MY HEALTH: Mia Nicole Mason

17, Manhattan Beach, Student

How I keep in shape:

I keep in shape by playing indoor and beach volleyball. I also lift weights, do plyos at the beach, run on The Strand and hike trails in Tucson, Arizona, with my family.

 

What keeps me motivated:

Competing and playing volleyball alongside some of my best friends and having the opportunity to play college volleyball. But most of all, my parents.

 

My health challenges:

Almost five years ago I was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery and radiation treatment. I had to learn how to walk again, and I lost most of my strength. But today I am 100% cancer-free and 

stronger than ever. 

 

My biggest achievement:

Two of my biggest achievements are being named to the Girls Volleyball Junior Olympic All-Tournament Team just two years after my cancer diagnosis and winning the CIF State Championship in 2012 with my Marymount High School volleyball team. 

 

Words of wisdom:

“Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do.”

– Denzel Washington