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Crystal

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Crystal has been married to her husband, Dan, for four and a half years. They have a three year old daughter, Olivia (Livy) and a son, Sam, who just turned 1. She went to undergraduate school at UW-Madison and has a Masters degree in public health, also from Madison. Crystal works for HSHS during the day as an Epic System Analyst and runs her own LuLaRoe clothing boutique at night (https://www.facebook.com/LuLaRoebyCrystalLynn/). In her spare time, she enjoys camping, drinking wine or coffee (depending what time of day it is), reading, running, interior decorating, gardening and spending time with her family and friends!
Night Terrors

Her Night Terrors are my Nightmares

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When they first started happening, I didn't even realize what was happening.  I thought she was having a really bad dream.  After multiple nights in a row, we knew that these were not just regular nightmares.  They are far worse than that.
I Wear Pink for Her

I Wear Pink for Her

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Pink is my favorite color. Especially in October, but this wasn't always the case. 8 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following months and year are, truthfully, a blur to me. I lived every day in fear. I am fortunate to have an extremely close relationship with my mom. She is my best friend. So, when she was diagnosed, naturally fear consumed our lives. I hated seeing her sick and wished I could take all her pain and worry away. There are many forms of breast cancer, and my mom had one of the rare ones. During her journey, I was consumed by every lab test and result that came in. I scoured the Internet for information. I read every website on every treatment and drug they gave her. In those moments, I often failed to step back and admire my mother's strength and courage. Fortunately, my mom defied odds and is now a breast cancer survivor. It took me eight years, but I am now able to reflect back on that time and find good from our situation.
To My Second Child, With Love

To my Second Child, With Love

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Tonight I held my son, Sam (who just turned one), long after he had drifted off to dreamland.  Not because I didn't have one million other things to do (trust me, my house could...
Vacation Without the Kids

Vacation…Without the Kids

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As our vacation progressed, I was slowly able to relax and remember what life was like before the responsibility of parenting.