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Melanie Young    

Breast Cancer Survivor, Health & Wellness Advocate and Author

Melanie Young knows how to face challenges with grit, grace and wit and re-frame them to make things happen for the better. She a motivational muse for anyone who feels stuck and who wants to reignite their personal or professional brand and she is a living example of turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

After surviving breast cancer, Melanie wrote her first book, Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless & Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer, to help newly diagnosed women stay focused and make smarter choices about caring for their well-being during and after treatment. Getting Things Off My Chest received the 2014 International Book Award for Cancer Health topics.

“Breast cancer is a journey no one wants to take but sadly it is a road well traveled by many women. I spoke with survivors to prepare and then mapped out my own plan to face my diagnosis. I decided to use the experience to rebuild my body, retool my diet and restructure my life to remove the dead weight and focus on doing what I enjoy and what joy I can help bring to others.”

Melanie’s second book, Fearless Fabulous You! – Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms is filled with inspirational insights to recharge your spirit and revalue your self-worth.

Melanie hosts a national radio show for women: “Fearless Fabulous You!” airing Mondays, 4p.m. ET on W4WN.com Radio – The Women 4 Women Radio Network, presented by Talk 4 Media and Talk 4 Radio. With her husband, David Ransom, she co-hosts “The Connected Table LIVE” Wednesdays 2pm ET. on W4CY radio.

Melanie is active in many organizations and charitable efforts to support women’s health, education and careers. She recipient of the Handcraft Heroes Breast Cancer Awareness Award and the Caring Advocate for Recovery Through the Arts Award. Her articles have appeared in Huffington Post, The Plum, Greatist and Everyday Health.

Speech Topics


Breast Cancer Management: Staying Fearless and Fabulous

  • Breast Reconstruction: Understanding your rights and options: her book covers options for both reconstruction and opting not to reconstruct and your choices

  • BRCA genetic testing: what it means (She tested positive after undergoing treatment and chose prophylactic surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

  • Boosting self image during cancer treatment through exercise, skin care, makeup and hair/wig care

  • 5/10 essential questions to ask if you have been diagnosed for your A) surgeon B) reconstruction specialist C) oncologist

  • Five health management essentials if you have been diagnosed

  • Managing your cancer communications: from what to say, how to respond to questions and choosing a gatekeeper

  • Tips for caregivers

  • Great gift ideas for the patient

Balancing Lifestyle and Business

  • Staying Fearless: how to deal with a health setback without being sidelined

  • work full time and, like me, are the primary income generator

  • Staying Fabulous: simple ways to fight stress, create balance and have more energy through diet, exercise and disconnecting

  • (De) Stressed for Success: how to organize and prioritize your day/week for optimum results and minimal stress

  • If she could start all over again: 10 things she would tell her younger self starting out in life/business

  • Laughing your way to the bank: How to pursue a passion or pleasure and turn it into profit

  • Make the Connection: 5/10 tips on building your brand’s platform from a marketing expert

  • What color is your pasture? Tips on reinventing your career

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