Taylor O’Brien

First post: Sep 16, 2022 Latest post: Oct 4, 2023

On September 6th, 2022 our world changed forever. A CT scan showed 4 masses in Taylor’s abdomen, and our previous hopes of scar tissue lingering on her colon being the answer to her stomach problems came into question. We quickly moved to Penn on September 7th and Taylor underwent a few more tests to get to the bottom of the issue. Unfortunately, these tests results came back to us on September 13th and Taylor was diagnosed with stage 3 low grade ovarian cancer. Our nightmare materialized - within 7 days we went from laparoscopic surgery to remove some scar tissue, to an open procedure, potential chemotherapy and treatment, as well as our hopes for children diminishing.

It has been a lot to say the least. It has been hard and emotional as we not only fight the preset but we prepare for the best and worst of the future. It’s not fair, it doesn’t make sense, this can’t be happening, Taylor’s young, Taylor’s healthy etc. has come up in conversation, but Taylor has handled everything like a superhero. She is and has been a warrior, ready to tackle and handle any challenge. It has been inspiring. The amount of strength that Taylor carries could power the country. Despite the hardest time of our life, I have never been prouder to be her husband.

We are working with Dr. Latif at the University of Penn Hospital. He is a world renown surgeon in gynecologic oncology and we couldn’t be with anyone better. Overall, our care at Penn has been phenomenal - from our first ER visit, through testing, results, pushing up appointments, planning and tough conversations they have been elite. Taylor is scheduled for surgery on September 30th at 7:30am and we hope she is out by 1:30pm at the latest. This surgery is no sip of tea - the goal is to remove all cancer possible, which will result in the loss of her gallbladder, re-sectioning of her colon, potential loss of her spleen, and most likely both ovaries and her uterus.

Planning for the absolute best case scenario with a successful surgery our hopes are we can retain an ovary, her uterus and not need treatment. Planning for worst case is loss of those organs and extensive treatment. But regardless of those scenarios, they both result in Taylor moving forward in the fight.

The worst of it is, this is a chronic diagnosis. This is something that Taylor and all of us will fight forever. We will strive to stay in remission as long as possible, but when/if this shows up again - we will fight.

We are going to use this page to provide updates to you all, while also receiving your support for Taylor. On a positive note, I think it’s absolutely incredible that we need an app to keep you posted on her journey because we are receiving so much love and support it’s overwhelming to focus on the texts and calls to keep everyone informed. We have built an army for Taylor and we will continue to do so as we embark on this challenge come Friday. So use this page to keep up to date, to send your messages and love, or to post pictures and memories.

From the bottom of Taylor and my heart, thank you!! Thank you for the support, the food, the company, the thoughts, the prayers, and the willingness to act on anything we may need in the coming months. We couldn’t be more appreciative and grateful for the impact you have had on our lives to date and will continue to imprint on us in the future. We are all Taylor Tough and Team Taylor now. Our fight starts Friday, and we will be ready.