Wednesday, August 11, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway - Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love by Janet Hatch

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love by Janet Hatch. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as an uplifting guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Zandra: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love
Author: Janet Hatch
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: October 16th 2020
Print Length: 192 pages
Genre: Memoir
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In this truly inspiring memoir, Janet Hatch shares her compelling story of raising her strong-willed daughter who, at age eleven, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. From the beginning of her life, Zandra experienced being different as a result of dietary restrictions, but nothing would prepare her for the tumultuous feelings that Zandra's diagnosis would bring. Janet's story chronicles the day-to-day life of raising a child through the teen years and into young adulthood, while reconciling her own insecurities.

After experiencing complications and additional illnesses from diabetes, Zandra's life became uncertain and bleak. When she learned of the death of her friend from diabetes, she began to spiral downward. This is a love story between a mother and daughter and demonstrates that although the bond may be challenged, it was created to endure. From travelling to Iceland in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association to receiving her beloved diabetic alert dog, Cinnamon, this story is one that will encourage all those who love a child, to look beyond fear and see beauty in every challenge.

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EXCERPT:
When the finish line was drawing near, I could see the swell of supporters ready to high-five the finishers. I was excited to be amongst the people being cheered and felt personal satisfaction with my run. I knew that Zandra must have already passed through, as I didn’t see her or pass her on my way. I was excited to hear about her experience and compare stories. She would have no doubt seen the supporters and taken notice of the same panoramic views as I had along the way.

Once I reached the end, reality stabbed me like a knife. I didn’t see Zandra anywhere. I had expected she would remain alongside the finish line to welcome me across. I could feel panic getting the better of me, twisting in my chest and pounding against my ribs. I searched frantically across the crowd for a Diabetes Canada volunteer, looking for the same race tank that I had on. I commanded myself to come across calm, yet I’m sure that my fear betrayed me. I managed to locate one of our volunteers and they appeased me, telling me that Zandra had finished a while ago and shouldn’t be far. I knew from experience that after an activity, when the adrenalin wore off, her blood sugars could plummet and she wouldn’t even notice. I was calculating timelines and trying to anticipate her blood sugars. I knew she didn’t have juice stands anymore or money on her to purchase any if she needed it. I had to find her immediately. I started walking around the crowds, growing more frantic by the step.

The race ended near the parliament buildings and I desperately began to scour all of the lawns in the surrounding area. After about fifteen long, uneasy minutes, I found her. She said she wasn’t sure where to find me and had decided to hang out past the crowds. She didn’t appear bothered by my anxiety, which struck an immediate nerve. I was angered that she hadn’t waited or offered an apology, as she could see I was visibly distraught. I had to see past my emotions quickly and insist she test her blood. I was still concerned that she was low and needed the sugar I was holding. After testing, we found that Zandra’s levels were remarkably good, reminding me that I could never know when my concern would be validated—not that I ever wanted it to be.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JANET HATCH is a mother of four who lives in Camrose, Alberta. She is passionate about using her experience of raising her diabetic daughter to support parents and caregivers through the emotional twists and turns of what can be a difficult journey of having a child with a serious illness. She is a lover of animals and enjoys spending time in nature with her dog, Axel.

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GUEST POST:
- What’s one thing you do to make yourself happy when you’re feeling down?

When I’m feeling down, the only way to really turn things around for me, is to go out in nature.

Sure, acknowledging the things I have to be grateful for, or talking it out with a friend is cathartic and helpful, but it doesn’t compare to standing out in nature. When I head in the wild, the only living things around me are those who abide by nature’s process of living moment by moment. There’s something enduring about standing amongst the immense life that thrives in the present moment and I can’t help but put my own life and worries in perspective. Standing small amongst the trees allows me to put my own problems in-line with the world. The taller the trees, or greater the body of water, the smaller I feel - insignificant yet born again.

Observing the delicate balance of life performed by the creatures around me brings me a sense gratitude that grounds and supports me, and holds me in balance with nature. Before I know it, I’m back in my own world and view my sadness as nothing but a brief observation in the universe, and by then, it has already shifted into a new, brighter perspective.
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GIVEAWAY:
Janet Hatch will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

181 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very good book.

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  2. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  3. Really helpful book, cheers to your tour.

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  4. this book looks so cool!!!!!!

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  5. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. That day at the beach was so amazing, I had to make it the cover 💙. Thanks for your lovely comment!

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  6. Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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  7. How long was the writing process?

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    1. Great question. Once I began writing, the words flowed so well, as the story was there and just needed to find form. It took about 5 months to write.

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  8. This book sounds like a inspirational read.

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  9. This sounds interesting & I love dogs too!

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    1. Cinnamon is an amazing member of the family ❤️

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  10. This is an interesting read.
    And I love the fun playful cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for joining the tour!

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  11. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.


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  12. What book are you currently reading?

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    1. Funny you ask as I decided last night to start a new book today. I was given the book “The Daughter’s Tale” by Armando Lucas Correa for my birthday and haven’t started it yet. I love how books can just call out from the shelf ❤️

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  13. Looks like a great read can't wait to read it

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    1. Absolutely! Believe in yourself and look for inspiration everywhere ❤️ Best of luck on your book!

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  15. This sounds like a book that is touching and inspiring. A mother's love lasts forever.

    Nancy
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  16. Do you ever not been able to finish a book?

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    1. Absolutely! In both reading a book and writing them. I believe in timing. Writing isn’t just dedicating the time to write, it’s also being able to feel when the time is right for it to flow from your creative mind. Never let the pressure of timing turn you away from writing now or in the future.

