Prayer For A Baby’s Chronic Illness
A Prayer for Health
Daily life is littered with all sorts of sickness. Flu season hit my household this week, and according to the CDC, most of United States is in the midst of a “high activity” flu season. One does not realize the luxury of the average day until it’s besieged and de-railed by influenza. Life comes to a pause, and workloads pile up.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four adults had one or more chronic health conditions in 2012.
Discouragement that leads to a depressive state cannot be categorized as a “it will never happen to me” notion. Mental health is an astronomical concern in this country.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the US experience mental illness in a given year.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)
If our bodies and minds are ailing at such a high rate, it shouldn’t surprise us that our spiritual lives are unhealthy as well. LifeWay Research released a report in April of 2017 that states “more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.” Though we don’t have full control over flu germs, depression, and terminal disease, we can choose to read Scripture daily.
Let’s pray for complete health, mind, body and soul. To seek His counsel in all things, and welcome the wisdom of the Holy Spirit into the part of our hearts that need healing. A healthy life is comprised of more than a fit physically body free of injury and illness.
A Prayer for Complete, Good Health
Praise You for this, and every day that we get to wake up this side of heaven. Each day is laced with purpose, and we ask for Your wisdom and guidance through every one. Help us to live each day well, and for Your glory, from start to finish.
Thank You for Your Word, which breathes life into our tired souls and minds. You promise to meet us there, in study and prayer. Thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, paying with His life for our ease of access to our Heavenly Father through prayer and Scripture. Each biblical story and truth weave in and out our lives in Your perfect timing.
Father, You remind us throughout Scripture that You are faithful to Your people.
Jeremiah 33:6 says, “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.
” So often, as in the Old Testament, we rebel, neglect to care for ourselves as You do, and end up tired and sick. But Father You are faithful to enwrap us in Your healing love each time we turn back to You.Forgive us for neglecting to care for the life You have entrusted us with. The life that You have purposed specifically to do more than we can ask for or imagine. When we go our own way, we wear ourselves down, physically and mentally. Other times, we train physically but neglect our psyche. We often neglect our spiritual life.
Father, strengthen us to hold captive the joy You bless our lives with daily. Help us to walk freely in Your love.
For as Paul reminds us in 1 Timothy 4:8 (VOICE), “Although training your body has certain payoffs, godliness benefits all things–holding promise for life here and now and promise for the life that is coming.
” Send us more of Your Holy Spirit, to help us focus on Your Word daily. Give us hearts Jesus.
Give us the wisdom to seek You first each day, before each decision. It’s often the little thoughts and daily decisions that lead us into a sudden spiral of bad health. Enlighten us and guide us through Your Word. Let our hearts burn for more of You each day.
Help us endure the pain of chronic conditions, some of which will not find healing in this broken and sinful world. We know that You work all things for good, but in those moments of chronic pain and suffering, it can be impossible to understand Your perfect and just hand in it all.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Bible Verses for Good Health & Healing
- “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” ~ Jeremiah 17:14
- “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.” ~ James 5:14-15
- “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
- “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD” ~ Jeremiah 30:17
- “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” ~ James 5:6
- “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” ~ Psalms 107:19-21
- “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” ~ Psalms 103:2-4
– read more Healing Scriptures at BibleStudyTools.com
Meg Bucher (Meg) encourages others to seek Him first through her life as a stay-at-home mom, career as a freelance writer, teaching Emoti-moms Weekly Bible Study, and leading the kids worship teams at her local church. She resides in a small, Northern lake town with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle. Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, http://sunnyand80.org.
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8 Miracle Prayers For A Sick Child
Caring for different people every single day can take a toll on nurses. This is particularly true for nurses working in the pediatric ward.
Since patients in this area are more vulnerable to stress, pain and discomfort, it’s not enough for nurses to concentrate on their physical needs.
Sending out prayers can help, too because inevitably, it’s so easy for these small people to capture our hearts again and again.
Below are some of the most powerful prayers for a sick child.
Prayer For A Sick Child In The Hospital
Jesus,You’re with us.Though you are not seen,
We know that you stay by our side.
Jesus,You love us,More than we could know,
And you feel each tear that we cry.
Jesus,We trust you,To take hold of our hands,
Until we’re recovered and well.
Jesus,You promise to,Comfort and care,
Until we are laughing and playing again.
Thank you Jesus.
O Lord God, I come to You for help and succor.You have afflicted my child [child’s name].Help me to understand that You mean well.Give me grace to bear my child’s affliction with patience and strength.
Bless me, O Father, and restore my child [child’s name] to health.Do not forsake us, but give us an assurance of Your loving Kingdom.Bless this illness to me and my child [child’s name], and help us both to be better children of Yours because of it.
