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Taylor Swift’s Mother Diagnosed with Brain Tumor While Undergoing Chemo for Breast Cancer

Taylor Swift revealed that her mother, Andrea Swift, who is battling breast cancer for the second time, has now been diagnosed with a brain tumor. During an extensive interview with Variety, Swift opened up about her mother’s recent brain tumor diagnosis, which the family had been keeping private. Andrea Swift, 62, was first diagnosed with…

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Taylor Swift Reveals Mom’s Brain Tumor Diagnosis Amid Cancer Battle

In the song Soon You’ll Get Better on her latest album, Taylor Swift addressed the uncertainty of her mother Andrea Swift‘s health, and now she has an update.

With her cover story for Variety, the songstress revealed her mom was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. As Swifties will recall, the 30-year-old first revealed her mom’s breast cancer battle in 2015 via Tumblr, and though she had successfully completed treatment, Tay shared in March 2019 that Andrea had relapsed.

Related: Taylor Swift Reminds Everyone She Will NEVER Forgive Justin Bieber

They found out the disease had returned during the filming of her Netflix-produced documentary Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, and things only became more difficult when her brain tumor was discovered:

“While she was going through treatment, they found a brain tumor. And the symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”

Swift shared “she was going through chemo, and that’s a hard enough thing for a person to go through,” and further explained her special bond with Andrea:

“Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom. But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness.”

When the highly-anticipated documentary drops on the streaming service on January 31, viewers will see a lighthearted side of Andrea and her way of saying “eff you” to cancer as she brings her canine “cancer dog” into the feline family.

While some were disappointed to see Tay’s Lover schedule is short-lived in comparison to previous tours, she hopes fans will understand the 62-year-old’s health comes first:

“Yeah, that’s it. That’s the reason. I mean, we don’t know what is going to happen. We don’t know what treatment we’re going to choose. It just was the decision to make at the time, for right now, for what’s going on.”

Aside from her personal reasoning, she’s looking forward in particular to the European festival circut:

“I wanted to be able to perform in places that I hadn’t performed in as much, and to do things I hadn’t done before, like Glastonbury. I feel like I haven’t done festivals, really, since early in my career — they’re fun and bring people together in a really cool way. But I also wanted to be able to work as much as I can handle right now, with everything that’s going on at home. And I wanted to figure out a way that I could do both those things.”

Our hearts and support go out to you, Andrea!

Take a peek at her talented daughter’s cover shot (below), along with her spread:

 

[Image via WENN/Instar & ABC News/YouTube.]

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After Age 6 Boy Beats Cancer, Classmates Line School Hallway To Give Him Standing Ovation

After a three year battle with cancer, 6-year-old John Oliver Zippay, of Ohio, endured his final round of chemotherapy two days after Christmas and was welcomed back to his elementary school with open arms. In November of 2016, Zippay, who friends and family call J.O., was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, also known as acute…

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Actress Olivia Williams Reportedly Told Doctors for 4 Years Something Was Wrong Before Finally Receiving Cancer Diagnosis

Doctors are under constant pressure to get things right. Human lives depend on it. And it’s not that doctors who misdiagnose patients simply don’t care (though perhaps that’s true in some cases), it’s just that situations and symptoms are so variable and there are so many obscure conditions out there that diagnosing exactly what someone…

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Ken Jennings Now ‘Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time’ But He Almost Said No To Being on Tournament

There are some people who just seem to know lots of random things. No matter the situation or the topic, they have some little tidbit of trivia to share, something that most people don’t know. At some point in their lives — generally after repeatedly sharing some particularly obscure bits of knowledge — someone will…

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Celine Dion’s Heartfelt Tribute to Late Husband on Anniversary of His Death

Superstar singer Celine Dion wrote a touching tribute to her late husband, Rene Angelil, on the fourth anniversary of his death. Dion and Angelil had known each other for the majority of Dion’s life, meeting when she was just 12 years old. Angelil carefully managed Dion’s career over the years, guiding her down the path…

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Report: US Cancer Death Rate Sees Largest Single-Year Drop in History

The death rate from cancer in the U.S. dropped by 2.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, which was the largest single-year decline ever recorded, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society. The overall drop from 1991 to 2017 has been 29 percent, which translates to about 2.9 million deaths avoided over the…

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Bride Plans Wedding in Less Than 30 Minutes After Dad’s Cancer Takes Turn for the Worse

For many people, planning a wedding is mostly about “who” is involved. The location is important, the order of ceremonies is important — but the people present, sharing in the couple’s joy, is primary. When those important people face hardships that make traveling for the event difficult, many brides- and grooms-to-be will change all their…

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Dog The Bounty Hunter Is ‘Very Lonely’ & Ready To Date Again Months After Wife Beth Chapman’s Passing

Dog The Bounty Hunter is ready to date again, but his family is worried someone close to the reality star might be trying to take advantage of his loneliness.

