Posted on July 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Sunday, Jul 27 at 9:46 AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A woman from Kentuckiana is not only giving breast cancer a swift kick, she's also helping others have the will to fight the disease.
Kristi Burge may be a drama teacher, but for the sake of her friends and family, she worked to make sure her fight against breast cancer was drama free.
“I've had two surgeries, two lumpectomies,” Burge said. “I've had chemotherapy and I just finished that two days ago and I feel better every day.”
Looking at Burge, you would never guess she's been through the biggest fight of her life. It's an inspirational attitude that led her friends and family to put on a kickball event in her honor.
“We're celebrating that you're giving cancer a solid kick,” a friend of Burge’s said while on the microphone at the event.
At a time in her life when Burge could have given up or gotten down, she did just the opposite.
“I know a lot of really good people, who just put together this awesome event to help me pay medical bills in my fight with breast cancer. It's just amazing," Burge said.
In typical teacher style, Burge decided to use cancer as a tool to educate and help others.
"You calmed their fears with your approach to your illness and presented it in a way that wouldn't frighten them, but instead would educate them and teach them how to be more compassionate and understanding to anyone experiencing breast cancer," a friend said.
She's already putting that positive energy toward helping others by giving some advice for those out there who may be struggling in their own fight.
“Staying healthy and helping other women fight breast cancer,” Burge said. “I hope to work with children with cancer and just use what's happened with me for something good.”
She says people need to be open to help and just need to ask.
“Don't be afraid to ask for help I guess is what you need to know. You really need to be able to say, 'Hey, I need help. Who can help me?' and people will. People are good. People are really good,” she said.
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