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From Medicine to Baking: An Inspiring Story of Kyri Mosley’s Triumph After Cancer Diagnosis

Kyri Mosley is a former medical professional who has converted her passion into a business.She enjoys baking, something she learned from her grandma when spending time with her in the kitchen. Kyri’s Kookies, her cookies, are now among the greatest and have even made Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Things list.

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She told 11Alive that she began baking cookies by simply watching her grandmother in the kitchen. “That’s how I got my start,” she explained. “Just watching.”

After decades of baking and suffering divorce, she opened her first brick-and-mortar business in Dallas, Georgia earlier this year. Cookies, according to Mosley, inspired a distinct sense of home.

“Cookies remind me of grandma’s baking,” she said. “In 2009, I had gone through a divorce,” Mosley told 11Alive. “I remember feeling really abandoned at the time. I asked my son, hey do you want to make cookies with me?”

Mosley initially prepared the cookies for free, but her 9-year-old son encouraged her to start selling her masterpieces. Although she eventually listened to her son, the gifts for her were her gratitude, encouragement to others, and solace during life’s hardships.

She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma in 2019. She had little hope of surviving it because it had gone so far, but it was during this time that she decided to turn her baking into a company.

The treatment for the cancer involved intense chemotherapy, at times nonstop 80-120 hours of infusion. “The trauma of the diagnosis propelled me to say, ‘This is your passion,’” she said. “This is what you love to do.”

She eventually quit her medical profession to start baking in shared Atlanta kitchen spaces.

“It’s loving. It’s all love,” her son Jordan, who once again bakes at her side in the kitchen, shared. “She’s trying to support everybody.”

Her cookies, which come in flavors like rich chocolate chunks and organic oats, have gained national attention, attracting hotel chains and local families. “Every time I think about it, I feel so humbled,” Mosley said. “I feel like God has just really blessed the giving side of it and allowed me to do what I love.”

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