In the name of Your Holy Son Jesus Christ. Amen!
Prayer To St. Nicholas For A Sick Child
Saint Nicholas, who the Savior,loved children so tenderly and gave generously to those in need,listen to us who plead for this sick child
who is so dear to our hearts.
We thank God for the great gift of our childand we pray that He relieve this child of painand free him/her from suffering.Obtain strength when he/she is weary,hope when discouraged,and joy when downhearted.May the Lord, through your intercession,
restore perfect health if such be His divine will.
These favors, we beg of you through your love for all children.
Prayer For A Sick Child Through St. Gerard
St. Gerard, who, the Savior, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many from disease and even death, listen to us who are pleading for our sick child. We thank God for the great gift of our son/daughter and ask Him to restore our child to health if such be His holy will. This favour, we beg of you through your love for all children and mothers.
Short Prayer for A Sick Child
Heavenly Father, watch over our child, and grant that he may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer For A Sick Child With Chronic Illness
Dear God, I pray for (child’s name) as he/she deals with this (specific illness) so often. I know You are the Master Healer and that You also provide times that are symptom-free for this dear little one. Please comfort and protect this dear child during this hard time.
Help them to know that they can come to You for the peace and health that only You can provide. Please be with the doctors as they continually study to find medicines and treatments that will comfort those that suffer from chronic illnesses.
I leave this in Your precious hands oh God my Father. Amen
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Lord I come to You today to present (child’s name) to You. This very deadly sickness that is upon him/her is very sad to all who know and love him/her. I know that in times this his/her Mommy and Daddy are in despair.Please keep them strong in You so that they can be a comfort to this dear little child. Please keep (child’s name) from being scared of what is happening all around him/her. I ask Your mercy so that pain would be minimal or nonexistence. I love this small and fragile little child.
Bestow Your grace and peace to them and all who love them. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer To Bring Healing To A Child
Lord, you love our child as You love all children, Bring healing to our child who is not well. Stay by his side and comfort him through this trying time. Keep us ever mindful of Your loving presence Bless us with Your powerful healing and comfort us also. Thank You for hearing our prayer!
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A Prayer For My Sick Child
Loving Lord Jesus, You are the good Shepherd of the sheep and You are the One Who carries the little lambs in Your arms – and gently cares for those that are weak and afraid. Lord it is so hard to watch a child in distress and feel helpless to aid them – but I pray Lord that You would safely carry this little child and tend for him/her as only You can.
I lift up this precious child to You and ask for Your healing power to permeate through his/her frail body and return him/her to radiant health and strength. Relieve all the symptoms of this unpleasant illness that has invaded this little body – guard him/her from danger and may he/she respond to Your healing touch on his/her life.
Thank You that You are a God Who cares and loves little children and that You hear and answer prayers. Keep this precious lamb enfolded in Your arms and resting on Your bosom and raise him/ her back to full health I pray – and we will give You all the thanks and praise for You alone are worthy.
Prayer For The Recovery For A Sick Child
Almighty and most merciful God I bring before You this little child who is suffering such pain and discomfort – and I ask that in Your grace and mercy You would raise them back up into full health and strength and work a speedy recovery.
The Lord Jesus took little children in His arms of love and blessed them and I pray that in a very special way You would put Your arms of love and blessing around this little one and minister to each need and every pain.
Little ones do not understand why they are feeling so poorly and I just ask that You would have compassion for this little child and take away any fear and pain – and multiply Your grace so that they come to a quick and lasting recovery….
Thank You Lord in Jesus name we pray,
Before we go to sleep tonight, let’s offer a heartfelt prayer for a sick child somewhere out there.
The Odd Ways Having a Chronic Illness Prepped Me for Pregnancy
Because I’ve lived with a chronic illness for several years now, there are certain things that I've grown accustomed to. Fatigue, pain, pacing myself, canceling plans, a strict diet — these are all are normal to me. Little did I know all this would prepare me for one of life’s momentous experiences.
In my first trimester of pregnancy, I was extremely sick. Before I realized I was pregnant, I actually thought I was having a psoriatic arthritis flare. A few days later, I thought perhaps I had a stomach bug. But a week into feeling sick, I started putting two and two together and realized I was pregnant.
I was throwing up five or six times a day, I had absolutely no energy, and I felt I had been hit by a bus. The headaches made it hard to concentrate, and I lost patience over little things. I work from home, so between meetings I was either in the bathroom or lying on the floor next to my desk.
