From the time she was a young girl, Amy Taylor saw firsthand what it was like to battle breast cancer.
"That's all I knew growing up, from the time I was 5 to 18, [my mom] was sick off and on," Amy recalls.
Amy mother's died from the disease when Amy was just 18, but Amy, who now lives in Haughton, tested negative for the breast cancer gene. She thought she was safe.
"I took it for granted and said, okay. I'm good. I'm clear."
But one morning, in October 2010, when her daughter was five months old, then 34-year-old Amy noticed a hard knot on her breast.
"I noticed that it had been looking a little different but I kinda just thought, oh it's just something from the breastfeeding incident we just went through and it'll go away," Amy says.
But it wasn't from breastfeeding and after an ultra-sound and biopsy...
"[The tests] came back. It was invasive lobular carcinoma."
Breast cancer. But after having seen both her mother and grandmother die from the disease she knew she wasn't giving up.
"Dying was never an option," Amy states emphatically.
"She came in with a positive attitude of, 'We've got to get this done. I've got to watch my daughter grow up," says Dr. Scott Boniol, Medical Director at CHRISTUS Health Cancer Treatment Center in Shreveport.
Dr. Boniol treated Amy along her journey. He says her attitude helped pave the road to her recovery.
"No matter how sick we made her with chemotherapy, she always came in with a smile on her face."
Now cancer free, Amy doesn't take for granted the life ahead of her.
"It's just part of life and this is the new normal for me."