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Positive Accutane Experiences

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SO Happy I finally took the plundge and took Accutane. Like everyone else I tried every topical and medication available for my acne with no success. My best case was taking Doryx (antibiotic) and Spirolactone (for oil) while using 2 different px topicals with an insane skin care regimen as well as including monthly facials and chemical peels. I wish I had done this sooner but I was scared because of all the accutane horror stories. I didn't want acne but I do love my liver.

My derm recommended I take 60mg a month for 6 months for my body weight (130 pd female). I talked her into letting me build up to the full dose and I'm glad I did. I started with 20mg and stayed there for 8 months. My side effects were noticeable but tolerable. I had the classic dry peeling lips, decrease in night vision, a little joint pain and was more tired than usual (I normally don't tolerate any meds very well). If I had started with 60mg I would have likely stopped. The 20mg cleared my face within the first month (I did get a break out and some peeling for about a week as everything under the skin popped out). From then on it kept getting better, the oil was gone and I was able to heal my acne scarring.

My suggestion to those considering, try it and start with a lower dose. You may need to take it a little longer and risk the possiblity of a relapse but it was worth it for me to be able to complete a full course. If my face was not improving I always had the option to increase the dose each month. After my course was complete some oil returned which I was happy about, I never wanted to exchange my acne for wrinkles due to dry skin anyway. Skincare for normal skin is working fine for me now and I'm acne free which is all I ever wanted.

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Hey there,

2 years ago I started to get more occurring cystic acne that I never experienced before. I was 20 at the time and I didn't understand how I could go through high school with such mild acne and all of a sudden I'm dealing with this crap. I didn't have severe acne but i'd say it was mild-moderate (sometimes)/persistent. My doctor scheduled me with a derm and I told her I knew a lot about Accutane and the side effects etc because I had researched it. She said she was going to prescribe me Accutane anyways as she could see it was affecting my life at the time.

In short form, I went on Accutane from November 2010 to June 2011. I started off at 20 mg for the first month and continued to raise my dosage to 60 mg till my course finished giving me a dosage of 150kg. My course was very successful, by the third month I was acne free. Knowing that I never wanted to go through this again, I use a maintenance system (Retin-A Micro .04%) and it works amazingly at keeping my pores clear/fading any red marks.

To this day I have no side effects other than dry skin which is just fine because I couldn't stand having an t-zone. Don't get me wrong, there is still some oil production on my forehead but i'd say it's been reduced to 90%. It's perfect.

Side effects I experienced while on Accutane were:

- Dry lips (annoying)

- Dry Skin

- Dry Eyes

- Back Ache (sometimes)--> Faded after I finished course

My course was great and I stayed away from the negative part of this website. I knew if i got caught up in the negative stories, I would believe everything was happening to me.

I've been acne free for 7 months now.

Thank You ACCUTANE!

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Two courses of Accutane. First one before I joined the RAF in 2009. That one got interrupted because I was not allowed to be on medication during basic training. Went through normal side effects however acne returned within a few months and got progressively worse. Not terrible but enough to have an impact on my confidence. Second course started in June or July 2011, can not for the life of me, remember the month. Errr anyway, due to finish this course on monday. Skin has improved immensely with just the usual side effects plus muscle pain and I think I'm getting Anaemia due to the itchy sides of my body. I'll have a chat with the Doc on Monday. As from the picture below you can see how much I have improved since 2009. Most recent picture being in December 2011.

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congrats solman, awesome improvement

I am on my 3rd month and my skin has improved as well, glad I started accutane.

first picture was a typical breakout I'd get every other week or so...

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Does anyone have any advice on how to get their derma to prescribe them accutane? I have tried pretty much every topical regimen and antibiotic, but my moderate acne persists. When I asked for it last time, I got the answer that my acne isnt severe enough. I tried to explain to him that if I didnt take such meticulous care of my skin, I probably would have severe acne. He didn't want to listen though. How can I get a reputable doctor prescribe me accutane in a safe manner.

