Monday, March 30, 2009

Crystal Checking In

We just got through one crazy week. Tuesday, March 24 was Rylee's first birthday and Thursday, March 26 we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary.

For our anniversay, all I wanted to do was go see a funny movie and have an icee and some popcorn. We had babysitters all lined up and we were off for an enjoyable evening. Unfortunately this was also the day of the "Blizzard 2009". Everything was shut down because of the bad weather. We drove to two different theatres and both of them were closed. After driving around, we decided to go home and call it a night.

Tuesday was actually Rylee's Birthday but we had her party on Saturday. My cousin Trish and my best friend Alicia came out for Birthday Party. We had enough time for three wardrobe changes. Alicia bought her the most beautiful pink princess dress with lots of layers of pink organza. Dee got got her a petticoat with layers and layers of tulle. Rylee looked especially cute in the petticoat when we accessorized her with her new pink sunglasses and pink converse tennis shoes. After that we changed her into the dress that Trish bought her. It was a pink and black dress with the Disney Princesses on it.

Rylee's party was a huge success!! Everything went off without a hitch, even Rylee's nap. Well I guess I shouldn't say EVERYTHING...Rylee had a mini meltdown when Daddy shoved a cupcake in her face. Daddy is used to having boys, I think he may have forgotten that princesses don't like to have dirtly little faces!! We got her all cleaned up and we were good to go again.

My good friend Dee, the one who set up this blog for me, hosted Rylee's party. She did such a great job. Everything was so beautiful...the Happy 1st Birthday Banner, the giant tissue balls, the cupcakes and especially the food!! A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Dee for hosting, planning and organizing the PARTY FIT FOR A PRINCESS!!

I wanted to update you on my health. Before I left for California, I had a pet scan to check on my progress. When we got home, we got the results of the test. The cancer has spread to my liver, lymph nodes and other areas of my abdomen. The good news is that it appeared that my cervix has responded to the initial rounds of chemo and radiation. The doctors decided to give me three more rounds of chemo. Chemo is very exhausting. After I have it, I am usually in bed for five days straight due to the anit-nausea medication. This Wednesday I will have the third round of chemo. Two weeks after that I will have another pet scan to see how well I am responding to it. If I respond well to the chemo, I will get three more rounds. If it turns out that I am not responding well then my doctor and I will have to figure out how we are going to pursuee it.

Over these next few weeks please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.



  1. Crystal, can't wait to see all the pictures from Rylee's party...sounds like quite a party. What a wardrobe that girl must have :)Since you have chemo on Wednesdays, I'm never at work when you're there...but please know I'm thinking of you often.

  2. In an earlier blog Trish asked for people who were inspired to write a comment. I tried but couldn't at the time. My father died in Dec. He was diagnosed with colon cancer that traveled to his liver and later his lymph nodes. I would never wish cancer on anyone however I do feel that by knowing he was sick our family cherished every moment together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Remember that you are living (although at times I know it doesn't seem like it). The memories you are creating will always be cherished and God is with you through all of this. Your children are learning compassion and gratitude beyond belief. Stay positive and know that there are people everywhere praying for your recovery.

  3. Hi Crystal...I constantly think about even though I do not know you. I have not seen a new update lately and I hope and pray all is well with you.

    Stay strong, happy and beautiful.



  4. Crystal i just want you to know you have been in my prayers,when Consuelo told me about your condition my heart sank,you always hear about other people stories but when it's someone you know, it really hits home.

    I was looking at your photos, your little family is so beautiful. I will continue to pray for you and your family. small world i know trish's husband sister, we were talking this morning and some how the blog came up. so i logged on.

    thinking and praying for you

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  7. HOME BOY....
    Ernesto wanted me to write that because that is how he remmebers you.
    Just wanted to let you know that our prayers are with you. You have a great looking family and I pray you get to enjoy them longer. Your little girl looks just like you!

    I don't know how to blog, so I hope I wont mess your page up.

    Please know that we are here for you.

    Take care!
    Acosta Family