Cancer Cannot Shatter Hope

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Raised by 81 people in 30 months
Renee Lee Taylor  TAUNTON, MA
Last month was the single hardest month of my entire life. At a time that should have been overwhelmingly happy for me as I embarked on my new journey at my dream school, Emerson College; my family and I found out that my mother has Stage IV Non-Small Lung Cancer that has metastasize to her brain.

But let’s be clear on this, what I am about to tell you isn't all about me; it’s much more about the beautiful person whom is my mother, and my father who has now become her full time care taker. The news came sudden, and as a surprise to all of us.

For years my mother had been silently suffering. She struggled in pain. She had known that something was wrong with her, but couldn't determine what. Doctors didn't properly diagnose her, and we have no idea how long the cancer has existed. Cancer is very evil, as it can mask itself to be several different kinds of problems. Without proper diagnosis, it only gets worse. On a hot summer day in August my mother suffered a seizure, and had a minor stroke.

It was then that my family and I received the worst news of our lives, and we learned that all her pain was in fact caused by cancer. But not just any cancer, Stage 4 Lung Cancer that has spread to the brain. Can you imagine the terror of hearing those words? The news of course had devastated us to say the least, and it completely has changed the course of our lives ever since.

My mom had stayed a week in the care of Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital, and we are confident she is receiving the best care possible. The doctors all love her there because despite her terrible diagnosis she still smiles, and cracks jokes. They can't believe how strong of a woman she really is! It truly inspires me!

Since then she's under gone ten very intense full brain radiation therapy sessions. During this time my family and I had to make the hour long commute to Boston for over two weeks. The next step in this process is Chemotherapy, and to work on making the size of the tumor on her lung as small as possible.

Of course there are several fears that are involved; but again we are confident that my mother is receiving the best care possible at Brigham & Women's Hospital. But feeling confident does come with a significant price. The gas, hotel stays, parking fees, food, medical fees, and general cost of my parents living has now sky rocketed, with little to no income coming in to support it. My parents have both worked hard their whole life, and are now retired. Now instead of enjoying their retirement the way they should, they now have to face their biggest battle of their entire lives.

My parents have always been extremely giving people. They are the first to help out a friend who needs a ride, lend a hand around the house, or just someone in general to talk to. They have done things for others without hesitation, and without ever expecting anything back. I know this personally because they have done the same for me my entire life.

Now I would like the chance to give back to them, and help them out in any way I possibly can. This is why I am asking from the bottom of my heart to please help my family out. Cancer is a hard enough battle without having to worry about money on top of that! Cancer not only rips apart your insides, it tears you down emotionally as well. You truly never realize how horrible of a disease this is until it touches you or someone you love.

I want to give my parents something to smile about, even if it’s just for one moment. I'd like to give them some of their money back, and some of the money that they will soon need while my mother under goes chemo. We have no idea how much more will be needed, as there's little relief in sight financially speaking.

I believe that my mother can beat the statistics. She is strong, positive, and much better than anything this disease throws at her. She has a young beautiful spirit that still tries to make everyone smile around her in spite of her own battle that she must face. Please help if you can. It doesn't matter the amount. It is truly hard to put a limit on the amount needed, as currently there is no way of knowing how much more is needed. If you cannot help, than please share this status; as it may reach someone that can. Say a prayer, it would mean a lot to my family and I.

Thank-you for considering. I wish you all love, happiness, and most of all health within your lives.
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Update 25
Posted by Renee Lee Taylor
24 months ago
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This is by far the hardest post I am ever going to make. Early this morning, my mother, my best friend, passed away. For the past almost 9 months, my mother fought a COURAGEOUS battle against stage 4 lung cancer. She fought up until the end, and she never gave up no matter what her body was going through! I have never met a stronger person, or a person with more of a will to live than this. Throughout the chemo, radiation, and all the doctors mistakes, she still fought. She still smiled throughout her treatments, and put on a brave face for me. Just three days ago SHE had wiped my tears, smiled at me, and told me that she loved me clear as day. She could barely talk anymore, but yet she was the one wiping away my tears. I will treasure, and never forget that moment. My mother and I had our ups and downs throughout the years, like any family does. But this past year I can honestly tell you made me realize just how fragile life is, and how easily it can all be taken away from you. My mother didn't deserve to die so young, and didn't deserve the cards that cancer gave her. She took care of her family, her mother for several years, and truly loved her pets. She made every holiday extra special for everyone around her. She looked out for everyone she loved whether they deserved it or not. She was always willing to listen, and I will forever miss some of our jokes. How I am describing her will NEVER be good enough to explain the type of kind hearted person she was, and it will never be able to explain how much I will miss her. My mother's final wishes were to not be fussed over. She didn't want a big funeral. There will be a service on Thursday night from 5-7 pm at :
Riendeau-Mulvey Funeral Home
467 Bay Street
Taunton, MA USA 02780

