This is the mission of Beautycounter. Getting safer products into the hands of everyone. Yesterday I was able to be a part of a small group of consultants with Beautycounter who met with the Policy Aide in our local Congressmans office and told our stories and taught him about the need for stricter laws when it comes to personal care products and make up. I was able to tell him my story and I even left a copy with him so he could include it in his notes from the meeting. I started out saying, "I wrote what I wanted to say because I feel it's really important and I didn't want to leave anything out. Here is what I said:
My name is Tonya Peat and I love a good lip-gloss as much as the next girl, maybe more but the amazing lip-gloss wasn’t what brought me to Beautycounter. Or maybe in a way it actually was.
I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive ductal carcinoma August 2015. My youngest daughter had just turned 6 months old. I had no family history of breast cancer, I was gluten free, worked out, had nursed 3 babies and still I heard those 3 words you never want to hear “You have cancer” I went thru a bilateral mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemo 4 more surgeries, 5 years of medication along with 2 emergency-room visits, one of which I ended up in emergency surgery and losing a liter of blood. I survived all that and one day as I was about to put on my lip gloss, a brand I had used exclusively for 15 years I stopped, looked at it and thought “I have been using this brand of lip gloss, lip stick and make up for 15 years and I don’t know what is in it” I don’t know why I got cancer but I do know I had been putting something on my lips multiple times a day for 15 years and it contained known carcinogens. One day I got a care package in the mail from my friend Elaine Lam Chiu I loved everything and I started asking questions. It was like the movie “The Matrix” when Neo realizes he has been living in a false world. I thought how is this possible that the United States isn’t banning all these hazardous ingredients?! I decided I needed to use my voice and my experience with breast cancer to spread the word and fight for the Beautycounter cause. Shortly after I joined Beautycounter I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Stand Up 2 Cancer as the survivor in a PSA with Morgan Freeman and then again with an Instagram collaboration between SU2C and Beautycounter. Friends about to have their mammograms we’re contacting me because they were nervous and I offered support. Newly diagnosed friends or friends with family diagnosed reached out to me before telling even their inner circle. I started to feel my purpose calling. Getting cancer is like winning a lottery that no one wants to win but through my experience and working with Beautycounter I have been able to help others and I really believe that I have “been assigned this mountain to show that it can be moved” Beautycounter is a movement. Getting tougher laws passed is crucial in cancer prevention. We can’t leave this fight for our children. 99% of Breast Cancer tumors contain parabens among other toxins. You can make a difference. Because no one should have to wonder if their lipstick gave them cancer.
Join the movement and get safer products into the hands of Everyone. “Everyone Means Everyone”.
-Tonya Peat www.hopemovesmountains.com