If worse comes to worse, I will just have an MD friend prescribe it to me, but I would rather not take that route.

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I just want to say WOW and congrats to everyone on here you guys all look fantastic and I gave everyone made props for posting their pics. It takes alot of courage to post how you look while you had what you felt like mentally was the ugliest time of your life and how you progressed. I read someone's post on here before who said you are beautiful before, with acne, and after and she couldn't be more correct.

My journey began about 10 years ago with acne. I was 15 and in highschool and I would get the occassional breakout here and there, but slowly during my soph/junior year it started to progress. I tried just about everything, Proactiv, every topical known to man, all the clearasils, and finally when my depression began to reach it's breaking point as a senior I went to a dermatologist. I wish I could remember the exact prescription medication he put me on but within 2 or 3 months of being on it my acne went from somehwat mild and occassionally severe to full blown cystic acne. My depression deepened to unknow depths I thought I could be at and thankfully (I found this board at that time).

My derm finally prescribed me Accutane, and like many of you on here I read the horror stories, and posts about different mg'S/DAY etc... Well i got started on a really small dose only 20 mg, and let me tell you something. My face exploded, every little pimple, pustule, cyst, underneath the surface came out. I was extremely extremely depressed and thought once again this was just making my face worse. I got upset with my DERM because I didn't think after 3 months this should still be happening so I sought out a second opinion in the next couple months from another dermatologist. He thought it was outrageous that at my severity of acne I was only at 20 mg/DAY so he swiftly bumped me up to 40 mg. Within the next 4 months I began to see my skin drastically improve. (The cysts I had in my temples actually had to be injected and then drained because of their severity). It was outrageous how my skin began to clear up, I was jubilant, I was ecstatic. In the final 2 or 3 months I was up to 80 mg a day. Let me tell you my skin was dry, and by dry I mean cactus like in the middle of the desert dry. My lips required constant moisturized to be put on them along with at least 2x a day moisturized on my face. When all was said and done my skin was crystal clear.

After about 2 months of being off of Accutane my acne began to come back. Now let me say this I had SEVERE cystic acne, and what came back was an extremely mild form of acne. I still have this form of acne to this day but thanks to DAN :) and his BP I keep it controlled and most people I deal with can't even tell that i've ever had acne to begin with if they didnt' know me from the past. So while Accutane was a extremely long, and psychological journey that had its fair share of extreme lows and extreme highs It is something I will never ever regret going on. It truley changed my life, and the confidence it gave me helped shaped me into the man I am today and i'm certain that I could not be doing professional sales if I was still constantly self conscience about my skin. I do have a few lingering side effects, but nothing in the realm where I can't manage on a daily basis. So in this man's experience Accutane was amazing, it wasn't a cure but I can't think of any moment that was so brutally bad that the outcome wasn't a 1,000x better. If you truely are suffering with severe acne I say give Accutane a try it can change your life drastically.

Thanks for listening to my story.

-Vince


Bleeding soul - I feel I'm dying

I persist - I persist - I think I'm hiding

I've lost my soul - No happiness

I FEEL SO...

Are you ashamed

- of what you've become

You call my name ---

You call my name --- I try to run

I've lost my soul --- no happiness

I FEEL SO...

Check out my accutane progress pics http://acne.org/gallery/view_album.php?set...bumName=album14


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I made a visit to the derm in June 2011 to get on accutane. He asked how long I had suffered from acne to which I replied '13 years or so'. He asked me why I hadn't considered accutane earlier because the stuff works. And will in most cases, keep your acne away forever.

He took a blood test and my blood levels were fine. The following week, he put me on 20mg per day to start off with for the first two weeks. He also put me on erythromycin for the first several months.

After two weeks, I upped my dosage to 40mg per day and stuck to that dosage for the duration of my course. I was on accutane for 9 months (from June 2011 - Feb 2012). I did not suffer an initial breakout. He did warn me this could happen. I just noticed my acne clearing after the first 4 weeks.

