5 Year Cancerversary Brings New Questions

Are you counting down the days until New Year’s Eve? 2020 has been a difficult year for so many of us. I often feel reflective in December. I use this time to reflect on the past year and plan for the new one. For me, this year, it’s my most important year since I was diagnosed.  For me, this year will be crucial.  This year is my 5 year mark from diagnosis.  There’s so much that comes with that but especially the questions surrounding one of the medicines I’m on.  I’m on an aromatase inhibitor, which is like insurance.  It’s supposed to help make sure my cancer doesn’t come back.  Traditionally, doctors prescribed this medicine, for my kind of cancer and treatment for 10 years.  But as is always the case with science and medicine, there are always advancements.  

This time, it’s Breast Cancer Index™.  Breast Cancer Index is a simple test that will let me know if there’s any benefit to me staying on this medication for 5 more years.  I’ve learned about Breast Cancer Index in the past 6 months and am serving as an ambassador for this test.  I’ve always only agreed to partner with companies that are meaningful to me and that I believe in.  After learning and writing and sharing for the past few months, it’s time for me to decide what to do.  I’ve spoken to my doctor about it and she was aware of it.  She said we will talk about it at the 5 year mark but her inclination is to keep me on the medicine since I don’t have side effects.  But it’s a good topic to discuss.  How do you know when you want to listen to science, try something new and perhaps take fewer drugs?  I’m almost at the time to make a decision and I think I will take the test.  It would be good to have more information.  I don’t know yet what I will do with the results, but I’m thankful for advancements, for science and for Breast Cancer Index.

I’m NOT asking for Money. Just helping Others, Hopefully.

This post is sponsored by Biotheranostics, Inc. (Breast Cancer Index™). Thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m not asking for money.  I promise.
I know I’ve been asking a lot lately in regards to my Breast Cancer Journey and on-going support of philanthropy.


This time, I’m writing about Breast Cancer Index, a test and company I’ve learned about in the past few months due to my partnership with them.


While I may be working with them to raise awareness, I’m also asking questions, and speaking to my doctors to see if I should and will continue a medicine I am currently on. 

I’ve written about it before,

PLEASE HELP NON-WHITE’S SURVIVE BREAST CANCER

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? …IF YOU WERE ON MEDICINE YOU MAY NOT NEED TO BE ON FOR AS LONG AS PLANNED?

DEAR ME (AND ALL OF YOU!), NOT. ANOTHER. MINUTE.

I’M STILL LEARNING NEW QUESTIONS TO ASK YEARS AFTER CANCER TREATMENT…

but this time, I also wanted to share the experience of someone who made the very decision I will soon be faced with.

Kathleen, a breast cancer survivor, shared her experience using the Breast Cancer Index test.

WHAT MADE YOU INTERESTED IN THE BREAST CANCER INDEX TEST?

WHAT OPPORTUNITY DID YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR SEE WITH BREAST CANCER INDEX?

HOW DID YOU FEEL AFTER GETTING YOUR BREAST CANCER INDEX RESULTS?

WHAT INFORMATION DID YOUR BREAST CANCER INDEX RESULTS PROVIDE?

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO NOW THAT YOU ARE ARMED WITH YOUR BREAST CANCER INDEX RESULTS?

Denise Albert DONATES Hair for a Wig on The Doctors

You may ask WHY I’m still wearing a wig.  You may ask why I would donate my newly grown post-chemo hair to Wigs & Wishes By Martino Cartier?   Here are all the answers on The Doctors.  Please watch, share and consider how you can also perhaps help others, if not this way, in other ways!  I FEEL GREAT.  I’M SO HAPPY I DID THIS! I’ve thought about it for years and now know  It was 100% the right decision for me!  I’m so grateful to the show and to Martino Cartier for agreeing to do this with me!  PLEASE CONSIDERING DONATING YOURS ALSO!

SEGMENT 1 – Why I’m still wearing Wigs!

SEGMENT 2 – The Chop and Donation to help others!


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

MEET Gillian Stollwerk Garrett from The MOMS Marketplace!

Hi, Call me Gilly and I am the Founder of Gilly’s Organics. I created a line of 9 luxurious, healing, hydrating products that are AMAZING for your skin and hair. I began this line because I wanted to develop high-quality, clean products that are effective AND affordable. I did it!

