I’m scared for any person who is sick these days.  I’m scared for friends, loved ones and anyone battling Cancer.  I’m scared for every person with any illness right now, not just COVID-19.

I knew what it was like to self-quarantine well before Corona.  Any one who has gone through chemotherapy knew and understood some of the precautions.  We washed our hands.  We stayed home.  We studied every product in our homes.  We wore masks. We went for a walk around the block as the one activity for the day.  That was a huge accomplishment.  We learned all about what is good and what is bad for us.   We were religious about our vitamins.  We wanted only organic, packaged food so we didn’t get anyone else’s germs.  We were overly concerned about our food and what we would eat (if we could eat at all).  We were sick.  We were weak.  We spent so much time in the bathroom and on the bathroom floor.   We were happy, then depressed.  We had tears flow for no apparent reason at any moment.

We saw the light, then the darkness.  We were full of emotions but tried to remain positive.  We were up and down.  We had to be strong for the kids.  So we were.

We had a disease that kills.  We had a disease that makes us sick.  We had a disease that changes who you are and how you look.  We had a disease that treated us differently every day.  We had a disease that was moody. We didn’t know if we would be one of the lucky ones to survive. We had a disease that we could not control. 

I have a friend whose husband was just diagnosed.  He can’t begin treatment.  I have  a friend in treatment.  She can’t see her kids.  She can’t live with her family.  I have another friend whose husband is in treatment and now doubly scared, if that’s even possible, every time he goes to the hospital – alone.  He doesn’t know which will get him first.  Cancer or Corona.

Cancer, like COVID-19, is a scary, lonely, life-changing journey if you are lucky enough, like me, to get through it. I can’t imagine going through it these days with all of the added layers of life as we are currently living it. I was lucky enough to turn 46 less than a month ago. I never think about gifts, but consider this the best gift of all; that I went through cancer treatment before coronavirus.  

Now, unfortunately, because of all the coverage we can all imagine what it is like to be really sick.  I hope next time someone you know is diagnosed with Cancer you will remember this time and help them through it in any way you can.


  • Denise Albert


    The MOMS & Mamarazzi

    Denise Albert is an award-winning journalist, television producer and Co-Founder of The MOMS (TheMOMS.com) and Mamarazzi Celebrity Events.  She is a Journalist, Cancer Survivor and Activist.  Denise is a Former Producer at Good Morning America, and Former President and Executive Producer at David Blaine Productions.   She was the Co-Host of MOMS & The City on NBC's Digital Television Platform and Co-Host of The MOMS on SiriusXM Radio and Mamarazzi on People.com. The MOMS created the first ever mom-focused town hall series called Mamarazzi. The ever-popular Mamarazzi® events give influential moms and media access to celebrities in a town-hall discussion while partnering with top consumer brands.  Mamarazzi guests have included Emmy and Oscar winners, Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Nicole Kidman, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Goldie Hawn.  To date she has executed over 300 Mamarazzi events.   Albert is also an Advocate for Breast Cancer and has shared her story on People.com and had an on-going series at GoodHousekeeping.com.  Denise speaks at Medical Conferences, Charity Events and other organizations on a variety of topics about her journey including alongside Mariano Rivera as keynote for his recent charity event.   When Denise was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in December, 2015, she felt lucky to be diagnosed early after she found a lump just months after a mammography (she had received a letter saying it was normal but didn't read further to see that it said she had dense breasts and may want further testing).  She had a lumpectomy in January and was fortunate enough to share her story on People.com.  Denise used social media and her platforms with The MOMS along with an ongoing series at GoodHousekeeping.com to continue to write about her journey.  ‬‬‬‬‬‬   Denise's video with the TSA after a horrific experience at LAX went viral and Denise is using that to educate others on the best ways to travel with illness.  Denise is in touch with hundreds of patients and families across the country and believes this answers the "why me?" and is passionate about raising awareness for Breast Cancer and helping others.    The MOMS created, produced and hosted, Strut, The Fashionable Mom Show that presented three times at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.  Denise contributed to The Huffington Post Parents and The Huffington Post Divorce, where she wrote a series called, "Divorce Diaries". Denise previously served as a feature reporter for NBA-TV and a producer at Inside Edition.  Denise is a better mom because she works and a better worker because she’s a mom. She lives in NYC with her two boys, Jaron and Jaylan.