This Louisiana woman had spent her entire life wishing that she looked like someone else. It wasn’t vanity, nor was it body dysmorphia—she’d been teased as a child and the name-calling had haunted her throughout adulthood. She daydreamed about winning the lottery.
“I don’t care what we do, but Mama’s going to get a new nose,” she’d tell her children.
Cynthia Stanley ended up winning a different lottery when producers from the reality television show The Doctors came across her application for an extreme makeover. They granted her wishes—and then some. Read on for Cynthia’s story!
10. Back Then
“Do you feel you deserve an extreme makeover?” the reality show prompted. The mother of three decided to fill out the entry form on a whim, not really expecting anything to come of it.
9. Sending An Entry
“I forgot about it,” she said, explaining that she figured that nobody would follow up after her entry. It took eight months, but she heard back from producers of The Doctors, who reached out with phone calls and emails to learn more about her situation.
“My heart started racing,” she said.
8. Going To California
A month later, the show sent a camera crew to record shots of Cynthia and her family. That same month, the producers flew her out to California to meet with a plastic surgeon for a consultation. She sat in the studio audience to observe a taping of the show as well.
“They kept telling me, ‘You’re just a candidate,'” she said, not expecting what would happen next. The show’s hosts called her out of the audience and brought her onstage, where she was shown video of her family and told that she would receive a makeover.
6. Mixed Feelings
Cynthia was thrilled to have this life-changing opportunity, of course, but her family was dealing with mixed emotions. They’d always known that she wanted a rhinoplasty, but they were still confused.
“First, I was a little bit perplexed,” said her husband John. “I said, ‘Why do you want all this?'”
5. Under The Knife
“They didn’t think I needed it,” she said. But the cameras rolled and she underwent the surgical procedures that would forever change her appearance. She received a new nose, major dental work, a breast lift, chin implant, facelift, and liposuction.
At first, Cynthia’s husband had trouble embracing her new look, but once she finished recovering from the procedures, he had a change of heart.
3. Inner And Outer Beauty
“She was more confident,” said her daughter Jenae while describing Cynthia’s new appearance. “She liked taking pictures. She just changed completely.”
2. Thankful Every Day
“They’re so glad I did it. They love to take me now and show me off,” Cynthia said. She has an entirely new face, after all! “I know they’re proud. I thank God and them every day for it because I would have never had this done on my own.”
1. A New Life
“It made a difference, a really big difference, not just physically, but psychologically,” said Cynthia’s husband. He added that his wife is already seven years younger than him, but she now looks even younger than that.
“To me, she’s always going to be the little girl I married,” he said. “She didn’t change in my eyes. She’s the same.”
Isn’t Cynthia’s story incredibly touching? It shows that great things can happen to good people, as well as the great impact that reality shows can have on everyday people. If you liked the outcome of this story, make sure to check out The Doctors on your local television network, because the show is always airing stories that are as inspiring as this one.
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