment is a simple nut from hardware store tied to a piece of string, that goes through the middle of the nut.

I ask the following questions for self-NCR.

questions like “Is it optimal to treat myself today with self-NCR?”

if response is yes, “is it optimal to go to the right side?” “left side?”

“Top right?” “Middle Right?” “Bottom Right passageway?”

etc, sometimes the pendulum would tell me to treat two passageways for the day. for example Top right and Top Left.
Somedays just one.

How do you know if the responses are coming from the higher self and not influenced by your mind?

I don’t know…for sure. I’ve just been learning to trust the answers I get.

But a few days ago, something pretty remarkable happened with my pendulum testing.

See I don’t really use the pendulum much, other than testing for self-NCR purposes.

but the other day, I was at my apartment and the black trashbags that I had taped all over my bedroom widow had come off. Because my blinds are really bad and during the night, street light just pours into my bedroom,making it hard to sleep with the orange glow that’s in the room. I like to sleep in the dark. I have read that it is important to sleep in a pitch black room, the pineal gland can only truly rest in a pitch black room.

So I had more black trashbags but I had lost my duck tape. I looked for it all over the apartment and couldn’t find it. I had looked for this duck tape before and was unable to find it last time I searched. But I knew I bought it and had it somewhere.

I decided to use dowsing to find this tape.

Note for me: When the nut starts to spin clockwise it’s a Yes. When it begins to spin counter clockwise it’s a No.

So here is how the questioning process went:

“Do I have tape in this apartment?” (Answer: yes)

“Is it in my bedroom?” (Yes)

“Is it in my closet of my bedroom?” (No)

“Is it on the carpet floor in my bedroom?” (Yes)

ok so at this point, I just went into my room and searched the floor for the tape. I had some clothes laying around so I picked them up to see if it was under some clothes…no and then I check under the bed and to my surprise I find a small scotch tape, On the carpet floor of my bedroom!!

The pendulum has helped me find a scotch tape for me…but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for.

When asking for questions in Dowsing, it is important to be specific!!! I asked to find tape and it just found a tape but not the duck tape I was looking for.

SO I went back to my desk and begin dowsing again.

“Not this scotch tape I am holding, but the duck tape I had, the duck tape I am thinking of right now, is that duck tape still in this apartment?” (Answer: Yes)

“Is it in my bedroom?” (No)

“Is it in my bathroom?” (No)

“Is it in my living room?” (No)

“Is it in my kitchen?” (YES)

“When looking out from this direction, Is it somewhere at the right side of the kitchen?” (No)

“Is it the left side?” (Yes)

At this point I could of easily just went my kitchen to the left side and started looking. But I wanted to test this out further.

“Is the duck tape in one of the cabinets or drawers?” (yes)

“Is it in one of the drawers at waist level or below waist level?” (No)

“Is it in one of the cabinets above the waist level?” (yes)

and then I just asked “From the wall, is it the first cabinet?” (No)

“The second?” (no)

“The third?” (no)

“Is my duck tape in the last cabinet, the fourth cabinet from the wall?” (YES)

at this point, with great anticipation, I leaped out of my chair, and went to that cabinet, opened it. and to my amazement. There it was. The duck tape.

What a great experiment this was! It was lots of fun. and It has helped to build my trust and confidence in dowsing as a real thing.

dowsing people talk of not giving up with dowsing and keep trying it. as you try it more and more and build experience your confidence with dowsing will go up. This is key!!

I tried some testing months ago and it didn’t give great results,but I kept trying it here and there. but now this result was pretty phenomenal.

What I have learned through this experience is that it is important to just keep using it and trying it. Even if you get disappointing results at first which the dowsing wasn’t able to get you the correct answers.

Now I hardly ever dowse, I’m not one of those people that carry it everywhere they go, but  I was still experiencing this great result! so I am not saying you have to dowse a lot and practice everyday to get good at it. I hardly ever do, only for self-NCR… I’m just saying to keep using it from time to time, and one day its results may surprise and shock you quite a bit.

also the idea that we can open a line of communication to our higher self is pretty fucking cool as well!!

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Update and to answer question about self-treat NCR

First of all, I’ve been getting some emails about people asking me to teach them self-NCR. I am not qualified at the moment to teach anyone this. I do not want to be held reliable if what I teach was to cause damage. I am still learning about this myself, although I believe some positive changes has been made, it isn’t crazy dramatic change that the NCR people like to claim it is. And the changes I’ve seen isn’t enough to confirm to me what I am doing is 100% reliable, nor do I know if self NCR can replace normal NCR from a NCR doctor.

I have never received NCR series from a real doctor before. Maybe in the future I may feel more comfortable with Self-NCR but I am still experimenting with it.  I really do not feel comfortable teaching anyone, as sometime I question if this treatment works at all.

