Cancer survivor Crystal Joy Hall on the emotional struggles of her journey


A cancer diagnosis can come with many different emotions: fear, anxiety, stress, loneliness.

For Crystal Joy Hall, it was her recovery that proved to be the hardest time for her emotionally. She was constantly fearful that the cancer would come back, that she wouldn’t be there to watch her son grow up. All of the uncertainties and fears fed into the state of depression that she had developed.

“Cancer can make you feel incredibly alone. Your life is now “marked” and because of that you can easily fall into isolation,” Crystal explains in her blog.

Reaching out for help along her journey was difficult, but a step she knew she needed to take to truly get better. For months Crystal talked with a social worker at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to help her heal mentally and emotionally.

“This establishment is not only an institution that heals you physically, but also a community that is concerned with your well-being as a whole. The programs available to cancer patients and survivors are abundant and resourceful.”

Each person’s cancer journey is different. Their emotions, anxieties and fears are different, but it’s important to know that you are never alone. There is always someone willing to listen, hoping to help and standing in your corner every step of the way.

If you are looking for someone to lend you a helping hand along your journey, reach out to the Psychosocial Oncology Clinic at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.