During her recovery, Melissa spent many long hours lying in bed. The pain was so excruciating at times that even watching TV or listening to music was unbearable. But Melissa says that because of her treatment and recovery, she found "an amazing meditation."
Melissa shared what her time spent in recovery revealed to her. "It was perspective. It was—this is my body and this is my mind, and my mind is still going. My spirit is going. I have love. I have feelings. I have thoughts. I have a whole world going on. But my body is not available to me now. And so I…I now no longer fear death because I know that, yeah, this body goes away…it will terminate. But, that which is inside me goes on and on no matter what. And it really raised me up to that. That energy."