Taylor’s Hope Foundation was founded in honor of our daughter Taylor, who was diagnosed at the age of 8 with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare disease that is classified as a cancer. For the past 10 years Taylor has been undergoing chemotherapy on and off. Throughout it all she has always focused on the positive and wanting to help others.
When Taylor was diagnosed with Histiocytosis we found out that life can change in an instant. At times it felt as if our world was crumbling around us, but we also realized that along with the bad there can be so much good and that is what we have always chose to focus on.
We started to genuinely appreciate the little things in life, a sunny day, a funny story, a great hockey game, laughing at the silliest things, going to those crazy weekend soccer games, taking the time to listen to people, but mostly we just enjoyed making memories with people we love.
One of the most profound things we remember Taylor saying to us was “If I wasn’t diagnosed with Histiocytosis then I may not have met so many of the people we have met and I can’t imagine not having them in my life. I wouldn’t change that for anything.” ….. In that moment we knew that she would always cherish each day and every moment, even the tough ones.
Through all of the things a cancer diagnosis has shown us, what we will remember most is that even though some days it is tough to find the positive it is always there, we just may have to look a bit harder but once you find it, it is SO worth it. Each day is a fresh start and it is up to us on what we do with it. Every day is a new opportunity for us to be the best version of ourselves. It is up to us to hope more, fear less and smile ALWAYS!
Histiocytosis is a rare, complex disease with many different treatment options. Click the link for more info.