Col. Paul Taylor was set to deploy to Afghanistan in 2012 when he was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer. The 41-year-old husband and father to three girls tackled the disease head-on, learning all he could and starting a treatment plan consisting of hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery. With the support of his commanders, he decided to continue doing what he loved, and remained in command of almost 700 soldiers during his treatment. To this day, he says that it remains one of the best decisions he has ever made.
Paul credits the support of his wife and children, along with their church, families, Army friends, soldiers, and peers as inspiration for getting him through his battle, especially on his toughest days. Paul regularly connects with other men who have been diagnosed under the age of 50, as their journeys can be very different from men who are diagnosed later in life. He now serves on the Board of Directors for ZERO and advocates for prostate cancer awareness, encouraging men to get tested and take control of their health – for their families, and for themselves.
As a prostate cancer patient, I know it takes a village to fight this disease. I turned to ZERO for help in my journey, and now I’m proud to give back by serving on the Board of Directors. We’re on the front lines helping men and families who are facing the hardest battle of their lives by providing support, education, and hope for a cure.
You can read more of Paul’s powerful story in “How 20 Years in the Army Helped Prepare Me for My Toughest Battle Yet” on the Huffington Post blog here.
To hear from Paul’s oldest daughter’s perspective, click here.