EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Middleboro cancer survivor was able to live one of her wildest dreams last weekend when she got the chance to meet singer Taylor Swift while she was in Foxboro as part of her “Reputation” tour.
Courtney Colombo, 29, was diagnosed with bone cancer late last year after her teeth started to bother her and eventually began to loosen. Originally her dentist and doctor thought it was the result of grinding her teeth, but then a specialist dropped a bombshell.
“He said ‘bone cancer’ right away,”Colombo told Eyewitness News via video chat Tuesday night. “So I got diagnosed with bone cancer in my jaw, I think the day before Thanksgiving.”
Colombo underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and had surgery to reconstruct her jaw from a bone in her leg.
“I had a feeding tube, a trach, I couldn’t talk. It was miserable,” Colombo explained.
Now she’s cancer-free, back to working full-time and ready to have surgery to replace ten of her bottom teeth.
A huge Swift fan, Colombo posted a photo of herself to Twitter with a sign that read, “I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling cancer free!” which is a play on the singer’s hit song “22.”
When I was diagnosed w/ bone cancer in my jaw, I didn’t know if I’d be well enough 2 c @taylorswift13 at @GilletteStadium. I bought tix anyways. I’m now cancer free & ready to celebrate w/ her on 7/27 & 7/28 !! @taylornation13 @treepaine #RT #reptourfoxboro #reptourgillette pic.twitter.com/q7OHdroX30— Courtney Colombo (@CourtneyColombo) July 23, 2018
Colombo said she was able to attend Swift’s concert twice, once on Friday and again on Saturday. She said she was invited back stage on Saturday to meet Swift after the singer’s mother spotted her photo on Twitter.
She said meeting Swift was the perfect ending to her recovery.
“It didn’t seem real, like, after we met I’m like, to my mom, ‘Did that really just happen?'” Colombo recalled. “Were we talking to Taylor Swift? She said she was going to pray for me and she loves me and my mom was like, ‘Yeah, that actually happened.’ It means so much.”