An Overland Park woman who fought a dangerous disease as a child and beat it with the help of a nutritional diet decided to open her own business focused on health.”Very unhealthy, very underweight, my body just wasn’t taking in the nutrition that it needed,” said Stephanie Kirk.Kirk, 19, said she wants everyone to be healthy.”It was more of a mission,” she said.Kirk was diagnosed at just 2 years old with cystic fibrosis. After battling it most of her life, she’s now healthy and wanting to send a message to others fighting the disease.”I just wanted to be an example,” Kirk said.So she started researching healthy drinks and opened her own business called Energize OP.”Nutrition, health, wellness, it’s all very, very important in my life because it’s pretty much been my entire life,” Kirk said.Now, she gets to tell her story daily and whip up something that’s good for the person she’s telling it to.”I get to talk to people all day, random people, new people every single day,” she said.Kirk already has five employees and she’s been in business for about three months. She said she hopes to inspire others that they can succeed in business as well.”I wanted to show no matter your capabilities, or what life throws at you, you’re unstoppable. You create your own reality,” Kirk said.

An Overland Park woman who fought a dangerous disease as a child and beat it with the help of a nutritional diet decided to open her own business focused on health.

“Very unhealthy, very underweight, my body just wasn’t taking in the nutrition that it needed,” said Stephanie Kirk.

Kirk, 19, said she wants everyone to be healthy.

“It was more of a mission,” she said.

Kirk was diagnosed at just 2 years old with cystic fibrosis. After battling it most of her life, she’s now healthy and wanting to send a message to others fighting the disease.

“I just wanted to be an example,” Kirk said.

So she started researching healthy drinks and opened her own business called Energize OP.

“Nutrition, health, wellness, it’s all very, very important in my life because it’s pretty much been my entire life,” Kirk said.

Now, she gets to tell her story daily and whip up something that’s good for the person she’s telling it to.

“I get to talk to people all day, random people, new people every single day,” she said.

Kirk already has five employees and she’s been in business for about three months. She said she hopes to inspire others that they can succeed in business as well.

“I wanted to show no matter your capabilities, or what life throws at you, you’re unstoppable. You create your own reality,” Kirk said.