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Faces of Hope: Surviving Cancer

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Lana Taylor first found out about cancer as very young woman.

"I was just twenty two years old,” she said, “newly married and actually had gone to my ob-gyn doctor to find out I was pregnant with my first child."  

That's when Taylor's doctor noticed a mole on her back and referred her to a dermatologist.  

"And it came back, and it was melanoma," she added. "So, I did not take any treatments or go through anything other than surgery to remove the melanoma."

She said it was due to her pregnancy, but it wouldn't be Taylor's first experience with skin cancer. When she had her second child two years later, the melanoma returned. After giving birth, she underwent surgery and treatment including chemotherapy.

After surviving skin cancer twice, Taylor was later diagnosed with breast cancer.

"That was eight years ago, but between the second time and the third time, I had my third child, " said Taylor. "I have three children, two daughters and a son, but I have been cancer-free for eight years now."I still go every six months for check ups."

Another Jones County woman, Brenda Moss, had a different experience with cancer.

Her mother, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer and later passed away.

Moss was one of her mom's caregivers, and now she's involved with Relay for Life in Jones County along with Lana Taylor.

"I live each day for my mother, and that's the reason I do Relay," said Taylor. "I will continue to do Relay and help our teams in Jones County."  

This year, Relay for Life teams in Jones County raised over $240,000 for the American Cancer Society.      

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