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Taylor Swift's Mom's Longtime Battle with Cancer — inside the Journey

Rebelander Basilan
Nov 15, 2020
08:40 P.M.

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift first shared publicly about her mother Andrea’s cancer diagnosis in April 2015. And there's an important reason why she did it.

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Taylor Swift, who relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 to pursue a career in country music, shared the sad news on her personal Tumblr account, as reported by Billboard.

Swift said they got some answers concerning her mother's cancer diagnosis when she approached her to get screened for medical problems as a Christmas present to her.

Taylor Swift at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Taylor Swift at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The multi-awarded singer said she's sharing her mother's illness because she hopes this will urge her avid fans to encourage their own parents to be proactive about their wellbeing.

"Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you," Swift concluded her post. "I hope and pray that you never get news like this."

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Andrea Swift and Taylor Swift at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Andrea Swift and Taylor Swift at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Her mom went into remission, but in March 2019, the "You Belong with Me" singer revealed that the cancer had returned in a personal essay for Elle, as reported by Insider.

Swift called her mom's cancer "a real problem." According to Variety, the singer discussed the vulnerability of her mother's battle in a song she titled "Soon You'll Get Better."

Her mother's health issues continued when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Taylor Swift and Andrea Swift at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Taylor Swift and Andrea Swift at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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For her "Lover" tour, which was currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the singer planned to limit herself to four stadium dates in America and a trip around Europe's festival circuit.

Swift disclosed to Variety that she wanted to work as much as she can handle at this moment, with all that is going on at home. When asked if being able to be there for her mother Andrea was her primary concern, Swift replied: "Yeah, that's it. That's the reason."

Taylor Swift and Andrea Swift at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

Taylor Swift and Andrea Swift at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 15, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

Swift called her mom her "guiding force." For pretty much every choice she makes, the singer confessed that she converses with her mom about it first.

Her mother's health issues continued when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. According to Swift, doctors found a brain tumor while Andrea was going through treatment.

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Taylor Swift and Andrea Swiftat The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

Taylor Swift and Andrea Swiftat The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

Swift, who is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, admitted that her mom's brain tumor diagnosis has been a tough time for them as a family.

Meanwhile, in a scene on "Miss Americana," a 2020 documentary film that follows Swift and her career, Andrea can be seen sitting next to a dog, which she called her "Cancer Dog." The scene shows Swift looking on in mock horror, yet her mother looks upbeat as anyone might imagine.

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