Back in the days when we were young, we used to hear stories about superheroes. We watched them in movies, we admired their strength and bravery, but in the back of our heads and as we matured up, we began to tell ourselves “this is only a fiction, those heroes don’t exist in our reality”. But today’s story isn’t about a fictional super hero; this is a story of a woman, a fighter, a warrior of hope and faith. A woman who began her career teaching kids and little did she know that her life will carry a powerful message to teach to adults as well. Through her spontaneity and genuineness, Yasmine Ghaith captures the hearts, setting an inspirational role model for every woman. Driven by hope and faith, she chose to take control of the turn of events instead of being controlled by them, just to prove to the world that miracles happen, and yes, super heroes exist for real.
1.First, we’d like to know more about the inspirational strong woman you are as you’ve captured hearts of Egyptians with your role in ‘Halawet El Donia’?
Let me begin by telling you that I have never considered or planned to start acting at any point in my life. I’ve graduated from Faculty of Mass Communications; however I didn’t work in the field of Media. I was a teacher for eight years and at some point I created my own fashion line. My life was totally away from the spotlights of fame, until one day my life took a totally unexpected turn, and that’s when I’ve found out that I was diagnosed with cancer. It is strange how things change in the instant, the mere instant; yet at the end of the day it’s your choice how you can make use of that change. We don’t have control over our destiny, but we are the only ones who can control how to respond to it. That’s why I decided to blog about my journey and here’s where the story has begun.
2.So, how did you get this role and what was your take on accepting it, especially that it tells your story against cancer?
It was a mere coincidence. When I began blogging my experience, every word sincerely reflected how I felt deep within and this is why my words were heartfelt by many people. Day by day, my posts on Facebook were massively shared. Then one day, I received a phone call from Mohamed Mashish, the producrer of ‘Halawet el Donia’ proposing the idea of taking the role of Heba and in his own words he told me “The positive message you are sending is reaching thousands of people, and it is about time it reaches
millions”. Even though I had no acting experience, never had I for a moment hesitated to accept the role. It was a dream that my story would reach millions of people to help inspire, support, and make a difference in peoples’ lives, even if it was just one person. My secret formula was using positive affirmations on daily basis to give myself confidence telling myself “I’ll be a confident actress; I’ll be a really good one” I even recorded them and listened to them day and night. When I first stood in front of the camera, I felt tensed and nervous, then suddenly as we began to shoot, everything flowed so smoothly and spontaneously. It just felt so right and was the best distraction that kept my spirit up during my treatment.
3.What inspired you to blog about this experience?
Well, I’ve watched a documentary for Louise Hay, a motivational speaker and author. A strong woman who has struggled throughout her life, emotionally and physically, and has undergone many hardships that would break any human being, yet in the middle of this all, she fought bravely and has turned her life to a healing lesson to many people. It did inspire me then that I want to be like this woman. I want to share my story, I want to make a change in people’s life, I want to spread positivity. I took it from there and ever since, I’ve never stopped writing.
4.Through all the hard times what was your source of strength and support that kept you going?
When I first knew I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was overwhelmed by feelings of despair and hopelessness, even anger. It did hit me so hard how my whole life has changed in just three days. Amid those feeling of despair; fear takes over one’s mind and heart. But just as strong as those feelings were, one thing has always remained stronger and more superior; the survival instinct. I looked at my son, who was only four years old then, and I was just twenty-nine and I thought; I want to live, for myself, for my son. I got a hold on myself and I decided to fight this battle, with hope, faith and strength. I began to seek support and help from a life coach, and I read more about breast cancer, because I also wanted to spread awareness on it.
5.What was your biggest parenting challenge?
The biggest challenge was in trying to explain all this to my son; especially he was too young to grasp what’s happening. Before I began with my treatments, we sat down and talked then I told him “Mommy is a bit sick and not feeling well. I’ll be better but my doctor told me that my medicine will be your hugs and kisses and telling me that you love me” and ever since this moment he is showering me with his love. It was hard to explain to him many things, especially when my hear began to lose my hair. I started to show him pictures of celebrities in short haircuts suggesting having a similar one but again because he was too young to understand he wasn’t fine. I began to walk around the house with a beanie and by time he began to adapt with the whole situation.
6.How did this whole journey change you?
People say everything happens for a reason, but sometimes when it comes to a real tough battle, your mind at the beginning may not comprehend the real reason why. There have been moments when I’ve thought to myself why me? Why me at this very young age? I felt that all the odds were against me and couldn’t believe that any good can come out of this. I knew there’s no choice but to accept the situation and to make peace with destiny. When life gives you a real tough test, you begin to discover new things about yourself. The pain I went through, be it physical, emotional or psychological has drained me at times but it also made me the strong person I am today. I learned what it means to have faith, and to appreciate the smaller and simpler things in life, and most importantly you get to feel the love and support of your family and close friends. I have asked myself many times, if it’s real that everything happens for a reason, what is the reason behind this tough lesson? But my strong faith gave me the answer, and that is to keep sending a message of hope and faith to everyone who’s fighting their own battles differently.
7.What are the things you are truly passionate about?
I love all forms of arts. It began by drawing at a very young age, then I discovered a passion for fashion designing as well as vwriting. Then here I am now, discovering a new passion for acting and planning to continue with it.
8.Since you plan to carry on with acting, tell us about a role you’d like to play?
Without a second thought, I’d love to play the biography of Louise Hay.
9.Define self-love from your own perspective
It is confidence, faith, and deciding you deserve to live happily. It is ok to be selfish at times, it is fine to keep everything aside for a while and focus on yourself, and never will it mean you will forget about the important people in your life. But do yourself a favor and create some quality time for yourself, live and enjoy life with all your heart. Be happy no matter what.
10.If you are going to send a message to women all over the world what would it be?
Hope! Never underestimate the power of hope. No matter how hard life gets, and how tough the battle you’re fighting, it is through hope that miracles happen.
11.And finally, what is the motto you like to live by?
Be happy! Live your life to the fullest.