Jearlean Taylor was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is a published author, NAACP hometown hero nominee, Speaker, Model Coach and Ostomy advocate.
“At the age of 2 1/2 years old, I developed a rare form of vaginal cancer (Rhabdomysarcoma). As a result of cancer, I have permanent colostomy and urostomy, which aids my bladder and bowel functions, which cause me to wear ostomy bags for rest of my life.”
“My heart’s desire has always been to make a difference in people lives, but there was something internally that was unstable in my life. My mind, body, and soul longed for answers. My outer beauty was evident of a blessed person, but I was suffering on the inside with low self-esteem, pity, and unhappiness. Could my beauty cover up my hurt? I would say my problem was cancer, but my disease was what I called “Pretty Girl Blues”. Was this a label I put on myself or allowed other to give me? Through my journey and my faith, I discovered who I could be in spite of my medical circumstances. My insecurities did not change overnight, but I learned to be a survivor.”
Motivation to fight cancer
“I later discovered my biggest motivation to fight cancer was to show others we do not have to be defined by our circumstances. I was very young when I had cancer, but the fighter in me never changed. I was determined to show people what a miracle look like. We all have a purpose and a journey to follow. We must find it to help motivate and inspire others. “
“My biggest hindrance was loving me just as I was including my “bags”. No one could imagine my difficulties, low self-esteem, disappointments, insecurities, too many surgeries, and my problem with loving me.”
Message to other fighters
“I continue to help cancer and ostomy patients, those suffering with low-self-esteem by encouraging, empowering, and inspiring. I believe “LIFE” goes on even in the midst of unforeseen circumstances. My message to cancer patients is to keep pressing, moving forward, and realize you can help someone else. Live your life on purpose with a purpose for a purpose.”