I’m still on my journey to optimal health, but the last year has been good to me. I feel so lucky to have my health and strength back.
It hasn’t all been easy juggling life challenges. My health and family has had its share of trials. I have been brought to my knees many times, but answers to prayers have been given each time I ask. I’ll admit it’s not always the answer I expect, but through this process I have learned it’s not my timing that counts. When I take the time to really listen the answers somehow they seem to surface.
I’ve learned to lean on people and prayer for help. The knowledge that is revealed to me through many resources are there because I am searching and praying for a path to solutions.
I do not expect everything to be ok because I ask, but I can rest knowing I am also doing my part,
not just asking for it to be done.
It’s been a year since my thyroidectomy and almost 1 year since my treatment.
I’m happy to say I am showing no signs of cancer!
However, I will be closely monitored for the next few years through bloodwork and testing to remain healthy. I also believe this keeps me humble, dependent on my faith, and open to help.
This experience has lead me to discover so many toxins that I have been exposed to in the beauty industry these past 25 years.
Thinking back to 14 months ago when the doctor told me my cancer came from toxins or radiation as a child. I was bewildered beyond words.. I never had radiation as child besides routine dentist appointment and that wasn’t enough to cause my cancer. I immediately put my mind to work to find out the root cause of it all.
Books, websites, naturopaths, health coaches, hormone specialty doctors, you name it. I researched it.
It was amazing to me how much came down to the products I used and breathed in daily, and the food I consumed. I could go on for days on my findings.. But I will tell you, my diet, environment, state of mind and beauty regimen were the main culprits.
Through Beauty Counter I learned that decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including but not limited to asthma, cancer, and infertility) are on the rise and are due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home..
I’ve learned that the food we eat containing pesticides, hormones and gluten can block our bodies and hormones from working properly.
Stress is another main factor that can cause havoc on our health.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today. Many don’t have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry.
All this information consumed me for many months. I dedicated a lot of my time detoxing through IV infusions, salt therapy rooms, energy healing, yoga, meditation, praying and reading.
I would read every label and limit my social life so that I wouldn’t be influenced by food or drink that could lead to cancer. The stress alone of my worry could have caused more damage than I knew.
What I learned in the process is that life is about balance.
Learning to take time to rest, spend time in person with friends and the ones you love, reflect on your blessings, and live in the present.
Don’t obsess over your food, eat it and enjoy every bite, give your body the nutrition it really needs. Exercise for a healthy mind and body so you keep sickness away, beware of your environment and limit your exposure to air toxins and toxic people. Make wise choices and eat and drink in moderation. And take time to care and love yourself the way GOD made you.
When applying beauty products on your skin, hair and face understand that the chemicals are absorbing through you skin (our biggest organ) into your bloodstream. So keeping those daily regimens clean is important. Keeping up with these daily principles do not limit your life, but increase the quality of it.
I have made necessary adjustments to my lifestyle and remind myself daily of these principles, and all my blessings. I do not stress over it anymore. I do not invite to much worry into my life. Enjoy the moment and be responsible about it.
There are unnecessary toxins I can control my exposure to that do not compromise my need for quality. I do not consume gluten daily because I need my thyroid hormone medication I take every day now to work for me.
It is the queen gland of our hormonal system in our bodies, it helps control all our other hormones and our endocrine system. I had to remove my thyroid and now rely on medication for the rest of my life to substitute a necessary gland I once had. I choose to look at this from a perspective of it being another blessing. It was my warning sign to not take my life and health for granted anymore.
I am happy to announce I have joined Beauty Counter as a consultant to help safe beauty products get in the hands of more women!
Beauty Counter produces products that are safe.
They have banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through our “Never List”—all while all while ensuring their products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick, or oil in the market.
Here is the link http://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list/
I don’t need to compromise quality on my beauty regimen. I have found products that perform at a high and professional level without all the toxic ingredients. Months of my research, lead to an acquaintance dropping into my life during my quest for wellness, and I was introduced to beauty counter.
As a hair and makeup artist discovering safe makeup, skin, and hair care was very exciting! I love using them to enhance one’s features.
A great haircut, a little make up can really help us women feel our best and generate feelings of happiness and confidence. I enjoy that, and giving that joy to other women.
Beauty counters mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone.
And that is something I value.
I have true passion for sharing my knowledge for beauty products, food, wellness, among many things that can help friends and clients enjoy life.
I have always had to use and believe in something to recommend it.
I enjoy working with people and making them happy. Making them smile, have hope, and faith. It fills my heart with a peace that is unexplainable.
It’s refreshing to know a company that has beauty products I can use daily does not contain harmful ingredients. I don’t have to read the label or sacrifice quality.
My health is important. My family needs me and I intend to do my part to be as healthy as I can for the ones I love.
*A special thanks to a few old and new friends for helping me on this journey.
Dena Totaro- Wellness Coach (My BONE BROTH chef)
Joanne Newell- Energy Healer
Jeannie and Chris Yancey- Our small group leaders
Beth Demko- Beauty Counter mentor
My Alpharetta and Jersey girls for all your endless love and support
My three children that give me will, purpose, and love daily.
You are my proudest accomplishments.
And last but not least, my husband for taking such good care and loving me.
You are my biggest fan after all these years. I am truly blessed to have you by
You can find out more here: http://www.beautycounter.com/karenfilos