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Posted 2019-04-19T15:45:03Z

Beautiful tribute

Below is a story recently done by our local newspaper, The Sentinel. For those near and far who didn’t see it, here it is.....

During this Holy Week of Easter, it is fitting that we remember the life of Kristine Brassie and the message she left to all of us before her passing. Kristine touched the lives of many in the community. Even those that only had spoken with her a few times felt lucky to have known this amazing woman. I recently had the privilege to speak at length with her mother, Mary Ann Pierce, who gave me a glimpse into her daughter’s extraordinary life.

It’s a life that, amazingly, began before Kristine was born. Some time ago, Kristine was speaking to a friend who does Energy Medicine. Out of the blue, she asked Kristine if her mother had a difficult birth with her. She then proceeded to tell Kristine that when it was time for Kristine to be born, she did not want to leave God. Astounded, when Kristine got home, she called her mom and asked her about the birth. Mary Ann told Kristine the story of Kristine’s birth. Like any other expectant mom, when Mary Ann went into lbor, she set off for the hospital. Once there, the labor continued and then when the contractions were about five minutes apart, they abruptly stopped. Mary Ann was sent home (they didn’t induce back in those days) and it wasn’t until 3 weeks later that Kristine was finally born.

Ever since she was young, Kristine had the undeniable ability to put a smile on everyone’s face. After her first experience with a cancer diagnosis in college, she became even more dedicated to making everyone she met know how special and important they were. As many know, Kristine had a way of making everyone feel like she was their best friend. She made it her life’s work to help others in any way she could, no matter how big or small.

Upon graduating high school, Kristine had offers to play hockey at multiple Division 1 schools. Due to her father’s illness (he was waiting for a liver transplant), she applied, without telling her parents, to play Division 3 hockey at RIT in order to be closer to home and be able to support her family. Six months after her father’s transplant, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. RIT was gracious enough to allow her to do an independent study so she could stay on her parent’s insurance and she went to school when she could. Through her father’s health issues, she learned that there were two attitudes you could have – you can either pity yourself or you can live every day to the fullest with gratitude. As her dad did, she chose the latter. The doctor’s told her she might lose her hair, she might not be able to have treatment every week depending on her test results and because of her cancer, she might never be able to have children. She told them that cancer has this period of her life and not any more of her life after that. She was determined to beat it the way she wanted to and throughout her treatment, she didn’t lose all of her hair and she went to treatment every week. Later in life, she continued to prove this diagnosis wrong and gave birth to 4 beautiful children.

After beating cancer and with her new outlook on life, she took on the volunteer role in earnest during the rest of her college career. At that time, volunteering was not part of a student athlete’s life at RIT like it is now. This change is thanks in part to Kristine. She not only became the first woman to be presented with the annual Hockey National Humanitarian Award but she was the first to win this award from a Division 3 school.

Even with the busy life as a wife and mother to 4 children, she always found time to help others. Many I have spoken with during the past week conveyed stories of people she had given support and comfort to when they needed it most. To help others live life to the fullest as she did, she started a business to help others live with “Power, Purpose and Joy,” which would eventually become her mantra. She obtained certifications as a Life Coach, Recovery Coach, Holistic Cancer Coach and had recently just finished getting a certification as a Health Coach from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy in California. Kristine believed that functional medicine and traditional medicine could work together to aid in healing.

After being diagnosed with cancer for a second time, Kristine’s biggest fear was letting other’s down. She had fully-booked classes as a life coach and didn’t want to disappoint those students in addition to those who kept encouraging her that she could beat cancer just like she had done before. After being someone who had spent their life caring and supporting others, she found it hard to be the recipient of this. This time around, she chose an alternative treatment based on what she had learned from her successful business. This treatment seemed to be working but unbeknownst to all, her immune system was compromised as she had developed sepsis, most likely from an earlier hospital stay.

