Breast cancer survivor turns experience to education

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2014, Kristie Fields chose to fight through the stress of figuring out how to get treatment with no health insurance while still working and taking care of her three children.

With two more chemo treatments left and no support group, Fields said she needed emotional help as she felt no one could relate or comfort her.

“Sometimes you just feel ugly,” Fields said. “Only someone who’s gone through it understands. You get so much of the pity eyes that you don’t want to tell them what your story is. I don’t want people to look at me like, ‘you poor baby, let me be nice.'”

In July 2014, she said she called Riverside Hospital hoping to get psychiatric help. Instead she was redirected to Beyond Boobs, a support group for women under 50 that focuses on help and education.

After one meeting, she was hooked.

Now cancer-free, Fields is determined to share awareness and education through a website she’s created called pinkslayer.org. Throughout the site, she shares her story, information about Beyond Boobs, donations and affiliates to purchase from.

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