I believe deeply that a woman must absolutely put her self-care needs at the top of the list and especially now if she can. My brand and my mission are all about self-care, education, empowerment, having FUN and giving back. I hope when you buy my products that you feel the love that was put into them. Our brand is currently giving proceeds to our local hospital (Englewood Health) until this Covid crisis is over. We also give funds to girls who otherwise can’t receive a secondary education across the globe. I can’t wait to hear from you once you try my products! XO, G

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Minute with The MOMS and Joan Lunden

What does Joan Lunden see when she looks in the mirror?  Who is the best person she ever interviewed?  Watch The Minute With The MOMS with Joan Lunden!  PLUS, Do you want to win a free trip to Beaches Resorts?  Go to TheMOMSNetwork on Instagram and Facebook to more from our Mamarazzi event and to find out how you can enter.  We are celebrating Skip Gen Travel.  That’s where Grandparents take the Grandkids away and give moms a break or a vacation too! 

Solo Mom Travels, as seen on The Doctors on Feb. 17, 2020

Mom Beats Breast Cancer and Then Books Dream Trip, Thank You Flash Pack for the Croatia portion of the trip!

I took off work completely for the first time in over 10 years. I turned on my out of office, got my business partner on board to run our company, TheMOMS.com without me, and took off to Europe for three and a half weeks with a one-way ticket and very few plans or reservations. In the past seven years, I’ve gotten divorced, started a new business, moved three times, was diagnosed with breast cancer and treated aggressively for two and a half years, spent four and a half years in and out of a horrific (for lack of other words) on and off relationship, was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and became the subject of a viral video for being mistreated with the TSA — all while parenting two boys.

Read the Full Story at Yahoo.com

Finding Hope During Difficult Moments – The Importance of Community

I just turned 45. It’s a milestone I wasn’t sure I would see. Three and a half years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t have family, close friends or anyone in my inner circle with cancer. Today, I have an entire cancer community and it is what got me through the worst time of my life.

Community is the basis of everything I do. It is the very essence of our company, The MOMS.

Now that I am a survivor, I often think about how to share my experience in a meaningful way that can help others, no matter what type of cancer they may be facing. I keep coming back to the thought that the community I was able to engage with on social media helped me during some of my toughest moments and connected me with others who were going through similar experiences. I recently realized that my cancer journey is similar to that of an athlete, which is why I’m so proud to be collaborating with seven-time Olympic medalist in gymnastics, a mom and ovarian cancer survivor, Shannon Miller. Shannon is on a mission to educate women facing ovarian cancer through her work with Our Way Forward.

Shannon has partnered with TESARO and Our Way Forward, which is a call to action that encourages women with ovarian cancer to rethink how they talk about it. The program strives to foster a community for those impacted by this disease, who can work together to navigate the physical and emotional challenges that the disease brings. 

Shannon is encouraging women, care partners, loved ones and physicians to join the Our Way Forward team. Have you ever played a sport? Or been on a team? Or coached one of your kid’s teams? Every member of a sports team needs the support of teammates cheering you on.

Our Way Forward is your stadium filled with fans. It is your gold medal performance. It is a place to learn, read and share. It is a place where everyone is rooting for you. 

We all need someone in our corner. At every level!  

When I was diagnosed with cancer I decided to share my story publicly. With The MOMS, I have shared my life, whether it was on television talking about parenting, online writing about my divorce on the Huffington Post, on my SiriusSM radio show or on social media. So how could I not also share this?  

I wrote my first story for People.com and the response was unbelievable. Thousands of people shared my story and then many went on to share theirs.  

It was like being in a stadium filled with fans rooting for me. Fans cheering me on and wanting people living with cancer to win. I had my own team, my own coaches, my managers, my kids, extended family and friends—the support generated felt like I had an entire stadium full of fans!  

I named my team, #FutureCancerSurvivor. I printed bracelets that I still wear today. There hasn’t been a day I have been without it. It’s my logo, my team uniform. I shared it all. Everything from my lumpectomy to shaving my head right before an event I was hosting with Jennifer Garner to my wigs to 6 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation daily. A year of immunotherapy injections. I had unique side effects. I kept sharing. Each time I shared, I gained more fans. I learned more. I started speaking to others across the country. Rooting for others. It was fans all around a cancer community…really a mini-league of its own. I always had plans to get my work done in the hours sitting during chemo. I brought my computer. What happened was shocking. I would arrive, post a picture, think about what I wanted to write and then take the next few hours while everything was dripping through my body to then respond to every single person. Every comment, every message, every text or email. Social media passed my time, cheered me up, connected me to thousands around the country. Social media saved my life during treatment.  

