First came Taylor’s urinary tract infections. Then a strange lump was found on her belly.
The situation worsened when the 2-year-old from Waterdown began to feel extremely ill. This culminated in a visit to McMaster Children’s Hospital on New Year’s Day in 2012.
“We were shocked when a CT scan led to a diagnosis of Stage III cancer,” recalls Taylor’s mother, Rhonda. “She had a tumour growing on her right kidney. We were terrified of losing our daughter.”
Taylor underwent surgery within the week to have her right kidney removed. After a week of recovery, she underwent five sessions of radiation therapy at Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.
“The treatment made her really tired all the time, but she stayed strong,” says Rhonda. “We were so proud of her. She’s such a brave and amazing kid.”
Twenty-eight weeks of chemo
In addition to radiation, Taylor underwent 28 weeks of chemotherapy at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Upon completion of chemo, Taylor and her family received the best news they could have hoped for.
“We appreciate every day we have with Taylor.”
“We were told that her cancer was in remission. It was a major relief and it felt like a weight was lifted from our shoulders.”
Appreciating every day
Although she is no longer in active treatment, Taylor continues to visit McMaster Children’s Hospital once a year for follow-up care. The family has since moved to Callander, which is a four-hour drive away, but they still look forward to making the trip and visiting with the caregivers who made such a difference in their lives.
“We appreciate every day we have with Taylor and we don’t take anything for granted,” says Rhonda. “She’s now a healthy 9-year-old thanks to the care she received. Thank you to the amazing team at McMaster Children’s Hospital.”