When I was half way through my 9 month course, he did give me the option to move up to 60mg/day but I didn't feel it was necessary because my skin cleared up after my first month. I had maybe two or three more zits after, which were quick to disappear, but after that my skin was 100% clear with no acne in sight. I haven't had a single pimple since then. Nothing. The stuff is seriously amazing.

Regarding side effects, I suffered the usual dry lips - which I could easily look after with a good lip moisturiser. My skin also became dry - which I loved. No oil production - which kept my makeup on looking perfect throughout the entire day. I could go on for more than 24 hours without having to reapply. My makeup stayed the same from the start to the finish of my day.

I developed minor scratches on my skin (legs, arms) but they would come and go. I also had a bit of raised triglyceride and cholesterol levels which I was told would go back to normal after accutane.

That was it. These side effects didn't affect my life in any way.

In summary, I just want to say that accutane has changed my life. It has seriously given me the life I was yearning for years and years. Today, my skin is literally the last thing on my mind.

It has been the best decision I have made in my life. That stuff saved my face. I don't have any confidence issues in regards to my skin anymore. I don't even think about it. Before accutane, I used to dread waking up in the mornings because I was almost certain that I would have another couple of pimples, but now I know I can wake up feeling confident, and without having to see new imperfections on my face.

If you have tried everything else and nothing has worked, please give accutane a try - it's so worth it.

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i started claravis 2 weeks ago... i flared up significantly on days 4,5,6 and on day 7 it started calming down and its been improving since (today day 13). i have flaky skin around my mouth and chin and my lips are extremely dry. on my lips ive been using carmex and burts bees lip balm but its not helping. any recommendations? the neutrogena oil free 30 spf has been helping with flakiness.

also, does this medication improve the deep red marks on face? im sure i will have to follow up with some other treatment after i finish the pills but id like some feedback on your experiences. i tend to turn red when i workout, laugh, blush, etc, and those red marks just stand out more then. id like to start planning financially jsut in case. i may have to change my derm, she spends 5 minutes with me, sounds annoyed when i ask questions, and i pay 30 bucks for 5 minutes plus whatever else the insurance company pays her... not worth my time and money.

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WOW! Its been forever!! Since I started my accutane treatment 4 years ago, never came back. Well, I had to recover my password to log back in lol. I was put on 20mg a day, I took it for 6 months. Acne free with no side effects, besides the dry lips. Now, after 4 years, I did start to break out BUT not as bad as before of course. Small pimples that dry up fairly fast. I am now taking 2g a day of panthotenic acid and so far, so good. I might consider going into accutane at 10mg twice a week if the small pimples gets persistent, we will see. But anyways, just wanted to let you guys know that accutane did miracles for me at lower doses and I had very persistent cystic acne with a lot of small red bumps on my face. If you plan to go on accutane, I will suggest you to go with a lower dose. It might no clear your acne in a week but in the long run it will with no side effects!

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i started claravis 2 weeks ago... i flared up significantly on days 4,5,6 and on day 7 it started calming down and its been improving since (today day 13). i have flaky skin around my mouth and chin and my lips are extremely dry. on my lips ive been using carmex and burts bees lip balm but its not helping. any recommendations? the neutrogena oil free 30 spf has been helping with flakiness.

also, does this medication improve the deep red marks on face? im sure i will have to follow up with some other treatment after i finish the pills but id like some feedback on your experiences. i tend to turn red when i workout, laugh, blush, etc, and those red marks just stand out more then. id like to start planning financially jsut in case. i may have to change my derm, she spends 5 minutes with me, sounds annoyed when i ask questions, and i pay 30 bucks for 5 minutes plus whatever else the insurance company pays her... not worth my time and money.

