I'm a passionate lover of life.
I always knew I wanted to help people, but I didn't know how. Then, at 31 years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thanks to my mother for teaching me the importance of doing my breast self exams at 13 years old. At the time, I had no idea why doing them was so important, but she insisted that I do them regularly and doing them taught me to know my body. Eighteen years later, when I discovered a lump in my breast during a self exam, I knew enough to push until I had the answer that felt right for me. The doctor told me I was too young to have breast cancer. I had a mammogram that came back clean, so I should have been comfortable with those answers, but I knew my body enough to push for additional screening. Finally, I got an appointment for a biopsy. A day later, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B, triple negative breast cancer. My diagnosis propelled me to raise my voice and speak out - for the countless other young women like me, who may not know they could get breast cancer. While in chemotherapy, I began the Tigerlily Foundation, to educate, advocate for, empower and support young women - before, during and after breast cancer. From a website that was only my story, the organization now serves young women in 43 states. We provide peer support, educational programs, support for young women who are living with metastatic breast cancer, advocacy, and work with policymakers and industry to improve outcomes for young breast women. My passion for helping others have put me in places I never thought I'd be and that terrified me, but we need to show up as our best self and that's what I do. I've appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show, magazines, and have written two books. I love empowering others, through the programs at Tigerlily Foundation, through writing, speaking, and advocacy. Learn more about Tigerlily Foundation at www.tigerlilyfoundation.org and and about my speaking/coaching at www.maimah.com.