Mia`s Maestrapiece triumphs over the adversity of grief
Mia St John fought sixty-five times in her great boxing career in which she became Champion of the World five times, but her hardest battle, for which there is no beginning or end, is contained in her brilliant, honest and soul- searching upcoming book entitled: “Fight for My Life,” A memoir about A Mother`s Loss and Grief, which will be published by Post Hill Press on December 14th.
Within the highs and lows of its two hundred and forty beautifully crafted pages, Mia sets out, with singular courageous honesty, to explore her battles leading to success, as a model, television star, martial artist, champion boxer, psychologist, wife and mother. But then, the tragedy of her Husband Kristoff`s young and untimely passing, leaving so much unfulfilled promise, and the ensuing grief of her son Julian`s death aged just twenty-four years …the result of a monumental battle against mental illness.
Mia writes of Julian, who was a precociously talented artist : “Our son was the light of our lives, with a beautiful mind and spirit. He fought so long and hard against an illness for which there is no cure. My fight for mental health WILL continue. They may not find a cure in my lifetime. But we can try to prevent the loss of another beautiful soul.”
Determined to transform words into practical and meaningful actions, Mia together with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano created the Wellness Program for young people, inspiring hope, unity, togetherness and purposeful life lessons of wisdom, to traverse the many challenges, especially amongst the children of immigrants often face, so as to see, identify, interpret and strive to deal with and overcome them, as they and we grow into ourselves.
The word to describe a wife who`s husband has died is widow. The word to describe a husband who`s wife has died is widower. But there is no word to describe a parent who`s lost a son or a daughter in any language. Sometimes, in a futile attempt to comfort, people will suggest: “I know how you must feel.” Only someone who is bereft in this way can possibly begin to imagine or grasp this searing, permanent pain, as well as its lingering effects.
Rose Kennedy, who lost two daughters and two sons due to tragedies stated: “It has been said, time heals all wounds. I don`t agree. The wounds remain. in time, the mind protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it never goes away.”
A person with no name wrote: “A thousand words won`t bring you back, I know because I`ve tried. And neither would a million tears. I know because I`ve cried.”
Mia`s book through the power of her pen, transcends, script, prose, poetry and all else. It shows that we must learn from the lessons of tragedy, but also stand up for and stand arm in arm with those who so need us, namely her daughter Paris.
Mia is more than a woman and this is more than a book. As Jack Dempsey said: “A champion is someone who gets up, when they can`t!