Crystal Joy Hall | Live, Love, Laugh ... Life After Cancer
Stories about life, laughter, adventure, and the everyday mundane. My life after cancer.
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This Is Grief

I thought that after 3 years, this journey would get easier. However lately, I have found myself weeding through dark and muddled emotions - feelings of frustration, of anger, but mostly, of grief.   Grief.   I realize that I have not grieved. I have not mourned the life...

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JK – A Parent’s Perspective

I remember distinctly my son’s first day of junior kindergarten (JK) – his nervousness; the tenderness we all three [as a family] felt; and the tears that streamed down his chubby little cheeks as we bid him good-bye and good-luck on his first day of...

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Moving Forward from the Strife

Last year, in my post Baby Steps, I reflected upon my 2yr Cancerversary - the baby steps that I had taken and the ones I still needed to take. I discussed moving forward from the strife and outlined what I needed to do. And so,...

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It’s About the Remembering

It has been an emotional month. Over the past 22 days I suffered from severe scanxiety. I know that I have touched upon this type of anxiety in my previous post Perhaps… Just Perhaps. And let me tell you folks - this sh!t is real....

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Spring Mail

In January of this year, I was approached by The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation (PMCF) requesting if they could use my story as their feature for the spring mailing campaign. They outlined the requirements and provided details regarding the mailing. I was apprehensive. Sharing my...

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Knockers

Knockers… and I do not mean door knockers. I mean knockers.   One of the challenges I have faced since my mastectomy is finding bras and breast forms to fit my tiny structure and my even tinier bust. It took trying various brands, different sizes, and many...

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NewBeginnings

New Beginnings

Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is a promise of letting go and starting anew. As winter holds us firmly and unrelentingly in her grasp this season, we need this promise of new beginnings - more than ever - as our shining light...

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Forget Your Age

I remember when I was younger - much younger - I could not imagine what my life would be like when I reached adulthood. I simply couldn’t envision any aspect of my life. I didn’t imagine the house, the career, the family … I was...

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Don’t Worry

I would like to think that these past few weeks have been wonderful - and for some of the time they have been - but sadly they have brought about their own set of frustration, concern, and disappointment. As a parent, you never want to...

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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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