Crystal, Stylist at Elle Marie Woodinville, on the Silver Linings of Battling Breast Cancer

11/8/23 UPDATE: Thanks to our community and our team, we were able to raise a grand total of $1297.32 to help cover Crystal’s medical costs and living expenses while she is unable to work.

Life’s journey often takes us down unexpected paths, where we must summon unimaginable strength to overcome challenges. Crystal, a dedicated hairstylist at Elle Marie Hair Studio Woodinville, faced such a journey when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her remarkable story is not only a testament to her courage but also a source of inspiration for us all. In this profile, we’ll dive deep into Crystal’s personal insights as she navigated this challenging chapter of her life, highlighting her resilience and the unwavering support from her Elle Marie family.

Crystal’s Hair Adventure: From Stylist to Survivor

As a hairstylist, Crystal’s life revolved around making her clients feel beautiful and confident. Growing up, she knew that her family history meant that chances were high that she’d have to face her own battle with breast cancer, but getting the diagnosis at age 35 was still a shock.

“Getting diagnosed is really scary, and everyone goes through it differently. For me, I had a full blown panic attack in the doctor’s office. Being faced with your own mortality, even when your doctors tell you that you’re curable, is scary. You can’t help but think, ‘but lots of people die from cancer!'”.

The Strength Within: Personal Insights

Crystal’s battle against breast cancer revealed a wellspring of inner strength. She shared, “It’s not just about surviving; it’s about thriving. I had to remind myself that I was more than my diagnosis.” Her words encapsulate the essence of her resilience. Crystal viewed her journey as an opportunity for growth and self-discovery.

As a hairstylist, losing your hair to chemotherapy can be especially difficult. Crystal, however, had a unique perspective on the experience: “I’ve always wanted to have a bald head, but I knew from a young age that I was probably gonna get breast cancer. So it was on my hair bucket list, and I was gonna save it for when I got breast cancer.” Her remarkable attitude toward her diagnosis was to embrace the changes, including the experience of having a bald head and even thinning hair. She found beauty in the unconventional and was determined to live her life to the fullest.

Throughout her battle, Crystal found inspiration in everyday moments. “I would wake up in the morning and see the sunrise, and it reminded me that every day is a gift,” she said. Her ability to find beauty in the ordinary and to draw strength from it served as a guiding light during her darkest hours.

The Care with Pink Hair Fundraiser: A Beacon of Hope

Crystal’s journey isn’t just about her personal battle with cancer. It also showcased the power of community and support. Elle Marie Hair Studio, where Crystal works, has dedicated it’s yearly Care with Pink Hair fundraiser to supporting Crystal. This fundraiser allows guests to show their support by getting pink tinsel or hair extensions, with all proceeds going toward Crystal’s medical expenses.

Crystal expressed her gratitude, saying, “The salon and my clients have been incredibly supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of during this challenging time.”

Elle Marie Hair Studio: A Pillar of Support

The Elle Marie family played an integral role in Crystal’s journey. Her salon wasn’t just a workplace; it was a second home filled with friends who stood firmly by her side. She recalled, “My salon, Elle Marie, they were there for me in ways I could have never imagined.”

Her colleagues provided more than just support; they were her emotional anchors. They celebrated her victories and provided solace during her struggles. Crystal’s journey was a testament to the power of community and the profound impact of genuine friendships.

An Inspiration to All

Crystal’s story is a beacon of hope and resilience. Her personal insights remind us that the human spirit can triumph over the most daunting challenges. Her ability to find strength in vulnerability, beauty in adversity, and humor in the darkest times is a testament to her remarkable character.

Through her journey, Crystal’s unwavering spirit has served as a reminder that within each of us lies the power to overcome. Her insights leave us with the invaluable lesson that even in our darkest moments, we can rise, thrive, and inspire.

Donate Today

Now through Oct. 31st, visit any of the five Elle Marie Hair Studio locations and purchase a Pink Tinsel or Hair Extension for $10 each. All proceeds will be donated directly to Crystal to help cover her treatment expenses.

Those who wish to give but are unable to visit the salon, there is also an option to donate online

To continue to follow Crystal’s journey, check her out on Instagram @crystalsinyourhair