She’s been open on her show about everything from her divorce to dating, as well as on her blog, Divorce Diaries, for Now, Denise calls herself a #futurecancersurvivor and hopes her candor will help inspire other moms struggling with cancer. I didn’t really know what that meant, so I kind of forgot about it because the letter said normal.
We talked to Denise about how she balances being a hard-working mom of two with an oft-grueling treatment schedule and her advocacy for breast cancer survivors. In November, I felt a little bump and a little pain on the side of my left breast. A month later I felt it again, and I called a friend in the field. I went right in for a sonogram, and they sent me right in for a biopsy, and then an MRI, and then a series of many, many more tests.
Chemo isn’t part of being an independent working mom.
You hear horrible stories about people who are sick and can’t get out of bed, can’t go to work and can’t take care of their kids. Oz about immunotherapy treatments and hosted an event with Warriors in Pink to support breast cancer survivors.
When the single working mom of two was diagnosed with breast cancer last December, she immediately wanted to know how her treatment plan would impact her work, her life and, most importantly, her two sons.
I was out one night and I got a call confirming I have breast cancer. Three or four months before, I had a letter saying your mammography is normal.
What was your first thought when you heard the news? I call myself an independent mom, because I’m happily divorced.