The Real Reason
In the last 5 years, I’ve made it a habit of putting my personal life on display, for better or for worse. I like sharing my personal life on social media because it allows other people to relate to me and I find that to be very powerful. I obviously do not share EVERYTHING but for the most part, I am an open book.
With that said, I wanted to explain why I’m no longer promoting Rodan + Fields. If you have been following me for a while you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting less about my business and there is a major reason behind that. I want to make it clear that I do not have any issues with the company itself or with how well the products work. I still believe it’s one of the best MLM’s to be involved in and that the products are top notch. I‘ve really enjoyed the extra money that I’ve been able to make and the friends I’ve made along the way. I am extremely thankful for what R+F has taught me and the doors it opened for me.
I’m sure most of you are aware that my mother died from breast cancer (and multiple myeloma) and that my father passed away from complications due to brain tumors. These two things are what motivated me to get genetic testing done a few months ago. I wanted to see what cancers, if any, I would be more likely to get. It’s taken me a while to come to terms with what they found and how I feel about it.
The test came back negative for the BRCA and ATM mutations (known breast cancer causing genetic mutations). This was great news and I was relieved! However, they found a variant of uncertain significance (VUS) on my TP53 gene (our bodies tumor suppressing gene). Basically, VUS means that they don’t know what my mutation means yet because there’s not enough data. I have to wait for more data to be collected before I’ll know whether it’s a benign mutation (non-cancer causing) or a pathogenic mutation (cancer causing).
Other people who have pathogenic mutations on that gene are diagnosed with Li Fraumini Syndrome (LFS) and are at a 90% chance of getting cancer by the time they are 60. Yes, this is hella scary, but I want to make it clear that I have NOT been diagnosed with LFS and I am aware that I may never actually get cancer. I am hoping, praying and believing that my mutation turns out to be nothing!
What The Doc Said
Once I got the genetic results back, I went to my primary care doctor. He interpreted my results as something to keep a close-eye on and was very supportive. Basically, he said the only thing I can do now is get MRI’s from time to time to check my body for tumors and take steps to be smarter with what I eat and what I put on my skin. He said he’d order MRI’s for me based on this mutation and my family history and plans to keep up to date on the research. I feel very lucky to have a doctor who gets it and is supportive.
As promised, he ordered a brain MRI shortly after that appointment and it came back clear. Since my father died from brain tumors, this result was HUGE for me. I plan to get a breast MRI in 2 years and eventually I’ll get a whole-body MRI. If you are in the medical field or know anything about MRI’s, you know that all this testing is super expensive thus the reason I am spreading it out. Early detection is key and by doing these scans regularly, I am giving myself peace of mind until I know for sure what my mutation means.
Obvious Next Step
So why am I sharing all of this? Well…in order to lower my cancer risk, I have started using more natural products to clean around the house, I’ve switched my toothpaste and my deodorant to products with less chemicals, I’ve slowly been switching my food to organic and the obvious next step is to attack my skincare and makeup. I have been using up the last bits of my R+F products (because I’m a tight wad) and plan to switch to all-natural next week. I pride myself on being super transparent with everything I do and knowing that, I can’t continue to promote a product that I do not personally use. If you are a customer of mine, you can continue to order from me until my account deactivates in August. I will be in touch about how to keep your account updated after that.
In the meantime, I am looking into other MLM’s and ways to make money on the side. I still believe it’s important to diversify your income and to have multiple income streams (business major over here!). With that in mind, I am currently looking into multiple companies. I am evaluating their compensation plans, products, ingredients, quality control and position in the market. On another note, I do have a major interest in fitness and health so I’ll also be looking into focusing on my fitness and lifestyle blog as a part time job and may not join another MLM at all.
What I’m going to do going forward is a big ol’ question mark and that’s okay for now. I am excited to forge a new path and to try something I’ve never done before whether it’s with a new MLM company or building a business online through my blog. No matter what I do, I promise to keep it real, as always!
If you have any questions for me regarding any of this, feel free to ask. I am an open book and would love to chat. Thank you for reading and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!