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Update 9/15/2013

Taylor was diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2011.  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 three follow-up rounds.

She's doing GREAT right now and is enjoying her senior year at Martin High School!  She's applied to TCU and we're waiting to hear.

Today is a GREAT DAY!  She's out shopping and EVERYTHING IS GOOD!

Update 9/20/2012

Taylor was diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2011.  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.

Unfortunately at this time her cancer has returned in an extremely aggressive way.

While the doctors are telling us the odds are stacked against us, we continue to have hope, and we're praying for a miracle.

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, I had severe stomach pain and vomiting and went to the ER. They found an obstruction in my colon.

I was transferred to Cook Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth and was diagnosed with Stage III Signet Ring Adenocarcinoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. The cancer has not spread to my other organs, but has spread to some of my lymph nodes.

On Friday, April 8, I had 1/2 of my colon and some lymph nodes removed. After recovery I will still be able to eat and digest food normally.

I had 12 rounds of chemo in Ft. Worth, then went to MD Anderson in Houston for HIPEC surgery in January of 2012.

I had good checkups and clear scans until September 17th of 2012 when they found two large tumors in my abdomen.


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Julia Helland posted a new journal entry, "Scans Today".

Taylor is having her quarterly scans today.  We're a bit nervous, which I guess is to be expected. She's been feeling good lately, staying AMAZINGLY busy with school, ... Read more

Julia Helland posted a new journal entry, "Taylor and the coaches".

We just received a few wonderful pictures from Taylor's weekend with the Coaches Against Cancer.We had a wonderful time!  Thank you again to the American Cancer Society ... Read more

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Julia Helland posted a new journal entry, "Taylor's Message regarding Colon Cancer".

Taylor gave a speech the other day, telling her story and encouraging everyone to help raise awareness of colon cancer, and help prevent colon cancer.Here's what she had ... Read more

Julia Helland posted a new journal entry, "Cherry on the top!".

Well this just put the cherry on the top of the ice cream sundae of a weekend for Taylor.She got to meet TWO of our super-heroes:  UDANCE KIDS!!!Russell and Erica, from ... Read more

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Suzanne Vorhies signed Taylor's Guestbook.

That is wonderful. Taylor is using her experience to accomplish so many great things. She is a one of a kind and God is going to work through her to help others just like ... Read more

Julia Helland posted a new journal entry, "Another wonderful experience!".

We decided a long time ago that we would try as hard as we could to make some good lemonade out of this whole nightmare.  Well, today was some sweet, sweet lemonade!Tay ... Read more

Julia Helland added a new photo.

Monica Lynn signed Taylor's Guestbook.

What an incredible young lady! She can work the room like no one else! I'm sure, after she finishes speaking today, those coaches will get a glimpse and admire her ... Read more

Julia Helland posted a new journal entry, "Great night tonight with NCAA coaches".

So this organization is called Coaches against Cancer, and it's a ton of NCAA coaches.We were invited to a social event tonight at the famous Adolphus Hotel in downtown ... Read more

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