I would like to tell you a wonderful story about my friend and someone I do not know…Taylor Swift.
How do I begin…
friend, Linda, has had the most terrible history with cancer. She’s a
single mother who has tried everything within her arsenal to stay
positive, healthy and motivated. So when she found out it was back, with
the holidays approaching, she started to reach out to her friends.
She wrote on Facebook:
helplessly watched her post messages of her condition for months. I read
through them trying to find any opportunities of things I could help
her with, or just to try to make her feel better. When I saw this post,
and read that she wanted a card from Taylor Swift, I thought to myself,
there’s no way I can make that happen. Still, you can only ever try, and
that is good enough for me.
So I started to try.
To understand exactly what she had gone through, I asked her to write me the details. She replied:
I had a brain tumor removed in May of 2010. An adrenal tumor removed in aug 2010. Diagnosed with neurofibromatosis in 2014. Thyroid biopsy and hysterectomy in 2015. Triple neg breast cancer stage 3. In August 2017 Double
mastectomy and DIEP Flap reconstruction after Dec Bilateral Mastectomy
with DIEP Flap reconstruction. Then six weeks of radiation
August I had the biopsy. The I went bi-weekly for chemotherapy. My last
treatment was Nov 29th. The Bilateral Mastectomy and DIEP Flap
reconstruction is where they use my stomach tissue to create new
hadn’t known her history before, but to think of one person having to go
through all of this tore my heart into two. Life really isn’t fair at
times. Okay Linda, I’m going to try my best!She told me her daughter Jolynne, 8, was the biggest Taylor Swift fan and sent me a few adorable photos.
course, the first thing I thought of was to ask my wonderful boss,
Arianna, if she knew Taylor Swift. She replied that she unfortunately
did not know the her, but would love to. I was immediately disheartened
thinking, well of my limited connections, that was the only path that
had a glimmer of hope. Still, I had to move onto plan B. I posted a
heartfelt ask to my friends on Facebook. Maybe someone knew someone who
knew the Megastar.
With a stroke of luck, my friend Dwayne
Seaton came through. He is a long-time friend, but also Founder of
“Sounds of Tomorrow”, a wonderful company that takes at-risk talented
youth and gives them an opportunity of a lifetime by helping connecting
them to industry professionals. One of those is Dwayne’s partner, Jerry
Wonda (who has produced the Fugees, Michael Jackson, Mary J Blige and a
long list of amazing musicians after), who happened to know Taylor
Swift’s managers! Dwayne gave me the contact information and wished me
received his message late at night, after a long day of work, putting
the kids to sleep, taking care of the dog and going through more of my
friend’s sad posts. I was mentally exhausted but Dwayne’s message gave
me hope, so even though it was after midnight, I began to draft this
wanted it to be on paper so it wouldn’t be lost in the hundreds of
emails their office must get. I wanted the important parts to stand out
so I used some pictures and hand-wrote the notes all over it. I really
hoped this unorthodox approach would get someone to open it and notice
it. I drafted it, noticed that some of the sentences barely made sense
but still, shrugged my shoulders and wrote the address on it. I thought,
someone is going to think that this letter is from a crazy person.
Whatever, nobody is going to see it anyway…
honestly didn’t think anything would come of it. To me, just the effort
of making this would probably make my friend feel less alone, that there
were people out there who were doing their best to try to salvage the
holiday for her. I put it into the mailbox the next day.
days passed and I didn’t hear anything. Some friends asked me a week
later about it and I shrugged my shoulders. Who knows how many letters
her manager gets. What’s the chances they would see it.
A few days ago, I saw some sad news.
The next day, she had surgery. She kept a pretty positive attitude. Her
boyfriend, this amazing man that has been there helping her through this
entire ordeal, started to post updates. He said the surgery went well,
the cancer hadn’t spread and there was a chance that she would be able
to be released for Christmas. What amazing news! We were all ecstatic. I
was so happy for them.
But then last night, I checked Facebook for updates and saw a post that she had tagged me into…
all Taylor Swift sent a huge package of Christmas ornaments, scarves,
pictures, an album and more. Some of it was even autographed. I don’t
know what to say except that Taylor Swift saved Xmas for this family. My
friend went to bed hearing that her surgery was a success, that the
cancer hadn’t spread, that she may leave early and just having the peace
of mind that her daughter was preoccupied with these tremendously
generous and amazing gifts from her biggest obsession. Her daughter
probably didn’t sleep at all ha. I can’t believe how wonderful Taylor
Swift and her team is. We are ever so grateful. It was the most generous
thing they could have done and it means so much. Truly a miracle.
Then this Christmas Eve morning, I woke up to this…
Wherever you are Taylor, I’m going to have to agree, you definitely do have a Big Reputation, with all of us here in New York. Thank you for making this one giant magical amazing Christmas. You are truly an angel.
“I’ve learned that you can’t predict [love] or plan for it. For someone like me who is obsessed with organization and planning, I love the idea that love is the one exception to that. Love is the one wild card.”
For everyone wondering, this is just one of the 2009 interviews where Taylor clearly played victim and tried to use Kanye interrupting her speech for attention. Like, she made it sound like her murdered her cat and cooked it for the Queen of England and WANTED everyone to know how she REALLY felt.