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Note: I have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and was born with both male and female characteristics and reproductive organ defects. This is not a choice, a trendy statement, or purely cosmetic; it is a part of treatment for a legitimate medical condition. Please research trans medicalism and intersexed individuals before drawing conclusions. If your beliefs include denying medical treatment for birth defects or illnesses, then that is your opinion, but it will not change my decision to seek treatment. Thank you very much to those who have shown support and understanding.

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Hello friends!

I'm a 27 year old trans man who has been presenting as male for the past three years. I am planning for surgery and had been hoping to set up a date a few years in the future after saving commission money, but my HRT has been sucking all my funds, and my endocrinologist is very concerned with my health and highly recommends that I push hard to get surgery sooner than later, as binding my chest for as long and as often as I have had to due to working outside the home so much could be doing permanent damage to my ribs and lungs.

Unfortunately I can't afford to do this on my own. I'm working a combined 80-100 hours a week between my studio job and commissions, but with school loans and the cost of my injections, there is not much left at the end of the month. I'd hugely appreciate any help in getting to my goal so I can get my chest repaired and be able to live a slightly more normal life!

The surgery plus hospital stay generally costs approx. $10,000, and also requires me to stay in the hospital area for about a week. I am trying to provide $3,000+ out of my own pocket but some help would be really great. Once the total is reached, I'll work on scheduling the surgery and time off for hospital recovery!

Thank you so much for your consideration and for spreading the word. You are all amazing friends and your support has always meant so much to me! More rewards may be added over time!

-Jay

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Senaneone Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As a Christian I just wanna say that I think getting your operation is a good thing. I can't imagine what it's like to live with dysphoria, and the obvious medical problems of having to wear those bandages must be a pain in every sense. I'd donate but I don't have a job or money yet, I'm still in school.

And even though you said in the comments here you don't believe in God, I'll still pray for you Jay.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thanks dude! I'm glad more folks are starting to understand it isn't some kind of fetish or something, and more an issue that occurs before birth. It's a tough thing to go through and the support has helped so much.

It's not that I don't believe in any sort of god(s), but rather I don't believe in a hateful, condemning god :) I don't adhere to a particular religion at this point in time but I do think there is something out there! In some ways I do believe I turned out this way for a reason, and that it's taught me important things. My path has brought the most amazing people into my life too!
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ArtisicN7 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish i could help you but i don't have actually the money :( (Sad). but i hope everything will going well.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thanks very much, I do hope to be able to get help in the next two years!
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Shar-zul Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand how hard it is to raise funds like these, so I'll spread the word on my deviantArt page and my Google Plus page if you'll like. I don't have PayPal, but I really want to support you in anyway possible! Keep going, and don't lose faith!
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Geez dude thank you so much, I really appreciate it! 
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Shar-zul Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Np!
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Anu72 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As a fur who has T friends, with gender dysphoria and/or are intersexed, I truly wish you the best! I am going to see what I can do, or find a way, to help you out. I've just started working on costuming again after a long hiatus, but I'm going to think of a way to help! -hugs- <3
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw dude thank you so much, I really appreciate any and all support! It's really kind of you. I appreciate the watch too and will be watching in return, looking forward to seeing your costuming work too!
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Anu72 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are quite welcome! I've been busy working on my business plan. It's coming along well. ^^
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's great to hear! I hope it all goes smoothly for you!
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joyhua Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You deserve every penny and then some. You'll make it :D
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh JOYYYYYY thank you so much fffffff ;_;
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joyhua Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I knew you were a good friend when you spent a large chunk of your time listening to my stupid teenage ramblings in college, so this is payback for being a good listener. Plus it's tax-deductible wuuuuuut

And ignore those ignorant 15-year old contradictory bible-preaching trolls. It's unfathomable to me that these people truly exist. Trying to get through to them with reason will not change anything and even if it were a purely cosmetic surgery that they seem to think it is, it's none of their business anyway. Your body and mind are yours. Be you and be proud. 
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOL I enjoyed listening to your ramblings hahahah, man there are things I really miss about the SCAD days...how've things been going for you since school anyways? Any big developments since then? I mean I drop in on Facebook from time to time but I'm awful at seeing many posts and it's not always much of substance we all post on there anyhoo. And yes it iiiiis aww yeeeee :V

Thanks, I don't tend to take arguments that use religion seriously. It's not that I have anything against belief in gods, I consider my own beliefs to be on the fence as it is, it's just when it's used as an argument to contradict science and medicine, it loses all validity for me. I questioned my feelings for years and kept this to myself from a very young age, so when it did come time to move forward, there was no doubt in my mind that this was what I had to do. I was facing a lifelong medical issue and not a "temptation" or some kind of internalized misogyny. It'd take a hell of an argument to reverse it. :B
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joyhua Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha, we both know my ramblings weren't ALWAYS fun, but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing your thoughts as well. Everyone misses the SCAD days! College really will forever be the golden days of our memories. Really tempted to go back, but it would probably be a little shameful lol. 

