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I Feel Like Cinderella

· And Dr. Lori is my fairy godmother. ·

Transitions with Dr. Lori co-winner Judi Kirkpatrick.

Wallingford, Connecticut: Dr. Lori Greenwald visits Judi’s home to see the amazing results in person, all this while cameras are rolling.

Dr. Lori Greenwald tells Transitions co-winner Judi Kirkpatrick, “I can see the confidence in you is back. I see the person you were before you had cancer, before your life changed in an instant. I see Judi, not cancer-survivor Judi, but Mayor Judi, Mother Judi, Just Judi.  I am so honored to have played a role in your Transition with me.  You are such a good person, down to your core, and you deserved this pick-me-up, and I am a better person for knowing you. 

Judi’s Transition with Dr. Lori started five months ago when she asked for Dr. Lori’s help to erase the painful reminders from her battle with cancer. Judi survived a rare form of cancer but ultimately, the chemotherapy which saved her life (arsenic) prematurely aged her. She wanted Dr. Lori’s help to look and feel her best for her daughter’s wedding in June.

“You’ve changed my life and I will never forget what you did for me,” Judi said. “I feel like I’m Cinderella at the ball and you are my fairy godmother.”

Dr. Lori Greenwald Of Vanishing Veins And Vivesse Med Spa, talks with Judi about “Life After Transitions” –The Journey To Today.

Judi underwent several procedures to soften the impact from her chemotherapy including Pixel Laser Skin Resurfacing, Juvashape, IPL, Botox,  Filler, a series of anti-aging facials and the best skin care available. Judi also had her painful veins taken care of by Dr. Lori Greenwald, voted one of Connecticut’s most trusted vascular surgeons. Follow her journey and see photos from her procedures below. Schedule a free consultation for Med Spa services by filling out this form here.  Dr. Greenwald would also like to thank Dr. Bradley Daar, who owns dental practices in Manchester and Old Saybrook, for giving Judi something even more to smile about with new veneers. Judi, whose teeth were badly stained from medicine, says she feels even younger now with her brighter smile and her Transitions medical makeover. 

Watch Judi’s Transition from beginning to end.

 

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Cynthia’s Gallery

Cynthia’s Dramatic Transition With Dr. Lori

· Dr. Lori Greenwald helped to reinstate my self-esteem. ·

How Cynthia Got Her Groove Back.

Dr. Lori helped to reinstate my self-esteem.

Cynthia Washburn had her big reveal today on Better Connecticut. This unemployed human resource manager wanted Dr. Lori’s help to launch a new career and transition into a new phase in her life. Cynthia will soon be pitching her own products on YouTube and wanted Dr. Lori’s help to look and feel her best in front of the camera. After dozens of medical aesthetic and vein procedures, Cynthia’s got her groove back, thanks to Dr. Lori. Greenwald.

Cynthia had it all done, as far as aesthetic medical procedures go.  Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa gave her the five-star treatment and we had a lot of fun doing it.  🙂  However, by no means do you need all these procedures to look and feel your best. Our practitioners start with your biggest concerns first and address your needs with a plan that is comfortable and affordable for you.

Cynthia started off with IPL photorejuvenation therapy, then she had a series of PRP facials with plasma growth factors and microneedling. Cynthia also had  Kybella for the submental fat underneath her chin, Juvashape to tighten the skin on her neck, Botox, Fillers  and sclerotherapy to treat her spider veins in her legs. She also had several hydrafacials, chemical peels and started a new skin care regiment!

 Watch Cynthia’s journey from beginning to end.

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Judi’s Dress Fiasco

· With her daughter's wedding only days away, Judi finds herself scrambling to find a dress. ·

As Mother-of-the-Bride, I should be calming my daughter down in these final days before the wedding, but my daughter had to calm ME down because the dress I had shipped to Texas didn’t fit!!!!! It was the third dress I ordered online from the same company and I thought for sure that number three would be the charm. That’s not what happened. The first dress I ordered was too small; the second one, too big (and it couldn’t be altered); and this one was too small – again! I freaked out. But my daughter Hillary took control, driving me to David’s Bridal on Friday and – thank God – I found the perfect dress. Not what you want to be dealing with when you are in charge of the wedding!

