Redefining the New Normal.

Our Dreams After a Cancer Diagnosis Visionary

March 10, 2021

Melanie enjoying family time with her sister while undergoing chemotherapy Melanie enjoying family time on a Spring outing with her husband, son and daughter Melanie spending time with her only daughter while undergoing chemotherapy Melanie became a professional speaker after her cancer diagnosis Melanie speaking at Anne Arundel Medical CenterMelanie at the beach continuing to chase her dreams after a cancer diagnosis


Melanie celebrating Christmas in front of a Christmas tree Melanie running a ten mile race as part of her exercise routine after her cancer diagnosis


Diagnosis to Destiny is about chasing and achieving dreams after a cancer diagnosis and we had a brief introduction last week.  There will certainly be more to come.   I look forward to us getting to know each other. Now, a brief introduction to me.


I’m Melanie – Chief Visionary, Diagnosis to Destiny.  I am a daughter, sister, wife, friend, and mother to two wonderful teenagers.  I am a triple negative breast cancer survivor, carrier of the BRCA 1 genetic mutation, and a 5th generation cancer patient.  Promises I made to myself after my cancer diagnosis:

  • I’d redefine my new normal to be anything but normal.
  • I’d pursue and achieve all of my deferred dreams, chemo derailed dreams or dreams that I had been too scared to fully imagine.  I learned many survival lessons after my diagnosis that are great lessons for chasing and achieving dreams after a cancer diagnosis.
  • If this was not my end it would be my new beginning.
  • I’d share my lessons and work with other cancer survivors to help them keep their promises to themselves.

These promises paved the way for Diagnosis to Destiny.

I am a professional speaker and writer.  I am also a lover of:

  • spending time with my family
  • the beach
  • music
  • earrings
  • pens
  • handbags
  • stationery
  • watches
  • champagne and champagne flutes
  • Christmas and my day after Christmas birthday

My #exercising4mylife campaign focuses on my running.  I generally run at least three mornings each week, 10 – 15 miles per week, but most importantly, I enjoy this form of exercise and I understand that exercising contributes to cancer prevention and cancer recurrence prevention.  I am a celebrator of life, things big and small.  And I’m planting seeds, nourishing them, and looking forward to them blossoming into my many, big dreams.  I hope that you will join me.  I look forward to getting to know you, too.

Celebrate with us.  National Cancer Survivors Day® Celebration – THIS IS MY MOMENT.  Free online celebration.  Sunday, June 6, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time.  Registration at


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