Support the Cause- Reduce the Risk!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I try to really reflect on my life and the choices I make to help reduce my chances of facing breast cancer in my future.  My mother, maternal aunt and mother-n-law are survivors and I use their strength to not fear it but work to find answers and minimize any risk that I can control.  Every year I try and support  research for a cure by purchasing items and making donations and I will share some of them with you but this year Im also trying to step up preventing within myself.

This year one of my favorite beauty stores, Ulta,  offered a variety of items to purchase with proceeds being donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They call their promotion "Donate with a Kiss" and I love it.  I purchased a reusable cup for $5 and an EOS lip balm & lotion pod set for $5.99 . I plan to return and get a beautiful kiss pink umbrella before the month is over for $10.  I also  wondered into Panera Bread and they had an amazingly good Cherry/Vanilla bagel in the shape of the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon for purchase with donations being made to the Breast Cancer Research of Alabama.  I am so addicted to this bagel and depend too heavily on "supporting the cause" when I keep making return visits to get one LOL! Another purchase that I have made is one that has become a tradition for me, every year Payless Shoes has an item that you can buy for $2 that supports the cause and this year its a bracelet and the bracelet also comes with a coupon to use on a future purchase!

Not only will I support the research by making purchases and donations, I have decided to take a step in my life to reduce risk.  Studies have shown links from traditional deodorant and breast cancer so I have decided to stop using aluminum containing deodorant and make my own! I used a recipe of 2 parts shea butter and 1 part baking soda and a few drops of tea tree oil. I used an old container and it worked great.  I melted the shea butter in the microwave and then mixed in the other ingredients. I poured the liquid into the container and then placed it in the freezer for 30 minutes.  I removed it and kept it in my bathroom where it has remained solid without any concerns.

I am loving this deodorant and will give a more extensive review in a future post but I will say this has been a great experience so far...I smell good...

Remember that one of the best ways to stop the deaths from breast cancer is to beat it so please  do self exams, get a mammogram,  exercise, make healthy food choices and be aware of what you put in and on your body. Check out the website of the American Cancer Society for great information.  Also if you know someone who has recently being diagnosed or supporting a survivor, my mom has shared her experiences and some great resources in a book, My life after Cancer, that you can purchase online today!
Has Cancer effected your life? What changes will you make in your life to reduce risks? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


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