Fighting With A Broken Heart

By Noreen Fraser Staring Down Cancer Published November 15, 2012 My heart was broken this week when my dear friend Krissy passed away from cancer.  We were the "go-to" girls for each other.  We would talk about our treatments, the side effects and what we would do if they couldn't find another chemo for us.  We would talk about dying, about living and that cancer sucks. It's one thing to die when cancer hits you later in life, but it's different to die in your prime – in your 30s when you have so many plans for the future. All Krissy wanted was to get better and have a baby.  Her ovaries had been removed, so she and her husband were planning to adopt.  My God, if there was ever a woman suited for motherhood, it was Krissy. Krissy was funny, sarcastic, intuitive, and most importantly, an awesome compadre to shop with.  She loved shopping, and we did our share of damage at the Brentwood Country Mart.  Krissy had a flair for both decorating her home and styling her body.  Her eyes were so beautiful: clear, blue, expressive, devilish and compassionate.  When you looked into Krissy's eyes, it was as if you were looking at an angel. Even when she lost her hair to chemo, those blue eyes took over her entire face. Krissy did not want to die. She fought like a warrior through some of the most intense surgeries.  Her sheer will was responsible for every recovery.  She was a wonderful wife, daughter, and to me, friend.  What will I do without Krissy, my "go to" girl?  I know that Krissy made my life better, and for that I am grateful. My daughter was the reason for starting my foundation to fight cancer.  Now, I will fight for Krissy.   Noreen Fraser is living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. She is the co-founder of STAND UP TO CANCER (2008) and co-produced the television program which raised 100 million dollars for cancer research.  Noreen went on to create the Noreen Fraser Foundation to raise money and awareness for women's cancer research.   You can follow Noreen on Facebook and Twitter.  Noreen can be contacted via email at [email protected]. Read more:

6 Responses to “Fighting With A Broken Heart”

  1. Maria Snow says:


    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister in arms. I am sorry to hear of her suffering and the loss of a beautiful life. This disease and all we do to try to stay alive just seem totally unfair. Praying for cures and better days ahead. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Bill Friend says:

    Nor — So sorry to read about Krissy. Thank God for the people that make a differenpbce on our short stay here on earth…

  3. Cherie' Hodgen says:


    I am so sorry to hear this. Praying for you as you miss your “go to ” girl. It makes my heart heavy for you. Hoping you can find peace as you grieve. Fighting the breast cancer fight with you from a distance.

  4. Jen Metzger says:


    Krissy was one of my best friends. You hit the nail right on the head with this! Well said! I know she is up there right now raising cain and doing all the best shopping! We miss her dearly but her fiery spirit lives on in all of us. We stand beside you in your fight. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.


  5. vickey Mccue says:

    I am from Crozet Va, Krissy’s hometown. We are so saddened by the news of her passing.
    I know she will be missed by many. I also hope that memories will comfort all who knew and loved her during this most difficult time. The Gibson’s are a wonderful caring family and my heart goes put to them.
    My sympathies to you also as her good friend. Best Wishes

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