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
13
home,paged,page-template,page-template-blog-masonry,page-template-blog-masonry-php,page,page-id-13,paged-4,page-paged-4,do-etfw,edgt-core-1.1.2,,vigor-ver-1.10,vertical_menu_enabled, vertical_menu_width_290, vertical_menu_transparency vertical_menu_transparency_on, vertical_menu_with_scroll,smooth_scroll,side_menu_slide_from_right,transparent_content,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.12.1,vc_responsive
 

When Life Makes a 180

Four years and ten months ago my life did a 180° flip. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In that moment, everything about my life changed. I suddenly realized how very precious life is; and I became acutely aware of my mortality. I was scared;...

Read More

Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

It is a frightening time. Not for 100+ years have we witnessed mass closures due to a virus circulating through society. Events across Canada have been cancelled indefinitely. Also, travel is restricted; schools are closed; daycares are closed; attractions are closed; libraries are closed; community...

Read More

Take a Moment to Reflect

It is March. This month marks my 45th birthday, which means I am fast approaching my 5th Cancerversary. It is a little overwhelming. Five years. So much of this journey feels far, far away, but when I stand and assess where I was and where...

Read More

I Am Strength

Someone once said to me 'I don't know how you do it.' I told them 'I wasn't given a choice.' - author unknown I wasn’t given a choice. I am 4 months away from my 5-year cancerversary. It is an overwhelming milestone to be on the cusp of. When...

Read More

Dear Moms… A Gentle Reminder

It has been a difficult month of little-to-no sleep in our household. My son’s anxiety is peaked, which means his sleep is broken and disturbed, and that ultimately means mine is too. It is difficult to remain centred, grounded, and patient when exhausted and...

Read More

Time for a Reset

My job can be demanding. Very demanding. It requires an incredible amount of patience, empathy, patience, firmness, patience, attentiveness, and oh - did I mention patience? It takes a lot out of me both mentally and emotionally. And then there is parenting. A 24/7 job...

Read More

Welcoming in the New Year

In my previous post [from past New Year's] 2019…A Year of Adventure I talked about a shift within me - a small but mighty shift. I mused over what the year had in store for me - adventure. However, as I reflect on 2019 I...

Read More

Before the Calm

I sit here, on this bleak and dismal December morning, with my head spinning - how is Christmas only 15 days away? I am not ready for this. I am not feeling that Christmas Spirit one expects to feel this time of year. What I...

Read More

The Age of Six

The Age of Six… what a fascinating time this is! A time of physical growth, emotional growth, and intellectual growth. It is remarkable! And I am witnessing these growths - these changes - within my son at a rapid rate. Just weeks before Liam turned...

Read More

Every Scar Tells a Story

Living in a society that worships outward beauty and perceived perfection can be difficult for those of us who bear visible scars. We are not perfect. We are flawed - but - we are alive, we have survived, and we have a story to tell....

Read More