Taylor Swift opened up about her mother’s health with her devoted followers today, sharing some unfortunate news and asking fans to keep her mother in their thoughts and prayers. Swift confirmed that her mother, Andrea Finlay, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and Swift released a statement on Tumblr to let her fans know the situation and ask for their support.

“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,” Swift wrote in the letter to fans. “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.”

Part of the reason that Swift shared the news publicly was to support other children, their parents, and other families that might be going through the same problems. “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,” Taylor wrote in the same statement