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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.

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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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.

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.

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!

Judi Showered With Compliments At Daughter’s Wedding

Judi Showered With Compliments At Daughter’s Wedding

I’m still riding the high of my daughter’s shower – even though I’ve been back for two weeks now! She looks great and seems so happy! It’s such a rewarding feeling as a mother to see her glow. The great thing is: I’m glowing too; thanks to all of the treatments I’m receiving from Dr. Lori. My daughter Hilary – and all of my friends in Texas – have been following my Transitions journey on Facebook every step of the way but I think they were surprised with the results when they saw me in person. Everyone said I looked really good. The best part is: I feel like I look really good, too! These treatments make me look like a younger version of myself.

I feel so much more confident preparing for Hilary’s “Big Day” compared to how beaten down and aged I felt at my son’s wedding a year ago. It’s so empowering! I think the biggest boost to my appearance actually came from the fillers I got this week. I told Amanda it was so easy to put blush on now because I can finally see my cheeks again. There’s still a little bruising and swelling which is totally normal. Once the side effects subside, I know I’ll be even more amazed at how I’ve managed to reclaim my youth.

I would recommend the fillers to anyone. You can see the results immediately! My friends told me if they had the money, they would absolutely do some of these procedures themselves. That made me realize, once again, how lucky I am to receive this exclusive pampering. I still have several more treatments to go so I know when they see me for the wedding in June, there will be even bigger changes.. Next up: Botox. And, a bonus: I have a dentist from Manchester named Dr. Daar who is working with me to whiten my teeth. I never expected this! He heard about my story and wants to help improve my smile! So instead of avoiding the camera at the wedding, I’ll be jumping in front of it…and beaming !

Finding Inspiration On The Shepherd’s Diet!

· Why Some Call It 'The Bible Diet.' ·

Finding Inspiration On The Shepherd’s Diet!

It’s hard to believe my daughter’s wedding is right around the corner. Just like every mother of the bride, I want to lose weight before the big day so I can fit into a smaller dress. I’m aiming to drop 40 pounds. Normally, Weight Watchers is my “go to” diet, but this time around, I’m trying something new because I can’t make the meetings with my work schedule. It’s called The Shepherd’s Diet. I saw it on Facebook and thought “Why not give it a shot?” So far, so good. In two months, I’ve lost 11 pounds. People keep telling me how great I look!

This diet is so much easier for me to follow than Weight Watchers. I don’t have to weigh food or count calories so I’m not obsessing about what I’m going to eat next. Basically, you’re eating the food that’s mentioned in the Bible. So a lot of meat, nuts, dairy and vegetables. My big splurge is strawberries, which I can have with heavy whipping cream! I love this diet because I can eat three meals a day and I’m never hungry! I figure it’s because I’m eating so much more protein, which keeps me feeling satisfied.

For breakfast I usually eat eggs scrambled with veggies, cheese and sausage or bacon. On Monday, I make enough to last the week so I can divide it up and eat it every morning before work. I admit…I’m not a huge fan of veggies so that’s a little bit of a challenge. For lunch, I have a protein and for supper, it’s a salad with some meat on it. I don’t have to keep track of anything. I just avoid sugar and carbs. The truth is, I’ve never gotten results this quick.

I had a big surprise when the dress I ordered online for the wedding arrived and it was too big! The dress is gorgeous and really flattering – it makes me look like I have a smaller waist. I’m keeping it but I need to find a good seamstress to do the alterations. At this rate, I’m sure I’ll lose more weight so I need to figure out the timing before I do the final fitting; a good problem to have, right? 🙂

The treatments with Dr. Lori have already boosted my confidence. This weight loss is just an added bonus. I knew I had to play my own role in this Transition.

‘ I Want My Mom To Look And Feel As Pretty As I Do On My Wedding Day.’

· "This is the opportunity she has been waiting for." Hilary said about her Mom Judi and her Transiti' medical make-over with Dr. Lori Greenwald's Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa. ·

‘ I Want My Mom To Look And Feel As Pretty As I Do On My Wedding Day.’

Hilary facetimes with her Mother Judi who is flying to Texas this weekend for her daughter’s bridal shower.

“My Mom has always been someone I looked up to for a very long time; she’s good at everything! She’s been through a lot. She is such a smart and caring woman. She took on the role of mayor for ten years; everyone knows her and everyone loves her. After her diagnosis, everything took a toll at once…

This is the opportunity she has been waiting for.

I just can’t wait to see the final results; the Mom that I see and everyone else sees, but now she’ll see it too.”

The Women of Transitions on iHeart Radio, Judi Part Two

The Women of Transitions on iHeart Radio, Judi Part Two

The Forgotten Woman: Dr. Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa, Talks With Radio Show Host Renee DiNino About Transitions And How She Wants To Impact Lives, Including Judi’s Life.

Renee DiNino, dIrector of community affairs, on-air programming for iHeartRadio in Connecticut and midday host on The River 105.9, interviews the women of Transitions. Here’s part two of her interview with Judi KirkPatrick and Doctor Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa, talking about Transitions and their mission to transform lives.

