Caring for Crystal
$2,185 raised
31 contributors
4 Years running
In October Crystal was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer similar to sarcoma. Crystal and her family need your prayers and support as they continue on her journey through treatment. Please join us in supporting her. Thank you all!

Spider-Man lay battered and bruised beneath the dining room table; his final resting place after a long day of play with Abe Jr. Somehow the web slinger was overlooked when the rest of his superhero pals made their way back to the toy bin. Tonight, Spidey would need an assist from mom. As Crystal closed her Anatomy and Physiology book for the night, she shifted from college student to mother; picking up the straggler from Abe Jr’s crime fighting adventures and putting him away. A few months ago this was just a regular ending to a long day. It was the norm for a young mom in school full time.

But, in what seems like the blink of an eye, what passed for the norm in Crystal’s life changed. In fact, nothing seems normal, or regular, or routine, or typical, or ordinary anymore. Those words have been replaced with unusual, unlikely, uncommon and rare. That’s because on October 14, 2013 Crystal was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer.

Back in August, Crystal was bothered by a pain in her side. It began as an annoyance but it soon grew into an unbearable situation that required medical attention. Unfortunately, the doctors were unable to determine what was causing the discomfort. Pulled muscle? Inflamed tissue? They were stumped. It took weeks of visiting multiple doctors, X-rays, CT scans, and various tests before the team at Baylor came to an unthinkable conclusion. The ultimate and unlikely cause of Crystal’s pain was a stage 4 cancer similar to sarcoma. This type of cancer is very rare. In fact, the doctors have never encountered a cancer quite like this and have yet to place a name on it.

They have, however, begun the process of treating it. Crystal is currently undergoing the arduous and nauseating process of chemotherapy. Weekly treatments, fatigue, sickness, and loss of hair are all part of her new normal. More importantly, however, Crystal’s new normal consists of believing, fighting, and persevering. She is determined to overcome every obstacle she may face. She is determined to continue as the loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend we know her to be. She is determined to survive.

Crystal and her family need your prayers and support as they continue on her journey through treatment. Please join us in supporting her. Thank you all!

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