While undergoing chemotherapy, Maxine says she knew she needed to come up with something other than traditional meditation to get through treatments. "I thought, 'Wow, I can't think about butterflies and beaches. I've got to fight,'" she says. "I thought, 'Who's my hero? Uma in Kill Bill because she survived beyond all means."
Instead of picturing her cancer cells being "gobbled up" like doctors suggested, Maxine says she imagined Uma kicking cancer's butt. She even named her tumor "Bill."
"Every night I would say, 'Uma, I don't have the strength, but you do. So take your Honshu sword and just keep an eye on 'Bill.'"