TexasLady,

I had the same problem as you, usually my chin used to get very dry and scaly. I did use AHA (glycolic acid) at night before going to bed only around my mouth and chin and got rid of the dryness. Once the dryness stops, stop using it and just use your regular moisturizer. For my lips I used burts bees as well, but sometimes I used to forget putting it and my lips used t get extremely dry. Used neosporing ointment untill lips get back to normal, then back to burt bees and use it as much as possible during the day!

Red marks are another story, I tho they will never were going to go away. I had the same issues as you, my acne was gone after 2 months of accutane treatment but red marks were very noticeable, it was kinda lame to have those red marks that looks like a pimple but flat lol but to be honest, I felt 100% better without having big cystic acne. Well.... eventually the red marks did fade on their own! Give your face sometime after accutane treatment, red marks will fade. I also did microdermabrasion once a month for 5 months after accutane but to be honest, it is not worth it. Your red marks will get better on their own.

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been on 40mg a day for about 2 months, when i started my course i didnt really have any spots or cysts on my face, i usually go through phases of about 3 months of moderate acne then 3 months of a fairly clear complexion, but since starting the course i have had only one small spot appear on my chin which has now cleared, im pretty worried as it seems to be going too well, im also worried as i consume a fair bit of alcohol as i work in a bar and also dj, its nearly an impossible thing to avoid, side affect so far only seem to be dry lips blocked/bloody/dry nose and some rashes on arms and hands.

was expecting a breakout in the first couple weeks as my derm said it usually happens, did anyone else miss the outbreak?

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Hey everyone,

Super Positive Experience:

- 24 years old, male

- took 80mg a day (Accutane) for 5 months. Doc extended this to 7 months.Been off the med for 2 months now - no side-effects right now.

- noticed improvement in face after 1-2 months of taking meds

- continued having body acne (chest and back) for first 5-6 months of treatment and lost hope but have been completely body-acne free for last 3 months now which is incredible for me

- only side-effects while on the medication: dry lips all the time, eczema on hands, slow/weird healing, weak top layer of skin (peels like a sunburn if rubbed or pinched hard). None of it was serious or bothersome enough for me to even considering stopping the meds. It all has gone away completely after stopping the meds.

Bottom Line:

- I highly regret not taking Accutane when I was a teenager and my acne first appeared. This is the biggest and probably only real regret of my life

- I have severe scarring on my back from acne (maybe 30 boxcar scars) and 2 places on my face. This has completely destroyed my life since I am too embarrassed to take my shirt off and also embarrassed by the 2 scars on my face. I never go on beach vacations and am always hiding over the summer and have to make stupid excuses all the time when taking my shirt off is involved. It makes it extremely difficult to be outgoing. During the summer, friends simply think I don't want to hang out with them or that I'm shy or can't swim. I truly cannot express how much I hate this scarring and how it has completely ruined my self-esteem.

Sidenote:

- you will read about many negative Accutane experiences online because people with side-effects are pissed off and are looking to vent or seek help. Most people with positive experiences just continue on with their lives and will never waste their time to find an acne board to share their joy!!! Instead, they'd be sharing their joy with their friends/family by having a good life.

- Anyways, do not let the negative anecdotal experiences of others hold you back - talk to 2-3 dermatologist and then make an informed decision. My dermatologist had nothing but good things to say about Accutane and both his kids are on it and he was on it.

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i was 20 years old when decided to talk to another dermatologist about isotretinoin( because my dermatologist wouldnt prescribe it)

at the first meeting with the derm. she started me on claravis 40mg-1 capsule daily i believe i was 125lbs give or take 5lbs,but anyway

almost immediately i got the dry eyes side effect which i cured with some artifical tears, i used aquaphor ointment on my lips for the chapped lips a few months down the road when the derm and i didnt notice improvement on my bacne she doubled my dose to 80mg of claravis a day and i did that from about sept-january now months later my acne on my face is gone i still have somebacne but nothing that i cant control with some useful tipsfrom dan im gonna try benzoyl and alpha hydroxy lotion.

