“ Keep fighting and spreading the word out there, we need a lot more awareness!!!
Ace Diamond is talented Brain Tumor mAss Kicker from Rhode Island, USA. He is a singer/songwriter and a hip-hop artist beating all odds surviving three tumors and two brain surgeries since 2005. He was very fortunate to meet and thank the chemist that developed the drug Temodar in 2012. We were very honored to meet him recently online and interview him for our website.
mK: Thanks for doing this Ace. How did you find out about your diagnosis?
AD: Actually I didn’t have any symptoms, I was working and living one of my three sisters Linsey, and when we got home from work I tried to start s conversation with that had the word” you” in it and uncontrollably that kept repeating uncontrollably until I blacked out not knowing until I awoke that I had a Gran Mal seizure. They officially diagnosed me with Stage 2 oliglioganglioma, which became a Stage 3 brain tumor that I’m still fighting today!!!!
mK: Wow! How are you doing now?
AD: Right now, I’m not under any treatment just doing physical therapy to get stronger after close to 12 years of on going treatments.
mK: That is a long time! What motivates you?
AD: Good music and positive, creative people keep me motivated. My faith in Jesus Christ who has kept me here for a reason, also motivates me! I personally think it’s because I was sent here to spread the message of brain tumors worldwide because there isn’t enough information out there.
mK: Very cool. What makes you laugh, cry, angry?
AD: Hmmm… what makes me laugh is being around my family, we are an interesting bunch of creative and funny people!!! What makes me angry is negative people just spreading hate and mixed messages without the correct knowledge of the subjects they are speaking about. And what makes me sad is seeing humans or animals suffering.
mK: What would you say is the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?
AD: The most interesting thing I’ve done so far is traveled to the UK three years ago to work on my documentary, ” These Three Words” for 14 days traveling the country with the crew, my surgeon came along with his wife and we got a chance to meet the scientist that developed one of the chemotherapy pills that helped save my life! He had never met a survivor!!!
mK: Scientists need to meet the survivors they are helping! It humanizes their work, so they don’t get lost in the science! What is the toughest challenge a survivor faces?
AD: The toughest thing for a survivor is the unknown, like where will I be next year and can I truly make plans for the future? We never know that’s why we have to live everyday like its our last, not an easy thing to do for anyone but you have to have some kinda belief or else what are you gonna do, you know?
mK: What is your guilty pleasure?
AD: Oh that’s easy, my biggest guilty pleasure is chocolate!!!!!!
mK: Hee hee… Everyone says chocolate. I don’t know why everyone feels guilty about eating chocolate! OK, here is a unique question for you… Your house is on fire. What is the one thing you grab to take with you?
AD: House on fire , hands down my phone because that’s where I keep all my lyrics and song ideas in it, and also my contacts, it’s truly funny how we as people can’t remember one phone number nowadays LOL , but sad at the same time!
mK: HAHAHA! That makes sense. What are is next on your agenda?
AD: I’m finishing my documentary so that I can spread my music and the awareness about brain tumors.
mK: Let’s get to know you better… tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything.
AD: I do a lot of sports related things with my left hand, even tho I’m right handed!
mK: Any parting words for all the mAss Kickers?
AD: My parting words for fellow mAss Kickers would be just keep fighting and spreading the word out there, we need a lot more awareness!!! And thank you guys for being one of those outlets mAss Kickers!!!!!!!
Ace Diamond: “confused right handed sportsman”, smart phone and chocolate addict, world traveler, musician, documentarian, and driven brain tumor thriver. Check out the documentary website: These Three Words. Thanks for doing this Ace! Good luck with everything and definitely keep us posted on what you do next.