Chronicles Of A #FutureCancerSurvivor "No Hard Feelings Chemo, But I'm Just Not That Into You"

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“Chemo” is like that boyfriend I met and dated on a bad reality show. There was a little getting-to-know-you phase that included some euphoria. I had no choice but to try to fall in love in order to continue to win. It wasn’t so bad, I told myself. I was able to continue to live most of my life the way I wanted. But like butterflies in your stomach in an early relationship, Chemo slowly made me nauseous and changed my appetite and taste completely.

You know those controlling types. Yes, Chemo was that too. Chemo wanted me to look a certain way: Read more

Chronicles Of A #FutureCancerSurvivor "In Cancer and in Health: The Vows My Partners Never Took"

“When someone is diagnosed with cancer, so is that person’s significant other.” ~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

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Do you, [insert partner’s name)] take Denise Albert to be your partner? To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or with cancer, for richer or poorer, with cancer and in health?

My two partners never officially took those vows…at least not knowingly. Read more

Sh*tty MOMS MAMARAZZI® CELEBRATION

The MOMS and Randi Zuckerberg hosted aSh*tty Mom MAMARAZZI® Celebration with authors Alicia Ybarbo & Mary Ann Zoellner to celebrate the launch of their latest bookSh*tty Mom FOR ALL SEASONS. MOMS and special guests who were in attendance celebrated the launch at HAUS and enjoyed an evening of music and delectable bites provided by Chef Bailey and New York Cake Pops!
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Chronicles of a #FutureCancerSurvivor: "I Have Cancer. Here's What You Can and Can't Say About It to My Kids"

“I encourage them to feel sad and cry and scream … but they don’t need to get that negativity from anyone else.??” ~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

The worst part about having cancer is that my kids now have a parent with cancer.

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Part of that guilt and pain comes when someone says something to my kids without thinking. I’ve always believed that language is everything. When I was first separated from my ex-husband, I sent an email to everyone in our world to share the language that we were using with our kids. I know I can’t protect my kids from everyone or every word in the world. However, if it’s possible to help people think before they speak, then I have to try.

Cancer killed their paternal grandfather. Cancer killed their great aunt. But they need to know cancer comes in a lot of different forms.

My kids already knew the word “cancer.” They know “cancer sucks.” They’ve even said “f-ck cancer.” I didn’t even care. I can’t change that word, “cancer.” Cancer killed their paternal grandfather. Cancer killed their great aunt. But they need to know cancer comes in a lot of different forms. And so while they know cancer has killed and can kill, they also need to know that many are cured of cancer. Nonetheless, I’m grateful that a friend encouraged me to put in a life insurance application when I was healthy. I’m aware that a lot of people don’t think about these kinds of things until it’s too late.

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Chronicles of a #FutureCancerSurvivor "Cancer Means No Hair, Don't Care"

“I shaved all my hair off before chemo could take it from me.” ~ Denise Albert, The MOMS #FutureCancerSurvivor

For the first time in my life, I don’t have hair issues. When I was a teenager I hated my 1980s thick, long, curly pouf. All I wanted was straight hair. In college, I spent at least an hour a day dealing with my hair and learning every trick in the book to get it straight. I finally did – but it was hard work and God forbid if it was humid.

I’ll never forget the time I went backpacking in Europe after college. I was staying in youth hostels blowing my hair in the stairwell because our rooms didn’t have outlets. When going on vacation to warm climates, my hair was always on my mind and a topic of conversation. Brown, dark blonde, wavy, beachy, ironed straight, keratin-treated – I’d gotten so sick of dealing with my hair.

Then the unimaginable happened. My hair started to thin out, mostly in the back. Was it having kids, or was it stress and divorce? I would have done anything to get all of my hair problems back. Extensions became my new best friend – though they came with their own drama. When I mentioned this to a friend of mine, she recommended that I tried products like full spectrum hemp to try and strengthen my hair. This wasn’t something I was familiar with, but I was willing to do anything to get my hair back. I’ve also been told to take a look at stress-reducing treatments like medical marijuana where washington dc marijuana delivery is available for those who are having a hard time leaving their house. These types of deliveries, I’ve been told, are in quite a lot of places so that bodes well for people like me and other sufferers.

