Ta’Kayla Taylor meets challenges with positive attitude

Ta’Kayla Taylor, a seventh-grader at Lancaster Middle School, was diagnosed last summer with ulcerative colitis. She focuses on staying positive by putting inspirational notes on the headboard of her bed. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Ta’Kayla Taylor of White Stone approaches her battle with ulcerative colitis like most every challenge in her life, with a positive attitude and a big smile.

“Kayla was always a happy girl, dancing around, laughing and smiling about everything,” said her mother, Tracey Taylor. “And I’m finally seeing that again. It’s a blessing. I’m so thankful she’s right back dancing around the house.”

Last summer, after dealing with weeks of stomach pains, weight loss and passing blood, Ta’Kayla fainted during a church service. Following a trip to the emergency room and then to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) of the large intestine, or colon.

Ulcerative colitis occurs as a result of an abnormal response by the body’s immune system…