A Healing Salve, A Story of Hope

I love featuring stories of people who have faced the challenge of cancer and created a way to make a difference for others out of the experience.  One such woman is Jean, the creator and owner of Jeans Cream, and a two-time breast cancer survivor.

Cancer is very personal to her and her daughter Lexi as Jean’s husband died of cancer a decade ago.  Today I have the honor of featuring an interview with Jean.

As a family, you demonstrate a commitment to and caring for the cancer community and strive to support them so many ways.  I was wondering if you could share a bit about your personal experience with cancer.

The diagnosis of breast cancer is such a traumatic event and the treatment that was recommended for me was tri-fold, starting with surgery, followed by chemotherapy and finally radiation.  Before beginning radiation, I was required to meet with a nurse to discuss the treatment and go over possible side effects.  It was brought to my attention that my skin would probably suffer from radiation burns. 

When I asked what I could use to prevent the burns or at least minimize damage during radiation, I was told there really wasn’t a product she could recommend.  She advised me to go to the store and look for a moisturizer. 

What inspired you to create Jeans Cream?

Personally, I felt abandoned and isolated by the lack of good products for someone going through the ordeal of radiation.  I felt compelled to create something for myself that would get me through my treatment with my skin in the best shape possible.   

How did you get started?

I did some research and together with my own knowledge of the benefits of certain vitamins and plants on the skin, I created a cream I could use during my radiation.  Upon completion, the doctors were very impressed by how well my skin held up during treatment.  In particular, one of my doctors said that there was a real need for a quality cream for use during radiation, and she encouraged me to ‘get it out there’.

Check back this Friday to read “The Healing Power of Helping Others” on the challenges Jean had to overcome to make her vision a reality and how helping others served as its own healing salve for Jean in her recovery from cancer and the loss of her husband.

Article written by tambre

I help cancer survivors and caregivers to move from surviving to thriving.

14 responses to “A Healing Salve, A Story of Hope”

  1. Hajra

    This has been a wonderful read. It just shows what a strong woman you are, Jean :)

  2. Cindy Murphy

    This is a great interview. No wonder you love interviewing those who have faced challenges and end up finding solutions. Such and inspiration.

    Cindy

  3. Bonnie

    Wonderful and inspiring story of facing a challenge and rising far and above it. THanks for sharing Jean’s story Tambre.

  4. Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A. @Cerebrations.biz

    It’s amazing what can be developed when there is a personal interest in the product. Often, it’s the difference between success and failure. I recall well a client whom we considered a little flaky (Oh, Jean- don’t worry, I’m not including you in that classification)- ok, a lot flaky. But, he suffered from allergies- big time. He moved to the verdant South and found that he was in trouble- pollen et al was rampant vs. his original abode. And, came up with a concept for a product that he wanted us to develop. Admittedly, he found a receptive audience with me (not the first four of our firm with whom he met)- and we developed the product, helped him market it. As flaky as he was- and as outlandish as the product sounded, it worked. It succeeded.
    This does NOT sound flaky- (ok, I’m too tempted- it stops flaky)… I wish you great success!

  5. Roberta Budvietas

    Necessity can breed innovation. The challenge though is the same as for every business – awareness. And so many really useful solutions are unfound where needed because Roy needs to be cloned

  6. Kathy Waller

    I can’t wait to hear more on Friday! what a great story! Where can you buy this? A must gift for a friend going through Radiation!

  7. Lynn Brown

    Thank you Tambre for sharing Jean’s wonderful story. Being strong is difficult at times, but when you can conquer your fears and sadness it certainly inspires and raises you up.

  8. Janette Fuller

    Very inspiring story ~ Jean is a good example of what we can do to fill a need. I am sure many women will benefit from this product.

  9. PeggyLee Hanson

    My step-father had problems with burns from radiation; my mom felt so bad for him — we all did. Most products are developed because of a personal need or desire; this is just another instance. I’m sad that Jean went through what she has, but glad she found a way to help herself and others through the effects of treatment.

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