My name is Melanie Storey, and I was diagnosed with UC at the age of 16 and underwent a series of surgeries a few years ago. I live in New Orleans, I love kids and teaching dance, and my family has one cat!

How did you learn about Girls With Guts?

I learned about GWG through Facebook and was fortunate enough to attend the 5 year celebration in Chicago, which allowed me to meet and connect with so many other strong women.

Why did you decide to volunteer with Girls With Guts?

After I had my surgeries and was healthy, I wanted to give back to the organization to support other women the way I was supported during difficult times. When I was diagnosed as a teenager, I did not know of any support systems or communities, so I wanted to help foster this community.

When you are not volunteering with Girls With Guts what do you do with your time?

I teach dance, work at a restaurant, and am in school working toward my Master’s Degree to become a child life specialist!



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