Theo Vernon Taylor, “Hulk Taylor” 31 of Franklin County of Virginia joined his Holy Father in heaven on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from a brave journey with cancer.
I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race; I have kept my Faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Theo was very grounded with his faith. He loved his churches, Cedar Bluff Church-Brethren and Faith Fellowship Church.
Theo is survived by his wife, Kaitlin Taylor and children, Chrissa Mitchell, and Colten Mitchell.
He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family, church family and friends.
Theo was loved by many. His positive outlook, generous spirit and kind heart left an impression wherever he went. He never met a stranger and always went out of his way to help others. If there was one thing that defined Theo, was determination… No matter what the challenge, request, or promise was he gave it his all to ensure he exceeded all expectations. Whether for himself or others.
Our Celebration of His Life will be held at Faith Fellowship Church in Rocky Mount as follows. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 15 from 5-7pm and Saturday, July 16th from 1-2 pm with celebratory service to follow.
It was Theo’s wishes that any memorials or tributes be made in his honor to the Sertoli Cell Tumor
Research Program :
Hey, my name is Theo Taylor and want to promote awareness for Sertoli cell cancer.
My battle started 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I had a 1.7 cm nodule on my right testicle where I had to have it removed. It was a year later where this Sertoli Cell tumor was found in my back. I went to Indiana University Hospital to have the operation. The operation was 11 hours long. They removed 80 lymph nodes. Only 4 came back to be cancerous. As the surgeons explained to me. They removed more than they expected so they could reduce the chance of this cancer coming back because there is no real cure or treatment plan.
It was 6 months ago where I started having severe pain in my waist. I went to my 3 month check up to find out that we found 2 lymph nodes that were not yet concerning. The doctor and I discussed that we would wait until the next set of scans to see if the lymph nodes got any bigger before we created a game plan.
March 17th 2022, My world got rocked. That was the day that I found out that not only did those 2 spots got bigger but also spread throughout my abdominal section, and my right lung. A week later, I was scheduled for a biopsy to see if it was the same type of cancer or a different cancer. Everyone was hoping for a different type of cancer so there would be a chance of treatment. The biopsy came back and we found out that it is Sertoli Cell Cancer. There is no real cure for this type of cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation have no effect on it.
I also received the results from the DNA test of the biopsy. It was no good news . There’s no scientific experiment or wonder drug that will be able to help me. The doctor says I’m looking at a few months give or take before the cancer takes me away.
I could do Chemo and it will slow the cancer down from growing rapidly. Also shrink it to help reduce my pain. But it’s not a cure for it. Once the cancer adapted to the chemo, it’s a chance that it would grow more aggressively.
As we all know chemo comes with its own side effects. Things like nausea, loss or no appetite, can’t be in the sun, kills everything in your body, body pains, and makes you weak. With Covid and the other things going around would increase my risk of dying from a weak immune system.
I decided if these are my last days then I wasn’t going to spend them like that! I’m going to deal with the pain and manage it with the medicine. I’ve been reading into essential oils! I’m going to try them, go on a vegan diet, and take supplements to help with the pain and to live a better lifestyle.
I recently had to have a nerve block done. It’s where they go in and numb the nerves that are affected by the cancer to help with the pain. It will also help me move around better!
My main focuses are God, spending time with my woman, family, and friends! I learned with passing there is a lot of paperwork involved! So I will be working on that as well!
This is not the news we all were hoping for! It’s not anything that I wanted to tell you all! It breaks my heart that my family and friends are hurting, especially over me! I appreciate the prayers, love, and support! I didn’t realize how many people loved and cared for me until this hardship! I am so blessed beyond measure!
This is my 3rd battle with cancer. There was always a plan to fight. Although this 3rd time is different. There's no plan. There's no cure for this cancer. No treatment plan or anything. I then realized that this wasn't my battle or fight! I prayed to God and put it in his hands! I put my trust in him and asked him what he wanted out of me. He put this idea of the page and movement in my spirit.
The toughest thing that I had to face out of this hardship is telling my loved ones the bad news! The possibility of having to say goodbye to them!
With God's guidance, We created this awareness so it would promote more awareness and gather more research so there is hope for others. My faith is with God and I trust him with whatever outcome there may be. I see it 2 ways. 1) God is going to work another miracle on me and I will continue to live this wonderful life that he blessed me with. With the wonderful people that he put in my life! 2) God calls me home and I will meet my creator. Either way, it's a win win situation for me.
I want this movement to be able to save someone else. To save a brother, an uncle, a father, a best friend, and etc.
Theo “Hulk” Taylor
[Go Fund Me]https://www.gofundme.com/f/theostrong91?utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3j-h2Ptdbb59i6Nchwri5jdWtE26sBUGVK6RC7SIRLjV_03Ah23IEdzBo&fs=e&s=cl
Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, VA. www.connerbowman.com