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Hi There,

I have been supplementing with Beta Carotene and it has been incredible for overcoming Accutane side effects in the long-term. Since taking the drug in '91, I have suffered from anxiety and depression, sexual dysfunction, joint pain...the list goes on. Because of the fact that Isotretinoin or Accutane is a vitamin A derivative and is responsible for all of the miserable side effects that have plagued me for years, I never thought that supplementing with vitamin A was a good idea. However, many of my side effects I found out were similar to vitamin A deficiency! Poor night vision, leukoplakia, irritability, low energy, etc. Since taking Beta Carotene in doses ranging between 10-40,000 IU per day, all of the psychological and sexual symptoms have improved a great deal. I still have some joint pain but I am taking other supps for this that really help. Beta C. is not a miracle cure-all, but it will make your life better than anything else I believe. I take a food based form that is made from carrot concentrate, lemon grass, spirulina. Somehow, just eating carrots on their own hasn't been effective in the same way. Please consult your Naturepath or MD to confirm my findings, but I wanted to share with you my experience so that others might benefit and not have to suffer any more from Accutane's long-term effects.

Health and Best,

Matt Chiron

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19/11/2011(Active cystic acne) ------> March (Active cystic acne gone) ------> May 2012 (course over and remaining hypertrophic scar flattened).

I still have a scar on my cheek from the hypertrophic scar, which I shall tackle in 12 months from now with professional skin treatments. Whilst it does get me down a little bit when I look in the mirror, I take solace in the fact that had I not taken isotretinion my face would be absolutely covered in them.

It was defiantly worth it, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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here's the post accutane update u all been asking for. I been off it for over 6 months and still satisfied with accutane.

Dry lips was the only side effect that i got.

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New to this site but I wanted to post about my experience with Accutane. I had severe acne starting around 13 years old. I saw a dermatalogist regularly and tried many drugs until I was a sophomore in highschool at 16 years old. The dermatalogist suggested accutane and explained the side effects. The acne bothered me but I was still social and outgoing and no where near depressed. After taking it for 6 months my skin was clear with an occasional pimple here and there but no breakouts. I also played sports (football, basketball, baseball) and sweated tons. Before accutane when i sweated I would breakout almost everywhere on my body after the treatment I never broke out sweating. I am now 25 and still have clear skin just washing it with regular bar soap every day. I found that the acne soap dried my skin out to much after taking accutane. I know there are problems with the drug but based on my experience and 9 years later still with clear skin just by washing it once a day I would suggest accutane. While taking accutane I never experienced depression or any major side effects besides having dry skin which was so nice after dealing with real oily skin for 3 years. As with any drug there are side effects you just have to be educated and weigh the pros and cons of taking it.

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I started getting acne in the 6th grade, around that time it seemed I was the ONLY one who had pimples all over my face. Through middle school it only got worse, I'd wear my hair in my face just to cover the blemishes and eventually I started wearing makeup because I was too embarrassed to show my face to anyone. I'm 15 now, and earlier this year my mom caught me crying in my bedroom because my face looked terrible and hurt so bad. I was miserable and I had no self confidence whatsoever. My mom scheduled an appointment for a dermatologist that night.

The minute the doctor walked in she took one look and said "She needs to be on Accutane." I knew what Accutane was but I never thought she would prescribe me it. I was thinking she would give me some cream or something, but after getting my first bloodwork done a month later I got the pills.

She started me out on 40 Mg a day, and then after two months of great bloodwork she raised it to 30 mg twice a day.

I was worried because I'd read online that sometimes people didn't get results until a month after after they finished Accutane, and some people had there skin get worse before it got better.

Turns out, after three months of treatment my skin responded wonderfully to tane. The difference was like night and day!

The nasty, red, gross looking pimples were gone and the painful cysts were no where to be found on my face. I was so happy, I am happy. Im on month 5 now and still have 1 more to go. I've stopped wearing makeup and now only put on a light layer of tinted moisturizer before I go out, and although my face still isn't 100% clear, it is 100% better than what it was. I can't wait to start my sophomore year this august, It will be the first day of school in 4 years that I haven't worn foundation.

