Karen Hawkins is a self-described Chinese-Japanese goofball born in Singapore. Here is her story:
I’m 5′ 3-1/2″, small but fiesty, funny, and loveable. Moved to the U.S. when I was about 9 years old and LOVE Southern California!! I’m married to a man Lee (he’s not Asian despite his name) who drives me crazy…oh wait, that might be me who drives him crazy. Either way, we’ve been together for 25 years and married for 23!!! Together we have two of the MOST incredible sons and three dogs. Our oldest son, Tyler is 18 and a senior in high school where he gets to shine his talent on the Varsity baseball team. Our 13 year old, Ryan has one of the most creative minds. His Lego building skills are like no other. He’s recently started Lacrosse to learn the basics of the game where he may want to tryout for the sport when he gets to high school. There’s NOTHING better than being a proud mama to these two.
At 41, I was finally in the best shape of my life, working hard at hot yoga, kickboxing, stand up paddle boarding and doing yoga on the boards. What started out as painful bloating, weird tingles, and finally sharp pains pushing up under my ribs, it came down to having a hysterectomy and removing a fibroid tumor which was thought to be the cause of the rib pain. During that surgery, it was found that I had cancer. Tumors pretty much covered every organ I had and I was labeled to be stage 3.