In an interview with Radar Online, the 66-year-old said he’s been “very lonely” in the months since his wife Beth Chapman lost her battle to cancer on June 26, 2019. However, Dog (real name Duane Chapman) wants fans to know he’s not lonely enough to go after his late love’s longtime assistant, Moon Angell.

Despite the rumors that the two are romantically involved, the Dog’s Most Wanted star insisted that Moon, who worked as Beth’s administrative for over 20 years, is just a friend who’s been helping him get through the death of his wife.

Related: Dog Contemplated Suicide After Learning Of Beth’s Death

He told the outlet:

“She has just been so good to me. I’ll get really emotional and find myself getting into a dark hole and she will tell me to suck it up. So it’s been good having her by my side.”

But Daune’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, apparently thinks Moon is spending a bit too much time by her dad’s side, if you know what we mean — and she wants the family employee to know she’s onto her.

On Monday, Lyssa took to Twitter to publicly call the woman out, writing:

“If someone who met your family by dating your brother, tried to date your father after your step-mom died what would you do?. If you went to your mothers closet and saw she moved all her clothes and replaced them with her own, what would you do.”

Wait. For real?

As fans know, this isn’t the first time Lyssa’s accused Moon of having ulterior motives with her father. She wrote in a since-deleted tweet:

“You’re disgusting woman. Any person who moves in on a man weeks after losing his wife, who you were supposed to be a ‘friend’ to, Is the lowest scum on the planet-Which for you wasn’t that far of a step down from where you were before. God will get you MARY !!!”

Lyssa’s not the only family member concerned, either.

Sources close to the family told the outlet that other members are skeptical of Moon’s intentions and claim she was “always scheming to get with Dog and the moment Beth died, she started to worm her way in on him.”

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“There will never be another Mrs. Dog.” / (c) Instagram

While Lyssa seeks out divine retribution against Moon, Dog seems to be ready to seek out a new romantic partner. He told Radar:

“I’m very lonely. Beth [and I] talked about death and I’d say, ‘you know Beth, I’ll never get married and I’ll never have a girlfriend again.’ She’s like ‘shut up. You will too. You need a woman beside you.’”

Choking up, he continued:

“I’m the kind of guy that has to have a woman around me. There will never another Mrs. Dog. But I have to find a way to move on. I’m so lonely right now. I’m just really lonely.”

Let’s hope he can find a woman who’s not on the family payroll!

[Image via WENN]

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Man Sprouts Cancerous 5-Inch-Long ‘Dragon Horn’ Growth Out of His Back

British doctors recently revealed the results of a study conducted on a man who they reported had a cancerous “dragon horn” growth on his back. The British Medical Journal study, published in December, focused on an unnamed 50-year-old manual laborer who had a 5.5-inch-long protrusion on his back that was shaped like a pumpkin stem…

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Alex Trebek Shares How His Final ‘Jeopardy!’ Episode Will End: ‘Leave Me 30 Seconds,’ ‘That’s All I Want’

While part of Alex Trebek’s purpose in life is to keep people guessing as they answer questions on “Jeopardy!” he’s been brutally honest about his personal life, especially his fight with pancreatic cancer. Since March, he’s kept the world up-to-date on his condition: the good, the bad and the ugly. In an interview with ABC’s…

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Alex Trebek Admits He Has ‘Moments Of Depression’ Amid Cancer Battle!

Alex Trebek isn’t just dealing with physical ailments as he battles pancreatic cancer.

In a new interview with ABC’s Michael Strahan, the Jeopardy! host revealed that some of the side effects of his illness are bouts of depression.

Admitting that receiving well-wishes from fans can make him especially emotional, the game show icon said:

“I don’t mind getting choked up. My oncologist told me one of the symptoms, if you will, of pancreatic cancer is that you get these moments of depression, sadness.”

Sounds extremely tough — and not just for Alex.

Video: Alex Fights Back Tears Over ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant’s Final Response

Jean Trebek, the 79-year-old’s wife of 29 years, expressed to Strahan how frustrating it is to see her husband “in pain and I can’t help him.”

Alex went on to admit:

“It’s always tough for caretakers, because she has to deal with her worrying about my well-being and also dealing with… I’m not always the most pleasant person to be around when I’m experiencing severe pain or depression, and she has to tread lightly around me.”

