Admittedly, I should have shared this story with you back in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month; however, when I started to read ‘Fearless: Awakening to My Life’s Purpose Through Breast Cancer’, I found myself having to put it down for a few weeks until I was ready to pick it back up. You see, I don’t personally know anyone who has had breast cancer; however, I lost my best friend to cancer 10 years ago. A ‘lil over 5 years ago, a cousin on my mom’s side went into remission. Just before Arianna was born, 2-Pop For Sure was being treated for cancer. And last year, a cousin on my dad’s side was battling cancer. It’s so near to my life that sometimes reading about diagnosis, treatment, and healing isn’t the easiest thing.
But, like I am sure author Maimah Karmo feels about carrying out her treatment and moving on to accomplish great things in her life, I am glad I finished this book. Fearless is the Karmo’s memoir of her battle with cancer (and love). Not only did she survive, she kept a promise to God and became an advocate for women impacted by breast cancer. Her Tigerlily Foundation is “one of the only organizations in the nation providing full lifecycle, service-oriented financial and educational assistance to young women (ages 15-40) before, during, and after breast cancer”.
Seriously, how powerful is this?
Maimah is a mother, Liberian refugee, breast cancer survivor, and hero.
On February 28, 2006, at 4:45 p.m., Maimah was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.
She was 32 years old.
She had a 3-year-old at the time, and her fiancé walked away days after her breast surgery. Life fell apart.
Since then, she’s dedicated her life to educating and helping women, and has been honored with international awards. In 2011, Maimah found herself on Oprah Winfrey’s couch, sharing her story. Afterwards, she started writing her story to share with others, per Oprah’s urging.
Her memoir Fearless: Awakening to My Life’s Purpose Through Breast Cancer is releasing this month and recounts her life: from fleeing Liberia with her family as a teenager and living in the U.S. as a refugee, to living the American Dream, to being diagnosed with breast cancer to founding the Tigerlily Foundation.
I was inspired by Karmo’s strength and faith–she had a rocky relationship with her fiance (and father of her child) during her treatment, yet she didn’t let that get in the way of her healing. She was a young mother, someone who surely didn’t expect cancer to be part of her life path. Her story made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me pray. I can tell why Oprah told her to write this story!
Although the book stirred up my emotions, I would definitely read it again (with a box of tissues). I also loved the quotes and lyrics that Maimah placed at the beginning of each chapter–words that had to be inspiring.
You can find out more about Maimah Karmo on her website, www.maimahkarmo.com, and order your own copy of Fearless on Amazon. But, wait! One lucky reader will get their own copy of Fearless just in time for the holidays. Enter below!
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book to read and review as well as one to give away. All opinions are 100% my own.