Her obituary which is still being updated can be found here: http://www.r-mfh.com/obituaries.html

Donations can be made in her honor to help cover burial costs. The burial will be a private family matter. My father and I ask that you can respect that this is an extremely emotional and difficult time for the both of us, and we may be difficult to reach the next few days.
I love you mom
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Update 24
Posted by Renee Lee Taylor
24 months ago
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For those who are interested, here is a small update. This past week has been extremely difficult for my parents. My mother has been weaning off some medicine, and has been experiencing bad withdrawal symptoms. It has been so difficult that she is now back at Brigham and Women's Hospital. We do not know how long she will be staying. Prior to this, we were looking into rehabilitation services to help build her strength up to hopefully start chemo again. That is off the table until she can regain her strength. The wait for chemo obviously scares us all. Without getting into details, her struggle has been heartbreaking. Things have been worse than they ever have been, but she is still fighting! My mother has the strongest will to live that I've ever seen! Thank-you to those who have donated both recently and previously. Your support has helped throughout this process by putting a smile on her face, and combats the costs associated with this horrible disease. All help is greatly appreciated! I apologize if I do not respond to some of your emails right away, or if I am MIA. This has been a challenging time, and I hope people can understand and respect that. I would ask you to please continue to pray for my family. I would sincerely appreciate it!
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Update 23
Posted by Renee Lee Taylor
25 months ago
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Hello, Instead of responding individually to people's questions regarding my mother, I am just going to continue to update this when I get the strength to. This updates everyone who has shown that they have cared in one shot. Yesterday my family and I received some devastating news. Six months ago when my mother was first diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had spread to the brain, I had never imagined things getting any worse than this. After a hiatus from chemo per doctor's order, the cancer has now spread to her liver and her kidneys. Prior to this the doctors had reassured us that taking a small break from chemo was normal, as they try to figured out what is causing the dizziness. I am sadly reporting that not only do they still not know what is causing the dizziness, but now this time away from chemo has made everything worst. My father and I are beside ourselves. We do NOT to want to give up, but the doctors are completing not restarting chemo, saying she is too weak for it. Today my parents are back in Boston trying for a solution to her dizziness so that she will hopefully get the strength to get back on chemo. She does NOT want to give up. Its been emotional. I am still not ready for ANY of this, and just want my mother to get better. Please pray for my mother and father if you believe in anything! I'm sorry if I don't respond to some of you right away, this has been a challenging time. It's a lot to take in. Thank-you again to those of who have shown support.
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Update 22
Posted by Renee Lee Taylor
25 months ago
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I just wanted to give a small update. Thanks to some very kind and selfless people, we are now at $3555 out of 10k in my goal of bringing financial relief to my parents during this difficult time. Some of you have even gone as far as making a 2nd donation; which literally floors me every time. You have no idea how much that means to my family, especially now! Things have been harder than ever for my parents, as my mother's fainting continues to get worse. Next week my parents will be traveling to Boston two times. My mother will be having a session of brain radiation for one of her brain tumors, a meeting with the Chemo doctor for her lungs ( to hopefully start that up again ), as well as a cardiogram to check on my mother's heart, and make sure that has nothing to do with her dizziness while standing. It's a whole lot to take in. We are continuing to pray for more answers, and hope that things will improve soon. My mother has been understandably emotional lately, but she is doing everything she can to fight this disease. It's hard to believe that its already been 6 months since diagnosis. Thank-you again from the bottom of my heart to all those who have donated, and prayed for my family. It is thoroughly appreciated!
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Brian Duczkowski
29 months ago

Please everyone who lives here in Taunton, let's help this family out, if you can give please do! This is your neighbor, your friend! If you can't give then share this post, every penny helps! I know!!

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$4,200 of $10k goal

Raised by 81 people in 30 months
Created September 15, 2014
Renee Lee Taylor  
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Debbie Whyte
24 months ago

So sorry we missed the services. Heartfelt sympathies to the entire Taylor family. Wayne, Debbie & Jason

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Caitlin O'Donnell
24 months ago

I'm so sorry I can't make it to the wake. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this sad time. I can't imagine you're pain. Just know I'm here if need anything. XO

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Debra Dickey
24 months ago

Thinking of you.

MC
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Melanie Chapaval
24 months ago

I'm SO sorry for your loss!! Be strong!

JP
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Janelle Palleschi
24 months ago

I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find strength in all of the wonderful memories that you shared with your mother.

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24 months ago
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24 months ago(Offline Donation)
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24 months ago
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25 months ago(Offline Donation)
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25 months ago
Brian Duczkowski
29 months ago

Please everyone who lives here in Taunton, let's help this family out, if you can give please do! This is your neighbor, your friend! If you can't give then share this post, every penny helps! I know!!

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