I was miserable. I thought, many times, “Why do women do this?” only to shake the thought a second later after thinking about the invaluable gift I’d be receiving at the end of it all.
As my first trimester wore on, I began to think, “Wow! Living with a chronic illness has prepared me for this.” Having a chronic illness forced me to grow accustomed to many of the symptoms I was now experiencing in pregnancy. Because of my psoriatic arthritis, I truly think I found pregnancy more manageable.
Here are a few standout ways that living with my chronic illness prepared me for pregnancy.
For a good two and a half months, I honestly didn’t have the energy to sit up straight. If I wasn’t lying down, I was laying my head down on my desk or the nearest counter.
The fatigue reminded me of the bad days of psoriatic arthritis flare-ups, when it took effort just to open my eyes. Sure, having no energy at all was frustrating. But the difference between pregnancy and chronic illness was that I knew the fatigue would eventually let up.I knew the exact cause for my symptoms and that once my little baby was here (or perhaps sooner), I would regain some of my energy.
I paced myself and did what I could. I didn’t get upset if I didn’t get everything done. In fact, many things fell off my to-do list because they didn’t seem so important at the time. Having already accepted that I sometimes must pace myself with psoriatic arthritis, I knew I had to give my body the chance to rest when it needed it during pregnancy. Otherwise, I’d end up regretting it!
Aches and pains
My back ached, my head throbbed, and my expanding belly hurt. It would have been extremely easy to reach for an ibuprofen or turmeric capsule, but being pregnant, you’re not encouraged to take any extra substances. So, I muddled through.
And to be honest, the pain I was experiencing was nothing in comparison to the pain I had when my complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) wasn’t in remission, or when my avascular necrosis (AVN) peaked, or when my psoriatic arthritis was at its worst.
Sure, backaches aren’t the most pleasant of things, but they definitely beat living with the feeling that my leg was on fire for years on end (thanks CRPS and AVN).
I have yet to give birth, but I can’t help but wonder if living with chronic pain will help my labor and delivery process. With my AVN and CRPS, I was constantly in pain. If you look on a pain scale, it’s claimed that the pain from CRPS is more intense than childbirth or losing a limb. So, if that is accurate, I should be able to take childbirth head on!
Yet, I will say that every extremely painful moment I’ve had in my life had to be dealt with in that moment. Of course, I know that labor will be intense and extremely difficult. But having learned to cope with chronic pain, I believe I’m better equipped to handle it. I have my pain-coping tools ready to call upon at a moment's notice.
You must be flexible
Living with a chronic illness forces you to go with the flow. There have been many times I’ve had to cancel plans because of flare-ups. Because of this, my family and friends are more willing to understand and accommodate me in these situations.
During my first trimester, when I was extremely sick, I had to cancel several plans and even a big trip to my close friend’s wedding. Sure, having to cancel these things bothered me (especially the wedding), but I realized I had to put my health first. I knew if I pushed myself too far, it would take me twice as long to recover.
I think others would have gone stir-crazy from being cooped up in the house for so long in poor health, but to me, it was almost normal! I know that being flexible is a way of life, and if I’m not flexible, I’ll just end up frustrating myself.
Not having control
At one time in my life, I was a complete control freak. If things didn’t go my way, I’d freak out. But, disability leave and chronic pain have definitely taught me that — as much as I’d love to have control — I am not always in control of what happens.
Sure, there are things I CAN control; the way I think, the things I eat, the activities I participate in. But at the end of the day, I realize that I need to go with the flow and accept challenges as they come.
Having studied holistic health, I always thought it was strange that pregnant women complained so much of heartburn. In my mind, it was simple — just avoid the foods that are causing it.But once I was pregnant, and noticed anything and everything I ate caused me heartburn, I quickly realized I didn’t have as much control over heartburn as I thought. Because I was accepting of this fact, I was able to adjust.
And with some small modifications ( using ginger oil or building a ramp of pillows in bed before I slept), I could soothe the symptoms as best I could.
Accepting the unknown
The biggest thing I believe chronic illness helped me to do is to accept the unknown. When I started on this pregnancy journey, I had no idea what to expect. And to be frank, I was terrified (you can read about it here). But once I realized that I didn’t have control, I started to move toward acceptance.
In a weird way, I really look forward to my doctor and midwife appointments now because they’re the first health appointments where I know the end result will be positive. I’m getting a baby girl at the end of this journey. With my rheumatologist, dermatologist, or pain management appointments, I can’t say that I know I’ll get something positive in the end.
Being able to move past my frustration of physical discomfort, and not focus on every little symptom, has helped me enjoy my pregnancy so much more. And honestly, I truly believe I have my chronic illness to thank for that!