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I am currently on my second course of Accutane (Claravis generic) and that has gone well so far but it's only been 6 days. I took my first course 8 years ago and it was a positive experience, overall. The positive first experience plus my positive attitude that I've adopted combined to convince me to take a second course. I just looked in the mirror and decided that I was going to stop worrying about the potential side effects. I'm going to be aware and careful, but I am no longer going to worry myself into a panic attack every time I take the pills. It has worked great so far!

Cystic acne runs in my family. Because of this, my mom had me going to the derm as soon as I was 13. I was put on antibiotics and birth control pills for my skin that was already breaking out in regular pimples (Ortho tri cyclen I think). I was also given prescription creams but I don't remember which ones. This worked alright until I was 16. I broke out with a bad case of cystic acne on my right cheek and jawline and the derm put me on Accutane (brand name). I was on it for 6 months. I don't remember the dose because it was so long ago but I think I started at 40 and eventually got up to 80 mg. She definitely increased the dose during my course. I did alright before the dose increase but after it I got the weeping form of excema all over my arms. I had dry lips, dry scaly skin, muscle pains, joint pains, dry hair, extremely dry eyes, fatigue. But overall it really wasn't that bad. I ended up with clear skin and kept mostly clear skin (no cysts, only occasional pimples around my period) until this year when I broke out with cystic acne again on the left side of my face this time. I was diagnosed with depression and panic disorder after I got off Accutane but I don't make claims as to whether or not the Accutane caused them. I just think it's worth mentioning that they started during/directly after Accutane.

I think it works wonders for most people and while the side effects are scary, it is worth it if the acne is affecting your social life. I was even bullied in high school when I first broke out with the cysts. I stayed in all of the time and broke ties with friends. The cysts also left me permanently scarred. I'm a lot older now and have a much higher self esteem and confidence so I haven't taken this second breakout as hard as I did the one when I was a teen. But it has hurt my self esteem some and made me thankful that I can take online college classes. This is why I decided on another round of Accutane. Hopefully I'll be coming back when this second course is done to post another positive experience =]


for whatever we lose(like a you or a me), it's always ourselves we find in the sea

Accutaneeeeeee

And go! July 28th, 2012

Month 1: 40mg

Month 2:40mg

Month 3: 40mg

Month 4: 40mg

Month 5: ?

Month 6: ?

Stories, side effects, pictures here:

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Vitamin E 400 IU

Vitamin D 4,000 IU

Evening Primrose Oil 500mg

St. John's Wort 900mg

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Severe Acne sufferer

Accutane 20mg twice a day for 6 months

I have been off Accutane for about a year and I have a great experience with it. I didn't have any nasty side effects except for the dry lips. I've been clear and free of horrible breakout for about a year now :) It feels sooooo good to be clear!

I am so glad I went on Accutane...I don't regret it at all. surprised.gif


-Monkeeeeeeee

"La vida no es justa, acostumbrate!"


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Hey Guys,

Its only been about three weeks for me but I must say I haven't really experienced any horrible side effects. I'm on 20mg morning and night of the generic brand Claravis. Here's what's been happening.

- Initial Breakout: This happened right away, although I might attribute it more to going off my topical medication than the actual tane. Not going to lie, this hurt and sucked but didn't really last long.

- Dry Lips: They don't crack, they do get dry, I just slather Aquaphor or chapstick on them whenever I can

- Dry sensitive scalp: This wasn't really a big deal but I have thick hair so I tend to really scrub my scalp when I wash, it looks like I'll have to be much more gentle as my scalp was really sore when I was done.

That's all the symptoms I've had to date and my acne has already started getting better!

Regarding Depression, I've actually felt a lot happier over the past few weeks. I'm not sure if its the accutane, the fact that I can worry less about my skin, working out more or the fact that I left a really depressing friend go but what I can say is that I've been feeling great lately!

Ask any questions if you have any.

Christa

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