Every person in my immediate family has had cancer: my older brother, sister, and father in addition to my mom and granddad who both passed away from the disease.
In 1992, I was diagnosed with melanoma and in 2013 with advanced, stage-three breast cancer. To add insult to injury, I was told I had two different types of breast cancer and each type would be treated independently meaning two types of chemo. The side effects were debilitating! Steroids caused severe heartburn; I was constantly nauseous, suffered from migraines, and had an upset stomach all the time. My white blood count got so low that a common cold could kill me. To help with the side effects and rather than heaping pills on top of pills, I turned to essential oils and created what became my Essential Wellness line of rollerball remedies.
When I began radiation, I was told using deodorant with aluminum would interact and create a greater risk of skin toxicity. I didn't even know deodorant contained aluminum.
At this point, I started reading the ingredient labels of all my personal care, cleaning and laundry products and realized I didn't understand ninety percent of what they contained. Benzalkonium Chloride, Diethanolamine, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. What are these things? I was horrified to learn how many toxins were in the products I’d used my whole life. Even those that made claims of “all-natural” and "non-toxic” were full of ingredients that contribute to respiratory problems, developmental and reproductive toxicity, environmental toxicity, and, yes, cancer.
So, in addition to dealing with the normal fear, anxiety, and sickness of having cancer, the realization of having three types of cancer was scary and I had to ask myself why. Was it genealogy or environment? And, what could I do to lower the percentage of re-occurrence for me and my family?
I absolutely believe that we should be able to care for ourselves, homes and families without fear of exposure to ingredients that can contribute to disease!
The first step was creating an environment where my immune system could have a fighting chance and to do this I got rid of products with toxic chemicals. The second step was reading, researching, taking classes, consulting with labs, working with a formulary and creating products. After two years of research, trials, and testing, Leslie Jane Naturals was born!I’m thankful to be cancer-free once more and to be able to offer these products to you. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Wishing you a healthier home and lifestyle,
Cancer Survivor & Founder