Desperate or Genius? Learn How This Young Woman Stuck It to Cancer

An Average Girl With a Not-so-Average Future

Michelle Rowe, or “Shell,” as she calls herself, was a typical 20-year-old girl. As a third-year film student, her life was average — and she liked it that way. She worked as a bartender at The Chequers, a homey, local pub in her town just outside of London. 

Her life, while certainly not perfect, was comfortable. Surrounded by friends and loved ones, Shell wasn’t expecting any sort of change: She’d continue her studies, graduate, and pursue her dream career in film.