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Melissa Culbreth

Melissa Culbreth, 42, lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was diagnosed in 2009 with breast cancer. Despite three recurrences, she is cancer free. Retired from her career as a chaplain in the N.C. Army National Guard, she is photographed with her dog, Lea, at Beaverdam Recreation Area, located at Falls Lake in Wake Forest, North Carolina.


“I have a fairly strong independent streak; it was issued with the red hair. I had to come to the point where I could say, ‘I need help.’ You have to have a support system and lean into it.”

Photographed: May 7, 2017