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Patient Spotlight: Michelle Taylor

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Q: Why did you choose the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB to partner with you in this journey?

A: I was referred by Samuel Marcrom, M.D., after being told in Tennessee where I live that there was nothing that could be done for me and my diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma. 

Q: What has been the most challenging part of your experience?

A: The original cancer diagnosis itself was the worst part. Now, each time I have scans, the waiting in the oncologist’s office for Vanessa Eulo, M.D., to come in and give me the news is equally very hard.

Q: What is the biggest win you’re excited to share?

A: Dr. Eulo has worked very hard since day one to try to find the right chemo treatment regimen for my cancer. After nine months of IV chemo then radiation, she is now trying me on oral chemo, which is so much easier. 

Q: What is a fun fact that not many people know about you?

A: I am a ventriloquist. 

Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: Playing with my five-year-old grandson

Q: What is the next place on your travel bucket list?

A: The Grand Canyon

Q: Favorite TV show?

A: “Survivor”

Q: Favorite quote to live by?

A: “With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Q: What advice would you give to those just beginning their cancer journey?

A: Find an oncologist whom you trust with all of your life – the one who truly cares. 

Q: Is there anyone from the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB you’d like to recognize?

A: My radiologist, Dr. Marcrom, and my oncologist, Dr. Eulo. Dr. Marcrom is from my hometown, and after I was told here in Tennessee that there was nothing that could be done for me, Dr. Marcrom got me to UAB and to Dr. Eulo. Dr. Eulo has been very compassionate and professional and tried hard from day one to find the right chemo treatment regimen for my leiomyosarcoma. She takes the time to listen to me and truly cares about me. The same with Dr. Marcrom, who is only a phone call away. 

Q: Outside of the medicine, appointments, and treatments, was there anything in particular that helped you through the emotional and mental challenges that cancer brought to your life?

A: God, my wonderful husband, my daughter, and my “second parents” – the Marcroms – have been my strong support system. Without all of them, I would not be able to handle cancer.

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