As Kristine became weaker, her mom said instead of a cancer warrior, she became a warrior for God. During one of her last days, her mother recalls Kristine becoming frantic trying to tell her something. She was wearing a mask, so it was hard to understand what she saying so a nurse removed it to allow her to tell her mother what she needed to. Kristine said, “MOM, I SAW GOD AND HE IS AMAZING! GOD IS ALIVE! From that time on, she told this to every person she encountered. She felt so comforted by this vision that she became ready to go home to God. Every time she would awaken, she would be saddened that she was still on Earth. Even in her pain, Kristine’s top priority was making sure others, especially her family, could feel her comfort and happiness. She told her family that her work was done on Earth and she was going to continue her work in Heaven because that was where she could best accomplish it.

The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support they have received over the past months and especially over the past couple of weeks. If there is one thing Kristine wanted everyone to know, it is that God Is Alive and to understand the true meaning of live is doing things for others and not expecting anything in return.


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Comments (15)

  • Sue Hemingway
    Sue Hemingway

    This is an amazing tribute. I feel blessed by reading it. Kristine truly walked the talk. May her family be comforted in this difficult time.

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Kitty Seablom
    Kitty Seablom

    Thank you Lisa for sending this article. It is joyful even though so sad. Being away this winter, I would not have seen the article which so captures Kristine. She will always be in our hearts. MKSeablom

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Sheila Labell-schalm
    Sheila Labell-schalm

    Thank you for sharing this! I too, feel blessed just by reading it. Struggling so hard to "let nothing steal my joy." Yet another gift she gave us with music. Thank you friend...trying to make you proud!! Find myself constantly asking self, WWKBD... What Would Kristine Brassie Do?

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Christine Bovenzi
    Christine Bovenzi

    I feel honored to have known Kristine and to have been present for her message from God. I find myself thinking of her daily and I continue to pray for her beautiful family and friends.

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Maureen Davitt
    Maureen Davitt


    11 months ago · Reply
  • kimberly Conley
    kimberly Conley

    Beautiful piece. Thought of her snd her family so much. An amazing person on Earth and in Heaven.

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Paula Schmitt
    Paula Schmitt

    I am so proud of my beautiful cousin, the life she led and the legacy she left behind. I am also proud of her family, who is strong, tough and strong in their faith through some of the most difficult times. I love them all and pray for their healing going forward.

    11 months ago · Reply
    • Maureen Davitt
      Maureen Davitt

      Paula your cousin was a beautiful woman and such a wonderful family beyond words. My heart aches for all of you- David, Chloe, David, Christopher, Matthew and Mary Ann and Larry esp. My prayers continue for all of you on the journey ahead of life without Kristine here. I can see her smile and hear her heartwarming laugh right now. So many stories I can remember, my life enriched by knowing her. Bless you all❤️

      11 months ago · Reply
  • Deborah Altrieth
    Deborah Altrieth

    I have thoughts of Kristine and her family every day, many times of day. It is still hard to believe she is gone. She was such an incredible person!

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Joy Willoughby Eidsheim
    Joy Willoughby Eidsheim

    I am so grateful that you posted this article here. Because I live out of state, I would have otherwise missed it. Thank you so much! Kristine was an extraordinary human being; no doubt she’s also an extraordinary angel. ❤️

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Deb Davis
    Deb Davis

    So kind of you to share this with all of us❤️

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Devin Victorious
    Devin Victorious

    This is extraordinary... ❤💚💜💙💛💫💫

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Aimee McLean
    Aimee McLean

    Wow! What a great tribute to a truly amazing & beautiful angel! So grateful to have known her.

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Carlene Kline
    Carlene Kline

    Thank you for this story. I love knowing how Kristine lived her love, faced her challenges, and touched the hearts and souls of many lucky recipients of her gifts. I am thankful for her message that God is alive. I struggle with faith, but I believe Kristine saw God. Her message has given me a stronger belief. I love her and her whole family for being Messengers. May God bless them and hug Kristine.

    11 months ago · Reply
  • Sheila Brown
    Sheila Brown

    Thank you for sharing her incredible story. I was honored to know Kristine and think about her and her family everyday 💐

    11 months ago · Reply