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Taylor’s 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 is currently doing chemo.  She just finished her freshman year at TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas.  It was a wonderful year with lots of Chi Omega activities, raising awareness and funding for pediatric cancer and participating in all the college activities she could fit into her calendar.

Latest Journal Update

Where we are today

Well, I think we got over the initial shock and anger for the most part.  Still some anger and frustration, but at least a tiny bit better than yesterday.  Trying to follow Taylor's lead and remain positive and optimistic, and enjoy today, not worrying about tomorrow.  She's really good at that!

First of all, we are simply overwhelmed by all the support, prayers, wonderful emails, FB comments, CaringBridge journal replies, text messages, etc. 

Unbelievable.  You people on Team Taylor are really incredible.  As I mentioned yesterday, we absolutely could not manage all this without your love, support and prayers.


Taylor is, as usual, doing better than all the rest of us.  She even made a joke yesterday in the hospital:

Her last med is the 46 hour treatment.  After that is done, they have to do a two hour 'flush' with saline to make sure all the meds have cleared out of the tubes and pumps.

The nurse was explaining that to someone, '....we have to make sure all the medicine gets in her....'

Tay piped up:  'Even though it doesn't work...'


We've had an OK day today.  Tay has been relaxing and resting, except for a leisurely trip to the nail salon with mom.  (Red fingernails, TCU Purple toenails)  Now she has on her patriotic, red, white, blue, stars and stripes Chi Omega t-shirt with a cute, cute ribbon in her hair.

Good lord, cute she be any cuter???

Tonight our wonderful friends the Stevens are coming over to grill out and relax.  They've been there for us since (literally) Taylor was born.  We love them so much, and they've been so helpful and wonderful through all this.

After dinner all the kids are going to find fireworks, and the old people are going to bed early...

Thank you again for everything.  We really do not have the words to express how much it means to us, how much we appreciate it, nor to say thank you enough!

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Ruth Lautzenheiser
By Ruth Lautzenheiser
Great pics! I think it's impossible not to love Taylor.
Kathleen Friendshuh
By Kathleen Friendshuh
Love and Hope
meredith smith
By meredith smith
It's still a wonderful world. God bless America! and your family.
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Sheila Bishop
By Sheila
I love Taylor's attitude! She is so beautiful in so many ways and she is definitely my inspiration. We are praying for Taylor's healing!
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