My letter to Cynthia Rowland
(I had nothing to do tonight, so I Googled myself and found this. I swear, the internet is such a hoot. There is absolutely no privacy!)
Well, it has been over a year since I last saw you. At that time, you could not find my starting photo taken at the Learning Annex workshop that I attended. I think that workshop took place near the end of May 2002. It might have been 2003, but I do remember that it was late May because I had visited a local LA plastic surgeon just a few weeks earlier in May to get an estimate on what it would cost to fix my face. I left his office in a total state of shock after hearing his estimate of $35,000 and that was just for a few basic critical problems, not even the entire face! The photos I include were taken before hearing the estimate. I hate to think of how I must have looked afterwards. I do remember dissolving into tears after his financial consultant assured me that it could be financed.
It is said that “thoughts are things”…in other words, thought has power. Thought is a form of prayer. I was frantic for an alternative. Not only was surgery completely beyond my reach financially, I was terrified at even the thought of it. I began to hunt for an alternative. I remembered being contacted by e-mail years earlier regarding miraculous facial exercises which came in the form of an e-book. I had purchased it, but in all honesty, I did not understand what to do. I did not understand the proper placement of the fingers in each exercise. So, it went unused. Then, a few days after visiting the surgeon, I was having lunch at my favorite little deli where there were copies of the Learning Annex booklets outside. I had nothing to read, so I grabbed one and went in. That’s where and how I stumbled across your class. It was as if my mindset had opened the door to the answer to my prayer. There you were. I couldn’t believe it. In fact, had I not already been primed by that e-book years before, I might have discounted your methodology.
There are 4 photos attached, 2 from the surgeon and 2 in approximately the same angles taken in the last two weeks. Have fun. I do every time I look at them. I put them up side by side on my computer screen just to entertain myself. Look at them and let me know what you think. Personally, I think you are a gift from God. I am turning 56 in August and as I recall, you are an August baby also, so let me wish you a very happy birthday to come. You helped me to change my future. I can never really thank you enough.
With the deepest gratitude