Heather Taylor was born in Tampa, Florida to parents Rosa Lee Reinhart and William Paul Henderson. At the age of six, she lost both parents to a homicide-suicide perpetrated by her father. Though her father's intent was for her to not live through that day, she was able to more than survive, she was able to thrive. She excelled in scholastic endeavors and is now working on her 2nd Masters degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
With a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree from Liberty University in Professional Counseling, Heather has been able to serve residents of Florida as a professionally certified exceptional student educator, an employee of the Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured, an in-home Family Preservation Counselor for families referred by the Department of Children and Families, and an advocate for change in the behavioral health industry. When Heather learned she and her husband, Randall Taylor, were expecting their daughter, Grace, she knew something was abnormal during the pregnancy. After many hospital visits and stays, heart procedures and tests, it was determined she had Dysautonomia and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) for which there currently is no cure. For months she and her newborn would crawl on the floor together as her body was unable to handle the stress of standing and doctors did not know what to do to help.
Now she has mobility through a power recline wheelchair and is traveling throughout the state of Florida spreading awareness about Dystautonomia, Domestic Violence, Suicide Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention, Mental Illness and she is a firm advocate for those with disabilities. Her mission is to advocate, educate and empower all persons suffering with both visible and invisible illnesses as well as to break through attitudinal and architectural barriers for persons with disabilities. She claims the bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 in her life, knowing that God has a great plan of prosperity and hope for her future. She considers her condition, POTS, not as a disability but as a Perfect Opportunity To Shine.