Chattanooga native and breast cancer survivor Melanie Young will speak about her new book at Barnes & Noble on Monday.

The book, “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer,”is a humor-filled account of facing cancer with panache and style.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward breast cancer research and patient support charities. Barnes & Noble will also donate a portion of sales to the library at Girls Preparatory School.


Young, a graduate of GPS, became a wine and food professional who frequently traveled across the world.

A breast cancer diagnosis in 2009 forced her to retool her thoughts about eating, exercise and stress. She would eventually undergo a double mastectomy with reconstruction, five months of chemotherapy and other surgeries.

During the entire process, Young continued to run her wine and food public relations and special events business. Now, Young focuses her efforts on helping other women diagnosed with cancer. “Getting Things Off My Chest” is filled with advice, commentary and expert viewpoints.

It also includes sections like “The Five Commandments” and deals with the stress, lack of energy and sexual consequences of undergoing chemotherapy.

Young will speak and sign her new book from 6-8 p.m. Barnes & Noble will have copies of the book for purchase and signing at the event.

“Getting Things Off My Chest” will be released Sept. 5.