Crystal Erickson undergoing treatment in Sept. 2016 at the Edith Sanford Breast Center. Pictured with husband Andy and Sanford Health nurse.

Cancer survivor sees silver lining

July 23, 2018

For Crystal Erickson, the silver lining in her cancer journey is that she’s now in a position to empower women and raise awareness.

Erickson felt a lump during a self breast exam in May 2016. Soon after, the wife and young mother of three learned she had stage 2 breast cancer.

In the United States, about one woman in eight will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Remarkably, Erickson says she is happy to be the one who got cancer if it means the seven women standing around her won’t have to face the disease.

“Breast cancer doesn’t have to be a sad story. You can bring awareness, and that makes what I’m going through worth it,” Erickson said last year during treatment. “I’ll be that one. I’ll go through it.”

Today Erickson makes a point to talk about her diagnosis and journey as much as possible. Along with her husband, Andy Erickson, a DJ at Results Radio, she has shared her story through blogs, social media and on the radio.

She talks about the importance of self-exams and mammograms and especially her experience fighting breast cancer while being a mom to her three children: Jackie, Rockley and Esia.

Erickson is determined to use her story to educate and empower women to be proactive about their health. Most of all, she wants to inspire strength in women with cancer.

Meet Crystal, Andy and their family at the 3rd annual United in Hope Luncheon on Oct. 11! Every dollar raised will support research and patient care at the Edith Sanford Breast Center.

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