During the pandemic, I did a lot of soul-searching about what I really want from life and how being a survivor shapes my every day. Being a survivor affects choices I make in business and my zest for adventure. Being a survivor affects my choices to continue daily learning and positive living. Being a survivor has helped me manage meaningful relationships and made me a better mother. Being a survivor also causes insecurities, emotionally and physically, but speaking honestly, sharing and connecting with so many others makes it all easier and worthwhile. My cancer journey and the community that came with it gives my life purpose and meaning. It is because of my cancer journey and my cancer community that I’m so proud to share with you,My Cancer Family.
My Cancer Family will be for anyone diagnosed with Cancer and we hope you will share this with anyone in your world. We realize they may not want to be a part of our family. We won’t take it personally :)
But we will be the family they didn’t know or want – but learn to love.
And we know we can support everyone in ways a doctor doesn’t or can't... (we love doctors, nurses and their teams, but they can’t do everything!)
I’m Denise Albert. I’m 48 and a triple positive (including Her2+) breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed when I was 41 and a divorced mom of 2 young boys. I had a lumpectomy, aggressive chemo, radiation and 2 immunotherapy drugs through 2018.
My Cancer Family will be the safe place to go for community, support, resources and help…Everything from getting people to the right non-profit that offers FREE programs, to helping with nutrition on the journey to tutorials for how to put on eyelashes, to sharing wisdom we learned (like why your nose may run all the time), to connecting people with a survivor who knows and understands exactly what someone is going through.
My Cancer Family
My kids are thriving, I’m otherwise healthy and most importantly, I truly believe I’m alive and doing well because of all of the people around the country who reached out to me when I shared my story publicly during my cancer journey. My cancer family saved my life and inspired me to create My Cancer Family to help all others diagnosed.
When I was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2015, the first thing I did was google survivors. (I know, I know, I was told NOT to google anything).I googled, “how to tell your kids”. I googled, “should I change my diet during chemo”, I googled, “what workouts are best during cancer treatment”, I googled, “will my relationship change” and “what if my partner isn’t supportive”.
My Cancer Family will help people discover community and introduce everyone to resources more preferred, targeted, and valuable than your favorite search engine.
Find, Share & Unite
We want to support everyone you know who has had cancer, is going through treatment, or is newly diagnosed and their families and anyone who is affected by Cancer.
We are just getting started and want to support everyone in every way. Please sign up at MyCancerFamily.com and please share with those in your world who may also be interested.