I do take great comfort in knowing how much better I look heading into this wedding versus my son’s wedding a year and a half ago. The cancer really ravaged me, making me look a decade older; I didn’t recognize the woman in those wedding pictures. Now, I feel so relaxed and confident about my appearance thanks to Dr. Lori. I actually look forward to seeing the pictures! It also helps that everyone down here keeps telling me how great I look. My future son-in-law Charlie told me he’s seen a dramatic difference in my appearance since April when I came for the shower. Not surprising because I’ve had multiple treatments in the past seven weeks: Botox; filler in my chin, cheeks, and lips; multiple HydraFacials and an IPL treatment on my neck. I feel completely rejuvenated, as if the 10-years that cancer added to my appearance have magically melted away in the past six months. I’ve also been given some great make-up tips for the wedding so I know I will be looking my absolute best. I’m sure the tears I shed when I look at these photos will be tears of joy, not tears of pain.

The truth is I still have so much to do before Saturday that I really haven’t focused too much on my appearance! My big worry is getting the room ready for the reception. We have five hours on Friday afternoon to transform a conference room at The Bravos Center into a magical ballroom. I’ve designed most of the decorations myself: we’ll be covering the white walls with sheers and twinkling white lights, adorning all of the chairs with bows, and setting up the photo booth – a lot of work for our crew of six people! Once that’s finished, it’s on to the rehearsal dinner! I’m so excited and anxious; it’s hard for me to settle down. I am so excited for my daughter’s wedding. She says she is gladly sharing the day with me but all eyes will be on her. She is so beautiful inside and out; and I’m just so proud to be her mother. I just want to look and feel my best for her. I want her to be proud of me.

Thank-you Dr. Lori Greenwald, Amanda, and Jodi for helping me get back to who I was before I had cancer. I’m so excited for Saturday on so many different levels.

BE sure to follow us on Facebook Saturday for live updates and pictures.

Cynthia’s Competing Themes

· Overseas Communication Delays Impacting Cynthia's Business. ·

I feel like my life has two competing themes right now: Everything All at Once versus Patience is a Virtue. Between moving out of my house and hurtling back into a 40-hour a week schedule, I’ve been straight out. But, I’m forced to have the patience of a saint as I wait for the next step of my business. I’m supposed to get the first samples of my Bunnuku toothbrush by Friday but I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. The communication delay with the manufacturing company in China is really frustrating : I send an email (middle of the night in China) and they respond (middle of the night in Middletown). So there’s a day and half lag time before I get an update. I’m forced to wait and it’s backing up my marketing plans to approach stores like Stop and Shop and Whole Foods. I can’t record my video for YouTube because I need my product in hand- so that’s on hold, too. I just need to be patient; something I’m not so good at. I just heard from my Business Coach Kim Kasparian this week so I need to update her on the delays. I’m glad she’s just checking in on me because it keeps me on task.

I realize just how brave I am with this business venture when I compare myself to my classmates and where they are at this stage of their lives. After catching up with them at my 45th Reunion, it’s obvious most of them are in retirement mode, while I’m sort of in overdrive, consumed with reinventing myself. When I told them about Bunnuku, they were really taken aback: “Toothbrushes, really?” I got that a lot. But when I explained the biodegradable aspect, they understood the appeal and told me they were happy for me. I explained that once I get the business off the ground, I will also be easing into retirement. My plan is to meet up with my brother Glenn and sister-in-law Sharon in Florida by October.  Definitely one of the ‘bennies” of having a website business: you can do it while you’re constantly on the move!

Judi’s Transition With Dr. Lori Is Almost Here!

· Judi Kirkpatrick is getting really close to her Transition with Dr. Lori. ·

Judi’s Transition With Dr. Lori Is Almost Here!

