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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.
We are in the room next to our new friends who we mentioned a couple weeks ago. Kamryn is a beautiful 14 year old cheerleader from Aledo, TX, who was just diagnosed with leukemia.
They are still in a bit of that initial shock from learning the diagnosis, and she is dealing with nausea, super-low blood counts, the hair thing, and all that terrible nonsense. Lord only knows what all they've been pumping into her poor little body! Blood, plasma, platelets, poison, chemicals, hallucinogenic drugs, whatever...
Kamryn also has to stay in the hospital. None of this easy living like Tay, where you get to go home for a couple weeks at at time. ;-)
Looks like they're going to spend Christmas in Cook Children's, which just breaks our hearts...
That all being said, we are blown away by how well they all seem to be handling this!! Kamryn always has a ton of visitors, she's eating really well, and we see her all the time walking up and down the halls, looking gorgeous, smiling, visiting with us, and all around being amazingly strong. She appears to be strong as an ox, positive, happy, and ready to get past this temporary setback. Incredible!
I'm sure her dad says the same thing I do: 'If Only I Were As Strong As Her!!'
She is going to be a TCU Cheerleader in a couple years, so GO KAMRYN and GO FROGS!! We look forward to seeing her cheering at the games!
Please keep this amazing young lady and her terrific family in your positive thoughts and prayers as she beats cancer every single day. Her positive attitude and winning smile are truly an inspiration!
Next, one of Taylor's favorite people in the entire world, nurse Mary.
When we come in to the hospital we almost always start at the clinic, and that almost always starts with a blood test. Mary is the best in the world at this, which is nice, but the best thing about Mary is she is just a wonderful JOY to be around! She loves Taylor SO, SO much, and we all just love her with all our hearts.
She has a big picture of Tay right on her desk, and the look of happiness on her face when she sees Taylor is unforgettable. She, and the other clinic nurses came over to the oncology floor to see Taylor when she recurred this past summer. Wonderful of them to do that!
Mary is having some health issues of her own, and she's currently being treated at Harris hospital right next door to Cook Children's. Please, please say a very special prayer for this wonderful lady. She is a treasure, and we can't wait until she's back in her little office, smiling so wonderfully at Taylor!
Thank you so much for everything you all do for us. Your visits, your hugs, your positive thoughts, your wonderful prayers, and your amazing love for our daughter is touching beyond words. We will never, ever be able to tell you how much it means to us.
Very special thanks, also, for keeping these two wonderful ladies in you prayers as well!!