Top Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit Request[AMA Request]The parents that named their child Dovahkiin so that they could recieve free games from Bethesda for life. http://www.topiama.com/r/5987/ama-requestthe-parents-that-named-their-child My short bio: I was born in 1942 in the village of Barta, then Romania, now called Plavnia in Ukraine. My father was drafted into the Romanian Army (then allied with Nazi Germany) in 1942, eventually coming home after the Battle of Stalingrad, only to be drafted again in 1944 but this time by the Red Army after the Russians took the Romanian region of Basarabia.

We were now part of the Soviet Union. I grew up in a house with my Mother and Grandparents. I had a total of 7 brothers and sisters, 3 of whom eventually succumbed to hunger and diseases around 1946, when the Soviets started taking all our food to send back to Russia. My Grandpa also died of hunger when he refused to give up his horse. Back then we relied on roots and small rations of soups as everything was for the collective.

In 1956 I finished 7th grade in the local school. I wanted to study, but everything was far away, we had no roads and no chance to reach any other schools so I started learning how to sew from my neighbor in her improvised shop. This unfortunately didn't help our condition as I couldn't earn any money with my skills.

Once Stalin died, a lot of deported men and women where allowed to go back to their homes, and in 1962 I met one of those men, who wanted us to marry. We did, but I set a condition: I would only become his wife if I we moved to his village, Cuza-Voda, since they had a high-school and I could study 3 more years.

Having finished high-school, I moved to the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, to become a pharmacist while my husband studied in the Music Collegium. We eventually moved back Cuza-Voda, had a daughter and lived through the Soviet Union, after which our country became the independent Republic of Moldova in 1991. It is indeed weird to see all these countries named in such a small region; now imagine having 3 different identities throughout your life: Romanian, Soviet and Moldovan.

My family was always very patriotic and I'm a big History and Geography fan. It'd be my pleasure to answer any questions you might have.

My Proof: This is me with my Granddaughter, who is helping me with this AMA and translating things to English: Last summer, and this is us now.

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthI am a 56 year old female with a BRCA-1 gene mutation. I've survived cancer 4 times and have undergone a hysterectomy and double mastectomy. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5985/i-am-a-56-year-old-female-with-a-brca1-gene My name is Tamara Ammons. I was born October 31st, 1960 in Hawthorne, California. I'm the oldest of 3 siblings. I graduated from High School in 1978. I birthed my only child on January 1st, 1994.

My first job was waitressing at a diner called Polly's Pies. Then I moved on to Albertson's, where I was manager of the service deli for 17 years. Then I managed a Hallmark for 6 years. My last position was manager at Sears in the Del Amo Fashion Center. I was there for 6 years. I worked up until I was 45 years old. I am now on permanent disability.

I am a huge animal person and I love movies. My biggest passion is working in my backyard garden. I love growing pumpkins, carrots and many different flowers.

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Then in 2009 the breast cancer returned: At the recommendation of my physician, I had both of my breasts removed, as well as my uterus. In 2012 I developed pancreatic cancer which progressed to Stage 3. In October of 2016 I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I currently do intravenous chemo therapy bi-weekly and a daily 2,500mg regimen of Capecitabine(Xeloda).

I want to use reddit to reach out to people who have any questions about being newly diagnosed or anything at all. Here is my proof: http://i63.tinypic.com/2lsvcp2.jpg

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceI am Mr. Trash Wheel, I’m a trash-eatin’ googly eyed sentient machine in Baltimore’s harbor, here for an Earth Day AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5976/i-am-mr-trash-wheel-im-a-trasheatin-googly-eyed My short bio: I was born in 1942 in the village of Barta, then Romania, now called Plavnia in Ukraine. My father was drafted into the Romanian Army (then allied with Nazi Germany) in 1942, eventually coming home after the Battle of Stalingrad, only to be drafted again in 1944 but this time by the Red Army after the Russians took the Romanian region of Basarabia.

We were now part of the Soviet Union. I grew up in a house with my Mother and Grandparents. I had a total of 7 brothers and sisters, 3 of whom eventually succumbed to hunger and diseases around 1946, when the Soviets started taking all our food to send back to Russia. My Grandpa also died of hunger when he refused to give up his horse. Back then we relied on roots and small rations of soups as everything was for the collective.

