Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 11, 2008 shortly after her 38th birthday. She found her lump while showering one day and that was the day that changed her life forever. With three children and her youngest just two years old, she knew she had to be very aggressive with her treatment. Just before Christmas she started a long cancer journey that included a bilateral mastectomy, six treatments of chemotherapy and one year of Herceptin. It was one of the most difficult things she has ever endured in her life. Melissa’s husband and children were the light at the end of the tunnel. She fought with everything she had and is still winning almost four years later!
Melissa’s chair was done with mosaic tile and is titled “Shattered”. The meaning behind the title comes from her journey and the difficult time she had accepting her appearance and the scars that were left. She wanted to create beauty from something that started out as whole, was changed, and then recreated into something beautiful and unique.