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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Earth Angel

Cancer sucks. The physical ramifications as well as emotional and mental anguish it thrusts upon you is life-changing and debilitating. And it is not a ‘change’ that anyone wants to endure, but so many of us are forced into this tumultuous journey called 'cancer'. It...

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Hello Loneliness

When I learned I had breast cancer I prayed long and hard for my life to be spared. I was a new mom. My son was only 21 months old. There were still all these ‘firsts’ I wanted and needed to bear witness to -...

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Stress. Stress. Stress.

Stress. Your body’s way of responding to a threat - physical, mental, or emotional. Stress.   Stress is a factor in everyday life. We all experience various levels of stress; but when you are diagnosed with cancer your stress level skyrockets to unchartered heights. You stress about...

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Damned If You Do … Damned If You Don’t

When you are diagnosed with cancer, you begin to question “why”. What caused it? Why this particular cancer? What have I done wrong in my life that caused my cells to malfunction? Yes - what have I done wrong ...

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Everything Goes Too Fast

Early morning sunrise. A child’s laughter. A husband’s gentle touch. Dew sparkling on rich green grass and dripping from flowers in bloom. The morning song of birds. The smell of summer wafting in the air. Life prevalent all around you. Breathe it. Hear it. Taste...

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Bittersweet Good-Bye

As I have said, many times over, I thankfully did not embark on this cancer journey alone. I was surrounded by love, kindness, compassion, guidance, and support. I had a community of people from near and far rallying around me, ensuring that I, my husband,...

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This Is My Breast

Warning: What you are about to read may make you feel uncomfortable. Not everyone is capable of hearing about the realities of breast cancer after surgery, and that’s okay. Stop reading. But - for those who seek a little enlightenment - this is my story,...

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It’s Okay To Be Afraid

Fear is debilitating. It can cripple your mind, body, and soul. It bears a weight that sits heavy within your heart. It shadows your joy and mocks your hopes. Fear is a bitch. But it’s an inevitable emotion that you ride throughout your cancer journey...

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Coffee Is My Best Friend

One of the daily challenges I face is fatigue. It’s so annoying because I’m a “go-getter” and I have always been an active person. In fact, over the years, my husband would comment on how I never sit down and relax. It’s true. I’m always...

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