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Finding health, motherhood — and the strike zone

Finding health, motherhood — and the strike zone

For as long as Crystal Silins can remember, she has wanted to be like her mother.

Her mom taught her right from wrong and the value of hard work. She coached Crystal in sports. She was cool enough to be considered the most popular mother in town.

"She was a rock star at being a mom," recalls Silins, 33. "I always hoped to be able to pass that gift along."

But life has a way of dashing dreams.

Three years ago, Silins learned she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. Months of harsh treatments followed. She would be declared cancer-free, but doctors told her that she and her husband, Aaron, would likely never...