In 1956 I finished 7th grade in the local school. I wanted to study, but everything was far away, we had no roads and no chance to reach any other schools so I started learning how to sew from my neighbor in her improvised shop. This unfortunately didn't help our condition as I couldn't earn any money with my skills.

Once Stalin died, a lot of deported men and women where allowed to go back to their homes, and in 1962 I met one of those men, who wanted us to marry. We did, but I set a condition: I would only become his wife if I we moved to his village, Cuza-Voda, since they had a high-school and I could study 3 more years.

Having finished high-school, I moved to the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, to become a pharmacist while my husband studied in the Music Collegium. We eventually moved back Cuza-Voda, had a daughter and lived through the Soviet Union, after which our country became the independent Republic of Moldova in 1991. It is indeed weird to see all these countries named in such a small region; now imagine having 3 different identities throughout your life: Romanian, Soviet and Moldovan.

My family was always very patriotic and I'm a big History and Geography fan. It'd be my pleasure to answer any questions you might have.

My Proof: This is me with my Granddaughter, who is helping me with this AMA and translating things to English: Last summer, and this is us now.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA REQUEST] Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins. http://www.topiama.com/r/5977/ama-request-jensen-ackles-jared-padalecki-and By far my favorite tv show, let alone actors. But I won't tell who's number one. Erm Jensen. But this is My first AMA request, so go easy on me!

1.) How do you describe the opportunity to be able to be the faces of Supernatural?

2.) Did you have any "supernatural" experiences on set?

3.) If yes, did you hunt them? (I'll be disappointed if you didn't. People are at risk!!)

4.) What's your favorite episode and why?

5.) Jensen, what is your favorite pie?

Jensen Ackles: https://mobile.twitter.com/JensenAckles?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Jared Padalecki: https://mobile.twitter.com/jarpad?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Misha Collins: https://mobile.twitter.com/mishacollins

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Science-LiveIamA NASA scientist. I invented an ice vest that burns calories just by wearing it, while you sit on your butt. For some reason people find the SECOND part hard to believe. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5969/iama-nasa-scientist-i-invented-an-ice-vest-that I'm Canadian, but now live in California. I'm a professor at the University of California in Irvine, and I also work part-time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. My research involves using computers in scientific ways, studying everything from galaxies, to cells (the biological kind, not mobile phones), to melting ice in Antarctica. In 2013 I also started The Cold Shoulder, a company that sells an ice vest that comfortably burns calories while you sit on your butt wearing it. It's real, it works, it's based on 50 years of science, but most people find it hard to believe you can burn excess calories sitting on your butt.

Here's a photo of me and my NASA badge. I'll start answering questions about 6:45pm (Pacific) 9:45pm (Eastern). https://www.dropbox.com/s/h6uwhj8obceqmis/2017-04-18%2018.02.18.jpg?dl=0

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceI am Dr. Michio Kaku: a physicist, co-founder of string theory, and now a space traveler – in the Miniverse. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5972/i-am-dr-michio-kaku-a-physicist-cofounder-of I am a theoretical physicist, bestselling author, renowned futurist, and popularizer of science. As co-founder of String Field Theory, I try to carry on Einstein’s quest to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into a single grand unified theory of everything.

I hold the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY).

I joined Commander Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, for a cosmic road trip through the solar system. It’s a new show called Miniverse, available now on CuriosityStream.

Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVKJs6jLDR4

See us getting into a little trouble during filming (Um, hello, officer…) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQza2xvVTjQ

CuriosityStream is a Netflix-style service for great shows on science, technology, history and nature. Sign up for a free 30 day trial and check out Miniverse plus lots of other great shows on CuriosityStream here.

The other interstellar hitchhikers in Miniverse, Dr. Laura Danly and Derrick Pitts, answered your questions yesterday here.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/5suh2ba3ncsy.jpg

This is Michio -- I am signing off now. Thanks to everyone for all the questions, they were really thought provoking and interesting. I hope to chat with you all again in another AMA! Have a great day.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIamA Court Reporter. I use a shorthand language to type at speeds potentially over 300+ words per minute. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5974/iama-court-reporter-i-use-a-shorthand-language-to My short bio: Hey, all. There seemed to be some interest in me doing an AMA after I posted in /r/hockey last night, so here I am!

I'm a 28-year-old guy living in Ontario, Canada. I graduated in 2011 and have been a court reporter for the past six years.

Please feel free to ask me anything at all, and I'll do my best to answer all questions (assuming there are any, lol).

