Taylor's Story

on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance, team jogo

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Taylor, age 14, is one of our Jogo Performance Athletes
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Taylor w/ her mom, Debbie, at Children's in 2011

On August 3, 2010, the day after her twelfth birthday, Taylor woke up with a tummy ache. Within a few hours, she complained of an ear ache, became very lethargic, and developed a low-grade fever that persisted for days.

Nine days and several doctor visits later, a blood test revealed Taylor had Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a relatively rare and aggressive form of blood cancer that typically affects older males. Our doctor referred us immediately to Seattle Children's Hospital. By the time Taylor was admitted, the rapidly growing myeloid line of blood cells were populating so quickly that 87% of her bone marrow was compromised of leukemia cells.

Taylor spent the majority of the next eight months as an inpatient on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance floor at Children's receiving a series of, incredibly, intense chemotherapies and 67 blood transfusions (thank you, blood donors!) all of which saved her life. The cancer, combined with chemotherapy treatments threatened Taylor's life twice. However, she fought the fight, and today is an amazing and beautiful success story, and a tribute to the tremendous staff at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Today, Taylor has been in remission for a year and a half. She is a vibrant teen and wise beyond her years. It goes without saying that we will forever be grateful that this phenomenal life-saving resource, Seattle Children's Hospital, exists so close to home.

Eventually, Taylor’s doctors recommended she resume safe, regular exercise as part of her recovery in life after cancer and we are grateful to have discovered the experienced and careful coaching available at Jogo to help her in this means. Thanks to terrific training by Jogo’s staff, Taylor has quickly begun to resemble her once competitive, gymnast-physic and feels stronger & more confident than ever as evidenced in the above photo taken directly after a fun & challenging class at Jogo!

-Debbie "Taylor's Mom"