Melanie Vadzemnieks lives in northwestern Pennsylvania with her two daughters and three dogs. Her husband lives close by in a nursing home where he has been a resident for a number of years due to a traumatic brain injury. Melanie's oldest daughter is a transgender young adult woman and is thriving as her true self. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, reading, cross-stitching, and being outdoors. Her favorite time of day is when she is sitting beside her husband or taking him on an outing. Melanie enjoys leading an ETJ Parent Support Group for parents of transgender children.