One yr in the past, Tavinya Taylor of Wheaton was a 15-year-old woman energetic at school, church and sports activities. Now she is beginning her fifth cycle of chemotherapy to deal with Hodgkin lymphoma.
As she works via the challenges and oftentimes debilitating unintended effects of chemotherapy, she’s discovered a approach to channel what vitality she has left into making reward baskets for infants.
“Whereas I used to be caught at house, I typically wasn’t feeling properly and I could not see very properly from the chemo,” Taylor stated. “I have been crocheting since I used to be 5 and knitting since I used to be 10 or 11, so it was an exercise that helped cross the time that I did not have to really take a look at.”
Tavinya Taylor, 16, of Wheaton has been crocheting objects for reward baskets to provide to the households of infants within the neonatal intensive care unit at Northwestern Medication Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
– Courtesy of Tavinya Taylor
Throughout her remedies at Northwestern Medication Central DuPage Hospital, Taylor bonded with Allie Jones, a baby life specialist who helps sufferers going via most cancers therapy.
“Tavinya and I started connecting and speaking about her pursuits to assist cross the lengthy days on the clinic,” Jones stated. “She shared about her pastime of crocheting and knitting. She was engaged on an lovely pair of bootees on the time and supplied to make some for the hospital.”
Taylor began to crochet child hats, bootees and even teddy bears. She put her do-it-yourself items into small reward baskets filled with rubber geese, child cleaning soap and child nail clippers.
“I believed, ‘why not do one thing enjoyable that would bless others?'” Taylor stated.
A number of weeks later, she introduced her completed baskets to the hospital and gave them to Jones, who delivered them to the neonatal intensive care unit on the Winfield hospital.
“I marvel at Tavinya’s capacity to consider others regardless of her personal trials and circumstances,” Jones stated. “She made every child merchandise out of such love, selflessness and compassion — all whereas combating most cancers.”
Placing collectively the reward baskets helps Taylor give attention to one thing constructive throughout her chemotherapy. She’s made 9 up to now, and plans to make extra.
“I simply needed to make these child baskets and donate them as a result of I needed to bless others,” she stated. “That is what I used to be attempting to do; brighten their dad and mom’ day and provides them hope that it should get higher.”
Taylor began to really feel sick in September when she was struggling on the cross-country workforce at Wheaton North Excessive Faculty. After qualifying for state her freshman yr, the affect on her working was complicated and irritating. It wasn’t till March of this yr that she obtained her most cancers analysis.
“I used to be so grateful to lastly know what it was that I had,” she stated. “Not figuring out what I had was nearly worse than truly figuring out.”
Quickly after her analysis, COVID-19 started to hit Illinois laborious. Taylor is definitely grateful for the timing, as a result of she does not really feel like she’s lacking out on issues.
“It was a silver lining for me, as a result of all people left faculty,” she stated. “It is truly made issues simpler, as a result of I did not miss out on observe, occasions at college or on holidays this summer time.”
On the finish of Could, Taylor and her dad and mom have been upset to study she would want chemotherapy for the remainder of the summer time.
“I used to be imagined to be completed with chemo, but it surely did not go the way in which we needed it to,” she stated. “That was laborious, and I used to be actually upset. However everybody on the hospital is nice, they’re so encouraging. Regardless that you do not wish to be there, being with pleasant faces actually helps.”
As she begins her subsequent spherical of chemotherapy, Taylor and her dad and mom depend on their religion and the assist of associates, household and their church.