After my breast cancer diagnosis, I started reading up on all the chemicals in the products we use every day. It was scary information. These chemicals are not natural and are, therefore, having a negative impact on our bodies. Cancer, for one thing. I vowed then to try to eliminate as much of the chemicals as I could from my life. I started with deodorant.
I learned that commercial deodorants are full of harmful chemicals, aluminum, and parabens. None of these are good for our bodies and may even cause cancer. Parabens, for example, mimic estrogen. I stopped wearing deodorant immediately.
Skipping deodorant is never the way to win friends and influence people! I’m sure I was pretty stinky during those days. My own mother even told me I smelled bad. I found recipes online for natural deodorant and tried several of them. Soon I was changing the recipes and adding my own touch to them. To my amazement, they worked great!
I gave away jars of my deodorant to friends and family and they loved it. My sister, Julie, who lives in the heat and humidity of Florida, liked it so much that she suggested I start selling it. I had never considered it! I researched how to start a small business, how to market a small business, and how to build a website. Soon, Spero-Hope was born.
I know what you are thinking….You’re thinking “when will Jamie have time to write a blog? She’s always so busy.” It’s true. I am busy. I am busy being a wife to my husband and a mother to my two wonderful, active boys. I am busy being a small business owner. I am busy being a cheerleader to many women who are going through breast cancer. I am busy raising awareness and financial support for breast cancer research. Oh, did I mention the two dogs?
I am starting this blog because I believe I have a lot of stories to tell, my own personal story and the stories of others I know. It is my hope that the stories of my breast cancer journey, the launching and growth of my business, Spero-Hope, LLC, and the people I have met along the way will serve as an inspiration for others.
So, yes, I am busy, but sharing this information is important to me. When one is passionate about something, they make the time to do it. That’s what I intend to do.