My Story

Taylor was diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2011 when she was only 14 years old.  She had surgery to remove a portion of her colon, followed by 12 rounds of chemotherapy and a surgical procedure called HIPEC at MD Anderson hospital in Houston, TX.

The cancer returned in September of 2012 in an aggressive way.  Two large masses were discovered in her abdomen which turned out later to be her ovaries.  She had an additional 12 rounds of chemo, the HIPEC procedure again, then 3 follow-up rounds of chemo.

She was cancer free for her entire senior year, but in August of 2014 the cancer returned for a third time.  She had a mass removed from her abdomen and she'll start chemo.  She is still attending TCU this year and participating in all the college activities she can fit into her calendar.


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Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "This was a wonderful surprise today!".

Well this was wonderful! Tay's ole buddy PAT GREEN came up to Cook Children's today to play a couple songs! Picken' for Preemies fundraiser tomorrow at Billy Bob's, but ... Read more

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Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "Go Frogs! Go Irish! Go Hiney Badger!".

We relaxed in the room yesterday and watched both Notre Dame and TCU crush their opponents. We could look out our window and see the TCU stadium. Wished we had been there, ... Read more

Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "Easy going Saturday".

Tay is doing great today!She had some pain with her IV last night so they moved that, but other than that, no problems. No reactions, no tomato face, no drama.She's had a ... Read more

Tricia Regalado signed Taylor's Guestbook.

We're thinking about your family constantly. You guys beat cancer every moment of every day -- especially when those moments involve monkeys or pancakes. -Love and prayers ... Read more

Marion Taddonio signed Taylor's Guestbook.

Taylor, you continue to surprise me and amaze me. You are a true hero and amazing inspiration. When I grow up I want to be just like you! Good luck and well wishes and ... Read more

Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "She's fine.... No big....".

Aaaannndddd.... Twenty minutes later, she's FINE. Here's a picture of Taylor holding a monkey wearing a TCU onesie. CUTE, EH?? (I do NOT, repeat Do NOT look like this ... Read more

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Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "YEOWCH!!!!!".

WELL THAT WAS TERRIBLE!!!They started the chemo about 6:15, hospital time.  Started with the new med, Cetuximab, the EGFR Inhibitor.  We've been really excited about ... Read more

Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "quick update/reminder".

Taylor is doing GREAT! She's done with the EKG, and in the middle of the kidney ultrasound now.The 10:00 chemo should start within the next couple hours. (It's 2:50 now, ... Read more

Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "In Hospital".

Checked in this morning.  Cook Children's hospital Room 550.We'll be here all day today, all day tomorrow (Saturday) and most of the day Sunday.Tay is doing GREAT.  We ... Read more

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