To start off, this is something I should have done a long time ago. This is the third time my sisters cervical cancer has came back and I realize its never too late to start something like this for my amazing sister in a time of struggle.
Crystal is a 33 year old living in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is one of the best people I know and I'm proud to be her sister. She is loved by so many and has remained positive throughout her ordeal, but fighting cancer for a third time has taken a toll on her. She loves to kayak, hike, camp, and kickbox! She is a huge supporter of her local Triad Jeep Club, a brand ambassador for Hi-Vis Overland, and absolutely loves to take her baby, aka her Jeep, off-roading to get muddy and to have fun.
Little did she know while on one of her adventures backpacking Havasupai in Arizona that she was having symptoms of cervical cancer. Despite these symptoms she was a strong hiker and camper. It was shortly after this trip she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October of 2016. She did everything she was told to do by the doctors. She had multiple rounds of internal and external beam radiation along with six rounds of chemo which took place every three weeks. She went out for six months on short-term disability leave as a pharmacist. We all thought the treatments would help and she would be done for good.
This wasn't the case. Almost a year later, in November 2017, she was diagnosed again. The cancer returned in the lymph nodes of her lower back. The process was the same with more radiation and chemo. However, this time the doctors felt a more aggressive chemo was needed. As treatments continued she became very sick. She lost weight, lost her hair, and became weak as her energy declined. She also started experiencing side effects like neuropathy, proteinuria, and decreased kidney function due to chemo. She was able to recover but was out of work again for another 7 months.
She finally returned to work as a pharmacist and tried to live her best life. She continued her passions for the outdoors and slowly tried to get back into to her hobbies. She always wanted a teardrop camper so she knew it was time to get one since her outlook on life had changed. She soon purchased a custom made teardrop camper from Crosscountry Teardrops so she could camp in any climate she wanted!
Her dream of traveling many miles with her teardrop came to a slow. In January 2019, family and friends were heart-broken to hear the news. Cervical cancer was back yet again. It showed up in a lymph node on the left side of her neck. It was swollen, sore to touch, and visibly there was something wrong. This time doctors told us what we didn't want to hear. They said the cancer was incurable and estimated she had five years left to live. We were devastated but she had not given up. She began more chemo to help control the spread and is now halfway thru with treatments. Just know it is a constant battle and without prayers, love, and support she wouldn't be where she is now.
Please help support Crystal in anyway you can. With her being out of work, back to back years, she is now financially troubled. She is going to be selling her house so she does not have that burden of her of payments anymore and moving into our grandparents. She will continue to keep her jeep and teardrop in order to go on adventures when possible.
Now, let's hope the third time is the charm and we can 4WD over cervical cancer for good. Life is an adventure.
Thank you so much for supporting my sister and thank you for the continued prayers. Any donation, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated. Let's show Crystal how loved she is and help her kick cancer's butt so she can get back to living her best life.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
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