Mamarazzi Virtual Event with Melissa Joan Hart and Old El Paso

The Moms and Melissa Joan Hart invite you to get your Taco On with Old El Paso. We will get our Taco on Tuesday Night, September 8th at 8pm EST along with Melissa Joan Hart who will share more about her current projects and her favorite Taco Tuesday recipes!

We hope you will join The MOMS community, and be ready for a fun night in!

PLUS…5 Lucky Guests will receive Taco Meal Kits and some fun Old El Paso gifts! 

CLICK HERE TO JOIN, and please follow along #MamarazziEvent #OEPTACOon

Blended #TutuTuesday

Even my blended family of exes is joining me this year to raise awareness and money for breast cancer.   While we weren’t in a good place during my cancer journey, what matters now, after living together for over 5 months during the Pandemic, my ex-husband and his wife are now a part of the team. 

My mom and my boys are my constant source of love, support, inspiration and joy and nothing makes me and my boys happier than all coming together.  This year, I’m one of @komengreaternyc ambassadors for the #Race4theCure and #Journeyto30 celebrating 30 years of  #creatingmoresurvivors .  Though we will be racing #togetherapart this year, our blended family is now together forever.  What’s healthier than that?!
💗 I hope you can help me.  Every dollar counts and any small donation is greatly appreciated, especially this year.   Thanks so much for any amount you can do to support me and us. 🙏
💗 Please support HERE💗https://race.komennyc.org/denise-albert

What would you do? …if you were on medicine you may not need to be on for as long as planned?

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Biotheranostics, Inc. (Breast Cancer Index®), but the opinions and experiences shared are my own.

What would you do? …if you were on medicine you may not need to be on for as long as planned?

Years after my Cancer Journey….still looking for answers that will determine my future.

What would you do?

…if you were on medicine you may not need to be on for as long as planned?

What would you do?

…with new information regarding your breast cancer treatment?

What will I do?

That is the question I keep asking myself.

What should I do?

That is a question I am starting to ask my doctors.

Here is what I’ve just learned:

Breast Cancer Index is a test for the exact kind of cancer I had . Breast Cancer Index may change my original plans.  I was supposed to be on anti-estrogen medicine for 10 years but now, I’m learning, I may be able to cut that in half.  Breast Cancer Index is revolutionizing anti-estrogen therapy decision-making and that’s why I’m learning and sharing.  Breast Cancer Index is a test to determine risk of recurrence and whether longer therapy is likely to benefit me.

Here is what I recently asked my doctor:

Question…do you know if I have had the Breast Cancer Index test?  Is that something you typically use? 

Here is how my doctor responded:

Breast Cancer Index is a test designed to assess the benefit of continuing anti-estrogen therapy beyond five years. 

When you get to the five year mark, we’ll assess whether you should continue based on many factors – how you are tolerating meds, your bones, most up to date research 

The most important result is that my doctor is informed.  I feel grateful that I was informed and knew the question to ask.  I have a few more months to go before I am a candidate for the test and evaluate.  Stay tuned!

https://www.breastcancerindex.com/already-on-estrogen-therapy

Poise® Partners with The MOMS to host Poise® Bounce Back Microgrants and Workshops

We are teaming up with Poise who is awarding microgrants totaling $50,000! Poise has already awarded $450,000 in grants in an effort to help women-owned small businesses bounce back from financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now we’re working with Poise to bring female entrepreneurs educational workshops and microgrants. 

Click on the links below to register for one of our virtual panel discussions in August and you could be eligible to receive a $2,500 microgrant thanks to Poise. Each session will feature a robust mix of speakers and topics designed to help female entrepreneurs adapt and grow their businesses during these fast-changing, unprecedented times. 

Week of August 3

Week of August 10

Dear Me (and all of YOU!), NOT. ANOTHER. MINUTE.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Biotheranostics, Inc. (Breast Cancer Index®), but the opinions and experiences shared are my own.

