Taylor Swift Has a Message for Moms and There’s a Heartbreaking Reason Why

Taylor Swift has a habit of sharing personal life updates with her fans on her Tumblr page, and today she shared some sad news – her mom, Andrea Finlay, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Taylor Swift and her mom way back when, from Swift's Instagram.
Taylor Swift and her mom way back when, from Swift’s Instagram.

She says she shared the news because she and her mom want all parents to get their yearly cancer screenings. Even though Finlay was feeling fine and having no health problems, she went for a screening because Swift asked her to as a Christmas present – and that’s how the cancer was discovered.


Swift says the family wants to keep details about her mom’s diagnosis and treatment private,  but what she did share with her fans is in full below.

Hey guys,

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.

Love you.

Thanks Taylor and Andrea for sharing your story. Our support and prayers for good health are with you!

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