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Judi’s Journey

This 57 year-old cancer survivor will soon celebrate her daughter’s wedding in June.
And with Dr. Lori Greenwald’s help, Judi is hoping to wipe away the emotional and daily reminders of cancer from her reflection. The medicine that saved her life also prematurely aged her.

My Cancer Diagnosis Was My Husband’s Fight Too.

My Cancer Diagnosis Was My Husband’s Fight Too.

 

My husband David is my rock. He’s been by my side through the cancer diagnosis, the cancer treatments, the cancer recovery, the Vivesse Med Spa procedures–through every step of this Transitions journey. He’s been there for me, supporting me, and cheering me on.

David already sees a difference since Dr. Lori Greenwald began working with me a few weeks ago. In fact, the people at work, my friends, everyone wants me to keep them updated and they all say my appearance is improving. To a woman like me (who is no longer considered young in this youth culture but who has a lot of good living yet to do) it feels great to see people examine my face watch as the light goes on in their eyes and a smile come to their face.

How fortunate I am. I’m going through life with a partner who loves me and is as committed to my Transitions journey as I am. My cancer diagnosis (the day after my 53rd birthday, no less) wasn’t just my battle but David’s battle, too. When I got that devastating diagnosis, he was there to hold my hand and tell me we’d get through this. And we had many challenges to face together including the fact that his company transferred him during my chemotherapy treatment.

Back when I was in the hospital for the cancer treatment, David was at the hospital every chance he had. Even though he had to work and we lived an hour and half from the hospital and we’re not the wealthiest people around, David made his hospital visits a priority. He’d spend his off days with me. He brought our camper to the hospital so he’d have someplace to sleep (other than the little cot in my room) and shower.

Then another hurdle got thrown into our path. During my outpatient treatment David’s company asked him to come to Connecticut to help the steel mill here. (We lived in Texas at the time.) They would fly him home at the end of each month so he could be with me. My treatments were four weeks on and four weeks off. David would stay with me then go back to Connecticut and come home at the end of my four weeks off and take me back to the hospital.  He always made sure I was completely set up and comfortable before he went back to work halfway across the country.

In May 2014 they hired him permanently in Connecticut so we transferred but we waited until after I finished my treatments in July and we moved in September. Work, miles, time, effort—there was a lot to overcome for us to be together and continue on this often difficult journey. Like I said, David’s my rock. I’m so blessed to be making this Transitions journey with him by my side. Sometimes I think he’s enjoying the journey as much as I am.

 

 

People Think My Best Friend Is My Daughter.

People Think My Best Friend Is My Daughter.

People Think My Best Friend Is My Daughter. (After cancer)

Former Mayor Kirkpatrick with former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Judi’s daughter. (Before cancer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Transitions journey is just as much about my past as it is my future, or rather, where the two intersect for  me.

Without sounding overly dramatic, It’s something I see I it daily when I look in the mirror.

My daughter, who I love more than words can say, is getting married in June and I want to look my best at her wedding. That’s my future. My past is something I wear every day and see it in my reflection.

I am so proud to be a cancer survivor but it’s painful to see every day the toll it took on my appearance. I had a strong form of chemotherapy (arsenic, actually) which doctors infused in my body for 28 days straight. It saved my life which I am so grateful for, but it also prematurely aged me.

When I see those daily reminders in the mirror, it brings thoughts and feelings about the cancer and the chemo all back. And it’s not just me who sees how chemo added years to my face.When I go out to dinner with  my best friend, Jofran, people constantly ask me if she is my daughter.

I am about  five years younger than my best friend, yet people think I am her mother.

It wasn’t like that before my battle with cancer.

It’s that before place where I’d like to be now,  partly.

And every day, with every procedure by Dr. Lori Greenwald and the team at Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa, I see a little piece of me coming back to those days **before** I had cancer.

My Transitions journey intersects both my past and my future.  My daughter, who I love more than words can say, is getting married in June and I want to look my best at her wedding. That’s my future. My past is something I wear every day and see it in my reflection. My past is fading into the past, where it belongs.

Doctor Lori Greenwald And Judi Kirkpatrick Share A Tender Moment And Mission

Doctor Lori Greenwald And Judi Kirkpatrick Share A Tender Moment And Mission

Dr. Lori Greenwald and Judi Kirkpatrick share a tender moment, looking at pictures from Dr. Greenwald’s son’s effort to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Judi lost a nephew who was 4 years old—to cancer.