I don’t know how my pregnancy story ends yet. Will I have a complicated birth and then a huge flare-up of my psoriatic arthritis? Or will I have a dream birth that ends up with me happy as can be and in complete remission? Only God knows that answer now. I won’t know until the time comes.
Until then, I need to support my body, be flexible, control what is in my control, and live as happily as I can. I know all the discomforts, pains, and frustrations I have during my pregnancy will be worth it. I can’t wait to hold my little one, look into her eyes, and know how just worth every moment of pregnancy it was.
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My name is Rachel, and I’m a type 1 diabetic. My disease is considered chronic, autoimmune, and invisible. Currently, there is no cure for my useless beta cells, so I have to administer insulin through a pump that’s connected to my body at all times.
When I was diagnosed 10 years ago, I was at my rock bottom. I had been ill for a year-and-a-half with unquenchable thirst, constant hunger, extreme fatigue, sudden weight loss, and general weakness.
In the later stages, I had numbness in my feet, depression, brain fog, memory loss, and even bed wetting.
I visited five medical professionals, and received inaccurate diagnoses ranging from anorexia to hypochondria.
I was sinking.
And then one day, exhausted and breathless, I laid down for a three-hour morning nap. When I wouldn’t pick up my ringing cell phone, my husband rushed home from work, scooped me up in his arms, and rushed me to the ER.
It was there that I finally had my answer: I had type 1 diabetes. With numbers so high they were not on medical charts, I was carted to the ICU and spent the next five days in the hospital.I soon learned how to dose and inject insulin, test my blood sugar, and calculate the grams of carbohydrates in the foods I consumed.
Two years later, we brought home our first child: a little girl we adopted at birth. Then two years after that, we adopted another infant girl. clockwork, we brought home our son after waiting another two years.
And just last month, we adopted another little girl (though this time, we waited four years).
The thought of parenting four young children and living with a chronic disease may have once seemed daunting, but I swear it has made me a better mom in the end — and here’s why.
1. I say “no” more often
Too many mothers confess that they’re exhausted and stressed — and if they’re being honest, it’s often because of their own choosing. They simply cannot bring themselves to say no, either because of pride or guilt.
However, since my diagnosis, I say “no” to opportunities without apology.
If it’s not something I’m passionate about and fully committed to, or if it’s going to make my family or my disease suffer in some way, the answer is no.
No, I can’t make eight dozen cookies for the bake sale. No, I can’t be the chaperone for the holiday party. No, my children cannot be in three extracurricular activities each.
Saying “no” isn’t just empowering, it’s stress-reducing. My children hear me saying “no,” and they learn that Mommy knows how to prioritize.
2. I’m committed to self-care
We’ve all probably heard that same analogy about self-care — it’s just when the flight attendant reminds us to put the oxygen masks on ourselves before helping the child seated next to us. We can’t take care of others unless we take care of ourselves.
I know, I know; it’s way easier said than done. But for me, self-care is essential to regulating my blood sugars and making sure that not only can I live a less-stressful life, but that I can get bed, get dressed, and get my kids where they need to be.Self-care involves eating healthy meals and snacks, exercising, and having time to do what I love: write. Self-care is part of my disease management plan.
And by committing to self-care, I’m teaching my kids to do the same: to listen to their bodies, feelings, and hearts and to respond in a healthy way.
3. I’m honest
My disease is not easy.
I experience high blood sugar levels (which make me feel I have the flu) and low blood sugar levels (rendering me weak and shaky), I attend constant medical appointments (which are expensive and time consuming), and I am always “on” as a diabetic, meaning there is no vacation from my disease.
I definitely don’t use my disease as a tool to gain sympathy, but I don’t shy away from letting people know how demanding diabetes can be, either. I’m going to stand up for myself and my needs because if I don’t, who will? wise, my children are learning that it’s ok to have bad days and be clear about what they need.
4. I cut myself way more slack
There are days I simply cannot do the most basic of tasks; days where my disease is winning. Because of this, I have had to learn to give myself a lot of grace. I can eat all the right things, get enough sleep, exercise, and carefully monitor my blood sugars, and sometimes diabetes doesn’t cooperate.
I could beat myself up over every decision and every high or low blood sugar, or I can take the higher row, forgiving myself for any mistakes and committing to doing better. I can also see my disease for what it is: a beast that needs to be tamed, but is sometimes beyond my control.
Because my children witness my steadfast commitment to my heath which involves grace, they learn that the goal in life isn’t perfectionism, but instead, determination.
5. I appreciate what I have
My disease is relentless: demanding, cumbersome, angering, confusing. However, I’ve learned to appreciate what my body HAS done for me and how hard it works every day to not only stay alive, but thrive.
