Crystal Joy Hall | Live, Love, Laugh ... Life After Cancer
Stories about life, laughter, adventure, and the everyday mundane. My life after cancer.
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Together We Can Do So Much

"Awareness is the greatest agent for change." - Eckhart Tolle October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although we are 3 weeks into the month, with the month drawing to a close, keeping the conversations open, the donations flowing, and the overall awareness of the disease in...

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Every Child is an Artist

It all began with the cancellation of March Break, the rise of the pandemic in North America, and the inevitable end of the school year. Locked down, with nowhere to go, no one to see, and the world in turmoil, I - like millions of...

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Happiness in Hygge

Over these past few days I have kept busy diligently deep cleaning our home, and reorganizing as well as decluttering our space. I still have much to do, and I am trying to balance the tasks between my husband’s work-from-home schedule, my child’s school schedule,...

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My Summer Adventures

Why I was Missing in Action As you all know (for those who follow me) I have been MIA this summer. Although I was actively enjoying posts from my two favourite bloggers Smelly Socks and Garden Peas and Laura’s Books and Blogs, I didn’t take the...

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Making Waves

It has been an interesting summer with our almost 8 year old going on teen … he has really begun to exert his independence, voice his opinions, defy the rules (or at least attempt to), and push all boundaries. His negotiations are impressive, if not...

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A Story to Tell

June is a challenging month for me. It marks the occasion I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Each year that memory floods my conscious thought. I remember the gripping fear, the dimly lit room, the feel of the warm gel on my chest, the beeps...

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Good-bye Grade Two

Good-bye grade two. Adieu. Adieu. It has been a very challenging year for our little one. To have missed the final three months of school in grade one due to the onset of the pandemic [in Canada]; and then find himself in a tumultuous, inconsistent grade...

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Hot Time Sweating in the City

As the warm weather settles upon us, a common [social media] post I often find in my breast cancer support groups, is the search for an effective, natural deodorant. Wishing to eliminate potential risks by applying harsh and potentially hazardous chemicals to our tender armpits...

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A Little List of Gratitude

As I reflect upon this pandemic, the duration, the isolation, and the devastation, I cannot help but feel a great sense of bewilderment, perhaps even loss, within myself. My path is altered. My life is changed. It feels so unfamiliar to me. And I know...

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Finding a Way Through

Postmastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) - a chronic pain that does not go away over time. It is a very real condition that can affect women who have had a radical mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, or breast-conserving surgery. Symptoms can vary from feeling persistent or intermittent pain...

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