Crystal Hofmann

Breast Cancer

Crystal’s Background story: Crystal Hoffman is a married mother of two beautiful daughters living in Canyon Lake, Ca. She taught English and was probably the most beloved teacher at Elsinore High School prior to her battle with breast cancer. Being off work during her battle and with the costs of cancer treatment beginning to build up she needs your help. Please support our campaign to help relieve her financial worries so she can maintain the strong healing attitude that will bring her back to health. Pass the site information along to everyone you know to help sell as many shirts as possible to help repay the happiness to Crystal that she has brought to so many.

Crystal’s personal story

I am 29 years old and I have stage 2 HER2+ breast cancer. I found a lump in my breast that I brushed off as a cyst because it grew so fast that’s what everybody, even my OBGYN, had said it probably was. I found a cluster of cysts in the same breast in 2008, so when I went to my mammogram appointment I was expecting the same result. However, during the mammogram blood came out of my nipple. I asked the technician “is that bad?” and her response was “well, it’s not good.” I found out the next day that I have cancer, and started chemotherapy 5 days later. I am considered stage 2 because it is also in a few surrounding lymph nodes. Every 21 days I will receive 6 cycles of two types of chemotherapy plus Herceptin, which is a drug made specifically for my type of breast cancer. I will be getting a double mastectomy a few weeks after my last treatment, then continuing Herceptin for 12 more rounds. My prognosis is good on this treatment plan. I have faith that I will be able to return to my job as a high school English teacher by the start of the 2011-2012 school year with a fresh, new perspective. I have a new-found appreciation for turning 30 this summer, and every birthday that I am blessed to spend with my husband and 2 daughters thereafter.

-Crystal Hofmann

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