Dr. Lori Greenwald may have lost her voice, but she continues to speak for those who need the most help.

She is known for empowering middle-aged women and now, she is taking on yet another big cause for the littlest victims, children battling cancer.

Childhood cancer research is a family passion and mission. Dr. Greenwald just got back from cheering on her son Benjamin Stein and his efforts at college to raise money for pediatric cancer with a grand finale, 48 hour dance-a-thon to raise for more research. Read more about THON here and its mission to end pediatric cancer. The entire time, Dr. Greenwald was there to cheer on her son which no doubt contributed to her temporary laryngitis; a small price to pay for such an important fight.

“This really got to me” Dr. Greenwald said. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Love your kids. Hold them tightly and take nothing for granted.”

Judi, a cancer survivor herself, was moved by Dr. Lori’s family mission to help children battling this dreadful disease.

“I lost my four-year old nephew to cancer,” Kirkpatrick said with tears in her eyes. “He was two years old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He fought real hard but in the end, God had other plans for him. I applaud Dr. Lori in her efforts. We need more people like her and her son Benjamin to help those children who just want to be kids.”

Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa donated five dollars for every patient seen during the month of December to pediatric cancer research totaling close to  $3500.

 

 

 

 

 

The Guys At Work Want Constant Updates

The Guys At Work Want Constant Updates

 

Here’s the thing.

I work with about 90% men and a lot of them had to come into my office after my first Pixel treatment and ask questions. Lots of questions. LOL. Like, does it hurt? Why is your face so red?

I told them, it was the price of beauty. And short answer, no, it didn’t hurt although my face was pretty leathery for a few days as the old layer of skin gave way to the new version.

It’s both funny and cute that they are so intrigued with my Transitions medical make-over by Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa. They want daily updates and when I was on Better Connecticut for the big announcement, they were there, cheering me on!

So, I will tell you what I told the guys at work. 🙂

I feel amazing! Just  a few days  after my first Pixel Laser Treatment, I am seeing a huge difference in my skin already!

When I look at myself in the mirror everyday, I see a little change but when I see these pictures next to each other, I see a big difference.  A lot of people here at work, including the guys, say they see a huge change too!

Judi after Her Pixel Laser Treatment.

I am getting there one day at time with Dr. Lori Greenwald’s help. I want to look in the mirror and see the woman I used to be:

Before the cancer.

Before they used arsenic as chemotherapy to kill it.

Before, the medicine that saved my life prematurely aged me.

Everyday in the mirror, I see a little part of me is coming back.

As for the Pixel treatment, my lines have already softened so much and I will get another treatment  in just a few weeks! Vivesse Med Spa nurse practitioner Amanda Scranton also told me that it would be a few months before I would see the full effects from the Pixel and that I need to give it some time to let the collagen regenerate. I can’t wait and just in time for my daughter’s wedding! Hilary is following these blogs everyday and told me not to cry so much. LOL. I will try but it ‘s all so emotional. I will try Hillary. I will. Mom loves you. xo.

 

Monday Memory, Doctor Lori Greenwald Announces Transitions Winners Live On Better Connecticut

Monday Memory, Doctor Lori Greenwald Announces Transitions Winners Live On Better Connecticut

Spoiler alert! Chances are you’ve already seen this clip if you are here following Cynthia Washburn and Judi Kirkpatrick’s Transitions. But just incase you are just starting to follow their journeys, we wanted to rewind a little to February 10th! That’s when Dr. Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa surprised both Cynthia and Judi that they both were going to move on as winners of our Transitions Medical Make-over. 🙂

Judi Seeing A Big Difference Already!

Judi Seeing A Big Difference Already!

Judi after Her Pixel Laser Treatment.

Judi Kirkpatrick says she is seeing a huge difference in her appearance just a few days after having her first Pixel Laser treatment.

Judi, a cancer survivor, wants to shed the daily reminders from her reflection of her battle with cancer before her daughter’s wedding in June.  She underwent a rare form of chemotherapy to cure her blood cancer but it prematurely aged her.

To see Judi’s full pixel treatment at Vivesse Med Spa with Nurse Practitioner Amanda Scranton click here.

