Dr. Joly is the best!

Patient's Name: Barbara Gandarela

Testimonial Date: August 5, 2006

Barbara Gandarela

Barb Boasts : "Dr. Joly is the best!"

Imagine sitting in a surgeon's office and being told that you have 3 herniated discs in your neck and surgery is the only answer - but without a guarantee that after surgery, the problem will be corrected and you will feel better. On top of that you are in excruciating pain. No prescribed medication seems to help. Now imagine being told that you must "be very careful when you drive, because if you are in an accident and bumped from behind, you can wind up in a wheelchair". Then, before you have a chance to digest all of the information, you are scheduled for surgery (fusion) within the next few weeks. This is my story, and it was very overwhelming.

Thinking back, I recall a time when I could barely move. The entire left side of my body was agonizing. As a very visible real estate agent, I found it impossible to walk every day and distribute my newsletter. And as a wife and mother, my family didn't know what to think. I could no longer do my normal everyday things. My personality had changed because of the pain. I became difficult to live with. Bottom line- I was miserable.

A very dear friend of mine had been seeing Dr. Joly, and kept telling me how she felt much better after her visits. Deciding to explore all my options, with surgery as the very last, I called his office.

From my initial visit, I had developed great confidence in Dr. Joly and his staff. They were sensitive to my pain, and their professionalism and care had given me the piece of mind that I had been looking for. He explained all procedures that would be done prior to performing them. I told him that I was nervous, and (bless his heart) he managed to put me at ease. For the first time during my ordeal, I felt like someone really cared and that I really mattered. I remember walking out of his office thinking, "this Dr. is going to help me", and the rest is history. It didn't take long for the pain to go away, and for the "old Barb" to return.

I am now back doing my everyday things, without any thought to pain whatsoever. I continue my visits on a regular basis, and I am grateful to be able to do the things that, at one time, were virtually impossible. I can play ball with the kids, walk and distribute my real estate flyer, and even sit at a desk for 8 hours. All without pain, and it's a great feeling.

Words cannot fully express my gratitude to Dr. Joly and his staff. How can I repay someone who has given me my life back? I can only begin by telling my story, then telling everyone I know "Go see Dr. Joly, he is the best!"

Barbara Gandarela, Realtor® Keller - Williams Benchmark Properties Fremont

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