I'm doing great! I'm temporarily working at Fisher Price, but I'm on furlough right now, so I'm taking advantage and pushing my demo reel/portfolio (FINALLY). I've literally had nothing worthwhile done since graduation, so I'm in a good place right now. Trying to focus on myself haha.

I don't blame you on the fb thing, I only post stupid stuff on there most of the time lol. I do use it primarily to catch up with people though.  

Nah, I know plenty of friends and even family who are respectable Christians who don't condone this pitchfork behavior. My brother had a beautiful reason for why he is a Christian. Believe what you want and I'll even listen to your genuine philosophy on it, but force-feeding it and all the while being condescending about it, I will shut you out. And yes! The arguments they choose tell me they've never heard of a fallacy. Only quote the bible where it conveniently fits your argument and then spontaneously fall on deaf ears when a contradiction is presented. This crazy close-minded mentality will gradually change though. I used to be closed-minded too until I actually met people who didn't fit the stereotype that I had assigned them. I realized that people aren't simply categorized between black and white. There's not really a separation of good and evil, only a sea of gray. Humans are complex and unique and that's what makes us interesting, so it makes me sick when I see people being oppressed and unable to make peace with who they truly are. 

I'm sorry you had to endure scrutiny for something you couldn't help, but you got out of there because you are intelligent and wise beyond your years. Stay awesome.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Pfft yeah they were really great memories. I couldn't afford to go back, heck I can't afford the loan payments now, hahah, but there are so many classes I wish I coulda taken! I do miss it.

Ahh that's awesome, glad that things are working out thus far! I'm working with Disney/Marvel but it's mainly design and not illustration or animation so I dunno, it's not exactly the area I aimed for but hey. Like you said, might as well push your portfolio in the meantime! Focusing on yourself when it's possible is important.

Yeah I try to scroll on there when I can just to see what's up with folks. And definitely, it's not a common viewpoint anymore I don't think. My partner's Christian and it was hard for him to come to terms with having gotten involved with me (lol) but it was an internal struggle and nothing against me at all. When it's about loving others and sharing what you have, you're cool in my book, whatever religion or lack thereof you happen to be. And yep, seems the negative ones tend to use the Bible as a crutch for their own bigotry, and they love to read the fine print while missing the big picture (while much of the fine print is misconstrued, rewritten, and mistranslated). I was raised to be bigoted by my family, even against myself, which gave me a lot of issues to deal with later for sure. It took a lot to separate "different" from "evil" when you're taught these basics early on. The greys are what make it interesting :B It is really awful when I see or read about others who are struggling to be moral and have renounced their real selves to do so. More often than not they end up miserable beyond belief. There are some things you can't change by willpower or prayer.

Thanks broooo. We gotta find a way to hang out again one of these days! I do need to see New York sometime, hahah.
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joyhua Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yea, the loans aren't worth it now. There's a ton of good resources for a fraction of the price online now :D

Dang, you're working for Disney/Marvel?! Even though it's not anim/illus, it's still lookin' pretty shiny!

You can believe and think however you want as long as you're not trying to shove it down other people's throats and hurting them in the meantime. It annoys me when I see people who claim to be good people with good intentions who end up being super condescending to people who are just different. Don't forget to self-evaluate.

Yea, it would be great to hang out sometime, but I'm actually not in the city lol. I'm in Buffaloooo, NY. We're basically Canada. 
  
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hah yeah, I'm trying to find something else less frustrating, exhausting, and soul sucking, but it looks great on a resume! It's affected my health in all the worst ways though too, so while I'm glad I took the job and learned something new from it, I'll be glad if I find something else (or can move into their toy department because holy crap I wanna design toyssss). Thanks!

Exactly, long as people are being kind to others and living their lives in a way that respects people and the world around them, it's all cool to me. We each have our own ways of living.

