by Scott Walker
Surrounded by trees adorned with thorns in Murfreesboro, Tennessee stands 19 year old Crystal Chaney. The Alabama native is maybe 100 pounds on a day she has eaten a full meal. Crystal and her boyfriend David are homeless.
You often hear stories about people who have overcome massive obstacles in life, but seldom do you meet the folks who have. Crystal has one of those stories and is on her way to overcoming her past.
She never made it past the 10th grade in school, life was just too much at times and education was definitely the last thing on her mind. She told me that coming home to an alcoholic mother each day was one of the many obstacles she faced. Of course, that is after a day in school where she was bullied by others due to her appearance.
On first glance you wouldn't realize anything was wrong with Crystal, but her coat and pants are hiding the scars that likely haunt her at night.
At 11 months of age Crystal was hit with trauma that resulted in multiple skin grafts over her childhood years. She told me that her father was mad at her mom one night and poured scalding hot coffee all over her. At the time, Crystal was in a walker.
She told me that her father was sentenced to prison and she has not talked to him... ever. Keep in mind she was only 11 months of age when she received the burns due to the hot coffee.
Letters were sent to her from her father, but her mother was said to have kept the mail never allowing Crystal to see it.
Today, Crystal and her boyfriend David are on the search for a job. Needless to say, that employment could not come soon enough so that the couple can get an apartment that will allow for them to stay out of the cold this winter.
Below is a short interview by Scott Walker with Crystal (4 MIN and 47 SEC):