Pat Taylor is a producer, writer, director, performer and educator whose credits include documentary films, television specials, plays, musicals, short stories, music videos and major tourist attractions. She is also a mother and parent advocate for young adult cancer patients, and the founder of Chasing Rainbows Young Adult Cancer Advocacy, an initiative dedicated to discovering and distributing multi-media support materials for young adults with cancer, and facilitating young adult voices in the cancer community. Pat has produced two documentary films, Sara’s Story and Chasing Rainbows: Young Adults Living With Cancer (both of which feature young adults ages 19 to 29 “living life while fighting for it!”), and has researched and helped to promote many other film resources produced by and for young adults with cancer.
“It was the first time in 14 years that I had shifted my focus from my daughter Sara’s story to my own. I realized that I was now ready to explore the role of mother and caregiver. Obviously, I was thrilled when Karen Irwin at CKN approached me about writing more from the Caregiver’s perspective…and even more so, when she asked me to become the CKN Caregiver Section Editor. When my daughter, Sara, was diagnosed with cancer at age 23, I didn’t have a clue how to be a caregiver for a loved one who was diagnosed with cancer. Confusion and uncertainty became part of our daily lives as we traveled blindly along on this cancer journey together. There are no set rules or road maps; each cancer “road trip” is as unique as the individuals involved. Whether you are a family member, friend or health care provider, it is often difficult to know which way to turn, what to say or how or when to say it…when to offer help and when to step back. As the Section Editor for Caregivers on the CKN website, it is my intent that we share our individual stories, confusions, insights and hindsights so we might help one another not only navigate the complexities of a “road trip” of this nature, but also celebrate with one another the precious moments filled with love and joy that give us the strength to travel along with our loved ones on the journey from beginning to end.”
Read Pat’s article To Live, Die or Advocate: A Mother’s Choice