TULSA -- A serious breast cancer diagnosis would normally come as a major setback, but one woman used her struggle to help her have the life she always wanted.
Five years ago, Ginger Koory-Muratet learned that she had an invasive form of breast cancer. She ended up having a double mastectomy. Because her system became so weak during the recovery, her doctor told her to be much more choosy about the kinds of products she bought and used on her body.
"She just warned me to be very careful on everything I put on my body," Muratet said, "as I could no longer process it like I used to."
She opted for a completely natural healing process, so she created an organic form of oil to replace store-bought lotions. She also put it on her scars from the initial surgery and the five other procedures that followed. Much to her surprise, the oil helped the disfiguring scars on her chest start to disappear.
"My reconstructive surgeon asked me what I was using," Muratet said. "I told him, 'Well, it's kind of stupid. It's just something that I make from home.' He was very impressed with my progress and ordered a case (of oil)."
Not long after her surgeon ordered some of her products, she began her own natural skincare line of lotions, scrubs and soaps called Koory Organics.
"Everything is plant-based and organic and very good for you," Muratet said.
The timing could not have been any better. Her extensive surgeries caused her to lose her career in real estate, so, to provide for her two young children, she turned to Koory Organics as her full-time job.
"Had it not been for that moment and that diagnosis or those surgeries or that reading," Muratet said, "I wouldn't have the happiness or the enjoyment that I have now."
Her products can now be found at several stores in Green Country, including at Barn 66 in Catoosa. Most of her sales, however, are made online, where people from almost every state and even several other countries have ordered her products.
"So far, I have shipped to almost every state in the nation, Canada, Australia and Paris," she said. "The order that went to Paris was really like $27, but I cried for two hours. I was so excited."
Her line of products is now growing, and so is her family. She got married earlier this month, and recently learned she has a clean bill of health.
"My little catchphrase is that I walk in thanks, and I very much do," Muratet said.
She now dreams of moving her business outside her dining room, which serves as her showroom, storefront and one-woman production plant.
She also has some advice for anyone else with an idea for a business of their own.
"Take a deep breath, say a prayer and just do it," she said.
"If you're led to something, you should follow it," she added. "Nothing should stop you. No one should stop you. It's not easy. This has not been easy at all, but it's been worth it."
To find out more information about Koory Organics, follow this link.
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