What cancer? Plus some exciting news…

I want to start out by saying that I feel really, really good this week.

Maybe it’s because my cancer is slowly withering away, maybe it’s because I know for a fact that my treatment is working, maybe it’s from my time away with family, or maybe it’s because I had a few extra days to enjoy before I go back into my normal chemo cycle. Β No matter what the reason, I feel great.

In fact, I’ve felt so great that I actually feel guilty about not being at work! More on that in a bit… πŸ™‚

About a week or two before my last day on air, I remember having a mini meltdown to some of my bosses about leaving. I really didn’t want to take a break from work. I remember talking to our assistant news director and explaining that I have no idea how chemo will affect me. Maybe I’ll be really sick and not be able to work at all, but maybe I’ll be ok and then what? I’ll have taken so much time off from work for nothing. He told me I needed to go and take care of my health and in these exact words he said, “just think of it as a really long vacation!” I replied jokingly, “Yeah, worst vacation ever.”

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I didn’t realize at the time that my whole perception of life would change in the matter of months. Now that my good days don’t come around as often, I take full advantage of the days I feel better and try not to ever let a single day go to waste. I really am trying to look at this break from work as an unusual vacation. I guess my boss really was onto something!

I’ve been posting a lot about my good days on Instagram and honestly, I probably put out a false image of what having cancer is really like, which is why I write these blogs. It takes a lot out of me to write such honest posts describing how I’m really feeling and it’s especially hard to write the really negative ones, but they’re real and that’s what I promised. I bring up Instagram because that’s where I post about all of my good days. I have recent pictures of my sister and I kayaking, biking, hiking, hanging out on the beach, etc. I may not be able to bike as long as I used to, I have to take breaks during my hikes, and I’m not even allowed to be in the sun without being covered from head to toe in sunscreen, but I’m enjoying every single minute that I can. This past week was so great that I actually forgot I had cancer. It only just hit me this morning when I realized I have another treatment coming up in just a couple days, but I’m trying really hard to shut my mind off and not think about that until I have to. Enough about that, this is supposed to be a happy post πŸ™‚

My trip with my family was perfect and just what I needed. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle these next 8 treatments. I still can’t wait to get back to work. I’ve missed it so much that…

I’LL BE BACK IN A COUPLE WEEKS!

I cannot wait! It’ll just be a short visit for now, but I can’t wait to see my coworkers and be back on air for a day or two. I even have a story that I’ll be working on while I’m in town. It’s going to be the best story I’ve ever been involved in telling. I don’t want to give it all away just yet, but trust me when I say you won’t want to miss it.

With that said, I hope you’ve all had just as great of a week as I’ve had. I’ll be spending some time with my older sister before my next treatment on Monday. My younger sister, Melyssa (in the picture below), is making my new countdown sign which I will show off once my 5th treatment is in the books! Have a great weekend everyone!

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38 thoughts on “What cancer? Plus some exciting news…

    1. Looking forward to seeing you back on tv! I’m so thankful that you have had such a great mental & physical break with your family. I will continue to pray for you ~~ so wonderful to hear you’re having a good day! Keep the faith & stay strong– God is Good !

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  1. Sounds wonderful, laughter family fun. What better to hear, Crystal I am happy that you’re remembering this is a time for finding your joy. Seems you have, God Bless you!

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  2. Hi Crystal… πŸ™‚ Hooray for you!!! It will be good to see you on the news broadcast again, even though it is for a short time. You have to begin somewhere… Given all you have been through I am truly happy for you!!! Looking forward to seeing you soon… πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend!
    Cynthia Caddle

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  3. I am in awe. Your attitude and bravery is fantastic. Hoping everything comes up roses and wish you were still doing the weather in Cheyenne.

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  4. So great to hear you’re in a good stretch! I’ll hope and pray your good days far outnumber your not so good days. Keep on!πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸŒŸβœ¨

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  5. Wonderful news…you have got this! And being home with your family, that means a lot to your wonderful outlook on things. Family can do a lot of good in your life.

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  6. By sharing both your good days and bad days, you inspire others to have good days too and keep LIVING through cancer! Don’t ever let cancer steal your joy!

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  7. I’m so glad you’re doing so well! This photo of you and your younger sister is great…you both have lovely smiles! I hope your good days far outnumber those bad days. Sending hugs and prayers for continued improvements each day! Believe!!!

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  8. You and your sister look so happy and beautiful. Keep the positive attitude and always remember to take time for yourself and family. It is what will restore and maintain you during the tough times. God Bless you!!

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  9. Good or bad, ugly or nice, blogging or Instagram, or nothing at all… do what you need to do for you! So glad you get. to work as you want. Praying for your coworker. God loves you, Crystal!

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  10. I look forward to seeing you on tv and hearing your news. So glad you’re feeling good and getting out. That’s very important. Keep up the positive attitude. ❀️

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  11. Crystal,

    Keep the positive attitude and I know you will beat this. Not seeing you in the mornings to let me know what to expect for my day really has made my days a little less bright. I really can’t wait for your return. Take care and you will be back on the air sooner than you think. What would be great is on August 21, 2017 when the Solar eclipse happens and the day goes dark and then when the day returns you do too. πŸ˜€

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  12. Great news Crystal! Glad you are having good days to offset the not so good. Family time has a way of being the perfect therapy for a lot of things. We can’t wait to see you back delivering the weather and brightening up the airwaves. God bless!

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  13. You bring tears to my eyes every time I read your posts. You are such a beautiful person on the inside and out. Can’t wait to see your face on the screen!!

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  14. Glad to hear i told you back on July 27 i had surgery to remove a mass iff my kidney it went well with bad news it was cancer but caught in time and as a result i had a uti infection spent 4 days in hospital then came home on August 5 then Monday felt bad stomach pain back in hospital had a stomach infection now home going back to doctors on Monday to see which treatment pills ir chemo surgery doctors associate and her ssid possible pills caught early well god bless you hope we can do lunch and trade stories and support i got family i need more love you thanks for message early β€β€πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  15. Good for you, know it’s not easy, have great respect for you to not only conquer this but be honest about your journey. Looking forward to your return. Will continue prayers for you and family.

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  16. Chrystal, it is a rainy day in Williamsburg and your very sweet message brought a smile today. Sounds to me like it is going to be OK. I think as a side career to meteorology writing should be consider. Your writings come with feeling and honesty. We your viewers and friends appreciate what you are sharing with us. Believing is half the battle and you have that end of it. Enjoy your weekend! Prayers for you and your co worker Jeff.

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  17. Thank you for sharing your story. It is extremely difficult for friends and family to understand what happens to us when cancer invades our lives. It is something most of us just don’t want to talk about. You are a truly brave young woman and wise for your years. God bless you. I can hardly wait to see you on air again!

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  18. Keep fighting. My husband Bill is fighting what I call the beast (cancer) also. We have a wonderful oncology team with Virginia Oncology, we are on the McGaughey team (Dr. Dean McGaughey). Of course God is at the head of our team. Again praying for your healing we miss seeing you on TV.
    God Bless
    Carol & Bill Griffith

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  19. I marvel at how upbeat you sound Crystal!
    That’s the key…Always be up! Don’t allow this to keep you down.
    Cancer may win a battle or two, but you will win the war!
    March on?

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  20. I marvel at how upbeat you sound Crystal!
    That’s the key…Always be up! Don’t allow this to keep you down.
    Cancer may win a battle or two, but you will win the war!
    March on!!

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