Hello there! My name is Melanie Waldman and I am 27 years old. I attended Rutgers University- New Brunswick and graduated in May 2013 with a double major in Theatre and Journalism/Media Studies. I am a Jersey Girl and was born and raised in a not-so small town outside of Atlantic City.
Just Keep Swimming
I’ve had the pleasure of working in Walt Disney World with the Disney College Program. I loved my time there. However, it wasn’t very long after my move to Florida that my life began to take a drastic change. I was working hard at Disney and playing & enjoying the parks equally as much. Basically, I wore myself too thin, pretty quickly, and began to show symptoms of having chronic joint pain and exhaustion. A few months later, I was diagnosed with having Lupus SLE.
Unfortunately, my program with Disney was ultimately cut short when I was hospitalized for having a blood clot in the artery of my right wrist, which was cutting off the circulation to my hand. I later suffered from an extremely rare reaction to heparin, known as a H.I.T. (heparin induced thrombocytopenia). A few days later, my right forearm, just below the elbow was amputated, as a result of my reaction.
Fast forward to five years later and here I am now– certified as yoga teacher (RYT 200 hour), professional actor, small-time producer of short films, and creator of my Youtube channel under my same name, whereswaldman.
In my free time also really enjoy going to the beach, reading a good book, and traveling, as well.
I also have synesthesia, but.. well that’s a whole different story… =)