In a Facebook post, Brooke Taylor delivered both great and bad news on the birth of her daughter.
According to ABC News, Taylor said it was a “maternal instinct” during her pregnancy that made her get checked for breast cancer. The doctor felt a lump in her breast that resulted in her diagnosis.
When Taylor noticed the lump during her pregnancy, the doctor advised her to wait and see because it could be pregnancy-related.
During a 38-week OBYGN appointment, she urged the doctor to examine the lump.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Taylor said, “I actually took off my shirt and said, I’m not leaving until you feel this. I will never forget the look on her face when she felt the lump. I saw the color drain from her face and she looked at me.”
She then had an ultrasound and biopsy performed. The surgeon called her on July 22 to tell her she had breast cancer. The couple was diverted to the hospital so Taylor could undergo an emergency C-section and then undergo cancer treatment.
Her daughter Elsie James Taylor was born at 2:04 p.m. on July 22.
Taylor was diagnosed with Stage 3 invasive ductal breast cancer. Doctors found two tumors in her right breast and one tumor in her left breast. After two weeks of having her daughter, she began the first of her 16 rounds of chemotherapy.
She shared that the chemotherapy, expected to last 20 weeks, will be followed by a double mastectomy, six weeks of radiation, breast reconstruction surgery, and another follow-up surgery.
"Now that we’re in month three, I feel like the shock has finally worn off and I’m able to connect with Elsie on the more maternal level," Taylor said. "I’m better able to balance the cancer treatment with motherhood," she added.
She has shared her cancer journey on Instagram with pictures showing how she is doing.
Since she was diagnosed on her daughter’s birthday, she is “marking her post-cancer milestones by her daughter’s growing up milestones.”