A Message from Taylor:
So this is a story all about how,
My life got flipped-turned upside-down.
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,
I’ll tell you how this fight for me became one to share…
Approximately 70% of all patients in need of bone marrow transplants must find a matching donor outside of their family. I was a very rare & fortunate case that did not require a donor. In fact, I was the first child donor at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville to use my own marrow. The transplant was a success & I was considered in remission, for the second & final time, in 2003.
…Even in remission, the end wasn’t near,
Doc said “you’ll be 21 before you’re really in the “lear.”
If anything I could say that this fight was rare,
And I thought ‘Never forget it’ – ‘This will be one to share,’
At my last PET scan that determined my fate,
I yelled out loud ‘Yo cancer, smell ya later,’
I looked back at my journey,
I was finally there,
Cancer-free & WithLove, a mission to share!
Now officially 12 years in remission, I had someone ask me this: “Does the celebration for today lose it’s sparkle as the years grow?” Honestly, I think to others it does but, for me, it’s another year I’ve grown, had the ability to share my story and value the importance of my survival. So today isn’t just another day; it’s not just another anniversary or reason to bring out the toasting glasses…Today symbolizes my strength, the incredible support system and foundation that carried me across the finish line, and my passion to bring awareness to those fighting this exact battle I’ve been blessed to use as my mission in life. I’m not celebrating the importance of today alone but with those that love me for who I am, where I’ve come from and support what I’m doing.
As a survivor, I have created my own charity that gives back to local children fighting cancer and the facilities they are treated in. WithLove Charity, Inc provides special events & conducts toy drives for the patients & their families. I survived cancer for a reason. I’m here to remind each child that they are fighters and, most importantly, they are children. They deserve to enjoy their childhood and I hope I can ignite not only a smile but courage, with each toy I pass out or event I attend with them.
I believe I am Cancer Positive. I’ve used my journey to help others, bring awareness to childhood cancer & hopefully inspire people along the way.
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