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  17. Do you write more or read more?

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    1. It ebbs and flows. Right now I’m writing more, but I feel the call to drop writing and read for the next few days to capture the love of stories. People are so creative and talented and I’m grateful for their gifts 💜

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  18. I would think it would be a challenge to find the right title and cover for your books.

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    1. It wasn’t easy. I started with a working title, but realized it never felt right. Something clicked with using “Zandra”. It’s hard to turn off the critical mind and choose without looking back, that was another decision I had to learn to make 🙂

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    1. I last read “A Collection of Poems” by Robert Frost
      It was a little different, but I’m finding that I’m enjoying poetry more and more.

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  20. At what age did you start writing?

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    1. I can’t remember not writing. I wrote submission of poetry when I was in primary school, and of course there was my diary! 😊

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  21. What is the most impactful book you've ever read?

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    1. What a tough question! Just as favourite colours, my impactful books change with my moods. What comes to mind however, is “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. I recall reading and rereading this book as a girl. I was the middle of three sisters and found that I really resonated with the characters. After every read, I felt empowered and encouraged to be myself. Thank you for such a thought provoking question 😊

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    1. I’d have to say the Ken Follett Pillars series is among my favourites!

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  23. What author do you most like to read?

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    1. My husband knows that if a Ken Follett book comes out, I hope to have it under the tree 😊

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  24. What inspires your main characters?

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    1. I’m inspired by everyday people. I find people fascinating and some of the most amazing future characters are of those who I already know and interact with. Thanks for the great question!

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    2. I love my tribe of inspiring people and love to meet and interact with new people every day- such a great way to learn new things!

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  25. How do you handle a writer's block?

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  26. What is your favorite book you ever wrote?

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  27. When do you start your next book?

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  28. How many pages do you try to write each day?

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  29. What inspires your book titles?

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  30. Did you always want to be a writer?
    Or did you consider other occupations?

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  31. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  32. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  33. Where has been your favorite place to travel to?

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  34. Do you prefer ebooks or solid books?

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  35. I enjoyed reading the excerpt & love the cover!

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  36. Do you do a lot of people watching?

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  37. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

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  38. Do you take holidays as time off from writing?

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  39. Have you ever been to a Twitter party?

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  40. Do you prefer writing in the cooler weather months?

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  41. Do you carry a notebook with you when you are out to jot down thoughts about the book you're writing?

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  42. If you could go anywhere, where would you go/

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  43. What do you drink while you're writing?

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  44. What is your favorite season of the year?

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  45. What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

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  46. Do you take weekends off from writing?

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  47. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?

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  48. Do you write short stories too?

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  49. Are you a planner or a panster kind of writer?

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  50. What's your favourite keyboard shortcut?

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  51. What would be your best advice for someone who wants to become a writer?

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  52. Have you ever won a giveaway before?

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  53. Do you take time off from writing?

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  54. How much help have you received from other authors?

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  55. Tell me about the best day of your life.

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  56. This sounds like one that will keep me reading and the cover is amazing.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  57. What's your favorite character?

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  58. What is your favorite childhood book?

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  59. I tend to get in a rut reading the same authors.
    I am going to read one of your books so I get some variety.

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  60. What is your favorite movie genre?

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  61. What do you want to be for Halloween?

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  62. Do you use your local library for research?

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  63. is it more difficult to write about a subject so close to you? thanks

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  64. Happy Fall, do you have a favorite season?

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  65. I like everything about this book - title genre & cover!
    Well done.

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  66. how do you settle on a plot twist? thanks

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  67. What's the furthest away you've ever been?

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  68. What is your favorite travel destination?

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  69. What do you like to do in Fall?

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  70. Do you prefer beach or mountains?

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  71. What did you do for your community this year?

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  72. What's your favourite urban legend?

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  73. What is the best piece of advice you have received?

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  74. does writing about a personal subject take more energy? thanks

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  75. Have you ever been so stuck that you stopped writing a book?

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  76. What is your favorite genre to read?

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  77. When do you do your best writing?

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  78. I think that the photograph of her daughter with their dog on the beach makes an interesting book cover.

    Nancy
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  79. It is kind and thoughtful of the author to share her experience of raising her diabetic daughter with other parents who have children who are diabetic.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  80. Have you ever had a Glitch in the Matrix moment?

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  81. Do you have a set schedule for writing?

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  82. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  83. Do you keep a notebook to jot down story ideas?

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  84. I enjoy reading books by Canadian authors!

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  85. I think that this book will be a helpful and informative read for many families.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  86. Do you have a favorite holiday?

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  87. Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?

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  88. Do you write when you're on vacation?

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  89. This book would be good for medical staff to read so they could better understand the family's feeling and actions after a diagnosis.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  90. what kind of writing schedule do you have?

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  91. Do you have a favorite way to spend your down time?

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  92. What would you pawn on Pawn Stars?

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  93. Are the leaves turning where you live?

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  94. Such a medical diagnosis certainly has a big impact on the family. It is great that the author shares their family's experiences.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  95. This sounds like ti would be a touching and heartfelt book to read.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  96. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

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  97. The illustration on the book's front cover looks like it was taken on a fun outing at the seaside.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  98. A question for the author: How old is your daughter now?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  99. What are your plans for Halloween?

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  100. I so admire your ability as a writer.

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  101. I think that reading this book would really touch your heart.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  102. Sounds like an inspirational memoir. Thanks for sharing.

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  103. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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  104. This would be a great book for medical personnel to mention to families with a new diagnosis.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  105. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  106. Sounds like an informative book. I like the cover.

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  107. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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  108. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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