Honored Kid

Taylor Talamantez

Age 21
Taylor Talamantez Kid Photo


Pleasanton , TX, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

August 2012


No evidence of disease

Treated At

Methodist Children's Hospital of South Texas

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My Story

Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure.---Taylors journey began on the second day of 6th grade. Before this the only issue she has was some walking issues and she seemed to fall down a few times before. But we we all blamed it on her broken toe she had. On that day of school the nurse called saying Taylor didn't look to good and was running sideways and when the coach was talking to her she wasn't giving eye contact. Took her to one hospital and I wasn't satisfied with that answer. Made her a apt. With her pediatrician the next day. Right when she walked in he knew it wasn't good. After a few simple test he sent her to get a MRI. Next thing we know she is getting scanned. After scan she tells me mom please fix me. As we were leaving the tech gives me a cd and he says don't leave this area and you will need this disk. The look on his eyes said it all. We ate and waited for peditraician to call us with results. I couldn't wait so I begged husband to drive to dr office. I get down by myself and find the dr. Again his face said it wasn't good. He takes me to from sits me down and says he wanted to get everything in order for us and was waiting on a call from neuro dr. He goes on to say they found a mass in her Brain. All I remember is screaming and crying and running out of office. I get my husband and tell him what I think I heard. We all walk in and he talks about what it could be and what he hopes it to be. We go home and tell family. Next morning we meet neuro dr she how's us scans and we are shocked it's about the size of a golf ball on her cerebellum. She gives us the option to go home on steroids and come back next day for surgery or straight to hospital for steroids and stay there till surgery and recovery is done. We choose to stay. She has surgery the next morning. Dr calls us into a little room and tells us she is sure she got it all but... it is cancerous and the name of her tumor is medulablastoma. So radiation for 6weeks and chemo for a year. Taylor is now 4 years from diagnosis and 3 years from her last chemo. Her last MRI was 11/16/16 nurse and dr confirmed she is clear. She now moves to yearly MRI's. She is a happy young lady who smiles no matter what. She's now a sophomore and attends school all day. Taylor is our hero.

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