My Proof: Proof 1, Proof 2, Proof 3.

Just because I think it might be helpful to anybody wondering what this is or how our shorthand language works, this is what our keyboard layout looks like, and this short video gives a pretty decent idea of what the best of us are capable of.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceIamA scientist who has spent my entire career studying terrible diseases - Ebola, smallpox, rabies, anthrax and many others. I'm here to answer your questions on infectious diseases of biodefense. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5975/iama-scientist-who-has-spent-my-entire-career My short bio: I was born in 1942 in the village of Barta, then Romania, now called Plavnia in Ukraine. My father was drafted into the Romanian Army (then allied with Nazi Germany) in 1942, eventually coming home after the Battle of Stalingrad, only to be drafted again in 1944 but this time by the Red Army after the Russians took the Romanian region of Basarabia.

We were now part of the Soviet Union. I grew up in a house with my Mother and Grandparents. I had a total of 7 brothers and sisters, 3 of whom eventually succumbed to hunger and diseases around 1946, when the Soviets started taking all our food to send back to Russia. My Grandpa also died of hunger when he refused to give up his horse. Back then we relied on roots and small rations of soups as everything was for the collective.

In 1956 I finished 7th grade in the local school. I wanted to study, but everything was far away, we had no roads and no chance to reach any other schools so I started learning how to sew from my neighbor in her improvised shop. This unfortunately didn't help our condition as I couldn't earn any money with my skills.

Once Stalin died, a lot of deported men and women where allowed to go back to their homes, and in 1962 I met one of those men, who wanted us to marry. We did, but I set a condition: I would only become his wife if I we moved to his village, Cuza-Voda, since they had a high-school and I could study 3 more years.

Having finished high-school, I moved to the capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, to become a pharmacist while my husband studied in the Music Collegium. We eventually moved back Cuza-Voda, had a daughter and lived through the Soviet Union, after which our country became the independent Republic of Moldova in 1991. It is indeed weird to see all these countries named in such a small region; now imagine having 3 different identities throughout your life: Romanian, Soviet and Moldovan.

My family was always very patriotic and I'm a big History and Geography fan. It'd be my pleasure to answer any questions you might have.

My Proof: This is me with my Granddaughter, who is helping me with this AMA and translating things to English: Last summer, and this is us now.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessWe are Triton Submarines. We build build deep diving submarines (some dive to 7500ft) for superyacht owners, researchers and explorers. Ask us anything about building and operating deep sea submarines. http://www.topiama.com/r/5967/we-are-triton-submarines-we-build-build-deep Hi Reddit!!

We are Triton Submarines. We are based out of Vero Beach, FL and build deep diving submarines for superyacht owners, researchers and explorers.

We are really excited to be here. I arranged for the president of the company, Patrick Lahey to be here as well as the head engineer John Ramsay to be here to answer any questions you may have. We also have the entire team of electrical and mechanical engineers, and shop personnel here as well as three submarine pilots here who are all available to answer any questions you may have. Link to bios: http://tritonsubs.com/why-triton/team/

My name is Jeff Cremer and I am a photographer working for the company so let me know if you want me to take some pictures of the inside of outside of the subs and I will post them to @TritonSubs on twitter.

P.S. Please follow us on twitter. We are working on some really amazing projects.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/tritonsubs/status/854346800366583808

Quick facts about the subs in the picture:

  • Our submarines are built around a completely transparent acrylic "bubble." The acrylic is so clear that when its in water it seems like it completely disappears and you become one with the ocean.

  • The two larger subs in the photo weigh 8,000 kg (17,640 lbs) and are 2.6m (8.5 ft) tall. They can dive to a depth of 3300ft (1km) and can carry three people.

  • The sub in the middle is a smaller sub for operation from the garages of super yachts and research vessels. It can dive to a depth of 500m (1650ft) and also carry three people. It weighs 4,000 kg (8,800 lbs) and is 1.8 m (5.9 ft) tall.

  • We have just made our Triton 7500/3 submarine available for sale. This is the first acrylic pressure hull equipped manned submersible capable of diving 1.4 miles deep (i.e., 7,500 feet or 2287 meters).

  • Pressure at 7500 feet are 3,337.5psi. There is a total of 85 million pounds of total force acting on the pressure hull when the submersible is at its maximum depth which is almost equal to the weight of a battleship (USS Missouri). So much force and pressure actually makes the hull shrink a little bit when it is at max depth.

