In July 2012, 11-year-old Taylor confronted a startling reality when she was diagnosed with wild-type gastrointestinal stroll tumor (GIST), an exceptionally rare cancer of the digestive system for which there is currently no effective chemotherapy treatment. “Taylor had become very pale and thin, and she had no energy,” says Kelly, Taylor’s mother. Taylor was diagnosed with severe anemia and a potential gastrointestinal bleed. Taylor was then referred to a team of multidisciplinary specialist at the Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health who removed a bleeding, golf-sized tumor from Taylor’s stomach. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of Taylor’s story— more challenges loomed. In December 2014 — less than two years after winning her battle with cancer — Taylor was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. “We initially tried to treat her scoliosis with a back brace,” Kelly says, “but her pain was excruciating, and after several X-rays, we found scoliosis had rapidly progressed and required surgery.” No strangers to hardship, the Harrison’s persevered, seeking surgical treatment and care from Dr. Eric Lincoln, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon with BKOCHNH, who informed them that Taylor needed a spinal fusion to correct her spinal abnormality. Thanks to the surgeon, Taylor’s scoliosis was corrected and she is back to her favorite past time, horseback riding.

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