Dear Me (and all of YOU!),
NOT. ANOTHER. MINUTE.
Why wait?
By now we all know health = life.
Ask EVERY QUESTION.
Do not stop until you get answers you feel comfortable with.
I’ve asked my doctors.  I’m waiting for answers.
Have I had the Breast Cancer Index test?  Do they use it?  Will it change my treatment
plan?  
I. DIDN’T.  WAIT.
Once I knew the questions to ask. 
SO ASK THE QUESTIONS!
Love,
Denise

Follow the conversation by following #NotAnotherMinute

I’m Still Learning New Questions To Ask Years After Cancer Treatment…

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Biotheranostics, Inc. (Breast Cancer Index​®), but the opinions and experiences shared are my own

When you hear the words, “It’s Cancer”, life is never the same. Now, 4 1⁄2 years after my diagnosis, I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m alive. But treatment for me continues in other ways. Besides watching my diet, working out and living a healthy life, I still take a pill every day. The pill is supposed to help make sure the cancer doesn’t come back. It’s like insurance, a little white pill that I take every night before bed, for ten years. Now, 2 1⁄2 years after my in-hospital treatment ended, I’m still learning new questions to ask.

Everyone’s cancer is different. Everyone’s treatment plan is catered to their cancer, but also according to their doctors’ methods and beliefs. I was diagnosed with a kind of breast cancer that’s not the most common. In fact, I was told that my diagnosis and combination of invasive lobular and Her2+ was on the rare side. Her2+, from what I was told, means, in simple terms, if the cancer comes back, it can come back anywhere. Having that information was crucial to me because it helped me make the decision to just have a lumpectomy and continue with an aggressive treatment to tackle the cancer and any potential cells that escaped the area. When my chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy infusions were completed, I understood I would have to go on a medicine for ten years.

There are two categories of medicines for breast cancer patients after treatment. One is for pre-menopausal women while there’s another class for post-menopausal women. Though I was 43 and pre-menopausal, my doctor decided to put me into menopause and on a medicine for ten years. I asked a lot of questions about this and have always wondered if that was the right choice. I started to receive an extra shot to put me into menopause and came to the decision to have my ovaries removed.

I wrote about all of these decisions and the challenges and complications and emotions that came along with it on Good Housekeeping. ​But, for not another minute, will I not share how I think I can help others, while also learning more questions to possibly even help myself. Since I shared my story publicly, I have heard from people across the country sharing their journey and asking questions. I don’t know the answers, but to have others to bounce questions off of and share experiences with, could be the added bonus patients need – to learn more. To learn what to ask. To me, that’s the most important thing.

So when I was approached by the maker of Breast Cancer Index to help share their mission, I quickly jumped at the opportunity. I learned something I didn’t know. I learned something about my own treatment and new questions to ask. I have learned that by taking the test, you get a definitive answer (Intended Use and Limitations can be found at breastcancerindex.com). I have learned that by taking the test, it reduces the uncertainty around treating breast cancer with extended anti-estrogen therapy, just like the one I am on. I have learned that nearly 95% of women with hormone receptor positive (HR+), early-stage breast cancer do not benefit from anti-estrogen therapy after five years. 100% of women deserve to know what is right for them. I am one of those women. Now I’m learning more questions to ask.

Do I need the medicine that I am currently on for ten years? Is five years sufficient? I emailed my doctor this morning to ask if I had ever taken the test. Does she use Breast Cancer Index? Did my old doctor already test me? How do I not even know this? Is there a benefit to me going off the medicine? I can’t wait to learn and share more!

Denise’s Oprah Appearance

The MOMS Denise Albert and her blended family of exes joined Oprah on May 30th to talk about how they having been living together quarantined for almost three months. Oprah spoke to Denise about if she can leave and cone back, dating and what’s next. Denise is about 40 minutes into the show, Oprah, Your Life In Focus: A Vision Forward.

How To Find the Happy When Living with Your Ex in Quarantine

Despite past differences, we are working together to create a family unit — and it’s working.

Today marks the beginning of our 5th week as a newfound family.  While I miss my older son who isn’t with us, my mom, my dad, and my entire family and friends, I’m grateful for the progress we have made in our unique living situation.  Can you imagine living with your ex-husband?  How about his wife, her ex-husband and kids?  It really is mind-blowing that we have been in this house together for a month (and still sane and surviving and mostly happy during these hard times!)

