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

Of late I have felt restless. Restless in my marriage, restless in parenting, restless in my everyday life. Just restless. I cannot calm my mind and I cannot calm my body. At times I feel as though I am suppressing something. Then I realize that...

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All You Need Is Love

Valentine’s Day. A celebration of romance and romantic love…   Valentine’s Day can be very difficult for some. It is a day in which we celebrate romance and romantic love. It is a day of grand gestures - chocolates, flowers, dinner out, cards - but for some...

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Perhaps...Just Perhaps

Perhaps… Just Perhaps

Surviving breast cancer has it’s own set of challenges, hurdles, and set-backs. Your body has changed. Your mindset is altered. Your courage is challenged, almost daily, because you can never truly let go of the fear and the angst. You learn to function with it...

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The Fabulous Fours

Looking back and reading through my posts, I realize that I have written quite a lot about the trials of parenting a young child through the various stages: the Thunderous Threes, The Tempestuous Threes, My Little Epiphany, The Art of Saying No; and though I...

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In Another Life

Once upon a time I used to be an actor…   I performed in commercials, a TV documentary, made-for-TV movies, independent films, various stage productions, and theatre for young audiences. It was performing for a young audience that I found most gratifying. It moved me to see...

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That Magical Christmas Spirit

In my previous post Riding the Waves I touched on my overwhelming feelings of loneliness, and my personal struggle in finding that magical 'Christmas Spirit'. Well, I have ridden the waves and am currently in a pool of calm and serenity. It is an unfamiliar feeling...

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Riding the Waves

It is the Christmas Season. And though we are going through the motions - decorating, baking, buying gifts, donating, visits to Santa, the Santa Claus parade, watching Christmas movies, listening to Christmas music, advent calendars, and so on and so forth - of late I...

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My Little Blog of Lykke

‘What are we holding on to Sam?’ ‘That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.’ - J.R.R Tolkien   This is the opening quote of Meik Wiking’s newest publication The Little Book of Lykke. I’ve been enjoying his previous book The Little...

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Chasing Joy

This was a tough morning. My little Liam did not want to go to school. The sadness in his eyes tugged at my heart and made me catch my breath. Perhaps he was merely reflecting my own mix of emotions, because I too felt sad.   Just...

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There is Love

It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And though I have shared My Story, I feel the need to talk a little more about the repercussions of the disease. I need to express how this disease steals from a woman and steals from her family; and...

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