“ Be truthful with yourself and that sometimes takes a supportive community of life coaches, self awareness workshops, meaningful relationships and daily practice to achieve. You will know you’ve achieved when you are present with the reality and not with the fear.
Mitra Mostofi is another literary mAss Kicker. She is the author of “This Was No Coincidence.” In her self-help memoir she narrates her journey on what it takes to survive an identity crisis as a white immigrant raised in a non-affluent black neighborhood, not rich enough to be cool enough with her royal like ex-pat family. She’d had many life-altering events, but it wasn’t until she reached a quagmire of life-and-death thoughts through her own journey with breast cancer at the age of 27 that she found the courage to set out on a self-awakening path.
Her background is in the medical field and plans on utilizing the knowledge of the physical health in bridging mind-body awareness. She moderated an interfaith dialogue in 2015 that successfully brought connectivity through self actualization in a polarizing time. She was on an Overcoming Obstacles panel at the IAWFoundation conference in 2016 and co-facilitated a workshop for young cancer survivors at Cancercon. Included among her speaking engagements have been for the state Mensa Society conference and medical professions. She is a graduate of More to Life and Landmark Forum. She visions building a self awareness community through her website www.mitraship.com. We are very honored to feature her this week.
mK: Thanks for doing this Mitra! How did you find out about your diagnosis?
MM: It was a scary Halloween morning in 2007 when I woke up and felt the lump under my arm.
mK: What were your symptoms?
MM: My mammogram the year prior didn’t show anything. I had dense breast and the tumor was probably outside of the dimension of the images. The only symptoms I had were that of an emotional breakdown I was recovering from … before the palpable cell growth. I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage IIA.
mK: How are you doing now? What are you up to?
MM: I’m cancer free and free of cancer by living everyday striving for balance and self awareness.
mK: What motivates you?
MM: Dreams of living my highest potential in what I can offer this world as my legacy.
mK: Let’s get to know you better… What makes you laugh, cry, angry?
MM: Watching a child laugh makes me laugh contagiously. Loss of life that was once deeply loved on earth makes me cry uncontrollably. Injustice in the world brings me powerless indignation.
mK: So, what would you say is the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?
MM: I published a book that continues to relay a powerful message in my life in that no events seem to be a coincidence.
mK: Congratulations! Publishing a book is a very large accomplishment! In your opinion, what is the toughest challenge a survivor faces?
MM: The change of dynamics in interpersonal relationships.
mK: Very true! OK, here is another strange question for you… What is your guilty pleasure?
MM: Watching prison documentaries.
mK: If could ask your future self from 2050 one question, what would it be?
MM: Did you publish your second and third book?
mK: What are is next on your agenda?
MM: Launching my website www.mitraship.com
mK: Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything.
MM: I used to be a raver that ecstatically danced continuous hours with no drugs.
mK: Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?
MM: Be truthful with yourself and that sometimes takes a supportive community of life coaches, self awareness workshops, meaningful relationships and daily practice to achieve. You will know you’ve achieved when you are present with the reality and not with the fear.
Mitra Mostofi: former adrenaline dancer, prison documentary addict, mind-body advocate, speaker, author, and driven post-treatment thriver. Thanks for letting us interview you! Check out her website, www.mitraship.com for more information about her book.