Overcoming Curveballs with Amira Sixkiller
Amira Sixkiller is anything but a typical mom. Although she doesn't blog, her story was so tremendous, I had to share it because of the strength, beauty, and composure she has through the major challenges she's faced in her young age. She's overcome the curveballs life has thrown at her, including kicking cancer's butt. This newly-single mama is not just strong mentally, she's strong physically! This avid powerlifter is raw and open about her life raising her son, Odin, on her own while being the #momboss of her gym, Project Sixkiller.
Being a woman is hard enough but being a woman with cancer is so much more harder. Talk about the taboo issues, talk about the baldness, talk about your womanhood, reach out and don't be afraid to let those help you.
Q & A
1. You took cancer head on and beat it! How has surviving cancer affected your perspective on life and motherhood?
Surviving cancer has taught me just how precious life is and every single little moment. You live in constant fear of getting the disease again and being a mother makes it worse because you want to be there for your kids.
2. What advice you to women and men who have been newly diagnosed with cancer?
My best advice is to accept help. You are not above anything and talk to someone. Being a woman is hard enough but being a woman with cancer is so much more harder. Talk about the taboo issues, talk about the baldness, talk about your womanhood, reach out and don't be afraid to let those help you.
3. You are not only strong mentally, you are strong physically! What made you get into power lifting and muscle training?
Powerlifting to me is the calm in my storm. There is nothing more rewarding than doing something you were once told you could not or pushing your body to its limits. I whole heartedly believe in being strong on both the inside and outside.
4. You opened a gym which I quite the commitment! How do your gym members respond to you having Odin there?
My gym members are possibly the best people I have ever met. They have never made me feel as if Odin was a burden. Everyones kids are welcome in my facility. Odin gets passed around the gym a lot with all of my amazing members who have came to be like family.
5. How has your dedication to a healthier lifestyle affected your eating habits and the food you will introduce to Odin?
I want Odin to have the healthiest and most nutritionally dense foods. Outside of a gym lifestyle, I did have cancer, I want to make sure my son is as healthy as can be.
6. Your little boy has a great role model to look up to. How do you balance teaching, owning the gym, and motherhood?
I would not even call it balancing. I constantly feel like I can not keep up, I am falling behind, or my attention is not where it should be. I believe I am the literal definition of 'hot mess' but somehow always get it done.
7. You recently went through a big break up. How important to you is having Odin's dad a part of his life?
I would love for odin to have a father in his life but unfortunately his father is not an option.
8. How has the dynamic changed between you and Odin during this time?
Odin and I have only grown closer and our bond stronger, that little boy is my everything.
9. You were raised by a single mom. What is the best advice she gave you on approaching parenthood independently?
My mother is one of the strongest if not the strongest person I know. Growing up we have always been taught to adapt and overcome, and she still instills that in me today.
10. They say it takes a village. Where do you go for support when you need a baby sitter for some "me" time?
I don't get a lot of me time but I can not say that I do not get help. My village is my gym, they help me out so much and allow me to train I could not be more thankful!
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