Melissa Smith

Episode 493 with guest Devyn Derksen

Devyn Derksen (She/Her pronouns) is a former biologist turned nutrition coach and podcaster. She’s dedicated to helping people reject diet culture and fuel their bodies in a positive way. She doesn’t like formalities and is often too blunt.When not busy, you can find her hiking in the mountains, binge-watching The Office, volunteering with cute AF kitties, or colour-coding everything she can.

Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith

Currently an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta, Melissa’s volunteer work and community involvement stems from her battle with cancer. At age 15, Melissa was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer in her leg. Her treatments included chemotherapy, radiation therapy and a number of surgeries, and she now has an awesome scar to show for it! During her battle, Melissa interacted with organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Kids Cancer Care and Children’s Wish Foundation, each in turn inspiring her to use her experiences to reach out and help people.

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