The Inspiration Behind Noodle & Boo
Christine Burger, founder of Noodle & Boo and Glowology, discusses how her struggles in life inspired her to help children and make dreams come true.
Mother, humanitarian, founder, wife and daughter – those are only a few of the roles that Noodle & Boo founder Christine Burger embodies. “If you have a dream and it doesn’t go away, then it’s God putting that dream in your heart to pursue it,” said Christine. That’s how Noodle & Boo became a reality.
“My dad has a saying that it is yes, until it is no,” said Christine. She believes that life is an adventure, and if you’re willing to walk through the doors that God presents you, then anything is attainable. She explained that fear is the biggest setback, and in order to accomplish your dreams, you must have an element of faith.
Christine met her husband Craig in college, and they became good friends. During their junior year, Craig proposed and the couple was married the following year. After four years of being married, the couple decided to try for a baby. In three months, she was pregnant, but the pregnancy occurred outside the uterus resulting in an ectopic pregnancy. “I was devastated as they wheeled me in for surgery,” Christine said. The doctor was able to save one fallopian tube. Unfortunately, there was still pregnancy tissue that had to be removed. Christine underwent three rounds of chemotherapy shots to stop the tissue growth.
While Craig remained her rock, he was also having health issues of his own. He noticed a lump under his jaw line and went to the doctor to get it checked out. Even though the lump reduced in size, the doctor diagnosed him with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since the cancer was in Stage I, the doctors felt he had a strong chance. “Luckily we lived by Stanford Hospital and had some of the finest doctors in the country,” Christine said. After three rounds of chemo, 32 rounds of radiation and prayer, Craig was healed.
Christine’s faith was tested during Craig’s cancer battle. She struggled with the idea that this could happen to such a good man. Christine decided to see a Christian grief counselor. The counselor helped her understand that there are hundreds of situations that hurt people and it comes down to the emotion of being raw. Christine said,” Having that feeling of understanding will allow you to have sympathy, for people that you meet, who are going through the same thing.” She now realizes that this is the big picture.
A year after Craig’s treatments, they tried again to have a baby and suffered through two more miscarriages in two years; however their prayers were answered and Christine was pregnant again this time with their son Andrew. After their son turned one they tried again for another child. They suffered another miscarriage and another ectopic pregnancy. This time there was an extensive amount of internal bleeding, and the doctor had to remove the ruptured fallopian tube which was the good tube. The doctors advised Christine that it would be a miracle if she were able to get pregnant with one fallopian tube that had already endured an ectopic pregnancy, but Christine truly wanted another child. Christine said that she believed that her God “is bigger than cancer and bigger than medical statistics.”