“ Once you get over the shock, determine on whose terms you will live your life. Will you be defined by the disease, or will you kick butt and define your life after your diagnosis? I will also say that as challenging as it is, remember that you are in control and you are stronger than you can ever imagine. Kick Mass!
Maimah Karmo is everything a mAss Kicker should be. She is intelligent, funny, resourceful, and has a little “positive stubbornness” that is useful in getting things done. She is the author of “How Breast Cancer Saved My Life”, an accomplished empowerment expert, a health warrior, Founder/Director of Tigerlily Foundation ,WomensHealthSeminars.com , Maimah Karmo Enterprises and a caring young mother. She took the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us.
mK: What/ when was your diagnosis?
MK: Breast Cancer. February 28, 2006, 4:45 p.m..
mK: Who is your hero/heroes/ who do you look up to?
MK: No one really and everyone. I think every individual has the capacity for greatness and there are pieces of them I love and take with me. I honor everyone’s existence and I am a mosaic of the best of all of them.
mK: What motivates you?
MK: Being scared shitless with cancer and realizing that I get one shot at this thing called life…realizing that it was only by God’s grace that I found my calling. Getting up in the morning and realizing that everyday holds amazing possibilities and knowing that I am entitled to them all; breathing, life, my beautiful angel daughter, happiness, second chances, hope, my daughter, sunshine, love, people, working to eradicate breast cancer, my daughter, catch my drift? Oh, and a great apple martini!
mK: When was the first time you felt like yourself?
MK: After cancer? March 2008 or so. Getting diagnosed shook the foundation of everything I thought or believed about life, so I had some re-adjusting to do. At the same time, life is always a process of growth, so I would say that now I feel more like the person I was born to be, but I’ve always felt like me, I just feel like more of me now; my feet are on solid ground and I really like who I am.
mK: What makes you laugh, cry, angry?
MK: Laugh, my daughter making funny faces and jokes. She makes me so happy that I laugh sometimes. I also laugh when I’m really happy, for no reason, like I’m the crazy person in the car next to you who is just laughing and is not on the phone or listening to the radio…yeah, that’s me. I laugh a lot at everything. Life is fun.
Cry…I also cry when I’m really happy, when something is very beautiful, a song, I cry at movies, something my daughter says, or when I look at her face and realize how lucky I am to share this space and time with her and to still be alive to know her and be with her. I cry when I miss my grandmother.
Angry? When the last blueberry muffin is being sold just as I get to Starbucks! When I get to the gym for my favorite class and it’s cancelled…hmm, what else can I make up…haha. To be honest, I don’t get angry very often. Life is too short for that. Maybe I get angry at injustice, when someone innocent is hurt, or in need. I get angry when people die from cancer and I can’t help them. I want to end this disease and help save millions of lives.
mK: What is your guilty pleasure?
MK: Watching reality television…and don’t ask which shows. Listening to the Eagles, James Taylor, and Barbara Streisand… I like 60s and 70s music and I enjoy those things unapologetically! Hey, I’m a nerd in disguise, so what?
mK: Babbs? Really? That’s OK. How old are you? Hee hee… Answer this… What is the worst pickup line you have ever heard?
MK: I’ve heard so many awful ones that I’ve hired a hypnotist to help me forget…haha. No, honestly, I can’t remember, but really, there are so many awful ones, please don’t make me remember.
mK: What do you like to do in your spare time?
MK: What spare time?
mK: We don’t doubt that. What are you doing now?
MK: Laying on the couch, with my daughter, letting her watch her guilty pleasure :O)… some little yellow guy that wears square trousers, go figure.
mK: Advice for people that get daunting diagnoses?
MK: Once you get over the shock, determine on whose terms you will live your life. Will you be defined by the disease, or will you kick butt and define your life after your diagnosis? I will also say that as challenging as it is, remember that you are in control and you are stronger than you can ever imagine. Kick Mass!
mK: Tell us something people probably didn’t know… anything.
MK: Like what? I sleep in rollers at night? Umm, okay, don’t print that. Let’s see… Like I’m in love with my daughter? Okay, everyone knows that. Here you go… I like exercising…everyone knows that…I can’t think of anything…hmmm, if you like children, old people, have a mission in life, love to help others, are kind, gentle and fun, then you’re a friend of mine.
mK: Any parting words for all the mAss Kickers?
MK: Get to work. Let’s eradicate this @$$$!
Thanks for the interview Maimah! Check out her organization’s website, Tigerlily Foundation to support and empower women that have to deal with breast cancer. Babbs… shocking but all good. : ) She says she likes JayZ too, yeah right!