Published Jul 1, 2022
After a months-long battle, country music star Miranda Lambert is happily spreading the word that her mother is cancer-free.
“She’s been through a whole lot, but she’s doing really well, and she’s ready to roll,” Lambert, 38, told PEOPLE. “I was able to be with her through the hardest parts. She’s unstoppable. She’s just been so strong and positive through the whole thing. It’s a good lesson for people to take away from a journey like that: Even though it’s a really scary place to be, the more positive, the better.”
Beverly June Lambert, 62, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September. Miranda moved to Texas to be with her mom, along with her dad and brother, during that trying time.
Despite the hardship that comes along with a cancer diagnosis, Beverly told PEOPLE that it brought her and her family closer together.
“There were big milestones and pools of tears on some days, yet we stayed hand in hand and did the entire walk together as a family,” she said. “One thing that was really important to us, and to me especially, was keeping the friend and family base in the loop regarding updates … I later heard from friends that they always felt included and like they were going through this with us. So, not only did the battle bring our family closer together but the constant contact, reporting and praying together brought the larger family together, too. The entire journey, I felt like there was an army behind me praying for me and cheering me on. It worked! I’m cancer-free today!”
Particularly key to her recovery was her celebrity daughter.
“Miranda stayed as steady as a rock,” Beverly said. “She was home a lot during my chemo rounds and held things — and me — together. When she wasn’t here in Texas, we talked by phone or FaceTime so she could see how I was. On my head shaving day, she FaceTimed with me and my hairdresser so she could be with me. We had some unexpected bonding moments over her rubbing my bald head with essential oils. Those were the rawest and most tearful moments.”
Vivian Ruszkiewicz, a nurse practitioner with OhioHealth, a not-for-profit system of hospitals and health care providers in Columbus, Ohio, previously told SurvivorNet that hair loss is one of the more “distressing” side effects of chemotherapy.
“It’s one of the things that people can see from the outside that people may know that you are ill,” she said, “and that poses a lot of stress for patients.”
Chemotherapy Side Effects — Hair Loss
There are a large number of chemotherapy treatments that cause hair loss, but not all of them, she said; others cause hair thinning. Ruszkiewicz stressed that if you’re concerned about your hair, talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about what to expect from your chemotherapy treatment.
She said that some people who only experience partial hair loss still choose to wear a wig, like many people who lose their hair completely, before chemotherapy so that they’re prepared, “so they can feel more like themselves during chemotherapy.”
After her recovery, Miranda said she has a new perspective on life.
“All I want to do is dream, live in the moment and spend time doing things I love with my friends and family,” she says, “because this thing with my mom has taught me we don’t have them forever.”
As if Beverly’s recovery wasn’t enough, Miranda has also branched out with her own line of home goods. Wanda June Home is named after her mom and her maternal grandmother who died of cancer in 2019.
“The women in my family were very strong-headed, strong-willed, and made something out of nothing, because we didn’t come from much,” said Lambert. “My whole life, I’ve watched my mom go through some hard stuff, pick herself up by her bootstraps and go kick ass. That’s just who she is. I got so much of that from her, and she got it from her mom.”
Beverly isn’t the first person who Miranda has comforted through cancer. Back in May, Netflix star Clea Shearer flew to go see Miranda perform just before starting chemotherapy. Shearer has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but has been helping others in her position by starting a fund to raise money for research.