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THIS WEEK: Staring Down Death
Death could be knocking. Entrepreneurs face death: stare it down and don’t answer. They get to creating, discovering their strength and success along the way. Join Noreen Sumpter on Beyond Potential: Live Life Your Way as she speaks with Jean Criss, who after surviving a breast cancer diagnosis, founded CRISSCROSSIntimates™, a utility-patented intimate apparel, she started from her hospital bed.
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Noreen speaks with Jean Criss, who after surviving a breast cancer diagnosis, founded CRISSCROSSIntimates™, a utility-patented intimate apparel, she started from her hospital bed.
Noreen begins the first segment by discussing how she spent her weekend singing karaoke. She also went out on a date with a really nice man that she met on Tinder. Before she went on this date, however, she talks about the other men she talked to and the interesting experiences she had with each person. Noreen moves onto introducing her guest, Jean Criss. Jean is a breast cancer survivor and the founder of CRISSCROSSIntimates™ apparel. Jean also designed the line after surgery in her hospital bed. Jean was originally working in the corporate workplace in media and technology, which brought her to the east coast. After growing up in Michigan, Jean moved to Boston, to Rhode Island, to New Jersey and has been working in the New York City area since. While Jean was working in the television industry, she began her own jewelry line during her divorce that she ran during the weekends for therapeutic reasons.
Noreen and Jean begin the second segment by continuing Jean’s story about her life before and after her breast cancer diagnosis. When Jean was diagnosed with breast cancer, she learned she had bilateral breast cancer. This led to the beginning of her journey. Jean was inspired by the negative experiences she had during her battle with breast cancer. While being treated for cancer, Jean was put in a isolation chamber to protect her from infection, and being isolated made her feel very lonely and anxious. In addition to this, Jean felt very uncomfortable with the garments she had to wear during her battle. People who are battling cancer have to wear specific garments to help prevent infections and Jean was inspired to create a line that makes people more comfortable and feel sexy and confident.
Noreen and Jean begin the third segment by discussing what inspired Jean to design her line. She didn’t like the bras and underwear she was wearing during her battle with cancer. It inspired her to design something to make her feel more confident and content with what she was wearing. Jean also designed garments for men because men also need garments to wear during their cancer treatment and is made using the same material as the bras. While in the hospital, Jean had trouble finding time to bathe because of all the tube and drains she had to wear while in the hospital, so he had to find different wants to was her hair. She was even able to color her hair in the hospital. Jean is also a writer and has written three books.
Noreen and Jean begin the final segment by discussing Jean’s books. “My Pain Woke Me Up” is a trilogy that includes three books titled, “Bliss,” “Legal Injustice,” and “Live Your Dreams.” “My Pain Woke Me Up: Bliss!” is about her pain that she literally and figuratively experienced through her battle with breast cancer. “Legal Injustice” is about her experience the legal system during her divorce and how negative that experience was. “Live Your Dreams” discusses how to put ideas into play from ideation, creation and innovation. Jean is currently working on her 4th piece, “From Sour Grapes to Sweet Lemonade,” short reality stories about personal and business experiences of turning idiotic, bad situations into happy ones.