Taylor Swift's Mom Gives Emotional Speech On Heels of Cancer Diagnosis

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Taylor Swift's mom Andrea gave a moving speech about her talented daughter, before presenting her with a career-honoring award at the 50th ACM Awards on Sunday.

"I've watched this milestone artist since she was a tangled-haired little girl growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity, until right now, as she prepares for her next world tour," Taylor Swift's mom told the audience. "And ever since then, her favorite thing in the world to do has been to write a song, tell a story, play a guitar or a piano. And I've seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life--good or bad."

"Like many of you out there tonight with children of your own, I am a very proud mom," she added before Taylor joined her on stage to accept the Milestone award.

Taylor Swift's mom is no stranger to the ACM Awards stage. Back in 2008, Taylor delivered a very emotional speech in honor of her mom.

While nothing was said at the ACM Awards Sunday about Taylor Swift's mom having cancer, the singer's fans very clearly remember her announcement via Tumblr earlier this month.

'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.

Taylor'

If you weren't aware that Taylor Swift's mom has cancer, then you now realize just how powerful her speech on stage at Sunday's ACM Awards was--to Taylor Swift, as well as to all of her fans.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.