At She Breathes Hope, I believe that:

God is in all things, the difficult and the amazing.

Beauty is a gift, an invitation to focus on Him.

Stories are meant to inspire, encourage, and even
transform the hard into glimpses of grace and glory.

Comparison and perfectionism only stunt our true identity in Christ.

Life is full of beauty where creative joy resides within every single person.
The fun part is the life-long journey of discovery, of Jesus, and of ourselves.

My hope is to encourage and offer the tools needed to gracefully reveal the
beauty and purpose God has for each one of us, despite the illnesses and heartaches.

“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17


What Others Are Saying

“Pulled at my heartstrings. This book touched my heart from the moment I opened it.  It has taught me that the very conscious effort of embracing our connection with God is something that we need in our daily lives – something that we have to stop in the middle of our busy schedules and take the time to listen.  The way the author has dealt with everything that she faces, and her faith growing stronger by the day is commendable. She’s a beautiful testimony of God’s work.  Thank you for being a blessing!”
– Rohan Rodrigues

“Having dealt with chronic illness for so long, I am always encouraged by those who have learned how to trust God and find joy in the midst of sorrow. Melanie so eloquently speaks of finding this joy and beauty in spite of life’s pains and troubles. Her transparency and vulnerability have encouraged my heart and my spirit to look for God’s beauty around me. Whether it be in nature, other people or in the creative gifts He has blessed me with, there is always beauty to be found.”  – Amazon Customer


About The Book

“This book is a heartfelt look into Melanie Fagan’s journey through life with chronic illness and very difficult circumstances in her life and family, and how her faith through all her struggles transformed them into moments of grace and beauty.  As someone who deals with chronic pain and illness, it was encouraging to me and I loved the way God used her circumstances and her illness to spark in her a love of writing, photography (her images are amazing) and seeing the beauty of God and the world around her.  She says “Let’s ease up on the obligations of life and appreciate where we are right now.” (Fagan 2017) To see someone who has suffered so much have such a beautiful outlook on life and be so grounded in faith is amazing.”   Diane Ferreira,

“A beautiful journey of channeling chronic illness, pain, and emotion into a renewed mind that brings forth wonderful and inspiring creations.”  – Michelle Stephens