About Crystal

Finding Crystal Mission Statement:
After living with chronic health problems all of my life, I’ve learned that life just doesn’t just stop. I strive to help other young women understand their own health and thrive, despite personal obstacles. I write personal and educational posts to raise awareness about topics that are close to my heart or those that I have personal experience with. I review subscription boxes, beauty products, household supplies, and other items that make life easier and a little more fun.

About Me:
I am a Southern blogger from Upstate, SC. I went to Southern Wesleyan University. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology. You will find that these two topics will randomly wander into some of my writing. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We were married on October 17, 2009. We have two beautiful furbabies named Lug and Diesel.

My Past Jobs:
In my past life, I was a professional student (seriously, I went to school for six years), a babysitter, a cashier at CVS, a customer service rep at Belk, a childcare specialist, a Medicaid caseworker, and my latest job was a Social Security Disability Examiner. All of these jobs are also subject to finding their way into some of my writing. In February, 2014, I started blogging full time. I had to quit my 9-5 job.

My Health Problems:
I had to quit my 9-5 job because of my chronic health problems. I am 31 and I have had four open heart surgeries. I have a defibrillator and an artificial aorta valve. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, anemia, and severe recurrent depression with anxiety. All of these health problems will also worm their way into my posts.

Why I Blog:
I originally started blogging in October 2012. Finding Crystal was started as a weight loss and food addiction recovery blog. It was more of a journal at that time. Over time, this blog has evolved into a place where I talk about what it is like living with chronic illness, let you know that there is life beyond the illness, and that you can thrive even with chronic health problems. I have also discovered that I love doing product reviews. I try to review products that I would actually use around my home and that make living with chronic illness more bearable.

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