Cancer Victim to Cancer Victor

Cancer Victim to Cancer Victor

 

In the last few years I’ve gone from being a cancer victim to becoming a cancer victor. Can you imagine being diagnosed with cancer the day after your 53rd birthday? That was my late birthday present on November 18, 2013. Cancer changed my priorities. Working became less important. I started spending more time enjoying life.

Another thing the cancer did was bring out my emotions. Oh, I’ve always been a very emotional person but even now, three and a half years after the cancer diagnosis, I can’t tell my cancer story without crying every time. But I’m grateful for so many things that helped me move from victim to victor.

Information Helps

One major help early on was learning as much as I could about my cancer. I did some Internet research and my family did a lot more. They provided me with information about my type of cancer, the treatment, and all the usual things cancer patients have questions about. The doctors gave me lots of information, too. I found that the more information I had the easier it became to live with cancer, to focus on recovery, and to appreciate life.

Focusing on Progress Helps

Another early help in my battle with cancer was understanding what my treatment plan was. I made sure I understood the plan and got comfortable with it. I was in the hospital for 28 days when I was first diagnosed. I had an EKG and blood work every morning. The doctor had to review those results before I could have my chemo treatment for that day. Sometimes my potassium would be too low so they’d have to infuse me with potassium before they could infuse the arsenic (the drug used to treat my cancer.)

Every day the nurses would put on my board in the room what the readings were on my blood work. My blood count was real low because of mutated blood cells. But every day my counts would get a little higher so I could watch my progress. Watching that improvement every day was real helpful.

 

Judi Kirkpatrick Preps For Her Pixel Laser Treatment

Cancer surivor and soon to be, mother-of-the-bride, Judi Kirkpatrick preps for  her Pixel laser resurfacing procedure at Vivesse Med Spa.

Kirkpatrick is trying to erase the painful reminders of her battle with cancer that she deals with daily just by looking in the mirror. Practice manager Alethea Maddox takes us through the prep work and talks about how Judi is inpiring everyone at the office, including her.

Judi Kirkpatrick left Vivesse Med Spa today, glowing—no, we mean really glowing.

Judi Kirkpatrick left Vivesse Med Spa today, glowing—no, we mean really glowing.

Judi had her first treatment after winning Transitions with Doctor Lori Greenwald last week. Today, she had the V.I. Peel and left our office with the mask still on her face. She will need to leave the mask on for a few hours and follow our paramedical aesthetician Jodi Daniels’ instructions. The V.I. Peel is a medium depth peel that results in flawless skin in 7 days! The skin regains its smoothness and radiance after one treatment. Learn more about the V.I Peel here by visiting our website.

 

Judi’s Initial Evaluation

Judi’s Initial Evaluation

Judi received $1,100 of skin care products

This is the Executive Director of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa. Judi came into the office yesterday and was evaluated by Jodi Daniels, our Medical Aesthetician, Amanda Scranton, one of our Cosmetic Medical Nurse Practitioners, and Dr. Greenwald.
We’re committed to do everything we can to help Judi repair the physical reminders of cancer that she has to see in the mirror every day. To that end we have her scheduled for a whole variety of treatments including chemical peels, fractional resurfacing with Pixel, hydrafacial, facial rejuvenation with IPL, Botox and fillers. If you are interested in reading about any of these procedures just click the link. She will also be getting vein treatments but Dr. Greenwald hasn’t made a final decision on those right now.
 Hush. It’s a bit of a secret. Judi won’t find out until tomorrow.
We’ll post video later in the week.

Judi Kirkpatrick Cancer Survivor And Mother-Of-The-Bride.

Judi Kirkpatrick Cancer Survivor And Mother-Of-The-Bride.

A 57-year-old former small town mayor, Judi can’t wait for her only daughter’s upcoming wedding but she hates seeing  herself in pictures.  Judi battled a rare form of  cancer and won but her treatment prematurely aged her. She was fed arsenic, a poisonous substance, through a port in her chest for 28 days in order to save her life but the treatment caused both visible and emotional reminders. With Dr. Lori Greenwald’s help, this soon-to-be mother of the bride will get her groove back, and herself back, for her daughter’s wedding in June.

Shelly Sindland reports on Judi’s journey and how she hopes to escape the daily reminders of her battle with cancer from her reflection.