Aly Taylor and her husband Josh, the young stars of TLC’s “Rattled,” which follows four couples through their experiences as new parents, were planning to have a child when breast cancer made that a lot more difficult. Now, in a modern day miracle, they are the overjoyed parents to three beautiful children.
Aly and Josh were married for three years before they decided to have a child. When Aly, at age 24, read that sore breasts were a sign of pregnancy, she started feeling her breasts and found a lump, which turned out to be very aggressive, stage 3 breast cancer. Aly went through 16 rounds of chemo, followed by double mastectomy and 30 radiation treatments.READ MORE
Doctors told Aly she had less than a 20 percent chance of getting rid of her cancer, and if they could, that there was a pretty good chance of recurrence within the first 5 years. Now, Aly is in remission and she’s publishing a book about her experiences that’s out in May.
“Inspiration to write this came from me sitting in a bookstore finding little to nothing hopeful about my age and aggressive, advanced stage breast cancer diagnosis. I promised myself I would write a book once I survived cancer,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post.
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????I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE THIS BOOK WILL BE EVERYWHERE!!!???? • ????5 fun facts about our book:???? * 1️⃣ Inspiration to write this came from me sitting in a bookstore finding little to nothing hopeful about my age and aggressive, advanced stage breast cancer diagnosis.????????I promised myself I would write a book once I survived cancer.???????? 2️⃣ Almost every word of this book was written in a hotel lobby in our hometown. Need a quiet place where you won’t run into anyone? You’re welcome!???????????? 3️⃣ Our book is like a big ole’ conversation with me and JT (aka my husband Josh). If you know him and you know me, there are LOTS of laughs???? and LOTS of tears????. We wrote it in a style where we talk back and forth, and I love that it portrays us so well.???? 4️⃣It was waaayyy easier for me to write the heart wrenching things we went through in this book than it ever was and is to say. Lesson here: Get a journal. Write things down. THEN, push yourself to say them out loud. It definitely was a healing process for us.???? 5️⃣ The fact we got pictures of our girls holding these books in Disney World is A LITERAL MIRACLE. They dropped them 5,654,986,877,325 times. Not.even.kidding.???????????? * More fun info and giveaways coming regarding our book. It will be in bookstores on May 14th.????You can preorder today with the link in my profile above or the link below!????????☝???? • https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/aly-taylor/alys-fight/9781683972990/?lens=worthy-books . . . . . #alysfight #thesearethedays #motherhoodunplugged #darlingmovement #stayathomemomlife #motherhood #honestmotherhood #momsofinstagram #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #holdthemoments #blessed #sisters #girlmom #momlife #thesearethedays #thelittlethings #disney #wdw #happiestplaceonearth #miracles #moments #miraclegirls #infertilityawareness #adoptionrocks #survivor #fighter #princess #alysfightdoesdisneyworld
One painful side effect of Aly’s cancer treatments is that the chemotherapy and radiation severely damaged her reproductive system. Doctors told her it would be next to impossible to get pregnant, and that if she did become pregnant, that she’d likely miscarry.
After her treatment, the couple found a baby that they wanted to adopt. There were a few hiccups, like when the baby’s birth mom thought she might want to keep the child, but they ultimate brought home a girl named Genevieve. “We realized we would have never had Genevieve had I not gone through cancer. We really didn’t know if we would be parents again. We went through so much to have her and were so happy,” Aly said.
Nine months later, Aly learned she was actually pregnant. “For a long time it didn’t feel real because I had accepted that I wouldn’t have a baby biologically and given up dream of carrying a baby,” she said.
We aren’t sure the details of Aly’s case, or how she was able to become a mom after chemotherapy, but we do know that for most women who have chemotherapy without preserving their eggs first, egg donors are often a recommended solution.
“If you have gone through chemotherapy and you didn’t freeze eggs or embryos, oftentimes women ar put into menopause, whether it’s a premature menopause or early menopause, their ovarian function is no longer adequate,” says Dr. Jaime Knopman, Director of Fertility Preservation at CCRM Fertility Clinic in New York City.
“And so in that case, we can still help women become parents and carry pregnancies, but it would be with an egg donor,” Dr. Knopman continues. “We would help you select someone who you feel– the characteristics that you would want to represent in your child.”
Dr. Jamie Knopman on egg donors after chemotherapy
Aly says that her pregnancy was natural, and miraculous and she believed it was impossible for her to conceive a healthy child.
After her pregnancy, Aly received a call from Genevieve’s birth mom. She was having another child, and wanted Aly to adopt her too. After two adoptions and one pregnancy, Aly is the proud mother of three.
Throughout Aly’s journey, her husband Josh was there to encourage her. “I let Aly know she wasn’t by herself,” Josh told She Knows. “It’s not that Aly is not getting pregnant, it’s Josh and Aly haven’t gotten pregnant yet. We have to be careful we don’t put it all on women.”
And Aly was grateful for his continued honesty and partnership. “Josh did a great with that, joining me in the happy moments and the sad moments. You have to get back on the hope train,” Aly added. “We went through years of that and Josh would ride the waves with me instead of trying to act like everything is okay. Get in the muck with your partner and always be helpful and believe it will happen and don’t prepare for the worst.”