Wow. That went fast. We met Judi Kirkpatrick, a former small town Mayor originally from Texas, in January and here we are just a few days away from her daugther’s wedding in Texas on June 3rd.

And while we would love to show you some of Judi’s pictures from her pre-wedding makeover at Studio Mac Salon in Windsor, we can’t just yet. Sorry. We don’t want to ruin the surprise for Judi and her daughter. We are not trying to be cruel here but we can tell you, Judi looked amazing with her new hairstyle, highlights and make-over. Thanks to salon owner Cathy and her awesome daughter for doing Judi’s hair and make-up.

Judi reached out to Dr. Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa back in January, looking for help with her transition as  Mother-of-the Bride.  However, dig a little deeper and you’ll see Judi’s transition with Dr. Lori is really so much more. Judi survived a rare form of cancer but her aggressive form of chemotherapy prematurely aged her. Her son Scott was married in 2015 and that’s when Judi realized she no longer looked liked the person she was before the biggest battle of her life.

“I am so grateful to be alive,” Judi said “but when I look at pictures of myself from my son’s wedding, I see a person who has been through a lot.”

Judi’s goal is to wipe the memories of her battle with cancer from her reflection. Thanks to Dr. Lori Greenwald, she is almost there! BE SURE to follow us on Facebook because we will be broadcasting live from Facebook at the Texas wedding on June 3rd for part one of Judi’s Transition with Dr. Lori! If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to LIKE US here. 

Judi will have her official reveal on Better Connecticut June 29th with Dr. Lori Greenwald. Until then, enjoy this playlist of Judi’s Journey including the first time we spoke with her about her battle to escape her past.

The End Of An Era.

· Cynthia moves out of her house ·

CYNTHIA’S BIG MOVE

It’s happening..it’s happening. I’m in the final stages of the Big Move! It hasn’t felt “real” until last week when my brother Glenn and his wife Sharon showed up for the final push of packing. They rolled in with their RV from Florida, swooping in to help me finish up some of the boxes before the movers showed up this week to take a shipment into storage. Their timing was incredible! I had a week to go before the movers showed up and I was still knee-deep in boxes and bubble wrap before they came. I really fell like the stars are aligning in my favor now – a far cry from how things were going over the past few years.

My sister-in-law Sharon is great because she can make practical decisions on what to keep and what to toss. It’s kind of crazy how many wine glasses I’ve accumulated over the years – that’s for sure. But I guess that’s what happens when you live in the same house your entire life. The packing process has taken a lot longer than I expected because we’re packing for my own personal “RV” –the one I will retire in – and for long-term storage. While I have a ways to go before I end up trailing Sharon and Glenn across the country in my own RV, it definitely feels like I’m moving into the next phase of my life. I’m just amazed at how fast a clip things are going!

I can tell Glenn is floored by how much I’ve accomplished in the past few months. He saw me back in January before I started the treatments with Dr. Lori when my Bunnuku business was in the conceptual stage. When I showed him my “before pictures the other day, he told me I looked a decade younger now. Even though I knew that, it means so much more coming from one of my older brothers. It’s so great to have him here for all of the encouragement! It makes me realize just how much I miss him and how far I’ve really come!

Cancer Survivor Judi Kirkpatrick Featured On Better Connecticut.

· Judi Kirkpatrick's Transition is coming into the final stretch. ·

Cancer Survivor Judi Kirkpatrick Featured On Better Connecticut.

Kara Sundlun with Better Connecticut talks with Judi Kirkpatrick about her Transitions medical make-over with Dr. Lori Greenwald.  Judi’s transition combines her battle with cancer and her daughter’s upcoming wedding–when her past meets her future. To watch this emotional story click here. 

Dr. Lori Greenwald talks about Judi’s transition and what inspires her about Judi’s story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aunt Cindy, The Lifeline.

· Cynthia says her neices are the children she never had ·

Aunt Cindy, The Lifeline.

 

Cynthia’s Niece Allison Sends A Video Greeting From The West Coast!

Aunt Cindy, My Best Friend.

