Exclusive: ‘It was a total shock’: Mom who lost daughter to ‘a tornado’ says she’s ‘so grateful’
Posted On July 2, 2021
PICTURES: Exclusive: Mom who loses daughter to a ‘tornado’ says it was a ‘total shock’ to discover she had breast cancer.
Lauren Taylor, 30, told The Washington Post she had a benign breast cancer diagnosis and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALLL, in December of last year.
Her daughter, who was 5 when she died, was diagnosed in January with ALLL and died on April 18, according to the National Cancer Institute.
“I was devastated,” Taylor said.
“The thought of it, I mean, it was such a shock.”
But she said her grief has eased since her daughter’s death.
“Since then, I’ve been able to take a step back and I’ve taken a step forward, which has been to make sure that my daughter’s funeral and my daughter and my other family members get the care that they deserve and are receiving,” she said.
In addition to her job, Taylor’s daughter’s body will be cremated and her ashes will be sent to Taylor’s son, Jason Taylor, who died last year from complications of leukemia.
The funeral service will be held in her honor on May 25 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Alexandria.
In the years since Taylor’s diagnosis, she has continued to pursue her dream of opening a nursery and nursery school, with the goal of providing a better quality of life for the girls and boys of the Alexandria area.
“Every little step I’ve made in the last year, and I mean every little step, I can take back and say thank you to God for giving me the courage to come forward and to share what I know,” she told The Post.
“And to be a role model for my children.
To make sure I’m giving my children a good education, to give them a good life.”