This is a very hard thing for me to write, but I need to let my frustrations out somewhere. Since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month AND the last day of Hispanic Heritage month, I’ve decided to get out of my comfort zone and share a little bit about my personal life.
About three short months ago, my world was turned completely upside down. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a blow to our entire family. My sisters, mom and I are all very close. And we got even closer after we lost our dad. To hear that your hero, the person you admire most, the strongest person you know has cancer was downright dreadful. And I can’t even imagine how frightening it was for her.
I’m not a very outspoken person. I tend to keep all of my emotions bottled up inside me. But this one was hard. At work I would stay in the bathroom for 20-30 minutes just crying, then compose myself and come back like nothing was wrong. Morning showers were a cry fest. And I probably missed half of the content of TV shows and movies I watched because my mind was spinning.
Breast cancer doesn’t run in our family. Sure, we have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, I could go on & on, but not breast cancer. Yes, cancer can strike anyone at any age, but it was still something we never expected.
Luckily, doctors detected the breast cancer early. My mom had suspicions that something was wrong, so she scheduled a mammogram. EARLY DETECTION IS KEY! Please listen to your bodies.
Although I wasn’t able to attend her initial appointment because I was in another state, we all had a thorough conversation with her doctor at the next one. That conversation helped calm my initial fears a little. My mom has cancer NOW, but won’t soon. After speaking with him, I realized everything would eventually be ok because of early detection.
She was in the first stage of breast cancer and had several options for cancer treatment. From day one, she knew which treatment and surgery she wanted and did not change her mind once. She wanted the cancer and the possibility of it returning GONE.
She had her surgery, is going to her doctor visits, and is now on the road to recovery. She is not completely out of the woods, but she is a now cancer survivor and is still the strongest person I know.
Since her diagnosis, I’ve been researching products that are generally safer and free from possible toxic ingredients. I haven’t made the switch to all natural, but I am more aware of product ingredients.
One key product that I immediately tossed was my antiperspirant.
Chucking my regular antiperspirant was hard to do. I sweat so much, and when I sweat, I stink. Badly. And even though cancer.org states that “…no clear link has been made between antiperspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer,” it also mentions that “some scientists have suggested that using the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may be a risk factor for the development of breast cancer.”
It appears the amount absorbed is minimal and less than what is in our food, but still. I guess in this case, better safe than sorry, even though I know my reaction is definitely fear based.
Link or no link to cancer, I’m on the natural deodorant train! There are a number of options, which is awesome. If one doesn’t work, there are plenty of other deodorants available. I’m currently testing deodorants by Love Beauty & Planet and Freedom, and using antiperspirant only when I know I’m going to have an extra-long or extra-sweaty day.
If you have a deodorant you adore, please let me know. I would love to get recommendations. Besides the 2 I’m testing, I’ve also been eyeing these below. Yes, if you click on a link, I receive a (very) few cents commission, but that few cents is super appreciated as everything I receive helps keep this blog running.
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