The way Jillian Washburn tells it, her Aunt Cindy was the only person who kept her sane during her teenage years “when my parents were driving me nuts! She never judged and there was a lot to judge.”

Even though Jillian and her older sister Allison live some 3-thousand miles away in Bend, Oregon, Jillian considers her aunt her best friend: “I can’t count the times I called her just to listen and laugh.”

“She has the greatest sense of humor and she’s really fun,” according to Allison. Allison and Jillian’s Dad is Cynthia’s brother. It’s been four years since they last saw their aunt.” During that time, Allison had her second daughter, two-year old Hadley; her older daughter Ayla just turned six. “My daughters are missing out on an amazing lady,” Allison said.
Jillian’s 14-year old son Evan knows just how amazing Aunt Cindy is. She took the two of them to Alaska in 2009 when Evan was six. “She took us salmon fishing, which was – and still is- Evan’s greatest passion!” The trip meant a great deal to Jillian, as well, since she was a single mom and could never have afforded it: “She paid for and invited us both when I was a lost young mom and I had no visions of being able to take him anywhere anytime soon.” She says her aunt was obsessed with the bald eagles during the trip: “She couldn’t keep her eyes or her camera off the bald eagles. Evan caught his first huge fish and she was off filming eagles! It’s one of our numerous inside jokes.”

It’s been rough on the sisters hearing about how much difficulty their fun-loving aunt has endured in the past few years. “I know Aunt Cindy has had a lot of ups and downs lately after she lost her job. She’s worked all sorts of odd jobs to make ends meet. It’s been tough especially as a single lady,” says Allison. “I feel awful that the whole weight of the world was on her shoulders especially when my grandma was sick,” Jillian remembers, “She was there  every single day and  then took on the responsibility of the family home. I can’t imagine how hard that time was and how lost she felt.”

Going through all of the upheaval in the past ten years without her West Coast nieces nearby has been grueling for Cynthia. “They’re like my daughters. I don’t have children of my own but I have them. I call Allison my Gorgeous” and Jillian my Beautiful.”  Her other niece Vicki–my Adorable–is a close friend’s daughter and lives in Connecticut. Cynthia is in constant contact with her. Vicki considers “Cioci” –aunt in Polish – a lifeline too, naming her a bridesmaid in her wedding two years ago. “Since as young as I can remember, Cioci has been playing under tables with me. I knew she’d be spunky enough to pull it off.” Vicki says it took a little bit of convincing on her part, but Cynthia finally signed on and was “the perfect bridesmaid.”

The West Coast nieces don’t have the regular interaction that Vicki has with their aunt, but they still feel incredibly close to her. Jillian considers Cynthia “the glue that always held my Dad and I together.” Allison tries to talk to her on the phone at least once a month. She says she’s noticed a big change in her aunt’s self-esteem and outlook recently, “There’s a spark in her voice that I haven’t heard in a long time.” Allison chalks it up to all the treatments she’s received as a Transitions winner, “She’s super excited about the transformation.” The sisters hope this is the beginning of Cynthia’s luck changing. They’re both thrilled she’s pursuing her own business venture with Bunnuku. “She sounds excited again! Kudos to her to find something she’s passionate about,” says Allison, “ I can hear her smile when we talk!”

Jillian longs to hear her aunt’s infectious laugh in person: “I remember her making up these silly rabbit stories for Evan and him just laughing…you couldn’t control the two of them. She was always game for a pillow fight! She truly is one of the funniest people I know.” Jillian’s wish is to see her aunt soon, “I continually offer her a room hoping she comes and stays forever – or even a week. I don’t care we just want to see her!”

Judi’s Dramatic Transition With Dr. Lori In Progress!

· Judi Kirkpatrick's Transition is coming into the final stretch. ·

Judi’s Dramatic Transition With Dr. Lori In Progress!

Judi Kirkpatrick’s Transition is coming into the final stretch. She had her Botox injections last week and is already seeing huge results.

