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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This-too-shall-pass

The Tempestuous Threes

And so we find ourselves in the midst of the tempestuous threes. The turbulent and tumultuous emotions exuding from our darling little 3 year old every minute of his waking hours are exhausting, frustrating, and sometimes a bit embarrassing to cope with. Though I know...

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Time of Reflection

The Time Of Reflection

And so it is a New Year. For many it is a time of reflection: What do I wish for myself? For my family? For the world? What accomplishments made in the previous year can I be proud of? Did I reach my goals? Did...

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Breast Cancer Healing

Be Kind. Be Patient. Be Gentle.

As the new year slowly approaches I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotion. I remember this time one year ago; the fragility I felt both emotionally and physically post breast cancer treatment. I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude [for being alive], love, vulnerability,...

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Tis The Season To Be Lonely

Tis the season to be lonely. Yes. It’s true. The Christmas season, albeit merry and bright for some, can also be isolating and lonely for others. I know that I have been feeling lonely, despite all the people that rally around me on a daily basis....

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I’m Fine

The two little words I’m Fine are often deceiving. Are you fine? Are you merely saying that because you feel that no one wants to hear your problems? No one wants to shoulder the burden of your sorrows? No one will understand? It’s possible. But I...

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We’ll Always Have Paris

The realities of marriage are complicated, frustrating, and trying. It’s riddled with endless responsibilities, compromises, and financial frustrations. You and your spouse fall into a dangerous rut of routines, absorbed with work, paying bills, household chores, parenting, etc. You forget to connect. You forget to...

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coffee-collage

What’s Your Flavour

The aromatic scents of cacao, cumin, toasted nuts, and caramel; the bold, rich, and distinct flavours that tickle the tongue; the soothing sensation of warmth throughout your body. There is something delectable, exotic, and comforting about coffee. And to the desperately exhausted, there is also...

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this-is-my-story

This Is My Story

My mother raised my sister and me to be aware of our bodies, to respect our bodies, and to take care of our bodies. She watched her Mother, Father, Aunts, and Uncles fight the fight against cancer, and lose. Therefore, she was insistent that we...

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This Mundane Day

There is nothing extraordinary about today. I woke up. I showered. I woke my little one. I made his breakfast. I took him to nursery school. I ran errands...

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Oh, Hello Thunderous Threes

Parenting is tough. I honestly think it is the most difficult job I have ever signed up for. You don't get to "clock in" or "clock out" and you don't get any time off. Not ever. No rest. No day off. No vacation. You work...

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