Katerina's journey: Cancer Survivor to Eco Thriver
I am a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, young breast cancer survivor, and steward of the earth. I am energized by teaching and empowering others, nourishing foods, cooking, the salt air, nature, hiking, photography, taking action to protect our planet, yoga and learning about all things healing and holistic. I am a young breast cancer survivor, BRCA mutation carrier and have mold sensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS, or Environmental Illness). Eating to nourish, making small batch non toxic products, and limiting toxins from my life began following my cancer diagnosis as a young survivor. I believe we are borrowing this earth from our grandchildren and it must be taken care of through limiting pollution and our carbon footprint. I am a N.J. native and I currently reside with my husband and two children in Carrboro, North Carolina.
My eco journey began with my breast cancer diagnosis at age 32. After a bilateral mastectomy, 5 months of chemo, 6 months of a trial drug, and surgical menopause, I began to research (and research) how I could reduce my risk of recurrence and how I could keep my children from getting the disease that also took my mother's life when I was 20. I threw myself into healthy whole food organic cooking, using food as medicine and nourishment. I couldn't control cancer, but I could control my self care including what I ate and what chemicals I allowed into my home. I took back the power that being diagnosed with cancer took from me.
What I learned was the healthier I ate, and the less chemicals I was exposed to the better I felt and my passion was fueled!
After a house renovation my chemical sensitivities advanced. Staying healthy and sane in our toxic world is difficult, but I believe doable. I work daily at educating myself, controlling what I can with self care, and trying to let go of the rest.
It is my hope to help supply truly non toxic products, help others make more sustainable nontoxic choices and to help others on their own journey towards health, healthier indoor air, and living a non toxic lifestyle!
Much health, love and light,