Once you go through cancer, it never leaves. Cancer-free for me is like being retired. Still in the game but in another way. We are here to spread messages. To help others. This is the real Pros.

What makes someone like Shannon an athlete? Obviously the practice. The drive. The determination. The passion. The coaching. The team.  

What makes someone a cancer survivor? A lot of the same things. But mostly the team and the fans.

So if you see someone sharing their story. If you think to yourself, ‘Why are they doing this?’ Not every day is a win or medal round. Sometimes you’re tackled, or you strike out or are knocked out.  

Sometimes you just feel awful. Think about it this way. They need you cheering them on. They need you rooting for them. They need that base hit or home run or gold medal. They need your help to win whatever game they are playing.

To learn more about Our Way Forward, visit www.ourwayforward.com or the Facebook page. To learn more about Shannon Miller, visit www.shannonmiller.com

You Will Never Believe What Made My Boys Responsible!!

My boys received complimentary Invisalign® treatment in exchange, we are sharing our real treatment experience with you.

Have you had that moment when you felt like your kids were all grown up? Even though they are still kids, have you had a moment when you felt like they were responsible? Have you had that moment when you realized they understood the value of something and did their best to appreciate and take care of it without having to tell them?

I am living that moment right now. I can’t even believe it. I can’t be the only one who feels like I’m always repeating myself to my kids. “Pick up your clothes.” “Put your dishes away.” “Please go shower.” “Time to brush your teeth.”

But recently something happened. I no longer have to tell them to brush their teeth. Now they tell me! Multiple times a day. The moment occurred precisely nine weeks ago. I remember because that’s when they began their Invisalign® treatment. Just a quick note – there are other options on the market that may be better options for you. For example, if you’re from Thailand then you might want to look at จัดฟันแบบใส Aline. It’s up to you though, make sure you do your research and assess your options!

If you’re interested in Invisalign then check out the resources available online for more information. It’s never too late to get it! The boys have been so excited that each time they eat, they take their aligners out, place them in their case and then miraculously after they finish eating, immediately go to the bathroom to brush and put them back in. The process of getting Invisalign is a lot easier than getting braces, which is why many people go for this option instead. If this is the treatment that you feel is best for your child to undergo (and your child agrees), it could be as simple as visiting a Dentist in McAllen (or your local dental clinic) to get started! You can speak to them about the whole process if it’ll make it easier for you to understand. Plus, they aren’t there for no reason! They have your best interests at heart when it comes to your teeth.

You’ll find that many clinics such as Dentist Lancaster offer this treatment. If you or your child is considering getting Invisalign, doing some research into it or speaking to a professional dentist could help you get a better understanding of what this all includes.

Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Before bedtime. It’s as if they are under a spell. I thought it would get old fast. I thought after the first week; they would go back to old habits. NOPE! Nine weeks in and it’s still the same excitement, the same sense of responsibility.

This miracle has even stayed on track when they are in school. They each keep their case in their lunch box. They do not ever take it out. They also keep a case right by the sink at home. There’s never an opportunity to miss or lose it because we established this routine right from the start.

We also decided that every Wednesday is the day they change their aligners and move on to the next week’s set. As a busy mom, I often forget, and I still haven’t remembered to set an alert on my phone. But I don’t even need one. My 9 and 13-year-old boys are my human alerts! They wake up each Wednesday morning and say, “It’s new Invisalign® aligner day!”

Invisalign® clear aligners are custom made for an individual’s teeth and the boys can see how much straighter their teeth are each week.

At our last visit to the orthodontist, we took a look at the 3D plan on the computer and it was fascinating to see the planned movements each week and how their teeth are precisely where the computer said they would be.

Each set of Invisalign® clear aligners shifts their teeth slightly and the boys are enjoying seeing the results from their hard work and responsibility.

My boys are smiling bigger and with more confidence. Take a look on https://garycashdds.com/cosmetic-dentistry/invisalign/ to find out more!

Or you can find an Invisalign® provider near you here!

Twitter Party – Refrigerator Giveaway!

Twitter Party Alert Vegas Style!

We are back from CES where Las Vegas was both a workplace and a party. Now we are having another party… a Twitter Party this Thursday night with Amy from Resourceful Mom joining us as well!

It’s time to start 2013 off with something big, cool, and new. And with the help of Whirlpool and their innovative home appliances we will be giving away a beautiful chic fridge to one lucky winner in our Twitter Party as well.

