Writer, business woman, passionate traveler, and breast cancer survivor, Melanie Young is an advocate for the empowerment of women through education, peer support and mentoring… and now she’s offering her words of wisdom to Paula Young customers via a 10-part blog series.
This Q&A interview-style blogs series offers insight on Melanie, her book – Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer – and her battle with breast cancer.
I hope you enjoy the first installment of this series which outlines how Melanie’s book is different from so many others.
PAULA: Why did you decide to write this book?
MELANIE: I originally started writing as therapy and to keep my mind focused during treatment. Writing was also an important form of self-expression during a time when I was keeping my cancer diagnosis close to my chest. I am a natural list maker, from “to do” lists to bucket lists, so making checklists and lists of questions was what I did to organize my information and stay on top of everything.
PAULA: How is your book different from so many other breast cancer guides and biographies?
MELANIE: When I was facing my own cancer journey, I found plenty of medical books on cancer and a lot of survivors’ personal stories. There were helpful single-subject books on cooking and cancer nutrition, psychology and beauty. But I did not find one single comprehensive book that addressed the management of both your cancer and your well-being in the way I wanted. I wanted something more like a travel guide covering a wide range of topics with great perspective, telling me what to expect, how to prepare myself, what I needed to know about taking care of myself and how to look good despite side effects. My book takes a “360 approach” to facing cancer head on. I feel hearing from a survivor is important. Medical doctors will tell you the scientific side of cancer and how to fight it, but a survivor can provide the insight from the personal side on how to incorporate cancer into your daily life and stay in control.
For more about Melanie or to order her book, please visit http://www.melanieyoung.com/