October 2020

October 2020 Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

For those of you who don’t know, we at GSBWC have an annual holiday party for all of our patients. Traditionally, it is the first Monday in December and (in my humble opinion!) it is the “event of the season”. Ok, maybe calling it the event of the season is a bit of an overstatement, but it is quite the event. If memory serves, we have held it every year since 2007. It is free to any and all of our patients and whoever they want to bring as guests….family, friends, co-workers etc. We usually have 500 (give or take) people come every year. The purpose of the party is really to celebrate what a life changing event this surgery is for so many people. I have had any number of patients call the day they had surgery their ‘surgiversary’ and their ‘second birthday’. It really is that type of transformation for many people, and the holiday party is held to honor that spirit of transformation. Traditionally, the October newsletter has been when we announce the date and location of the party but as with so many things in 2020 (which I suspect will go down as the ‘Year of Covid’) we are going to have to cancel the holiday party. Raise your hand if you’re ready for 2020 to be over…I know I am! We are currently tossing around some ideas of things we could do to ‘replace’ the holiday party (fully recognizing that it’s impossible to replace! ). If you have some thoughts please feel free to email them to my office manager, Kelley Fairbairn at info@gsbwc.com. Since cancelling the Holiday Party is something we were hoping to avoid and honestly feels like a bit of a bummer, I am going to end with 2 quotes that
hopefully give a new way to think about this year: “These days are like a strong wind on a young tree. It drives the roots deep” -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging” -Joseph Campbell

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