Krissy Frantz, RN
Breast Cancer Survivor
The love that Krissy’s mom had for being a nurse, inspired Krissy to do the same.
Now - after growing up inspired by her mom’s work, and then working herself for 20 years as a nurse - Krissy can’t imagine being anything else.
The last 14 years Krissy has a had a great inspirational experience at Moffitt Cancer Center, many of those years in the infusion center where patients receive chemotherapy, intravenous medications and other treatments.
“Every patient has a story to tell,” says Krissy. “And I want to learn what that story is.”
Her sentiment is strong because Krissy has a personal cancer story of her own.
About 12 years ago, she was sitting at airport ready to go on vacation when she turned to her husband and revealed a nagging fear: “I think that I might have breast cancer.”
A mammogram confirmed her suspicion.
“You think you might know what a patient feels but until you've been in that spot and somebody says, ‘we think that you might have cancer,’ everything stops,” says Krissy.
It was that perspective, she says that “gives me an insight into how patients feel when they first come through the doors. The courage that I had to get through that hurdle in my life gives me the courage to help others.”
Krissy, now in remission, still loves going to work every day.
“For me what makes Moffitt a special place to come to is the patient,” says Krissy. “I feel a connection to the patients and I want to help make their life a little better.”