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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 had several rounds of chemotherapy, but in July of 2015 the chemo stopped working, and the mass began to grow again.  We were going to travel to MD Anderson to have another surgery but the cancer has now spread to both her breasts. She is currently enrolled in a clinical trial at UT Southwest in Dallas.

In the meantime Taylor is really busy and enjoying her sophomore year at TCU.  She's majoring in Strategic Communications, she's a Chi Omega, and she's LOVING IT!! 

Latest Journal Update

Quick Thanksgiving eve update!

We have so much to be thankful for!

Tay had a great day today.  She went shopping with Sierra and now she's out to dinner with Chris, the best boyfriend in the history of the universe.  (This is an old picture, but don't they look great?)

Julia got on the phone today and got the chemo med approved.  We went over to Ft. Worth to pick it up and we're seriously thankful that insurance approved it.  I won't tell you the out of pocket cost, but let's just say 'INSANE.'  Tay is going to start taking them in the morning, so if she does have any side effects it's not the middle of the night.  Praying for SUCCESS!! 

We're excited about tomorrow.  Some great friends are coming over and it should be a wonderful day.

Taylor didn't have much pain today and wasn't too nauseous so hopefully we can have a nice relaxing weekend.  (GO FROGS!  GO IRISH!!)

She'll have her radiation treatment Monday morning, then we meet with the on-call oncologist, as our doctor is out of town.  Next we'll meet with Tay's surgeon who will explain the procedure to us.  Tay will get her port accessed, get all her blood tests, etc., and get ready for surgery which will actually be on Tuesday.  (Morning we think)

Her bilirubin numbers are still too high to participate in the MD Anderson clinical trial, so that's off the table for now at least.  We'll keep looking for excuses to get her into this program in the future though.

So another great day today with lots of big and small victories, not the least of which was SHOPPING!

Have a great Thanksgiving, count your blessings, and give thanks for all the wonderful things we all get to enjoy in this amazing lifetime.

And keep praying for Tay!!  THANKS FOR THAT!!
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Melanie Angermann
By Mel.
Happy Thanksgiving to the Hellands (and Sierra, and Chris, of course!). I am so thankful for your friendship, for sharing your journey, and for teaching us all about what it means to have faith and a positive attitude. Love you!!
Bacchus Kim
By Kim Bacchus
Blessing to all of you!
Susan Johnson
By Susan Johnson
I am praying:)!!
Valerie Maples
By Valerie Maples
May your Thanksgiving Day be overflowing with blessings and great times!
Jill Burress
We are rejoicing in hope and constantly in prayer for Taylor! And praying patience in tribulation for your family. Romans 12:12 And we won't quit! 😊
Al Rearick
By Al Rearick
VERY glad to hear the med got approved! One step at a time. VERY thankful for all of you. Prayers flowing like gravy on the mashed potatoes!
meredith smith
By meredith smith
Marion Taddonio
By Marion Taddonio
Thank you for the updates. Prayers for Taylor, for family, friends and all her fabulous caregivers who fell under the Taylor spell and love her so. We love her too! Happy Thanksgiving!
George Huhn
By George Huhn
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and glad that Taylor is feeling a bit better. I hope that you all can have some joyous moments of respite together.