After 2 Cancer Fights and Heart Attack, Newfolden Man Recovering(WDAZ-TV) - Generally, parents only plan on teaching their children how to walk and talk one time. But after two bouts with cancer and a heart attack one 20-year-old from Newfolden has to do it all over.
By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ
(WDAZ-TV) - Generally, parents only plan on teaching their children how to walk and talk one time.
But after two bouts with cancer and a heart attack one 20-year-old from Newfolden has to do it all over.
"You don't realize how fast your world can come to a halt," Taylor Moen's girlfriend Kailin Fetsch said Wednesday.
At age 13, Taylor thought his battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome was over. But in 2009, he went through chemotherapy, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant a second time.
"Taylor's a fighter. He's told me, 'I don't want to die.' And I said 'I know you don't. You're strong. You're a fighter and you're going to get through this,'" Taylor's mom Shelly Guzek said.
Shelly would know, she's a survivor of breast cancer.
"He would look at me and he'd say 'mom, you got sick, I remember you getting sick and losing your hair.' And he would look at me and I'm like 'Taylor, you've gone through so much more than I have and you're so strong and you have so much faith. You're my hero,'" Guzek said.
The struggle didn't stop with cancer. Just last month, Taylor suffered a massive heart attack that sent him into a coma for a week.
"I asked if he wasn't in the clinic, would he have lived and they said probably not. They said they were lucky to get him back. They said when you're 20 and you have a massive heart attack, you don't get them back," Kailin said.
It took doctors 14 minutes to revive Taylor. Now he's re-learning how to walk, talk, even breathe properly. His girlfriend Kailin has stuck by his side for the last five years of treatment.
"You know I'm not going to walk out of your lives, I'm always going to be there helping you take care of him," Kailin said.
Shelly created a benefit for Taylor, raising money for other children with cancer. Taylor will transfer to Sanford in Fargo from Minneapolis on Monday, and in two weeks he's set to return home to Newfolden.
But the family realizes the fight isn't over.
"It's always in the back of my mind. But you know, we cross one bridge at a time and we live life for the moment, because that's what Taylor taught me to do," Kailin said.
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There is also an account set up for Taylor at Soo Select Credit Union on Vonrooy Drive in Thief River Falls.