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, "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

Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "Meanwhile.....".

Here's Taylor holding a monkey wearing a TCU onesie....So, there's that.Link to bigger picture:http://1drv.ms/1zNRnrk Read more

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Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "VERY NICE DAY TODAY!".

Great day today with Taylor!She is feeling a bunch better, and loving TCU!  Loving Chi Omega!  Loving her room mate!  And seeing her wonderful boyfriend EVERY SINGLE ... Read more

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Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "Some slight, but bothersome problems....".

Tay has felt uncomfortable since they put the stent in from her bladder to her kidney.Remember the kidney was not draining, which was the first indicator of a problem they ... Read more

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Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "Exciting new news!".

Taylor found some girls fake ID in the dorm bathroom.So, Taylor's new name is 'Emma', she is from Chicago, she was born in 1992, and SHE'S GOING TO VEGAS BABY!!! LOOK ... Read more

Bob Helland posted a new journal entry, "WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY YESTERDAY!!".

WOW!!  Taylor had one of the best days of her LIFE yesterday!  Wonderful day for all of us!Julia and I are totally confused by all the Greek/Sorority/Pan-Hellenic ... Read more

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