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"Divorce Is NOT the Worst"- The MOMS Denise Albert's Article in Huff Post

By: Denise Albert

Divorce is a very heated topic for some. It isn’t a choice that should be made lightly and lots of thought should go into it before contacting someone like Eskew Law to help with the divorce process. If you’re unhappy with your relationship, it can sometimes be solved through therapy and better communication but not every relationship can be saved. Divorcing your partner can be healthy for everyone involved but this isn’t the attitude a lot of people are shown over the topic…

Divorce Is The Worst.” That’s the title of the book my son and his peers spent time reading in their Banana Splits club. Banana Splits is a support group in many schools around the country for children with divorced/deceased parents.

The book just as easily could have been called My Life Sucks. Fuck You Mom and Dad. Divorce is Depressing. Why I Hate Normal Families. I Don’t Want 2 Homes. Shall I go on?

When I got separated three and a half years ago, one of the most important things to me was the language we shared with our kids and people in our world. Read more

The MOMS- Denise Albert on HLN Segment "Video Game Journalist "I'm Telling Your MOM!""

Denise joined HLN yesterday and shared her  thoughts on Video Game Journalist, Alanah Pearce, who at the age of 21 claims she’s had her fair share of internet bullies and decided to fight back by using a somewhat old-fashioned approach and HLN got the scoop.

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  Click here to find out what Alanah’s approach is and to hear Denise’s thoughts on the situation.

 

Evenflo Meets Woodloch – Our Favorite Family Spot

We had the pleasure of partnering with Evenflo last week on a new car seat launch for the Evenflo Platinum Protection Series. We hit the roads and headed to The Poconos to Woodloch Resort for a family action-packed adventure weekend.

Having a car like this 7 seater suv is great for people who have a family. It has more than enough room for all of our family and our bags and anything we need when we go for a road trip. Without doubt, it has been one of our best purchases. And we got an amazing deal on it because we researched how much is my Honda worth before buying it, meaning we knew the current prices and best deals available. With this new car, it is incredibly easy to put a new car seat in. I would hate to have a small two-door car and have to somehow get my children in. It doesn’t really matter though, as I got my new car seat into my car with ease. As I buckled up my youngest daughter in her new Evenflo booster car seat, I took a moment to reflect upon how big my baby was getting. This new car seat had so many new features that her old car seat did not have, including buckle pockets. In fact, I always struggled with those metal buckles on warm summer days, and with how hot they can get. I constantly wondered to myself, why is there no place for these shiny hot buckles and then one day, she got burned. Summers in St Louis can be brutal, many days over 100 degrees. With one careless move, the buckles can burn a child or even an adult, which happened a few years ago. But now, this won’t happen again with her new car seat. Having great car insurance also gave us peace of mind when buckling in our child into the our car, knowing that if the worst were to happen then we would get support.

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All buckled up, we headed to The Poconos. Upon arriving at Woodloch, our children did not know where to run first. Was it to the Bumper Cars, or the Indoor Forest or Bingo or to play Family Feud? We started with dinner and reviewing the schedule of events. Woodloch is about bringing families together. This is through their many activities that include The Olympics, scavenger hunts, cake decorating, sports, swimming, hiking, tubing and staff shows all around amazing family meal time.

When I was first introduced to Woodloch a few years ago, I could not wait to go back. You get to see your family in a new light and see your children attempt new activities they might not try on a regular day. There is team building, competition and relaxation all nestled in a beautiful picturesque woodsy environment. Team building is not only for your family but for the workplace too. If you are able to build up and progress with your team then you will have a better outcome. You can conduct survey questions for employees satisfaction to add to your team building and see where things can be improved not only in the workplace but outside it too.

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I think we will be headed back as soon as we can, with our Evenflo car seat joining us, and it is a great feeling to know your children are not only safe, but extra comfortable for the car ride. Thank you to our amazing sponsor, Evenflo!

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