Hahahah, I was basically Canadian when I was a Minnesotan...I do wanna plan a trip up the whole NE coast as it's the only place in the USA other than Alaska and Hawaii that I don't remember much! But of course that'd be a long ways in the future, heh. Buffalo is coooold.
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HuggedByABear Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
I wish I had the money to be able to help you out with this, Jay. :( I'm glad you made quite a lot already though! I hope everything goes well for you and wish you the best :)
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I'm working hard towards the goal! My lungs are starting to give out on me, the cough attacks have been brutal the past week or so, so I'm hoping next year I might be able to get help before I'm really in trouble. XD
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HuggedByABear Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
I'll definitely chip into this when the opportunity arises!
Holy crap, that sounds horrifying D: I'll be sure to let people know about this so they can chip in! Please stay safe dude <3 I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers :aww:
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh geez, thanks! There are lots of folks who have it worse, so I just deal with it one day at a time! Thank you!
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HuggedByABear Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
That's true, but this is still an important issue and it affects you greatly, so it's something I should keep in heart and mind :aww: :heart:
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theythinkimcrazy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm noticing most of the comments have strayed from the original topic....
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, seems some drama happened, I didn't even know it was going on in the beginning |D But the fund has been doing well and I'm putting 100% of what I made at the convention towards the surgery so it's all good! :)
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theythinkimcrazy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I am sorry that I couldn't afford any of your stuff, did you make good headway at least?
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I did, I'm about halfway through my surgery funding although it will probably cost an extra $4,000 or so compared to my original estimate!
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theythinkimcrazy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Well that's good news at least:happybounce: 
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this3M0tion Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm late to respond but I just have to say this.
I somewhat know what you're going through and I wish I could help somehow, I apologize that I can't. All I can do is tell you that I support you even if I don't know you.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh thanks so much, I really appreciate it. The support already means a lot!
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this3M0tion Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's no problem. I think the world needs more people that understand these things and are willing to at least support them. I'm glad I have people who support me and that I can pass it on to you. 
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neo-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yikes!  Boy am I behind in the news department.  Sorry for taking so long!  Good luck with the surgery!  I'm sure once the money part of it is handled the rest will go smoothly!  I can't offer much because I'm out of work for the summer and trying to raise money to even out my bills until Fall, but I have a little bit in my Paypal I can give to the cause.  :)  Could I send it to your Paypal account?
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh thanks Dana! I'm sure I'll make it there someday, gonna try to do a consultation with a surgeon soon, and I'm doing what I can to keep it local to cut costs overall. Pffft I'm the one who has a check to write to YOU when we get to the con, which by the way I've got the stock coming along well! :D Looking forward to it!

But thank you so much |D
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neo-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That sounds great!  No need to worry until the con is here.  :D  Hopefully we'll make bank there, and you'll make profit towards your surgery!  I look forward to working the table with you, too!  It's going to be a blast!
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I really hope so! I'm pushing to make as much as I can, hope they sell either at the con or online shortly afterwards. Going to put as much as possible to the surgery. And looking forward to the con experience with you too!
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ThunderWolfang Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I did NOT expect there to be a lot of people to start yelling hate towards your goal o3o

Well anyway, I'm glad you're not letting them bother you and it's very brave of you to go ahead with this <:3

I'm afraid I don't have any money to offer but I wish you the best of luck and hope you can reach your goal :hug:
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thank you, I'm used to people being this way and I wasn't surprised to have a few who are showing their ugliness, hahah. Thanks so much, it has been a tough journey thus far but I'm fortunate to have a lot of really great friends to have gotten me this far! I appreciate the support!
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ThunderWolfang Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, buddy :hug: Anythime! <3
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Luminosion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Jayyyyyy ♥ /hugs tightly

I'll spread the word to all of my friends and get the message out! ♥

I love you so so much!!! ;v; I absolutely can't wait for you to reach your goal and finally take this step of treatment ;v;
This is so important and it's heartwarming and encouraging to see how much help you've received already ♥

I'm also choosing to ignore the fact that I saw some very disturbing comments here as well, since the people who make those sorts of comments are not only misinformed, but operating on a level so far below the level of love, acceptance, and understanding that you are on. ♥ It's literally impossible for them to understand or open their minds or hearts to anything beyond their own shallow and limited scope. I know you know that already, but I just wanted to reinforce it. ♥ You are an amazing human being who I care about very much, and to see someone make comments like that ... I just have to blot them out as fiercely as I can!! ♥ /guardKat mode
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh thank you bro, I'm grateful for the support!

