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About a year ago, my dad started having strange symptoms, all starting about the time I lost my wife.. His hands were shaking, he couldn't hold anything, slurred speech, memory loss, and extreme fatigue were the most noticeable symptoms.. Doctor visits, tests, specialists all could not figure out what was going on with him. Diagnosis ranged from Leukemia to Parkinson's disease. Finally, after many months, they diagnosed him with ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease, and gave him 12-18 months. He's been on medication to slow the effects, and he's been at a plateau for quite a while.. Until now..
My dad has been a highly intelligent man all his life. He worked for a large corporation, in a fairly high position in his division. Someplace you don't get to be without knowing what you're doing. It's thanks to him that I was fortunate enough to see a lot of this speck of dust floating in space, and lived places I never could imagine living in now. Dad has always had a sharp wit, a kind word of advice and a generous disposition. He has taught me a lot over the years, lessons that I hope to pass on to the next generation, if anyone cares to listen - or remember what I'm passing on. Dad loved to go hiking, sailing, and has been in numerous marathons, raising money to help fight Leukemia. To see him in this state, barely able to shuffle, bent over, not remembering words, hardly able to speak, is heart wrenching. I never imagined my dad in this condition..
And now the symptoms are getting worse. We fear this could be the final slide.. I love my dad with all my heart, I don't want to lose him, but if this is it, I hope it comes quickly so he doesn't suffer anymore..

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Thank you for appreciating what I post by adding it to your favorites! If I don't thank you personally, please don't be offended, I am most grateful!!

The character "Eddie Bear" is created, owned and copywritten by Edward M Krech III, and is used with permission by the Transportation Museum of the World / Miniature World of Trains
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SolitaryGrayWolf Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aaannnd thanks for watching me! :)
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Heh heh, no problem!! Although I'm migrating away from here and spending more time on Facebook and FA. Some of the lags on here are getting a little annoying.. :O
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SolitaryGrayWolf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
really? I never notice any lags when I'm on. But I have a FB too if you want to friend me on there. Name is Alisha Bouchard. I am also friends with Luna and Dusty. 
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
A friend of mine told me she had an ad blocker software, which she says stopped the lags for her..
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thanks for watching our group!
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome!!
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SolitaryGrayWolf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the spam of faves. lol Love all your photos though! :)
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you! Enjoy!
I have a lot of fun fursuiting and entertaining the public, especially with the happiness I can bring to others..
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SolitaryGrayWolf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah I bet that all makes the price of a fursuit worth it when you can light up someones day! :)
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer

Absolutely.. I do a lot of volunteer appearances, and never get paid for what I do.

I started many years ago as a mascot for a local amusement park. Two of my suits sort of "just happened" that I purchased for specific occasions and appearances. Eddie Bear started as a Halloween costume, and took off from there. His personality is pretty close to the hidden one inside me.

I finally have the opportunity to commission a fursuit of a character I developed about 2 years ago. I'm pretty excited as this will be the first rig that I am having specifically made for myself. 

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