Hi! I’m Melissa, the face behind Rosy Melissa!
Hello! I’m Melissa, the girl behind Rosy Melissa. I am a 23-year old Dutchie enjoying life and exploring the world while leaving a positive impact on the destination. I’ve been loving writing since I was a little girl and this blog is my writing passion and travel passion combined.
I grew into the passion of responsible travel and spreading this message in a fun, casual way. Without judgement and with easy tips to allow the travellers to still travel how they used to. They don’t have to completely change the way they travel.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”– Robert swan
My writing Background Story
My passion for writing began when I was 10 years old. I found out how much I enjoyed writing simple stories and started writing a lot more until I was 16 years old. Up to that point, I wrote thousands of words per day and could write all day if I wanted to. This ended when I was 16 years old – I got very perfectionistic and my creativity suddenly disappeared. I couldn’t write anymore.
This lasted for years and I finally decided to go back into writing, but at a much slower pace. I started this travel blog in March 2018 as a way to slowly get back into writing. No one was reading my blog in the beginning, leaving me with the absolutely best opportunity to start getting back into writing and leaving my perfectionism behind. Since March 2018 – my blog grew into a true passion, a business with thousands of people reading it each month. My love for writing came back and I can finally say that writing feels like a second nature again! I am so grateful to share my passion with so many people each month.
My cancer story
My life started very rough. I lived a happy and carefree life until I was 4 years old. At 4 years old, I got diagnosed with acute leukemia. Blood cancer. Carefree as I was up until that point – my life changed into days and nights in hospitals, chemotherapy, needles and a lot of other intense medicine for the upcoming two years. Since January 23th in 2008 – I can say that I have officially survived cancer. I am a cancer survivor but life after cancer is challenging. Even though I’ve been officially cured for over 12 years – I still get scared when I’m sick. Scared the cancer is back.
Chemotherapy does a lot of damage to your body. It destroys the malignant cells but also destroys a lot of good cells. The medicines still have an impact on my life as it is today. No one really talks about it and to be fair – I don’t talk about it enough either. I’m tired everyday from the chemotherapy. It doesn’t go away with a good night sleep. I can wake up and be so-so-tired without any explanation.
I have been scared to talk about it on my blog – which is why I am only now writing this and having it somewhere hidden on my blog. Not a lot of people understand what cancer does to you mentally and physically. I can handle the physical part. I’m happy, I can live the life I want, travel and start my own business. Things I never thought I could do.
The mental part is harder. People who do not understand it when I tell them how tired I am or people who don’t want anything to do with me because I had cancer. They don’t want to hear about it. Not everyone understands that I can’t go out clubbing and get back into the daily life the next day – my body can’t handle these things. That’s totally okay with me because I don’t need that in my life.
“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth”—Unknown
Whether I like it or not, the leukemia will always be part of me. So yes, I am a cancer survivor and don’t have it anymore. It’s always going to be with me. And to be honest, that’s fine with me. It made me to the person I am today. And yes, I am very happy with the woman I have become. I’m proud of myself and my body. I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I got friends who completely accept me as I am and I do not need anyone else who does not. It got hard when I was a teenager and I developed very bad social anxiety and a depression, but I survived that too.
Despite everything that happened to me – the cancer, the depression and social anxiety: I wouldn’t have it any other way. All these things made me to who I am now and brought me these amazing passions. I started writing as a way to express my feelings. Without any of this, I don’t know if I ever would have started writing.
I am SO excited to continue the journey with my business. My blog feels like my baby and I am very proud of it. I love working on it and sharing my stories and travel topics with my readers.
I hope this gave you more insight into the girl behind Rosy Melissa. It’s a happy blog, but I did wanted to talk about realistic things too. Because after all, we all go through hard times but we always come back stronger!