I’m blessed with the resources to buy healthy foods and attend medical appointments. I have a supportive husband. For everything my disease has taken, and tries to take, from me, there is so much more to be thankful for.
My children are witnessing a mom who says, “Diabetes sucks, but it’s not winning.”
Certainly, I hope that one day my disease is cured. I will happily chuck the syringes and vials over the nearest cliff. But until that day comes, I will relish in the lessons my disease teaches me, and subsequently, teaches my children, and I will continue to fight with everything I have.
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Chronic Illness and Depression
A chronic illness is one that lasts for a very long time and usually cannot be cured completely. Examples of chronic illnesses include diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Many of these conditions can be improved through diet, exercise, and healthy living, in addition to medication.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Common symptoms of depression include:
- Depressed mood and/or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Sleep disturbances (sleeping too much or not able to sleep)
- Problems with concentration
- Apathy (lack of feeling or emotion)
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Patients and their family members often overlook the symptoms of depression, assuming that feeling depressed is normal for someone struggling with a serious, chronic illness.
Symptoms of depression such as fatigue, poor appetite, reduced concentration, and insomnia are also common features of chronic medical conditions.This makes it difficult to decide if these symptoms are due to depression or to the underlying illness.
When a patient has a chronic medical illness and is also depressed, it is extremely important to treat both the depression and the medical illness at the same time.
Why is depression common in people who have a chronic illness?
Depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. It is estimated that up to one-third of individuals with a serious medical condition have symptoms of depression.
People who have chronic illnesses must adjust to both the illness and its treatment. The illness may affect a person’s mobility (ability to move) and independence, and change the way a person lives, sees him- or herself, and/or relates to others. These changes can be stressful and cause a certain amount of despair or sadness that is normal.
In some cases, having a chronic illness can trigger what is known as clinically significant depression, a potentially serious but treatable illness itself.
The doctor and the patient must decide whether symptoms of depression are just a normal reaction to the stress of having a chronic medical condition, or are so intense or disabling that they require additional treatment with an antidepressant.
Which long-term illnesses lead to depression?
Any chronic condition can trigger depression, but the risk increases if the illness is more severe and causes more disruption in the patient’s life.
Depression caused by chronic illness can aggravate the illness, causing a vicious cycle to develop. Depression is especially ly to occur when the illness causes pain, disability, or social isolation. Depression in turn can intensify pain, fatigue, and the self-doubt that can lead the patient to avoid other people.
The rates for depression that occurs with other medical illnesses is quite high:
- Heart attack: 40%-65%
- Coronary artery disease (without heart attack): 18%-20%
- Parkinson’s disease: 40%
- Multiple sclerosis: 40%
- Stroke: 10% to 27%
- Cancer: 25%
- Diabetes: 25%
How can depression be treated?
Early diagnosis and treatment for depression can reduce distress, as well as any risk of suicide. Patients with a chronic medical condition who get treatment for co-existing depression often have an improvement in their overall medical condition, achieve a better quality of life, and find it easier to follow their treatment plan.
In some cases, improved treatment of the chronic medical condition will relieve the symptoms of depression that it caused. If so, specific treatment for depression may be unnecessary.
Some medications can cause depression; in these cases, the best thing to do is reduce or eliminate that particular medication.However, when depression becomes a separate problem, it should be treated on its own.
The success of antidepressant treatment – any other treatment – cannot be guaranteed, but most people who are treated for depression will recover.
Recovery is often more rapid and complete when both antidepressant medication and psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) are combined. Many antidepressant medicines are available to treat depression.
How these drugs work is not fully understood, but they affect brain chemicals that are believed to be involved in depression.
Psychotherapy, or “therapy” for short, actually refers to a variety of techniques used to treat depression. Psychotherapy involves talking to a licensed professional who helps the depressed person:
- Focus on the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her depression.
- Understand and identify the life problems or events–such as a major illness, a death in the family, the loss of a job, or a divorce–that contribute to depression, and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve.
- Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
Tips for coping with chronic illness
Depression, disability, and chronic illness form a vicious circle. Chronic illness can bring on bouts of depression, which, in turn, can lead to a rundown physical condition that interferes with successful treatment of the chronic condition.
The following are some tips to help you better cope with a chronic illness:
- Learn how to live with the physical effects of the illness.
- Learn how to deal with the treatments.
- Make sure there is clear communication with your doctors.
- Try to maintain emotional balance to cope with negative feelings.
- Try to maintain confidence and a positive self-image.
- Get help as soon as symptoms of depression appear.
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