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November 5, 2013

Woman diagnosed with rare cancer while pregnant

Saturday fundraiser to help with medical expenses

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Taylor said the first few days were horrible because doctors couldn’t tell her and her fiancé, Jon, much about Cynia’s prognosis. There just wasn’t enough research to predict how she would react to the disease.

“Essentially, for baby Cynia, myself and Jon, we are writing the lines of our story one page at a time,” she said. “We are hopeful, however, that in the future, doctors and other pregnant women may be able to learn from the information gathered from our experiences.”

Since the diagnosis, Taylor has had three types of chemotherapy treatment in addition to other treatments necessary to keep her stable and prepare for the breakdowns her body will inevitably suffer.

So far, Taylor said, doctors are cautiously optimistic about Cynia’s progress, but they know she has the potential to come early and be small. Her official due date prior to the diagnosis was Jan. 18.

“We are hopeful that the womb is protecting her from the brunt of harsh chemicals going into my body,” Taylor said. “So far, our prayers are being answered, at least to some extent, because we saw last week that while Mommy is completely bald, Cynia has a full head of hair!”

Taylor said it could have been easy to get depressed about the leukemia diagnosis, but with baby Cynia on the way, she said she’s staying strong.

“She is by far one of my biggest motivators, as are my family, friends and other supporters,” she said. “When I got diagnosed with APL, I decided right away that I was not going to let it get me down. I would be lying if I said I don’t have bad days. But I think I do well managing those days between illness and pregnancy hormones!”

Taylor said her fiancé, Jon, a 38-year-old deputy in the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, has also been a huge source of support.

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