“The results are dramatic,” Kirkpatrick said. “The lines in my foreheads are either gone or almost gone! Also, the lines at the corners of my eyes are greatly diminished!”

Kirkpatrick, a cancer survivor and a former small town mayor originally from Texas, asked for Dr. Lori Greenwald’s help with her transition to become Mother-of-The Bride. Judi survived a rare form of cancer and the treatments that saved her life, prematurely aged her. When Judi’s son was married, she looked at the pictures of herself  and cried.

“I looked like a person who had been through a lot,” Kirkpatrick said in a previous interview. “I looked at that picture of myself and said, is that really me?” Judi’s daughter gets married in Texas on June 3rd. Judi leaves for the wedding on May 20th! We will be at the wedding in Texas with Judi and her family. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the dramatic transition that will no doubt, be a real tear-jerker! Judi looks amazing already but she still has a few weeks left to go in her Transition with Dr. Lori, including a make-over  at the Mac Studio Salon in Windsor. That’s next week. We will give you a preview of Judi’s new look as it unfolds!

Notes From My 45th High School Reunion.

· Cynthia Washburn's notes from her 45th high school reunion. ·

Notes From My 45th High School Reunion.

Talk about a blast from the past. This weekend, I was in it, knee-deep and loving every minute of it.

The last high school reunion I attended was my 10th! A lot has changed since then for me and my friends but what a joy it was to reconnect with people from my past and talk with them in the present! Yes, we all have changed. No question. But as I looked around the room, at so many faces, my mind morphed the faces of today into the faces of the past. I didn’t want to make this just about me because it was about all of us! We all were sharing a moment in time where the past became the present and all those memories from so long ago, came flooding back in an instant.

I wasn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, a popular kid. I wasn’t connected to any one group but I was fortunate–in that–I was able connect with everyone, in some small way, that allowed me to get to know so many of my classmates. I laughed and smiled so much Saturday night that my jaw was beginning to hurt. What a lucky woman I am to have these people in my life once again.

So many memories. How I remember the pep rallies, when the entire Gymnasium would erupt into pandemonium. The light blotted out from the clouds of confetti and streamers, the deafening sound of cheering and stomping of our feet on the wooden bleachers. We were so proud to cheer on our teams!

Breakfast at the local diner.

Sometime, I would meet up with my friends and slip-out to breakfast at the local diner. One particular morning,  we were in that diner with the Jukebox cranking out the songs of the day, laughing and having a great time; then, the door opened! In walked our vice-principal! Whoa! Talk about a deer caught in headlights! The entire room froze in fear. He sat at the counter ordered a coffee and in a booming voice said, “Anyone from Woodrow Wilson High still in this room by the time I finish my coffee is suspended!” We all ran for the door like a buffalo stampede. Doors slammed, engines started, cars peeled out of the parking lot and we were back in the school library panting after the sprint from the school parking lot. Ha! Made it that time. Whew! We were not bad kids, we were mischievous, testing the limits as do most kids.

As adults, we still are testing our limits. Many of us starting new lives in retirement, in business, ever-changing, ever morphing. But still the kids of 1972. Forever those kids of 1972.

For me, this journey begins again as I continue towards my path of owning my own business! My transition is two-fold; reinventing myself at 62 and rebuilding my self-esteem, thanks to Dr. Lori Greenwald.

As I look forward to tomorrow, I have learned to live for today!

My memories from this weekend were so wonderful and personal.These memories, and so many more,  flooded back to me. At the end of the nigh, we gathered for a group photo and one voice, joined by many, sang out our school chant.

“We are the Wild Cats! The mighty, mighty Wild Cats! Every where we go, people want to know, who we are? So we tell them! We are the Wild Cats! The mighty, mighty Wild Cats!”

With that, our evening ended, having renewed friendships, updated contacts, elated hearts and promises of meeting before and again at our 50th. We are The Wild Cats! Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1972! There’s a part of me that is still that kid, now more hopeful than ever about my future!

Thanks Dr. Lori Greenwald for your role in my journey to tomorrow.