Read the Full Story on ThriveGlobal.com

Bad Days Will Happen — But They Aren’t Forever

It is okay to not be okay all the time.

I had a breakdown today.  

It began with an email from a business associate threatening legal action because they haven’t been paid in full.  It continued with news of my dear friend losing her dad.  The thought of her giving birth to her first child and not having her life’s greatest support to share in the joy was too much for me.

Read the Full Story on ThriveGlobal.com

How You Can Feel Lonely, Even When You Are Not Alone

Living in a house full of people can still feel isolated during a pandemic.

Can you imagine living in a house with your ex-husband? How about with his wife, her ex-husband and kids?  That’s been my life for the past 14 days.  We are grateful that we continue to be healthy while so many others are not.  We are also grateful to be here together, though it’s not easy.

Read the full story at ThriveGlobal.com

How My Blended Family Is Showing Up for Each other

When one gets divorced, you do what’s in the best interest of the children. Now, in this crazy corona time, four parents are doing just that. 

I keep saying everything is day by day.  Just days ago, I posted a pieceabout how my ex-husband and I had to make the difficult decision that one home is better than two. We decided for the health of everyone that my apartment would be kid corona quarantine for the foreseeable future.  Well, it is a new day and over the weekend, we hit the road to Quarantine together.

Read the full story at Thrive Global

What To Do For Corona Quarantines When You Are Divorced

How this family is coping with co-parenting during a pandemic. 

I’ve been divorced for eight years but today is the first day I feel like a single mom.  I wrote a piece in 2012 titled “Don’t Call Me A Single Mom” because my kids have a dad.  They have an involved, hard working, helpful and loving dad.  We agreed upon a schedule that works with plenty of nights and every other weekend at his apartment.  I have child support and a free babysitter when I travel for work or fun.  

Read the full story at Thrive Global

Dating in Isolation.

Finding connection in a time of self quarantining.

I’ve been on a self imposed quarantine about writing about my dating life.  I’ve told myself for years if I write about dating I become undateable.

It’s not easy to shut myself up.  I’ve written and shared so much about my life in the 10 years since the birth of my media and event company, The MOMS. 

Read the Full Story at Thrive Global

Still Dancing Through Life, Thanks to Poise…

This post was made in partnership with Poise®. All opinions my own. 

Once upon a time, I was a young dancer. My life was all about ballet; all day, everyday. I started dancing when I was four years old and took this love and passion into my university years. I received a scholarship to college because of ballet, and I am the person that I am today because of ballet.

I never really wanted to do anything else with my life. I wanted to be a prima ballerina and dance on stage. But one day in my early 20’s, I realized that it wasn’t going to happen.  There were physical obstacles that I just couldn’t plow through. I had horrible hips that would not allow me to turn out completely and feet that just couldn’t arch properly or place me on pointe in the perfect position that was needed. So I pivoted. After college I became a journalist and covered breaking news stories. When I became a mother years later, I took my love of journalism and developed that into a media company that I operate today. 

I did a cold, hard stop with ballet over 20 years ago. It was painful to leave my greatest love behind. But because of my 10-year-old daughter, I’ve found myself back at the barre. She dances five to six days a week with The School of American Ballet here in New York City, and is becoming quite the little ballerina. It is with her passion and dedication for ballet that I have now found myself having a dance re-birth.  

My children have always known about my ballet background and my love for dance. They’ve seen me dancing around our house just about anytime I can. But seeing my daughter in class inspired me to take ballet classes all over again. And I’ve been able to do so with success and ease thanks to Poise®. 

I suffered from LBL (light bladder leakage) after my third baby arrived. However, I wasn’t going to let one more thing keep me from enjoying ballet again. Poise® Impressa® goes in just like a tampon and stops light bladder leaks from happening. Its allowed me to live my life the way I want to. I can jump and dance without fear of leaks or urgent bathroom breaks. From now on, my children know once the music’s turned on, a dance party’s about to happen, all thanks to Poise® Impressa®. Check it out for yourself now by shopping on Amazon or visiting Poise.com

Now I never have to worry while dancing with my kids in the kitchen or while practicing my grand jetés at the studio. I’m my best, youthful self, everyday. When I look at myself in the mirror during ballet class, I feel like the young girl I used to be, once upon a time.

