Mama June Shannon Moving Back to Georgia to Be by Daughter Anna's Side During Cancer Treatments

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The Mama June: Family Crisis star recently told PEOPLE that the months since her daughter Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell was diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma cancer have been "mentally draining"

Desiree Navarro/Getty; Anna Cardwell/Instagram
Desiree Navarro/Getty; Anna Cardwell/Instagram

Mama June Shannon is putting her daughter Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell's needs first.

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PEOPLE has confirmed that Shannon, 43, and her husband, Justin Stroud, will soon be leaving Alabama for her native Georgia. While there, they'll be able to help care for June's eldest daughter amid her battle with cancer.

"We are definitely leaving Alabama. I'm in the process of leaving Alabama now and I'm in the final steps of my legal issues," Stroud, 35, told The US Sun. "So we'll definitely be going back to Georgia."

However, at this time, Shannon said the couple has "split time between Alabama and Georgia."

"And when we come to help Anna and visit, we stay in an Airbnb," she added.

Related:Mama June Admits She's Been 'Emotionally Drained' Amid Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell's Cancer Battle (Exclusive)

Desiree Navarro/Getty; Anna Cardwell/Instagram
Desiree Navarro/Getty; Anna Cardwell/Instagram

Cardwell, 28, was diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal carcinoma cancer in January. She learned of her diagnosis after undergoing testing for stomach aches.

And while Shannon and Cardwell had a strained relationship over the years, the Shannon family matriarch told the outlet that their bond "was actually working before she found out that she had cancer."

"It didn't just all of a sudden miraculously start working like what Anna had cancer, you know, to make that totally clear with everybody," she added.

Related:Mama June Shannon Says It Took 'a Lot of Hard Work' and 'Tears' to Reach Good Place with Family

Cardwell has shared a glimpse into how she's navigating her cancer journey. Ahead of Mother's Day, Cardwell shared a photo with boyfriend Eldridge Toney as she was "going on to round 3 of chemo." She said despite dealing with digestion issues, it was still a "pretty good day."

"Cracker Barrel was good going down but not up ๐Ÿ˜‚," she shared on Instagram. "But over all it's going good and chemo is working we come to find so things are looking good ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™"

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Shannon recently told PEOPLE that dealing with her daughter's cancer has left her "emotionally drained."

"I don't go live [on TikTok] a lot because of Anna. I'm already emotionally drained because of that," she explained. "I'm not being mean with the emotion... I'm not mentally [or] emotionally prepared to deal with 5,000 people asking me about Anna that day."

"I just have the energy to give to them and answer that a hundred times without crying on TikTok for three hours," she continued. "You don't know whether to scream. You don't know whether to laugh. You don't know whether to holler. You don't know who to blame."

And while Shannon noted that it's also been "mentally draining" for Cardwell, she said her daughter has enjoyed using TikTok as an escape.

"You're asking her that a hundred times, and that's why I know it's mentally draining for her too. They're asking her stuff," she added. "And so for her escape is TikTok but her having 600, 700 people and she's dancing and being goofy. They love that about Anna. They love that. So I'll tell you, go follow Anna. Like on TikTok, like go follow. If she's feeling good, she's mostly on there."

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