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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The Goldfinch

It has been nine days. Nine full days…. Nine days ago my treatment for breast cancer ended. Nine days ago I completed adjuvant therapy. It has taken these past nine days for me to comprehend the significance of this, and to wonder what the next part...

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We Have to Have Hope

It has been almost a month since I have written. Finding a moment to myself has been difficult. In fact, I stealthily snuck away hoping my absence will not be noticed, and I am now sitting on the floor of my 7 year old’s bedroom...

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We are All in this Together

The Sketchbook Project At the start of the pandemic, when life as we knew it rapidly changed within days, we found ourselves in social isolation. We were locked-down, physically distanced from family, friends, and community. I lost my job. My son could not attend school. Extra-curricular...

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The Coolest Camp in a Box

With COVID-19 came many interruptions to our daily lives. As a society we have experienced job loss, school closures, and failed businesses at unprecedented levels. We have suffered the loss of loved ones. We have postponed special occasions. We are barred from attending cinemas, theatres,...

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Victory

My time, during these past 3 months was entirely monopolized by home-schooling/virtual learning. Day after day for 70+ days I sat next to my son guiding him through his assignments, helping him grasp new concepts, ideas, and subjects, as well as organizing and prepping his...

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Choose Joy

This month marks 5 years since my breast cancer diagnosis. June 02nd - mammogram, ultrasound, needle-aspiration biopsy, core biopsy; June 10th - MRI; June 16th - first visit with my Oncologist; June 17th - second needle-aspiration biopsy, second core biopsy; June 18th - Rapid Genetic...

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Scanxiety During a Pandemic

It’s that time of year again. The annual blood work and the mammogram. How am I coping? This year, I am not. I am drowning in the scanxiety. Over the years I have written a few blog posts outlining the realities of scanxiety and even offered...

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The Art of Home-Schooling

Hmm… is home-schooling an art? Perhaps I should alter the title to read The Challenges of Home-Schooling… We are in our sixth week of home-schooling with no clear end in sight. Provinces are slowly opening up across Canada, however Ontario is still in lock-down. Our state...

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Parallels of the Pandemic

We are in Day #30 of social distancing, isolated in our home, tucked away from the rest of the world - as are millions of people across the globe. The beginning days of the pandemic were unnerving. Events I never imagined happening in my lifetime were...

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Parenting Through a Pandemic

This week has got me thinking about what it is like parenting through a pandemic. We are halfway into week #3 of self-isolating / social distancing, and the daily challenges can often feel overwhelming, especially when there is no clear end in sight. As most of...

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