Our Kids’ Invisalign® Treatment Experience Overview

Our children received complementary Invisalign treatment as part of our sponsored partnership with

Align Technology, Inc, the makers of the Invisalign brand. All opinions and thoughts expressed in the post below are our own.

We’re now little ways into 2019 and it’s a nice time to reflect on what was good about the previous year and what’s already going well for 2019. One thing that has been consistently wonderful has been our families’ InvisalignÆ treatment experiences. The transformation has been incredible and the process of fixing their little teen smiles is happening so quickly! We can truly see the changes taking shape right before our eyes, setting our kids up for an easier dental experience for the rest of their lives, or we hope – for those that haven’t had much luck and you’ve noticed your oral health decline as you age, you might want to look into dental coverage plans for seniors like these compared over at Let’s Say Thanks. Here is a bit more insight into each of the journeys our children have gone through with Invisalign clear aligners.

Melissa

What a great experience we are having with our InvisalignÆ treatment. We can see a HUGE difference in my daughter’s smile! What an easy process invisalign treatment has been and continues to be for my kids.

The great thing about having Invisalign clear aligners is that it doesn’t interrupt their lives, and you have a highly trained professional orthodontist working with you every step of the way. So regardless of whether you decide to visit a Dentist in Temple Terrace, in New York or a dental clinic closer to home, if starting Invisalign treatment is something you are looking to do, be sure to speak to a professional dentist who will be able to give you all the advice you’ll need. And since they’re virtually invisible, it doesn’t get in the way of their performance schedules or stage confidence. My youngest Sydney Rose performed all 25 shows of The Nutcracker this past December without one issue and with big smiles every time. The beauty of Invisalign treatment is that it doesn’t get in the way of all her performing and dance classes. My kids receive several aligners in advance and change them up weekly*. We aren’t running back and forth to the orthodontist for broken brackets or wires popping out. It makes everything so much easier. Finding a professional dentist who can perform treatment for Invisalign could be as simple as doing a google search into orthodontist lincoln ne (location varies). Speaking to a dentist about how this process works will help people make a decision on whether this is the right step for them to take when it comes to improving their smile.

We have seen major transformations in my daughters smiles in such a short time and we also have had the peace of mind that my girls can eat whatever they want because the aligners are removable. That is the best news since they both love popcorn and candy. They simply take them out, brush and floss and pop the aligners right back in.

In one short year, we have seen so many changes. One daughter had some spacing issues while my other daughter had more complex issues and Invisalign treatment is working well for both of them! I too have Invisalign treatment and my smile began to shift so quickly. I never loved my smile until now.

Denise

I was worried when I went to our orthodontist appointment recently because I had to cancel the previous one and reschedule. You know how life is as a busy mom. But, because my boys are so responsible with their aligners and their Invisalign treatment it all worked out. In fact, they may even finish early because they have not only worn their aligners and been compliant with their treatment, but they actually enjoyed it. My older son’s overbite is now gone, and his teeth are nearly perfect. My younger son’s crowded, crooked mouth is now a big smiling success.

They were able to do this all while continuing their daily lives. All while carrying their case in their backpack and even keeping one in their lunch boxes. They wore them all summer while away at camp without any issues. They wore them during their basketball and baseball games without worrying about broken wires or brackets. I can’t believe the amount of change in such a short time, not only with their smiles but with their sense of responsibility.

If you’re working through what the best orthodontic treatment options are for your teens, it is in your best interest to check out www.invisalign.com to learn more about the process, what other parents like us are experiencing with our teens, and to find a trained orthodontist or dentist in your local area. Your kids’ smile will thank you!

*Invisalign clear aligners may provide up to 50% shorter treatment time with weekly aligner changes, compared with two-week aligner wear. Weekly aligner changes are recommended for all Invisalign treatments (with default staging protocol) for Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Lite, Invisalign Assist and Invisalign Go products. The decision to prescribe weekly aligner changes is at the doctor’s discretion. Monitor tooth movements such as rotations, extrusions, and significant root movements; particularly blue and black movements in the Tooth Movement Assessment (TMA). Depending on the patient response to treatment, particularly mature adults, consider longer periods between aligner changes.