Downtime and indecisiveness are words that are not in Merilee A. Kern's vocabulary. This 21st Century soccer mom owns and operates a thriving PR agency, founded and serves as Executive Editor for an internationally syndicated lifestyle column, is a regularly featured television personality, and her prior accomplishments run the gamut from earning her MBA degree by age 23; to authoring an award-winning, first-of-its-kind obesity-related children's book; to winning multiple bodybuilding championships--a hardened fitness regimen this "40-something" maven maintains even today. All of this as her two teenage children thrive as A students and extracurricular sports MVPs. Merilee is, in fact, the very definition of a renaissance woman: a savvy entrepreneur, media personality, author, journalist, publicist, athlete, health advocate, and proud single mother.
She is also BRCA1 positive, putting her at a sharply increased, near guaranteed risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Merilee now shares her story, which is rife with ups, downs and ridiculousness, with other women to give them insight into what goes into making a decision of this nature and caliber, what's involved in the process when choosing this surgical course (whether as proactive/preventative or a reactive measure to cancer), and how incredible the final physical result can be. She also seeks to uplift and inspire both women and men who face their own difficulties and challenges (health-related an otherwise), even when multiple adversities present at once--and how to dig deep to tap their inner well of strength, resolve, and tenacity needed to stay the course…and come out on the other side better than ever.