The more I read, the more I freak out. I have been reading about all of the bad substances that put in all types of health care products that are not friendly for people like me with breast cancer. So now I realize in addition to changing everything I eat, I have to change my health care products. Geez! Anything else?
So today I have been online researching aluminum free deodorant. Yes, you read that correctly. Who knew that not wanting to smell could be bad for my breast cancer. I have been reading reviews of these metal free deodorants and trying to find one that looks like it may work well. It seems like there are a lot of choices, but most of the reviews say they don't really work. That's encouraging - not only do I have breast cancer, but I will now stink too!
After my reading of all the information I could find, I ordered some deodorant off the Internet. Isn't that crazy? I ordered something called Pitt Putty from Bubble and Bee which makes all organic health care products. I would have never guessed that a stick of deodorant would cost $10 plus shipping. Just nuts! I hope it works. I am sitting here in my own stink waiting for my new deodorant in the mail. Ugh!
So now I must move on to the rest of my health care products. That means soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hand lotion, lip balm, make up and hairspray. This is going to get expensive. I can tell. I never knew that there was organic health care products. I guess I just never thought about it. I talked to my sister who uses a lot of organic things and she pointed me in the right direction. So this weekend I have a whole shopping list!
The other thing is vitamins. Yes, many vitamins contain soy which is a big "no-no" for me! So I also have to pitch my vitamins and get soy free vitamins. Who knew? I know much of this sounds extreme to some. I don't care though. I just want all of the crap out of my body! I just want to do the things I can when I can so that when I can't control that things are organic I won't worry about it.
I guess at some point maybe I will be in some type of routine with all of this. For now it seems overwhelming to research all of these new products and find things that will work for me. I know that when I do go shopping it will be a four hour adventure as I stand in the aisle reading every stinking label to determine if the product is chemical free or not. That combined with grocery shopping should be completely exhausting. Oh what fun....
I am a wife, a mom, a sister, a daughter, a neice, an aunt and a friend. I never thought I would hear the words "It's not good. There are cancer cells". December 8, 2010 changed my life forever. This is my scary, long, enlightening journey through breast cancer. I hope that my words help others facing a similar situation or those that love someone going through breast cancer. I don't know where the road in front of me leads, but I know that Breast Cancer won't define me.
"Don't spend time worrying about how you are going to die. Worry about how you are going to live today"
Friday, February 11, 2011
My make up and deoderant are killing me....
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I was diagnosed with IDC this past October, underwent a lumpectomy. My pathology report stated Stage 2B, Grade 3, Progesterone and Estrogen postive, Her2 negative. After lumpectomy my margins were not clean, and so I was supposed to go back for a re-excision which I have yet to do. Although both the oncologist and surgeon recommended chemo, radiation and drug therapy, I refused all. I must note that I am 61 years old and believe that I can have a good outlook without these treatments. I am a mother with daughters in their late thirties and two grandchildren. I do understand your decision since you are a lot younger than me and you have a child to raise and be there to see him grow up. I know how confusing all this can be with so many pros and cons. There are a lot of message boards on the net that can make you crazy if you read them on a daily basis. I try not to wake up each morning with the BIG C on my mind. Luckily, there is no pain involved so it makes it easier. I wish you the best. If you'd like, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.ReplyDelete
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