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Lifestyle Expert Michel Sproles is Creating Opportunities for Herself, While Giving Back to The Community

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When I asked Ms. Sproles “What do you want your story to mean?” She told me, “I want my story to impact people. If I can just impact one person, I think I’ve done my job.”

At that point I understood the vision.

What does it mean to create opportunities for yourself, while making a significant impact on other lives? Ask Michel Sproles, the face and genius mind behind ‘The Pink Line’ a company providing quality hair extensions and wigs to survivors. Michel is more than just a mom and wife to NFL player,  Darren Sproles. She’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, lifestyle expert, & mentor to young boys and girls.

something just wasn’t sitting well with her spirit…

After the birth of her second daughter, Michel noticed an area in her right breast that was thicker than her left. “It wasn’t a lump, it just felt different.” And because she has always been so in tuned with her body, she seeked advice from her husband and sister, who didn’t quite understand what she was talking about.

“I went to my doctor anyway and she referred me to get an ultrasound — which is generally what they would do for someone my age [at that time I was 28 years old], just had my second daughter. They told me that I had Obstructed Milk Ducts from having my baby…” In other words, “there was still milk in my ducts. But because I never breastfed my daughter….I thought this was new, to still have milk in my breasts” months later.

One of two OBGYN doctors informed Michel that she was generally healthy, the other encouraged her to get a mammogram and biopsy. The test results revealed an early stage of cancer called ‘Duct Carcinoma in Situation’ (DCIS), also known as Stage 0 breast cancer. At this point, the cells has not yet spread outside the ducts surrounding the breast tissue, however, the area was so large that there was no way to remove just the one breast’s

to the doctor and what this meant for her family…

“If I was your wife, 28 years old, two kids and a husband, what would you tell your wife to do?” The doctor — “I would tell my wife to remove it.

I went ahead and had a double vasectomy. Literally seven days later. And you know what? From there, it was like…I didn’t even process it till like afterwards. I went more into a survival mode. My kids were on my mind, my husband. Look! I’m 28 years old and I want to do what I have to, to prevent this from happening again. I want to be there for my family…”

From there, Michel exposed herself to other women who went through chemo, radiation, thus beginning the the inspiration for her hairline.

on ‘Sproles Empowered Youth Foundation’ & what opportunities it provides for teens…

“My husband and I actually started ‘Sproles Empowered Youth’ prior to my hairline. ‘Sproles Empowered Youth’ is a non profit organization.” Teens (ages thirteen to seventeen), get the opportunity to “stay on a college campus and experience what it is like to live the life of a college student.”

“We have workshops, where we teach the kids how to create resumes, how to fill out job applications/college applications. We talk to them about vocational schools, because everyone doesn’t want to go to college — we talk to them about those options. We have a health and sex education course that we have someone come and talk to the kids about sexually transmitted diseases, hygiene. We have a financial literacy class, where my personal financial advisor discusses the importance of a checking and savings — fico scores, just teaching them life skills that are not taught in a traditional school setting.”

the husband, shared values, sparked partnership, possible miss communications…

“We both come from humble beginnings and we realized that there was just so much that we did not learn in school…that we had to learn later. Trial and error. We thought it would be real to give back to our community, and teach these kids something that they can actually use. Definitely going to school is important, but life skills in general can be more valuable than an actual education. We share values in terms of being driven, disciplined — our passion is in giving back.”

In terms of miss communications, Michel and her husband tend to be “on the same page”. The only thing that can be challenging at times is, “time commitment.” The goal is to “give the kids an opportunity to soak up as much information for the little days they are there.”

conversations with other women & the birth of ‘The Pink Line’…

“From having a lot of conversations with women, most are concerned about losing their hair. That’s how I got into the hair industry — just wanting women to feel beautiful, despite what they’re experiencing. So having quality wigs” just seemed right for that time. 

on the life of a CEO and how the positions improves leadership and mentorship roles within…

“Get up in the morning, get my kids ready for school. I usually work out, pray. Whether I’m in my office or home office, I’m answering emails and working on both my businesses at the same time. I just try to balance it. However the first few hours of my day, I’m working on ‘The Pink Line’…

There’s a young girl that I’m mentoring now. And sometimes I get too vested and that can be challenging to pull myself back. You can only make change to those that want the help and sometimes when you see the potential in people, you try to go above and beyond. It can be difficult. I feel like I’m good at balancing everything now. 

I enjoy mentoring. Just to see people evolve, grow, and be better than they were — and knowing I had something to do with it, is definitely gratifying.”

the difference, what sets ‘The Pink Line’ apart from others…

“I’m really focusing on younger women, the younger demographic — because we have a tendency to think we’re invincible and nothing can happen to us (because we’re young). I’m also trying to focus on being proactive in early detection, because that’s really what saves life and I feel like that’s what saved my life…is me being diligent, in tune with my body.”

A lot of times people talk about cancer when someone has cancer, versus preventative measures and that’s what’s important to me. I really try to push preventative care — making sure you’re getting your mammograms at the time of 18 up until 40, you should be getting physicals, breast checks…

I focus on success stories. For one my story with having stage 0 breast cancer will never be heard. When people think of cancer, we think of women with no hair…death. So my way of reaching out to the younger demographic is telling them my story” in addition to others.

future collaborations…

Sproles hopes to collaborate with Vanessa Bell Calloway. “She and I have the exact same diagnoses and I really feel like if more young women heard the positive stories from women who have large platform…she can help get that message across even more…”

company expectations in three to five years…

“Well, ‘The Pink Line’ — I see the brand not only getting bigger and better, but service more breast cancer survivors, provide them with more wigs, and do more events. I want to continue those efforts of giving women free mammograms.” Also “doing more things with young women. Like beauty ‘How To’s,’ workshops, and giving back to young women. I see that evolving…

In terms of the foundation, “as we grow, make more money, we can probably do some things probably like during spring break.” Right now the camp is only available during the summer.

running two companies, feeling uninspired, and self care routines…

“I feel like I was truly blessed in my story and truly blessed to have been able to overcome what I overcame with my health. I’m all about sharing my story, making sure that I’m giving back. I never get tired of doing that. I never get uninspired, if anything I’m tired.

I workout. I love to run, and sometimes I just like to do nothing. I love lifetime. So if I can get a day to just sit on the couch and my kids are chilled, doing what they’re doing. I don’t do Netflix really, but I do Lifetime and Law & Order — sun up to sun down.”

thank u, but what’s next …

“The Pink Line is focused on building and marketing. There’s so many hair lines, the industry is over saturated. But the story behind it, is what brings value. It’s more than just purchasing extensions, it’s giving back to survivors.”

For the foundation, rebuilding. Just making sure we find creative ways to keep it going and staying relevant, even after my husband retires.”

“It’s so important to have a vision. In addition to that, actually write down what your goals are in accomplishing — having a clear plan. Pick a lane, find out what you’re passionate about.

 

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