Ok as for my palate expansion process.

For the upper palate, I started with an appliance with a hinge, (you can see a picture if in my past post), the hinge was there because my front arch was a lot narrower than the back of my arch by the molars. So the hinge was to allow the front arch to “catch up” to the back. I did this for about 3 months or so?

The doctor thought he had gotten enough expansion… by this point I had pretty good amount of gaps between some of the teeth(note I am reversing previous extraction orthodontic work, so we are trying to recreate the gaps for my 4 bicuspids that was extracted, so GAPS in this case is good). Anyway I wanted to go further with my expansion.

There was only so much expansion you can do with the top arch, as it was limited by the size of the bottom arch. So I had my doctor make me an appliance for the bottom arch, even though I had been using light-wire braces (similar to DAMON) to expand the bottom, we made an appliance for the bottom anyway to get more considerable expansion there. and we modified the upper appliance, now we removed the hinge and moved the screw in the middle of the appliance so we were now expanding the whole arch form.

Around 2 months ago I got this new thing called the Acceledent (, what it does is it uses electricity to send pulses of certain frequency that helps to stimulate bone growth. you wear it 15 min a day.

I had my doctor order the acceledent for me and this was new to both of us. The first month we used it, he noticed I made 2 months worth of progress.

I eventually out grew my first appliance for the bottom palate. At this point, the doc said he usually stops expanding the bottom palate, however since we now had this acceledent, he was more opted to try to expand the bottom more. Now I got a new bottom appliance yesterday to continue to expand the bottom palate. I also out grew the top appliance. the doctor is making me a new one so that we can expand the upper little bit more as well.

Also it is worthy to mention, that the upper arch had been expanded quite rapidly. I wear the appliance 24/7 (unlike some other appliances out there) and I expanded everyday 1/8 turn. So I have been expanding a lot faster than most methods. The idea here is that the upper palate has the suture and that suture can be expanded quite rapidly, although if I was to take the appliance off for even couple hours, that suture will begin to close back up again so this is why I wear the appliance 24/7. eventually new bone growth will be formed, and I can take the appliance off when I am 100% done with treatment. However for the bottom palate I have to expand very slowly because there is no suture for the mandible and if I expand too quickly all I will be doing is tipping the teeth out.

At the same time we have been moving the front teeth outwards, (they had been pushed back from prior orthodontics) This is counter intuitive from traditional orthodontic mentality. Tipping the front teeth out would cause an overbite or buckteeth?? Well I now realize, the front teeth needs to be angled outwards, as my front teeth is advancing forward, I am regaining more and more lip support and when I talk, I am looking better and better. Now my lip isn’t all scrounged up and my teeth is exposed just right when I speak. At the moment I have an overbite, as my front teeth extends past my bottom palate, however what we will do after I am done with expansion is put in an appliance with a hinge (the same one used by Dr. Mew in his orthotropics treatment) the hinge will force me to move my lower jaw forward and keep my mouth closed. What this will do over time, is create new bone growth in my jaw join, (where my lower jaw attached to the skull, near the ears) The socket has cartilage, but as I keep my jaw forward and create some space there, there will be new bone growth . and my jaw will come forward and down to meet the supposed “buck teeth”. And once my lower jaw comes forward to meet the front teeth, what looked like “buck teeth” won’t be there anymore because now my bottom teeth is meeting it.

Here is the paradigm shift when it comes to traditional orthodontics and this new way of orthotropics as pioneered by Dr. Mew. When I child has buckteeth, it is not because the front teeth sticks out too far. It is the lower jaw is too far back, causing the front teeth to appear to be “buck teeth”. Most cases the Front teeth / maxilla is too far back and down. and the front “buck” teeth needs to be push forward and up even more. And then the lower jaw needs to be brought forward to meet the front teeth.

This will begin to get rid of the receding chin look. Using train tracks to push everything back even more is just plain shitty.

Anyway right now, I am focused on expansion of the bottom palate as much as possible so I can expand the top palate as much as possible.

My arch is getting wide. It is now as wide as the common average. but I am trying to go beyond that average.

What I am definitely noticing after I started expanding the whole arch is that, my face is getting more symmetrical and balanced on both side. My chronic sinus problems in left nostril has considerably gotten better. All moving towards great direction as I expand my palate.

few month ago I also started with the crane treatment which is a reverse pull head gear. how do I feel about this as compared to 30 min a day hockey helmet treatment? I believe I am seeing better results with the crane although it is still too early to tell. I am only wearing it while I sleep currently which is only 8 hours a day. They tell you to wear 14 hours but I find that kind of hard with work and everything.

These changes are very gradual though and one most endure with great patience. It is a big lesson in taking care of oneself.

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Channeled Message, I found myself feeling something beyond words here.


just wanted share…

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