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Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer

December 15, 2013

Melanie Young, Women’s Health Advocate and Author of “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer” joins eHealth Radio and the Cancer Prevention and Information Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Melanie Young discuss the following:

  • Why did you decide to write your book and how is it different from other breast cancer books?
  • At the beginning of your book you list Five Commandments for taking charge of your health. What are they?
  • What lifestyle changes did you make during and  after your own breast cancer experience that you would recommend to other women?
  • In your book you talk about your “Holy Trinity” for staying healthy. Please explain.
  • What were the 3/5key lessons you learned from your own cancer experience that you want to share to help others?
  • You decided to undergo genetic testing. What was your experience and how would you advise others on taking the test?

Duration: 13:20

Author, business woman, world traveler and breast cancer survivor, Melanie Young is an advocate for the empowerment of women both personally and professionally. She started her blog Getting Things Off My Chest after finishing her cancer treatment to inspire women to face life’s challenges with grace, grit and humor.


Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer” is Melanie’s first book. She addresses both health and lifestyle management issues facing newly diagnosed women and provides helpful tips, questions to ask and insights from both survivors and experts on how to be take charge of your treatment and look and feel your best.


She has appeared on a number of panels discussing careers for women and ‘career reinvention’ and has been interviewed by radio stations and magazines on women’s health and being a breast cancer survivor and boosting your self-esteem during and after treatment.

In November 2013 Melanie was awarded the inaugural HandCrafted Hero Breast Cancer Campaign national recognition for her work to help raise awareness for early detection and patient support. She helped launch “A Second Helping of Life,” an annual fundraiser featuring women chefs, for SHARE.  She is past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY), a philanthropic organization of accomplished women in food, fine beverage and hospitality which provides scholarships and mentoring for women.

As founder of The Connected Table® Melanie advises wine, food and lifestyle companies and organizations on building their brands. During her culinary career she helped launch and oversee The James Beard Foundation Awards and New York Restaurant Week. She has worked with wine and food regions and brands throughout the world and continues to search out delicious new products.

Melanie is a self-described “Nooga Yorker” - Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, she now resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, David Ransom a wine and spirits writer and “the best caregiver ever.” She is an alumna of Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane University) in New Orleans.

Follow her at and @mightymelanie.

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