Jean previously spoke on the precarious situation with SurvivorNet, telling the outlet that the key to taking care of Alex was making sure to stay positive herself.

She explained:

“It comes from a place of love, because I want to uplift him… and when I keep my own self buoyed and enjoying my life, I can actually share that with him. He can look at me and have a sense of ‘life is beautiful; my wife is doing something good.’”

Trebek first revealed his stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis back in March. Looking back on the moment he found out the devastating news, he said to Strahan:

“I knew as soon as the doctor came back and mentioned the pancreas. I said, ‘Uh-oh, it’s going to be cancer.’”

The host’s cancer was in “near remission” earlier this year, but in September he revealed the disease had come back in full force, causing doctors to put him on chemotherapy again.

While it’s certainly been a tough road, his health battle has given Trebek — and his fans — a new perspective on life. He explained:

“I have learned something in the past year and it’s this: We don’t know when we’re going to die. Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible … survival rates of pancreatic cancer. Because of that, and something else that is operating here, people all over America and abroad have decided they want to let me know now, while I’m alive, about the impact that I’ve been having on their existence.”

And clearly he appreciates it!

Our hearts are with Alex and his loved ones as he continues to fight this terrible disease.

[Image via WENN]

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Alex Trebek Plans Farewell Message for Final Episode, Says Cancer Has Left Him Struggling with Depression

Fans of ‘Jeopardy!’ have long wondered how long their beloved host would be able to maintain his position on the show. For many, the show isn’t really ‘Jeopardy!’ without Trebek, and his replacement will signal a major change for the show and its viewers. Trebek has held on tenaciously, through treatment after treatment, admitting that…

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Rep. John Lewis Reveals He Has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, an icon of the civil rights movement who marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, revealed Sunday he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life. I have never faced…

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Billie Eilish Mourns 2 Beloved Teenage Fans Who Both Died At Christmastime

Well, this is just an awful way for Billie Eilish to end what has been a wonderful year.

The pop prodigy owned the charts in 2019 with her unique sound on tracks like Bury A FriendYou Should See Me In A Crown, and the smash hit Bad Guy. But as her popularity has risen she’s also been experiencing some of the darker parts of fame for the first time.

For instance, her family recently had to hire a bodyguard after a misguided fan described as a “creepy older man” found her address online and drove over a hundred miles and showed up at her house.

Related: Billie Eilish Attacked By Lady GaGa Fans For Dissing Meat Dress

Now Billie, who just turned 18 on December 18, is dealing with one of the saddest aspects of being loved by so many. It opens you up to even more heartbreak.

In the past two days, two of her biggest fans, girls very close to her own age in fact, passed away — and Billie was hit with the news all at once.

On Thursday, an Australian teen named Skylar Davies died unexpectedly at the age of 19.

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“last night I met the love of my life & I am forever grateful 💓” / (c) Skylar Davies/Instagram

The fan, who met Billie back in April, passed away suddenly the day after Christmas, to the shock of her parents.

Her father, Rob Davies, wrote on a memorial GoFundMe page he started:

“There are no words to express our grief. We lost our beautiful Skylar who passed suddenly yesterday with no warning. Skylar collapsed, her heart stopped beating and she never regained consciousness. Skylar was our world and we are deeply heart broken.

Skylar was a genuine and kind soul, who touched many with her beautiful nature and creative talent. We really can’t believe she is gone. Our hearts break more each day as the reality that Skylar isn’t coming back sinks in. It’s hard to believe that beautiful heart just stopped, when she still had so much life to live.”

When Billie heard, she posted a series of pics on her own Instagram Story, saying:

“Rest easy beautiful girl… Sending every ounce of love I have to Skylar’s family and friends. My heart is shattered.”

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Immediately after, Billie found out another fan she had met passed away on Christmas Day.

Kira Stanley was a San Diego surfer who was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma two years ago and lost her battle with the rare brain cancer just a month after turning 18.

Her parents described her on their GoFundMe page:

“Since her diagnosis she has transformed from athlete surfer to artist and poet. Her physical limitations force her to adapt and she has. She reads more, writes poems and draws almost daily. Her poems are deep and perplexing, her art is quirky and interesting.”

Sounds like Billie’s type of girl alright. The singer wrote over a photo of the two of them embracing:

“F**k. I don’t understand why is this all happening. I hate this. I don’t know how I’m only finding out now you’re not here anymore. I love you so much Kira. Please fly high. Rest in peace.”

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Our hearts go out to the families of Kira and Skylar, and also to Billie.

The loss of beloved fans can be so devastating.

[Image via WENN/Avalon/Billie Eilish/Skylar Davies/Instagram.]

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