Our subs have explored the deep ocean all over the world including Antarctica, Japan, New Zealand, The Solomon Islands, Bahamas, Malta, Italy and Bikini Atoll. We have seen tons of fantastic wildlife and have had some amazing experiences.

Our subs normally cost between $1.85million to $6.3million

Edit: Thanks for the gold kind stranger!!

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
JournalistI am Mike Wilson, editor of The Dallas Morning News, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting -- AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5968/i-am-mike-wilson-editor-of-the-dallas-morning Hi, I’m Mike Wilson, editor of The Dallas Morning News. Ask me anything.

UPDATE: That's all, everybody! Thanks so much for joining in and asking your questions. If you like what we do, you can subscribe to The Dallas Morning News for as low as $1.75/week as part of the 175 years celebration of A.H. Belo. Join us this Friday at 10:30 a.m. CST for an AMA with publisher Jim Moroney.

UPDATE: Mike is at his desk and ready to go.

I’ll be answering questions for about an hour beginning at 2:45 p.m. CT.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/0aqrxhvpm6sy.jpghttps://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/664yyl/i_am_mike_wilson_editor_of_the_dallas_morning/?sort=new#

Our staff at The Dallas Morning News was recently named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the ambush on police in downtown Dallas last July.

Our coverage: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-ambush/collection/coverage-dallas-police-ambush-named-pulitzer-prize-finalist

We’re also celebrating 175 years of our parent company, A.H. Belo and bringing news to Texas.

dallasnews.com | Twitter

https://twitter.com/dallasnews/status/852998708505567232

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2017/04/10/ask-dallas-join-editor-publisher-reddit-ama

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIAMA technology manager and lighting specialist for a family owned light bulb company! It's a slow afternoon so AMA about lighting, bulbs family businesses or whatever! http://www.topiama.com/r/5971/iama-technology-manager-and-lighting-specialist My short bio: I was a senior about 7 weeks away from graduating when 4/16/2007 happened. I knew several people that were either killed or injured. There isn't a single week that goes by since that day when it doesn't cross my mind.

EDIT: Some additional insight so you don't have to dig through comments:

  • I was not in a classroom, and I was not shot. I was on my way to an unaffected class room.

  • I was good friends with one person that was killed, acquaintances with a few who were shot, and knew several others affected.

  • The top takeaways from the incident for me were:

  1. The media is an extremely sharpened double-edged sword. The same vehicle that generated a global outpouring of support also arm-chair quarterbacked their way into criticizing our school, and stalked students around campus trying to generate tears-on-camera. I was set to graduate with a degree in mass communication, but abondoned the media industry altogether after that incident.

  2. Virginia Tech is one of the most resilient, kindest communities I've ever known. Everyone parents asked us to "leave and come home," but not a single person I know did. We all stayed. Even the 20-or-so injured students all came back to school as soon as they could. Everyone wanted to be at school to help each other and not let something like this define who we were. One guy who was shot in the leg left his hospital bed against doctor's order on crutches, just so he could walk across stage at our departmental commencement ceremony. People gave him a full five minute standing ovation.

  3. I remember being rather hurt/upset that it can branded as "the Virginia Tech massacre." No one asked us (the students) if that was okay. I realize that's not historical labeling works, but it just always bothered me.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/XuFRS

EDIT 2: The intent here was to simply give folks a personal perspective on how a school/community is impacted beyond what you may recall hearing from the media. I care about my school and wanted awareness for my 32 heroes to live on a decade later. Even though I created a throw-away account and remained anonymous, there are redditors here who somehow believe I'm doing this for personal attention(?). There are certainly accounts and stories to be told of those "closer" to the incident itself, but I never claimed to be one of those accounts, so I'm having trouble reconciling some of the outrage and hatred in the comments.

With that, I'm going to stop responding to things now. My sincerest apologies if any one found this exploitative or disrespectful, it certainly was never the intent.

neVer forgeT.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceWe are astronomers and chief scientists at the Griffith Observatory in LA and the Franklin Institute in in Philadelphia. And we just got back from a cosmic road trip through the Miniverse! Ask Us Anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5973/we-are-astronomers-and-chief-scientists-at-the My short bio: I was a senior about 7 weeks away from graduating when 4/16/2007 happened. I knew several people that were either killed or injured. There isn't a single week that goes by since that day when it doesn't cross my mind.