If you feel your fridge is getting along in years or you often find yourself calling repair services like https:www.adamrepairs.com to keep it up and running then it’s time to chuck that old thing out and get a brand new one. Join in on the Twitter Party for your chance to save some cash and get a brand new fridge from Whirpool! You can then make sure that it is covered under your home warranty, which you can find out more about over at homewarranty.firstam.com, so that no matter what you get to keep it in working order for as long as possible, no more broken down fridges for you!

Whirlpool is all about bringing fun to function, helping families enjoy the time they spend in the family hub – the kitchen! One new little accessory they’ve introduced really excels in their endeavor. Introducing the Whirlpool® CoolVox™ kitchen sound system. It’s another amazing piece of new technology for the future! Featuring a Bluetooth audio device that links up with your smartphone or tablet to make cooking or eating in the kitchen an experience like never before! Click the link above to find out more about the CoolVox™ from Whirlpool themselves.

Make sure to follow @themoms and join us in the party for the chance to win!

Twitter Party Tonight

The holiday entertaining season is upon us and it’s time to think of festive new ways to revamp our holiday party menus. I hope you will join us TONIGHT night as we tweet with our friend Amy at Resourcefulmom about holiday entertaining at the…

Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash Twitter Party

Where: #SierraMistHoliday

When: Tuesday, November 27th from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET

How: Follow hosts @ResourcefulMom and @TheMoms and tweet with the tag to be eligible to win.

Prizes:

10 (ten) winners will each receive a premium Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash holiday entertaining gift packs (valued at $110).  Each pack includes a cocktail shaker set, two pint glasses, four stainless steel stirrers and a cookbook along with  Sierra Mist cocktail and mocktail recipe cards.

Back To School Tips

The start of the school year can be a stressful time for parents and kids. But it doesn’t have to be!

How can you prepare for a smooth transition for the back-to-school season?

We have teamed up with some fabulous companies to make your back-to-school transition a breeze.

The first step is to get organized. Review school generated checklists then create a budget and stick to it. A recent study conducted by Chase found that 38% of consumers are setting school supply budgets this year versus 26% who said the same in 2011.

Since you’ll be buying so many supplies for school, stick with a card that helps you track spending and save money on interest. The Chase Slate card with Blueprint helps you do just that and lets you pay off back-to-school balances based on a monthly payment or number of months that works best with your schedule and budget making it easy for you to get everything your child needs while sticking to your plan.

When America thinks of school supplies they think of Elmer’s glue so it’s no surprise the brand is the official sponsor of the 1st day of school. This year, Elmer’s introduced this fabulous 1st Day app for your iphone or Android phone making it so easy for parents to capture 1st day of school memories. The photos you take with the app are directly uploaded to www.the1stday.com where you can organize photos by child or grade using colors or tags and you can create slide shows with music and share them with family and friends. The app is totally free and can be downloaded in your app store or off QR codes found on Elmer’s glue bottles. Best of all, for every photo uploaded, up to 200,000, Elmer’s will provide essential school supplies to the Kids In Need Foundation.

We love the Five Star Flex® Hybrid Notebinder not only because it’s your child’s notebook and binder combined into one but because also its super durable. All Five Star products are built strong to last long and the innovative Flex Star Flex, with its patented Tech Lock® rings won’t break so no matter how tough your kid is on it, it will survive. It folds over itself then lays flat so it doesn’t monopolize precious desk space and you can get the Five Star Reinforced Filler Paper so the note paper doesn’t rip and disappear over the school year. It’s available in several different sizes and offers additional features to fit your child’s needs.

Keeping kids healthy lets them get the most from their education. Wipes are always on that back to school checklist so I recommend Scotch-Brite™ Botanical wipes. Unlike most disinfecting wipes, Scotch-Brite’s™ Botanical wipes do not require rinsing before or after use to keep surfaces clean. Best of all, not only do they kill 99.9% of germs but they are made entirely from botanically pure plant extracts.

We also recommend being as involved in your child’s education as possible. Make an effort to know their teachers and their friends. Ask them questions about their day that elicits more than one word answers. According to the American SPCC (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), 6 out of 10 students witness bullying at least once a day. Watch out for warning signs in your child. If they are reluctant to go to school, request you drive them often to avoid the bus or if their grades inexplicably begin to fall, they may be suffering from abuse of a bully. Confront these issues immediately and encourage your child to be open and honest. Remember, you are just as big a part of your child’s education as their school!