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Utah woman diagnosed with terminal cancer while pregnant dies

BEAR RIVER, Box Elder County — Kathy Taylor, who was diagnosed with terminal melanoma cancer while pregnant with her sixth child, died at her home Wednesday.

Taylor died around 4 p.m. at the age of 34, according to her family.

Nathan Taylor, Kathy Taylor's husband, wrote about the experience on the Kathy's Miracle blog. He wrote that he was in shock when his parents, who were visiting the home at the time to help care for his wife, told him she had died.

The mother of five was diagnosed with an aggressive form of melanoma when she was 26 weeks pregnant.

Seven years ago, doctors removed melanoma from her back. At the end of June, she learned the cancer was back and had spread throughout her body.

Kathy Taylor couldn’t receive treatment while she was pregnant but did what she could to keep the pregnancy going for as long as possible.

In September, doctors determined her liver was going to fail and she had to deliver the baby. Luke Tazelaar Taylor was born Sept. 11, weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces. He died a few days later from an infection.

Kathy Taylor began a new treatment to prolong her life. Doctors said she had surpassed their expectations.

On Oct. 3, a cover done by Kathy Taylor of the Sarah McLachlan song "I Will Remember You" was posted to iTunes. The proceeds of the song, which costs 99 cents to download, were to go to the family's fund Kathy's Miracle.

On Oct. 8, artist McLachlan posted a link to Taylor's song and fundraiser, saying, "I wanted to share a story of strength and courage."

Fundraisers were put together for the Taylor family to help with medical bills, raising more than $70,000.

Through it all, the family has relied heavily on their faith and chooses not to view any of this as a tragedy.

“I'll try to do everything in my power to stay, but I know it's not in my hands, and I’m OK with that,” she said in September after she was allowed to go home.

On Christmas Eve, she posted that she was getting worse and wondered how much longer she will live.

She wrote: "I pray for my husband to be comforted. I know this is hard for him. I still trust that God is completely aware and that everything will happen as it should. I will be grateful to be out of pain and with Heavenly Father and Jesus and hope to be able to offer lots of comfort to my family from the other side. I am so grateful they have so many wonderful people to turn to, a merciful God they can always pray to."

Contributing: Viviane Vo-Duc, Sarah Petersen

Email: akewish@deseretnews.com