The Women of Transitions on iHeart Radio, Judi part one.

The Women of Transitions on iHeart Radio, Judi part one.

Cancer survivor to mother-of-the-bride, Judi Kirkpatrick and Dr. Lori Greenwald talk about Transitions with radio host Renee DiNino of IHeart Radio.

Judi’s story.

Renee DiNino, dIrector of community affairs, on-air programming for Heart in Connecticut and midday host on The River 105.9, interviews the women of Transitions. Here’s part one of her interview with Judi Kirkpatrick  and Doctor Lori Greenwald of Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa, talking about Transitions and their mission to transform lives.

A Patient Once Again

A Patient Once Again


A Patient Once Again.

I’ve been told I have a high tolerance for pain because the side effects from arsenic, used as my chemotherapy, really weren’t that bad. Sure, I had headaches, was nauseous and slept all the time but I didn’t lose all my hair. However, It did fall out in patches but I still didn’t have to wear a wig.

Not even poison could take away my hair but it did prematurely age me; I feel like I look ten years older.

Today, I am a patient once again. Except this time, I’m not fighting for my life, I’m just fighting to get my life back to the way it was…

Once upon a time…

We teach our children to believe in happy endings and fairytales; now,  I feel like I am living one of my own. Dr. Lori Greenwald is determined to help me with my transition to erase the daily reminders of cancer I see in my reflection. You might call her my very own fairy godmother/doctor. 🙂

Dr. Greenwald shares a smile with Judi Kirkpatrick during her vein procedure.

With every procedure, I see a part of me coming back to the way I looked before I had cancer. And this week was a busy week at Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa. I went in for my second vein treatment. I admit it’s a little bit uncomfortable but the pay off is worth the discomfort. I can already see a big difference in my legs after the first treatment, which was only two weeks ago. I used the all-natural healing supplement Arnica to reduce the swelling and bruising and it worked really well. I’m relieved that Dr. Lori Greenwald is treating my varicose and spider veins now because my legs will look so much better by then end of May, when I head back to Texas for my daughter’s wedding. She hasn’t seen me in person since the end of September, so I’m sure she will be in shock at my transformation!

(Left to Right) HydraFacial MD, IPL light therapy for sun spots on her chest, PIxel laser skin resurfacing.

In addition to the veins, I had Juvashape to tighten up the skin under my neck and an IPL photofacial, which uses pulses of light to reduce age lines. It takes a little planning to manage the appointments with my work schedule but I’m blessed because my boss is very flexible since I put in so many hours at Chlor- Alkali. Not to mention that the guys at the plant love watching my progress! They think I’m brave to endure these treatments. But then again, they’re guys. They don’t understand the price of beauty. 😉

Cancer Campground, Right This Way.

Honestly, trying to keep all my appointments at Dr. Lori Greenwald’s Vanishing Veins and Vivesse Med Spa is nothing. This is a piece of cake compared to the arsenic infusions that cured my leukemia. It’s really no big deal running to Dr. Lori’s a few times a week – I mean, I lived in a camper on a campground next to the hospital when I was treated for cancer. That was a dark time. My husband had relocated to Connecticut and the treatment schedule was so intense I needed to stay close by because we lived an hour and a half from the hospital. Fortunately, my son would come and stay with me to keep me company. The campground was full of cancer patients like me, who were all undergoing daily treatment. Not exactly what I’d consider a vacation, but it definitely was convenient.

A cancer campground, I don’t think that would go over as a big travel destination for anyone but for me, it was part of my journey to where I am today. I just can’t wait to see my daughter on her wedding day and I want to make her proud of me,  just like I am of her. And I am so grateful to Dr. Lori and her amazing staff for helping me to get there.

To hear Doctor Lori talk about Judi’s transition click here. 


Judi Kirkpatrick’s Transition In Progress!

Judi Kirkpatrick’s Transition In Progress!

Judi Kirkpatrick talks openly about her transition with Dr. Lori Greenwald before  her interview airing today on Better Connecticut with Kara Sundlun.
Judi says she is seeing a big difference already with her lines softening from the treatments including the Pixel Laser treatment. We asked her about that because some people posted on social media that it looked painful.

Judi Kirkpatrick says every day, she sees a little piece of herself coming back to the way she looked before she had cancer. This soon to be mother-of-the-bride wants to erase the signs of cancer from her reflection in time for her daughter’s wedding in June.

If you would like more information on any of the procedures Judi has had done, please fill out the contact form below. We also offer free consultations for our med spa services.

My Wife Is Always There For Everyone Else.

My Wife Is Always There For Everyone Else.

David Kirkpatrick talks about his wife Judi and her battle with cancer. To read more about their story and how they fought cancer together click here.  David was transferred to Connecticut during her Judi’s  treatment but he flew back to Connecticut on weekends to be with his wife. During all this, David says  his wife just wanted to be there for everyone else.


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.  TO READ MORE OF JUDI’S BLOG, CLICK HERE.