Sunday, November 10, 2013

Big News

Besides, of course, the big news that I am checking into the hospital for chemo tomorrow for the last time! I will be there through Friday and will get to ring the glorious bell before leaving. For those that don't know, when you finish chemo you get to ring a bell in the infusion clinic and all the other cancer patients clap for you. Expect a video.

As I was saying, though, there is other big news. We are moving... to... WISCONSIN! I never in a million years dreamed I would one day be living in Wisconsin, but we're doing it! Michael got an incredible job offer from an incredible company (what can I say? He's brilliant) and I'm really excited about it. He'll begin work at the beginning of February and it just feels like the perfect thing to do. After a crazy year, I just need to get out and start fresh somewhere as a non-cancerous woman.
Cheese seems to be the only thing anyone
(including myself) knows about Wisconsin.
But really, what else do you need to know
when deciding to uproot your life and move
Other than that, I don't have much to say, just pictures to share. These are not particularly flattering, but they are some really special, intimate pictures that I feel capture what a lot of the last year has been like for Michael and I.

Too tired to turn and face the camera. Even
though neither of us is looking, I kind of
love this picture.
That one time Michael brought the Atari for me to play at
the hospital.

I don't remember this, but judging from the shirt it was
last week.

I think this picture might be hard for some people to see
because I just look so sick and so tired, but this is what
the real, no-makeup, no-wig, sick-in-the-hospital cancer
looks like. Oh, and my arms are up like that because
Michael was just walking in for a surprise visit. Those
are my "hug me" arms.
Texas trip

Because I know everyone loves PDA on
the Internet. Just kidding, but it's my blog
so I do what I want. Boo ya. 


  1. Yay! This post is just full of exciting news! I'm so happy that Michael found a job and that you guys get to move. I love reading about your adventures.

  2. Double yay for new jobs and old cancers! Congrats on both! It looks like some waffles are in order!

  3. Congrats! Look like I'll be going to Oshkosh more often.

  4. Congrats! I'm sure it will be a grand adventure :) Austin and I will miss you both though!

  5. Awesome! You'll probably be in the same stake as Jonathan's family. Small world.

  6. Ahhhhh. You made me cry again. Those are the best pictures ever. I love you and Michael so much, and I am so happy for you. You have been in our prayers every day this last year, so even when you didn't know it, you were in our hearts.

    I hear Wisconsin is awesome, and besides cheese, they have WISCONSIN DELLS. You've got to check it out! Congrats!!!!!

    Love, Sheri

  7. I'm just catching up with your family (and praying for your dad and siblings right now). What an incredible story you've had since we last saw you (we lived in your ward back when you were just starting young you may not remember us)! But we live in northern IL now and you'll probably be headed to the Chicago temple once in awhile, so we'll have to meet up some time. :)

    Take care!
    The Brent and Amy Smith family

  8. Hi there Crystal! I was actually just reading through a few of your posts and just had a quick question about your blog. I couldn't find any contact info and was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance, thanks!


    1. Sure! My e-mail is Ask away.

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