EDIT: Some additional insight so you don't have to dig through comments:

  • I was not in a classroom, and I was not shot. I was on my way to an unaffected class room.

  • I was good friends with one person that was killed, acquaintances with a few who were shot, and knew several others affected.

  • The top takeaways from the incident for me were:

  1. The media is an extremely sharpened double-edged sword. The same vehicle that generated a global outpouring of support also arm-chair quarterbacked their way into criticizing our school, and stalked students around campus trying to generate tears-on-camera. I was set to graduate with a degree in mass communication, but abondoned the media industry altogether after that incident.

  2. Virginia Tech is one of the most resilient, kindest communities I've ever known. Everyone parents asked us to "leave and come home," but not a single person I know did. We all stayed. Even the 20-or-so injured students all came back to school as soon as they could. Everyone wanted to be at school to help each other and not let something like this define who we were. One guy who was shot in the leg left his hospital bed against doctor's order on crutches, just so he could walk across stage at our departmental commencement ceremony. People gave him a full five minute standing ovation.

  3. I remember being rather hurt/upset that it can branded as "the Virginia Tech massacre." No one asked us (the students) if that was okay. I realize that's not historical labeling works, but it just always bothered me.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/XuFRS

EDIT 2: The intent here was to simply give folks a personal perspective on how a school/community is impacted beyond what you may recall hearing from the media. I care about my school and wanted awareness for my 32 heroes to live on a decade later. Even though I created a throw-away account and remained anonymous, there are redditors here who somehow believe I'm doing this for personal attention(?). There are certainly accounts and stories to be told of those "closer" to the incident itself, but I never claimed to be one of those accounts, so I'm having trouble reconciling some of the outrage and hatred in the comments.

With that, I'm going to stop responding to things now. My sincerest apologies if any one found this exploitative or disrespectful, it certainly was never the intent.

neVer forgeT.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Someone who works in TV/film that is responsible for compositing all those "real" family, wedding, childhood photos seen in the background http://www.topiama.com/r/5979/ama-request-someone-who-works-in-tvfilm-that-is For a long time now I've been intrigued by the photos of characters that appear in the background of TV shows and movies. I assume for individual childhood/throwback photos they are just using a real photo of that actor... but what about when there's a group photo? Wedding photos, family vacations, etc. You can almost always tell it's really them from their younger days.

My 5 Questions:

  1. What goes into creating these?
  2. Does the director have a say in what photos the actor submits for the composite photos?
  3. Is this your primary job function or do you have other duties?
  4. What actor or actress had the funniest old photo that you've seen?
  5. Do you keep the photos as momentos once the show or movie is wrapped?
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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewIamA guy that made a movie called SPLIT, an indie romcom about bowling - not the big budget horror movie of the exact same name AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5964/iama-guy-that-made-a-movie-called-split-an-indie We pulled together a little money and shot a boy-meets-girl bowling movie in 2012, released it in 2016, only to find out M.Night was releasing a multiple personalities horror movie just a few months later. It has been and continues to be a pretty hilarious ride, AMA!

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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
I am a survivor of a pacemaker implantation, two heart transplants, dialysis, a kidney transplant, diabetes, liver stones, a cholecystectomy, a left lung collapse, and a tracheotomy. 1 Man, 3 Hearts, 9 Lives: AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5965/i-am-a-survivor-of-a-pacemaker-implantation-two My name is Christophe Lafontant, I am a thirty-three year old young man, currently living with an extremely rare genetic disorder known as Myofibrillar Myopathy. I first became sick at the age of six; however, I was not fully diagnosed until the age of twenty-seven. I experience substantial weakness in my legs, walking with the use of leg braces and primarily using a wheelchair. I have also recently become aware of significant weakness in my shoulders, hands, and feet, making everyday activities very challenging for me. Over the course of my life, I have undergone a number of serious and complicated surgeries, often accompanied by extremely harsh side effects. I refuse to allow my limitations to hold me back from living a full, happy, and positive life. I finally decided to share my unique story with the world by self publishing a memoir entitled, [1 Man, 3 Hearts, 9 Lives](https://www.amazon.com/Man-Hearts-Lives-resilience-survival/dp/1518837069/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491663995&sr=8-1&keywords=1+man+3+hearts+9+lives) in the hopes that anybody going through a similarly difficult situation may feel inspired and motivated to never give up! Ask me anything!

Link to: Public Proof for IAMA

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