| Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Cinco Vidas Press (September 15, 2011)
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I think everyone at some point has lost a loved one to cancer. I lost my mom over 10 years ago. She never had to undergo chemotherapy though. If she had, I would have wished I had this book. In When Cancer Hits, Britta Aragon, herself a cancer survivor gives a ton of information on how to help people cope with chemotherapy.
I never knew prior to reading this, that just simple products such as lotions, over the counter shampoos, etc. should for the most part be avoided. Many contain chemicals and carcinogens, and can actually do more damage. She talks about her father’s skin would blister after using some store bought care products.
I also had never thought about all the poisons we pump into ourselves on a daily basis through our shaving cream, makeup, toothpaste, etc. Just about every product we can buy is full of poisons. She recommended though some products such as organic products. She covers the wide range of things made to make a person undergoing chemotherapy feel good about themselves. The book covers makeup, hair products, skin products, wigs, spa’s. Anything that can be done to help the person feel better about their appearance is included in this book.
If you are undergoing chemo, or know someone who is, I would definitely recommend this book. It would also be a good gift guide. Even for those not undergoing chemo though, I think it would be valuable, in the information it contains on how to cut down your toxic levels.
Definitely pick it up, you never know when it might come in handy.
About the Author
Britta Aragon, natural beauty expert, author and entrepreneur, discovered her passion for promoting safe self-care through her experience as a caregiver during her father’s eight-year battle with cancer. A survivor herself of Hodgkin’s Disease at the age of 16, she sought solutions for the difficult side effects her father suffered on his hair, skin and nails, but was disheartened by the lack of straightforward information or effective products. Even when she tried products specifically touted for “sensitive skin,” they were often laden with potentially harmful chemicals that actually irritated her father’s fragile skin. For the first time, she became acutely aware of how devastating the side effects from drugs and medical treatments could be. Inspired and determined to help others, she founded Cinco Vidas in 2008, and dedicated her work to her father’s legacy.
A lifestyle brand of products and services, Cinco Vidas provides expert resources and safe solutions to those experiencing side effects from chemotherapy, radiation or medication, or who experience skin conditions like eczema, sensitivity and chronic dryness. With the goal of fostering prevention and encouraging change, Cinco Vidas also works to increase awareness of potential carcinogens in food, personal care products, and the environment.
As a result of years spent working as a makeup artist and skincare expert, Britta lectures on Safe Self-Care for Compromised Skin in the New York area. Her blog, Cinco Vidas, is a popular resource and community support center for those dealing with medical treatment side effects and difficult skin conditions. She is also the author of
WHEN CANCER HITS, a hand-holding guide for the newly diagnosed, and the creator of CV Skin Labs, a safe, non-toxic range of products to soothe and repair damaged skin without harmful chemicals. Visit her website at www.cincovidas.com.
*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Rebecca at Cadence Group for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.