I'm blown away by the help that's been generously given so far, it's been overwhelming! I wouldn't have even pushed for this, I feel awful taking handouts, but my doctor was really concerned about the permanent damage that was being done to my body due to having to bind so many hours because of how much I work outside of the home.

I'm pretty used to hate, it was commonplace when I was at home to hear it regularly from my parents, grandparents, and extended family, as well as coworkers, so it's fine! Things are much better now that I've moved away from there and am living with an amazing loving partner and with awesome friends at work and locally. <3 I mean, I do hope people like that can one day find it in themselves to empathize for another person and purge that kind of wickedness from their hearts, I know what it's like to carry hate and it's a huge burden to have that inside you all the time. Life is a lot brighter when you let it go. :)

Thank you so much for the kind words and support, I'm glad more people are starting to understand how much transsexual people need support and treatment! <3
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Luminosion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Of course!! Any time ♥

People care about you a lot, because (in case you haven't noticed) you are a bright sunbeam of happiness and positive energy that people flock to. c: We love you and we want to do all we can to help you <3

While it does hurt my soul to hear how much hate you have received, I have to say that what I know about your current life and everything makes me UNBELIEVABLY happy. ;v; You of all people deserve to find as much happiness and joy as possible, and it's just so reassuring and makes me feel good inside to hear that you have in so many ways. c': And of course you are absolutely right. The only way we can find unity and peace as a people is by learning to love and accept others, through empathy and compassion. I think what gets under my skin is the fact that so many people parade wickedness under banners of "religion" and "faith." It's like, if you take a step back and think about what you're doing, how does it align with anything divine?? Especially if you are parading it under a banner of "god," because everything I've ever heard about "god" is always associated strongly with love, caring, compassion and acceptance. So it's honestly the hypocrisy that hurts my heart the most. But like you said, carrying hate is the heaviest burden of all. Letting it go is so freeing and empowering; even when you can be hurt a bit more easily when you open your heart to others, it's definitely worth it in the long run. c:

I only hope that in my lifetime I can see the seeds of that kind of attitude start to spread, and maybe see things change for the better. I see it happening very slowly already, so I really think it's possible! People are just afraid of things that they can't relate to, I think. At least, I get that feeling a lot of the time. And then they react with hatred, anger, and violence. :c 

I have to say again I'm so happy with the way the move has affected you, and the direction you're headed!! It just seems like the beginning of an amazing future for you, and I'm absolutely thrilled to see how brightly you'll shine!! c:
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw man, I try, I'm not perfect by any means and I'm struggling a lot, but I do what I can to look on the bright side and there's a lot of it to look at now!

Thank you, life since moving here has been much brighter for sure. I'm so happy I made the decision to do it, and so happy that someone I barely knew gave me a place to live while I had no home to call my own and no job to make money...and then for that person to turn out to be an amazing partner and friend, well it's been a crazy few months!

Love is such a beautiful, powerful force and it saddens me when people choose hate instead. I do consider myself spiritual - just not in support of organizations which use man-made texts to manipulate and overpower others. If there are gods and goddesses (whether it's one or many), I believe they would only want happiness and peace for us. And if indeed being trans is a learning experience from God, then I can safely say that it has opened my eyes to a lot on this journey so far.

Ever since letting go of more of my anger and my prejudices, many of which were inflicted on me from religion to begin with, I've been happier. I've also gone further in life too, and now am living near my dream place and with people I love dearly, so I think if there's such a thing as a sign, then I've been given it already! This is the path I must take and I will do my best to handle what comes. I do think that acceptance is spreading more and things will be brighter in the years to come too. Thanks very much! :D
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Razi123 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwww, I am so sorry. I wish I could donate but I actually don't have the money. I will share your fund page on my facebook though. I see you're doing fairly well so far. I can't tell you how much I wish the best for you ^_^
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thank you bro! I really appreciate the share! A lot of folks can't spare money and I totally understand, I'm honestly blown away at how much has already been raised, I was expecting it to take months to get to the halfway mark and it's already almost there in five days ;_; Thank you so much!
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Razi123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really sorry that I can't. I wish that I could :(
Just added another share to my facebook though, so heres hoping for ya ^_^
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! No worries, I will get there someday! :D
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Razi123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know you will, and I'll be so freaking happy for you. In the meantime, routing for you and helping where I can ^_^
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VoodooMadness Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, well that's quite a project.. I wish you the best of luck!! <333
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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