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Kathy Taylor, a Utah woman and mother of five who had been battling the most devastating form of skin cancer since August, died on the New Year’s Day. In august, when she was diagnosed with cancer she was pregnant with her sixth child and refused chemo for about one month to save her baby’s life. The baby was born in September but died a couple of weeks later.
Her grieving husband, Nathan Taylor, announced her death on the family blog, Kathy’s Miracle. On the blog, Kathy had recorded her 4-month experience of fighting cancer, while struggling to cheer her family up.
Singer Sarah McLachlan was so impressed by the Utah woman’s story that she helped raising funds to pay the medical bills. Mrs. McLachlan called Kathy “a story of strength and courage.”
Kathy was diagnosed with terminal melanoma cancer, more than 4 months ago when she was 26 weeks pregnant, with her youngest son, Luke. Kathy refused cancer therapy to prevent harming the baby. On September 11, Luke was born prematurely. He weighted 1 pound, 15 ounces and he was able to survive only two weeks after the birth. Luke died of an infection too hard to be handled by his already weak immune system.
Kathy was able to live long enough to celebrate her 34-year anniversary, one of her sons’ birthday and Christmas Day. Her husband said that she had prayed that she would make it past Christmas so she wouldn’t sadden her kids and God let it happen.
On the day she died, her husband had a headache all day and he spent most of the day sleeping, while his parents were helping with the children. Around 4 p.m. his mother called him from the bathroom where Kathy was. She seemed distressed.
Mr. Taylor got out of bed into the bathroom where Kathy seemed to lie senseless, while her mother-in-law was holding her up. However, she showed no vital signs.
“As I realized she had gone I gathered her in my arms and embraced her. I could not believe it. I was so sad that I had been asleep and not been with her when she passed. I was so sad it was already goodbye. I realized there was nothing I could do,”
Mr. Taylor wrote on the New Year’s Day blogpost.
He also fainted and lied unconscious on the floor for about two minutes as his mother reported. When he regained consciousness, he heard his mother yelling for his father to come and help.
He was then able to get Kathy in the bedroom, spend ten minutes with her and bring the kids in. Seeing their dead mother lying on the bed was a traumatic experience for them, Mr. Taylor later reported.
Kathy’s husband last thoughts written on the blog on that fateful day were:
“I love you Kathy. I hope you know that. Woman of unwavering faith.”
God rest her soul.
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