The MOMS (Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein) and Beaches Resorts hosted a Mamarazzi event with Joan Lunden to celebrate the launch of her new book Why Did I Come Into This Room?
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Denise Albert: I am 45 what does that mean to you?
Joan Lunden: That is my age in my head, ever since I was 45, I continued to be 45. The more research I did for the book, I found out how important sleep is, I started sleeping later and later we can make new neurons in our brain, mainly exercising, but if they don’t connect to the central system they die off and that stays in our brain and sleeping is the only thing that washes them away it’s called abiloid. If you don’t sleep enough you wake up in the morning with that fog about you.
Denise Albert: You keep reinventing yourself is so inspirational for women like me who are a generation or two below you. How did you even come up with the chapters in the book are so funny, and yet so relevant?
Joan Lunden: You can’t write a book about some of the annoying things women go through as they age without a sense of humor. So, you know I started out with chapters, and I’d say this chapters on exercise but there had to be something funny about it. So, it became keep moving it makes it much harder for the undertaker to catch up with you. The last chapters of the book are, I want to be cremated it’s my last chance for a smoking hot body. And if you put the fun into it, and also this is like girlfriend to girlfriend. I tell it in a one on one as if we were sitting together, with that kind of attitude.
Melissa Gerstein: Do you have a favorite chapter, and why?
Joan Lunden: I put it into a mind, body and soul and started out with the concept of age and I think it’s really important for everyone to realize that you aren’t just your age. Your age is probably the worst description of you. I started out with a discussion of age and a new timeline that we are living with.
Denise Albert: So, we had similar cancer journeys and in your book, you talk about birthdays and celebrating and how you’re not really a fan of celebrating everything. For me I always celebrate every year and then I got sick and I always did it before I got sick and then I got sick and not only did I celebrate every year I celebrated every occasion, in other words chemo ended, radiation started and I still do that. Because it’s so important to me really to have things to look forward to and really celebrate life and I feel like that is what got me through my cancer journey and still today as a single person, business owner, entrepreneur I need things to look forward to I don’t have a partner that I come home to at night to share things with.
Joan Lunden: Well you know when I was a little girl my mom always used to say to me always be making plans if you want to keep your life exciting make plans because half the fun of doing anything is anticipating it, planning for it, getting excited about it she said if you want to keep your life really exciting always have plans and never has it been more important than that you know as women age and then they all of a sudden say you know well I’m not really relevant anymore and they stop making plans it’s the worst thing it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy you know in this country we revere youth so much that it’s kind of understandable how when you age it’s not revered.
Denise Albert: Have you encountered a situation in your encore careers where people are like No and you’re like no I’m going to do this.
Joan Lunden: I’m working probably as hard today as I was working when I was on good morning America because I choose to do, and I love it and I can’t imagine stopping. I find that if you find out what your brand is what your passion is where you want to make a difference what you want that little dash to mean on your tombstone then you concentrate on those focus except those jobs and the more you do that, the more other jobs come in that field I mean that’s how I think it’s worked for me
Denise Albert: What’s your biggest passion?
Joan Lunden: Disseminating information and helping woman.
Question from Facebook Live: What are you looking most forward to in 2020?
Joan Lunden: Well a successful book, obviously. I’ve worked on this for the last six and a half years and I’m just so excited about its outcome. I always wanted to be a doctor – my dad was a doctor – I always thought I would be. I worked in a hospital for a short stint right before college, realized that I was not going to work with shots and scalpels the rest of my life, it wasn’t happening and you know because of the cancer diagnosis I got this incredible opportunity to go out and inseminate health information and really carry on my dad’s legacy he was a cancer surgeon. Yes, and now with everything I’m doing in the world of women in health it is still allowing me to feel like I lived up to what I thought I should do in light of my dad and what he did for the world.
The MOMS and Joan were also live on @themomsnetwork Facebook for those who are working virtually or want to make sure to enter and perhaps be included to win a free Beaches trip. Go to @themomsnetwork on Instagram for more info. Watch The Minute With The MOMS with Joan Lunden here!
ABOUT WHY DID I COME INTO THIS ROOM?:
Why Did I Come into This Room? is a funny “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” for the aging woman.
“I’m too old for Snapchat, but too young for Life Alert.”
In her most candid and revealing book yet, acclaimed broadcast journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into the various phases of aging that leave many feeling uncomfortable, confused, and on edge. In her hilarious book, Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. After all, laughing is better than crying—unless it makes you pee! Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, this book is full of helpful information to embrace—or at least prepare for—the inevitable.
ABOUT JOAN LUNDEN:
Joan Lunden is one of America’s most recognized and trusted personalities. Her nearly 20 years, from 1980 through 1997, as co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America have endeared her to audiences nationwide, and she has reached millions more with her work as a vocal parenting and women’s health advocate. She is currently the host of Taking Care with Joan Lunden, a series on family caregiving on RLTV and host on Lifetime Television’s Health Corner, educating women on health issues, childcare, nutrition and medicine. She is also the host of Hometown Heroes on Direct TV and recently hosted the award-winning America’s Invisible Children on the CW Network. As an author, speaker and entrepreneur, Lunden has long been an advocate for healthy families. Lunden has taken her women’s advocacy even further, creating a weekend getaway for women to attend to take care of themselves called Camp Reveille (www.CampReveille.com). She has also launched a line of home goods called Joan Lunden Home which sells on QVC and QVC.com. In 2015, Joan wrote Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival (#HadIKnownBook). In the book, Joan speaks candidly about her battle against breast cancer, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life.
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