|Julie Jockel, 32: Two-Year Breast Cancer Survivor|
What I learned: I'm a green queen at heart
"While recovering from a lumpectomy to remove a walnut-size tumor from my breast, I couldn't help but wonder, ‘Why me?' I was young and I have no family history of cancer. But after doing research, I learned that many common household items are made with potentially cancer-causing sulfates and parabens. I thought, ‘What's the point of surviving if I'm only going to poison my body again?'
"I began swapping our bathroom and kitchen products for organic alternatives. Today, I clean with an all-purpose spray I make with vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap. "I feel empowered because I'm protecting my 3-year-old son in ways my parents couldn't because they didn't know about the dangers of chemical-laden products. When he's older, I'll be able to tell him, ‘I did whatever I could to make the world a healthy place for you.'"