Bringing a child into the world is one of the greatest joys on the planet. But for Taylor Masilotti, her pregnancy was a bittersweet moment she shared with her mother. Her mom, Donna Callender, was terminally ill. She had been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2014 and was told she would not last the year; but miraculously Callender survived for two. By that time however, she had reached Stage 4 and doctors said things were not hopeful.
Masilotti, 26, who was previously unable to conceive, was so excited to tell her mother in March that she and her boyfriend Cotey Keith were pregnant. But she sensed her time with her mother was short, so she asked her doctor if they could move the next ultrasound appointment up by two weeks. This way she and her mother could find out the sex of the baby together at Longmont United Hospital.
They recorded the beautiful moment and shared it on Facebook, where it now has almost 3 million views.
“Wednesday afternoon was one of my forever favorite memories I got to share with my mom. I got to lay next to her, hold her hand and cry happy tears while we found out the gender of the baby,” said Taylor on the Facebook post. “I can’t thank the hospital enough for allowing this to happen. For allowing me to create my last memory with my mom !! I am forever grateful ! I love you so much xoxo.”
Masilotti was heartbroken yet hopeful and encouraged by the people around her. “My family is amazing and that’s what they all told me – one leaves and one enters in the world,” Masilotti said. “My mom is going to live on through this baby.”
Her mother’s positive attitude through battling cancer has inspired her to be strong and full of grace.
“She never once complained, and she didn’t cry once until the very end when she knew it was time,” she said. “That video reminds me of her strength and her grace. It motivates me to want to be able to be that strong for my daughter.”