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Pat Taylor
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Pat Taylor is a producer, writer, director, and educator whose credits include documentary films, television specials, plays, musicals, short stories, music videos and major tourists attractions. She is also a mother and parent advocate for young adult cancer patients and caregivers.

She is currently the Editor of the Caregiver Section at Cancer Knowledge Network, and the founder of Chasing Rainbows Young Adult Cancer Advocacy, an initiative dedicated to discovering and distributing multi-media support materials to young adults with cancer, and facilitating young adult voices in the cancer community. Pat has produced two documentaries, Sara's Story and Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living With Cancer (both of which provide a dynamic and intimate portrayal of young adults with cancer, ages 19 to 29, "living life while fighting for it!") and has researched and helped to promote many other films, books and website support resources by and for young adults with cancer.

For more information, visit the Chasing Rainbows website here.

Entries by Pat Taylor

Valentine's Day Warrior

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:47 AM

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Sara Ann Taylor Gibson arrived on Earth on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1974 at 7:01 p.m. During the first 12 years of her life she ran freely through pine and fir forests, flew bareback across open fields on her ginger-colored pony Gypsy and,...

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October Harvest: Digging Up More Than Vegetables

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:05 PM

It is harvest time here at our ranch in the Precipice Valley. The aspens have transformed from summer green to a brilliant gold, their leaves happily clapping in a chilly autumn wind, celebrating the bounty of our garden that we have laboriously packed away into the cool, darkness of the...

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Looking Back on OMG 2014: Parent Caregivers Getting It Right... or Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:22 PM

As parents of young adults living with cancer, we strive to "get it right." To say the right thing, do the right thing... but sometimes we just mess up.

When Mike Lang, a young adult cancer survivor and producer of the web series "Valleys," asked me to contribute...

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When the Parent/Child Game Plan Changes: Learning How to Let Go

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:55 AM

While attending the OMG2014 Cancer Summit for Young Adults in Las Vegas last month, I sat in on a session full of parents talking about the challenges they were facing as caregivers to their young adult children. One recurring theme emerged that struck a chord of memory deep...

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Redefining Hope: The Love Story of Peter and Debs

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:50 PM

A question for caregivers: As we watch our loved ones navigate through the complexities of the cancer experience -- from diagnosis, through treatment, remission, recurrence, and perhaps, end of life -- does the meaning of HOPE change?

Since I first met an incredibly witty and charming young...

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Obituaries and Valentines

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Obituaries and valentines: two words that one rarely sees side by side on the greeting card rack at the drugstore or on the list of options provided by online e-card companies.

Yet, for me, it is impossible not to tag these two words together.

One: because my feisty, dynamic, intelligent...

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The Caregiver's Plea for Help

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 3:47 PM

I had just arrived home from six days at the OMG2013 Cancer Summit for Young Adults in Las Vegas when I received a frantic call from my daughter Jenny.

"Mom, Luka needs to go to the ER for stitches, can you come to stay with the boys?"

Some...

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Just Keep Breathing: Coping With the Loss of a Young Adult Child to Cancer

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 1:39 PM

As an advocate for adolescent and young adult cancer awareness, I have a lot of friends and colleagues who post daily comments on Facebook about what it is like to live with cancer and how its short- and long-term effects impact their lives Rarely a day passes without someone sharing...

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Reclaiming Christmas: A Mother's Story

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 8:51 AM

The holidays can be a difficult time for those of us who have lost a loved one to cancer. If the loss is recent, it can permeate every pore of your being, every traditional event of the season. You notice they are not there to decorate the tree, frost the...

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To Live, Die or Advocate: A Mother's Choice

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 4:09 PM

What is a mother to do when she first hears that her healthy, funny, bright, charismatic daughter has been diagnosed with cancer at age 23? Stand by her side, of course. That's a no-brainer. However, what is a mother to do when that same daughter dies at age 26? What...

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