Hello, Taylor Nation.
Taylor had some news to share today. I’m breaking my rules again because I usually put personal news that involve people outside of the public eye in the private category (i.e. I usually don’t blog about this). However, Taylor considered this important to share with her fans so I thought I’d just basically re-post it.
I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.
For Christmas this year, I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor to get screened for any health issues, just to ease some worries of mine. She agreed, and went in to get checked. There were no red flags and she felt perfectly fine, but she did it just to get me and my brother off her case about it.
The results came in, and I’m saddened to tell you that my mom has been diagnosed with cancer. I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.
She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they’ve got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle… Or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about. She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.
Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you.
I hope and pray that you never get news like this.
Unfortunately, I received news like this a long time ago. I lost my own mother to cancer back in 2000. I don’t have any wisdom to share here, except to say make sure you show your affection to the ones you love every day of your life. I just would like to add my support to the Swift family and wish them all the best in the world.
Coming up on the Calendar:
- April 19: The 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas, TX and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor Swift will be one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.
- April 25: Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Female Artist, Song of the Year for “Shake It Off”, Most Talked About Artist and Best Song To Dance To for “Shake It Off” for the 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards. The show happens at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California.
- April 26: The 2015 Music Radio Disney Music Awards air a 90-minute set on the Disney Channel at 8pm ET/PT.
- April 30: Grant Mickelson‘s Birthday.
(Sources: Taylor Swift via Tumblr)