One survivor’s story: The miraculous opportunities in life after cancer
Latoya Taylor discusses life after cancer.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
For Latoya Taylor, there
is life after cancer.
At the age of 29, Latoya
was diagnosed in June 2013 with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer
known as metaplastic carcinoma.
She fought the cancer
over two years with 16 rounds of chemo, 39 radiation treatments and seven
“You may know people or even cared for people
who have been through cancer treatment, but to actually go through it yourself
is harder than you can ever imagine,” Latoya said. “The physical and emotional toll it
takes on a person is at times unbearable, but you get through it … because you
And then, life. A new
life. Her “miracle baby.” Little Cayden.
“He is a constant reminder that there is
literally life after cancer,” Latoya
is not an option. What got me through treatment was the three Fs: faith,
family, and friends. I took solace in knowing that there was a power greater
than my own that was fighting this battle for me.”
Latoya was only able to
work after chemo treatments and in between surgeries. But anytime she was in
the office, her Colonial Life coworkers reminded her of what makes the company
a “one of a kind.” It’s the people.
“I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love
and support that was given to me and my family and I am forever indebted,” said
Latoya, a customer connections specialist at the Columbia, S.C. headquarters.
Her Colonial Life cancer
policy also helped her and her family battle through the difficult times. After
starting her career at Colonial Life in customer service, she was familiar with
the plan – and had often urged customers to use the wellness reimbursement
benefit, which covers the cost of early detection screenings such as
The coverage for those
preventive screenings is the main reason she purchased in the policy.
“I never in a million years thought that I
would use it for anything else, until I had to,” she said. “I’m so glad that I had
it. Without the Colonial Life cancer plan there is no question that I would
have lost my home. I also wouldn’t have been able to afford my co-pays,
deductibles, and medication costs.”
Latoya is not the only one to benefit from the
policy. In 2013 alone, Colonial Life paid nearly $100 million in claims to
17,000 individuals battling cancer. In addition, nearly $25 million in wellness
benefits was sent to 200,000 individuals for procedures to help detect cancer.
“I would urge anyone who doesn’t have one to sign
up NOW, because cancer doesn’t discriminate,” she said. “It doesn’t care how
old you are, your race, your status or anything else.”
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