Senior profile: Taylor Welch

Hysterically crying in her mom’s arms, Taylor Welch sat in a hospital bed after finding out that her doctors discovered a brain tumor. However,in a matter of three days, 70 percent of Taylor’s brain tumor had been removed.

“In eighth grade I started having really bad migraines,” Taylor said. “[The doctors] did an MRI and found out I had a brain tumor. I was scared and they didn’t know anything about [the tumor] until after surgery but eventually found out it wasn’t cancerous.”

Since the doctors were not able to remove the entire tumor, they recommended chemotherapy to possibly shrink it. However, Taylor’s experience with chemo was unsuccessful.

“I did chemo for eight months,” Taylor said. “I didn’t lose any hair but I did get very weak. I was so weak that I wasn’t able to complete chemo for the year that they had planned.”

Throughout her journey, Taylor confided in Lisa Autry, science teacher. Autry said she did not have to worry about Taylor getting her work done because she was always an organized and hard working student. They were more friends rather than teacher and student.

“We would talk about what was going on and she felt comfortable explaining her situation to me,” Autry said. “She didn’t feel like she had to hide it. Overall, she worked her butt off and never gave up when life got hard.”

Along with support from the administration and friends, Taylor was able to rely on her family as well. Hannah Welch, sophomore, supported her sister throughout the process, and she said she noticed little change in her sister.

“When Taylor was going through chemo, she got noticeably weaker but her personality didn’t change much,” Hannah said. “She was strong and a fighter throughout her experience.”

Since the surgery, Taylor no longer feels pain like she did during the stages leading up to the removal of the tumor. She is completely blind in her right eye due to her tumor.

Despite the seriousness of the situation, according to Hannah and Autry, Taylor never showed that she was discouraged, even with her hardships. She always rarely fell behind.

Today, she still has 30% of her original tumor. According to Taylor, her tumor is slowly growing and she will likely have to undergo surgery in the future.

“She is so strong for making it through [that rough time] in her life,” Autry said. “Taylor is truly an inspiration.”