I Live for "Today!"

Michaele opens up about her MS and the cheer leading incident.

Dress Worn: Redskin uniform 

Shoes Worn : Christian Dior

I want to thank all of you for your heart felt words you have expressed to me about my health and Multiple Sclerosis. I wanted to come out and share my personal health condition to all in hopes to do public good and inspire others. For 17 years I have been able to keep it personal to me, but I decided with all the rumors and misinformation out there about me that I would get a jump start on the media and share it. My hope is to make a difference for others with, “How to have MS not to let MS have you.” This same principal can be applied to any illness or health challenge. I have been a long time supporter behind the scenes with our National MS Society in DC, and I will continue to support and be an active advocate.

Delegate Dave Albo (Republican from Virginia) has been very supportive of the Virginia Farm Winery Industry, Agriculture, and Tourism overall. It was Delegate Albo that Patroned the House Bill my husband authored that forever changed the Virginia Wine Industry to do what they can do today.  The whole idea of the bill that became law started when I shared with Delegate Albo at a party that if I had my family out to Oasis for Thanksgiving that Fauquier county would count that as one of Oasis’ “events.”  I say it often throughout the show, and it’s so true, Fauquier County reminds me of that movie “Footloose.” The country unfortunately has had a documented history of attacking the Virginia Wineries in its county. We changed that!

Virginia wineries back before this law passed were limited to the number of customers that could attend activities at the wineries. Having family for Thanksgiving is a part of sharing life. Delegate Albo agreed to help. Tareq began to write the new law. I began to lobby for it. Lobby?! What?!

I had to learn how to lobby hard in Richmond for nearly 2 years to get this bill passed. The thousands of hours that went into this first perceived controversial House Bill, eventually passed the House and the Senate nearly unanimously, and that says it all! We rocked it! I thank Jennifer my loyal assistant and Amy Lynch, who both worked so hard with me on this bill.

What’s the deal with the Redskins you ask? Who knows? After The White House night I received a call that they were overwhelmed with media and couldn’t deal with it (I know how that feels). Yet months prior I was cheering with them on the field at Fed Ex for the alumni show and highlighted this as a part of my life, which you saw on this episode. 

I was asked to get involved in the early millennium to support cheer with the Alumni . At that time I told them that cheering with the alumni was a concern, since I did not want people to know my age. The director said that if she gave me a younger year to cheer with – would I please do it?  I said what do you mean?  She said I will make you ‘91 and no one will know your age. I said ok and agreed to do it. I did cheer with the Alumni Association by their request for the last 6 years of paying dues and being active with them. I had fun helping them out.

I know we will all be interested to see what got captured on film about the night that changed mine and my husband’s lives forever.

Catch me Friday morning on the NBC Today Show when I co-host with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb from 10am to 11am.

Love You!

Michaele

OXOXOX

 

A Rewarding Experience

Despite her cringe-worthy moments, Mary's had a blast.

Nonsense

n.

1. Words or signs having no intelligible meaning

2. Subject matter, behavior, or language that is foolish or absurd.

3. Extravagant foolishness or frivolity

4. Matter of little or no importance or usefulness

5. Insolent talk or behavior; impudence

One thing that no one can ever take from you is your word. I was raised with the motto say what you mean and mean what you say. The reunion was extremely difficult for me. All of the nonsensical behavior that we have been subject to this season from Boris and Natasha came to a head that long September day. It was difficult to watch myself become so exacerbated by the lies and false accusations, and to see myself visibly display the emotions I was experiencing: anger, hurt, and frustration. Even when confronted with solid proof these people still arrogantly sat there denying all. It was unreal. After a season of fabulous fun with my family and friends it made me sick to see it all end this way.

As parents, one of the primary values we teach our children is the importance of being honest. As I sat on the sofa during 10 tedious hours of filming, listening to lie after lie coming from a couple who are masterful storytellers, I wondered how we got to this point. I have never in my life been put in such a confrontational and frustrating situation nor watched two grown adults be so blatantly dishonest. My family, close friends, and my charity have all been negatively affected by these individuals. At the end of the day I know what I signed up for, and in the reality TV world the name of the game is drama. What I was experiencing was not drama. This was about two delusional individuals who still can not answer a "yes" or "no" question. Ultimately for me they stooped to the lowest of lows by falsely accusing our daughter of a serious crime that she had no involvement in whatsoever. I can easily say that I am relieved that we can all move on from spending precious time and energy talking about these people. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I'm ready to move on!

In some ways this reality TV experience was like being pregnant for the first time; many people offered sound advice but nothing can really prepare a person for such a surreal experience. As a family, we have had a blast on this roller coaster ride and have enjoyed watching snapshots of our "functionally dysfunctional" family relate to each other through the challenges of being a large family. The love of a family is the greatest blessing, and I am overwhelmingly blessed with a large loving family. I want to thank them all for taking this great risk and jumping on this ride with me.

The cross! I have had an overwhelming number of inquiries about how to find the cross that I wear regularly. I purchased my cross a number of years ago on a trip to the Carribbean. Unfortunately, the cross is no longer available, but I am working closely with the company that produced it and will be launching a new version soon! Additionally, I am excited to share that I am currently designing an entire cross collection. Look for more information coming soon on my future website www.maryamons.com!

If in the DC area on November 4th, please join me as Labels for Love hosts a spectacular event called the Modus Union Salon Party. This evening will feature the incredible works of 75 juried artists, live painting, musical performances, trapeze artists, vendors, nibbles from local restaurants, and of course cocktails! All artwork will be for sale and the proceeds will benefit Fran Drescher's organization, Cancer Schmancer (www.cancerschmancer). For more information, go to www.labelsforlove.org. I hope to see you there!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all that helped make this year incredibly enriching and rewarding. This entire experience has been a very humbling and rewarding one. I learned a tremendous amount about myself and witnessed many cringe-worthy moments to learn from ... and avoid! One of the best aspects of making the choice to do the show was the beautiful friendships that developed and strengthened over the last with Lynda, Cat, and Stacie and our incredible crew. We shared many laughs and had a ton of fun! Although a friendship with Michaele didn't develop, I wish her and each of my cast mates only the best for the future. Thank you all for the support and encouragement over the our first season! 

Peace and Blessings!

ox,

Mary

 

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