Alaska Native/Indigenous People

Paula Taylor – Grounded in Faith

Paula Taylor

A friend reached out to me and suggested I feature Paula Taylor (Yup’ik/Iñupiaq) on the Athabascan Woman Blog. Paula’s family is from Naknek in the Bristol Bay region and Unalakleet. She grew up fishing every summer. She’s a wife, mom of two, storyteller, two-time cancer survivor and more. I got a chance to talk with her recently. 

Listen to her incredible story of survival and how she persevered. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme over 30 years ago. She credits diet, working, attitude, keeping her goals, a strong support system and especially her faith in God to her survival. She got her degree in exercise science and wellness.

“I just had to hold it together and I feel like my faith really grounded me. My faith is really why I’m here.” – Paula Taylor

“Food I think is one of the most crucial things in our life. We are what we eat.” – Paula Taylor

I admire her strong will to live and appreciate the wisdom she shared on her journey. She’s retired now. She and her husband are proud of their children. Enaa baasee’ to Paula for graciously sharing her courageous story and what helped her to survive.

Paula and her family are very active.
Photos courtesy of Paula Taylor
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