A post by Haralee Weintraub, creator of Haralee.com Sleepwear: Cool Garments for Hot Women:
When my doctor asked how many night sweats I had a night, I laughed.
Count them instead of sheep?
I had to reply too many to count!
At age 48 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, estrogen positive. What that means is estrogen was fueling my cancer, and I had to stop producing estrogen.
The chemotherapy and various injections put me into menopause almost overnight. I went from some one who was always cold to a dripping sweating mess.
I was familiar with wicking clothes from the slopes and trails but could not find anything soft and wicking for sleep.
I took out my 1968 sewing machine I bought with babysitting money years ago and cut up some old bike shorts and fashioned a nightgown.
Thankfully there are no pictures of this first prototype, but it worked. I did not wake up cold, wet or freezing!
I spent the next 2 years sourcing fabric, sewers, and pattern makers to launch my on line company, Haralee.Com Sleepwear.
We launched our line on a local TV show and at a booth at the Race for the Cure.
I use friends as models who are either cancer survivors or have been touched by cancer. I am very lucky to have friends and their daughters brave enough to model pajamas and nighties!
Barbara is beautifully modeling Holly. Holly was designed for the woman who does not want to pull a top over her head.
We do not use lace so the wicking properties are not reduced.
We do not use buttons or doo-dads for the comfort of belly sleepers.
We use vibrant colors, and flattering styles so our customers just look hot. We make ‘Cool Garments for Hot Women!’
Our pajamas are perfect for travel. They are lightweight, dry quickly, afford a level of modesty for room service or visiting friends, feel wonderful and of course help you stay dry and get a better night sleep.
Never in a million years did I think a cancer diagnosis would lead to becoming a menopausal entrepreneur.
We have helped thousands of women get a better night sleep. Because cancer made such a profound impact on my life we give a percentage of every sale to breast cancer research.
View our line here. For Friend for the Ride readers, enjoy 15% off your purchase with promo code: Ride
Giveaway: Haralee is offering one lucky winner a pair of pajamas or a nightgown or a set of pillowcases from their line! To enter, please leave a comment by March 15 saying you’d like to win. US and Canada only. Thanks!
Haralee’s Blog: You can check out Haralee’s blog here!
Haralee Weintraub spent 25 years working for Fortune 500 and 100 companies in sales, marketing, training and management.