Crystal Wisecup '14, B.S. Education
“Greatness comes from realizing you can overcome any situation if you never give up. It’s knowing that no one fights alone.””
Everything seemed to be going her way.
Crystal Wisecup had graduated from Middle Georgia State University, which she chose for the affordability and came to love because of her professors’ dedication. The Warner Robins resident was the first in her immediate family to earn a degree. She stepped right into her long-desired career, accepting a teaching and coaching post at Thomson Middle School in Houston County.
Milestone reached. Dream fulfilled.
Then, bad news. Doctors diagnosed Crystal with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
“I never dreamed I’d be diagnosed with cancer my first year of teaching,” she says. “Teachers are supposed to inspire students to achieve greatness. But I had to tell my students I had cancer. It broke my heart to see the worry and tears in their eyes.”
Crystal’s family and colleagues rallied, raising money to help with medical bills, supporting her through chemotherapy. After losing much of her hair to treatment, her students began wearing hats to school in a show of solidarity.
Now in remission, Crystal is again teaching and coaching soccer full-time at Thomson. Her experience with major illness shaped her view of greatness.
“Greatness comes from realizing you can overcome any situation if you never give up,” she says. “It’s knowing that no one fights alone.”
Find your greatness.