Sophie Wilkinson | Contributing Editor | Thursday, 9 April 2015

Taylor Swift Shares Mum’s Cancer Diagnosis To Get Your Parents To The Doctor

Taylor Swift Shared Her Mum’s Cancer Diagnosis To Get Your Parents To The Doctor

The Debrief: She shared the pretty private information at her mum’s request and hopes that this will prod other kids into getting their parents to a check-up…

Taylor Swift has revealed a massive family secret in order to help her fans and her fan's family. Normally, as Taylor Swift herself has put it, when things happen to her ‘I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later.’

But today, in a letter written on her Tumblr page entitled ‘Just so you know…’ she’s said: ‘This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.’

She then explained how, over Christmas, she really wanted her mum to go to the doctor: ‘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.’

However, things aren’t all great: ‘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.’

Why’s that? Well, she wants other parents, who might think everything’s fine and not have the time to go to the doctor, to get there and get checked out: ‘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.’

Taylor then added this heartfelt message: ‘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, Taylor.’

We really hope Taylor’s mum is on the mend soon and that this inspires Taylor’s millions of fans to nag their parents about their health. Talk about using celebrity for good...

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