Melanie Barbour

Illustration: David Wyffels

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"At 31 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My doctors told me I didn't have much chance of survival. Three years later, some of the cancer is gone, but I'm still in treatment. Believe it or not, I feel more alive than ever. I used to be self-conscious, but now I realize the importance of connecting with other people. I get out there, socialize, and speak my mind."