Tara is 42 years old, mother of Matt, and the wife of Allan. She is self-employed as a commercial graphic artist and painter. She loves her work, but had to dramatically cut back when her Stage IV breast cancer spread into her lymph nodes, bones and liver. She had a radical mastectomy, and has been in treatment for one and a half years. She takes drugs to control the pain caused by her cancer, which have side affects that include anxiety, confusion and hot flashes. Despite this, Tara does not let cancer rule her life. With her family, she has tried to maintain an active lifestyle.