Any Taylor Swift fan will be more than familiar with Andrea Swift.

The singer’s mother is a huge part of her and her fans’ lives, appearing at many of her gigs, meeting fans and being, as Taylor has said herself, one of her best friends.

That’s why the news that Andrea has been diagnosed with cancer is devastating not only to the Swift family, but to countless fans around the world.

Taylor took to Tumblr to share the news, writing, “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.”

The singer then urged fans to encourage their own parents to get screened, if only for peace of mind.

“She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour,” Taylor wrote. “She’s got an important battle to fight.”

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We’re thinking of the Swift family and hoping for the best for Andrea.

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