Linda Nolan has opened up about her devastating diagnosis of incurable cancer, revealing that she is “really scared” and “doesn’t want to die”.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Nolan said: “I don’t want to die. All my little nieces and nephews, my step-children and step-grandchildren; they are my life now because I never had children.
“And when they come in to the hospital to visit me, I think, ‘Oh my God, I wanted to see you get married or see you with your first boyfriend.”
The 58-year-old also talked about what she fears missing out on should the worst happen, adding:
“And I want to grow old with my family. There is so much I want to do. I have to be positive and make sure I do. I am really scared.”
The singer also outlined her hopes of living for 20 years longer.
“I’m not going to be dying from cancer, I’m going to be living with cancer if that’s what I have to do,” she said.
Coleen Nolan’s painful announcement
Celebrity Big Brother star and Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan revealed the devastating news that her sister Linda Nolan has been diagnosed with secondary cancer last week.
The 52-year-old made the painful announcement during yesterday’s appearance of the hit daytime show.
“This is so hard. My sister Linda had an accident in her home where she fell up the stairs. She fractured and broke her hip and went to hospital.
“While they did the scan of her hip, they found secondary cancer. She had been clear of breast cancer for six years.”
58-year-old Linda’s fresh battle with the disease – which doctors have revealed is incurable – has come at a time when the former singer was carving out a new chapter in her life.
Linda recently showed off a £6k facelift. And ahead of the surgery she explained her motivation for going under the knife:
“My face has been through a lot with me and I can see that. I look so old, worn and drained and just so, so sad,” she said.
“Ten years ago I was happy and I looked happy and I want to look like that Linda again. I want to look the way I feel and I’m really excited to see the results.”
Sister Coleen was delighted with the results, but yesterday couldn’t hold back the tears as she described her anger at hearing the news.
“I went through such terrible anger. I was angry with the world and I was angry with cancer.
“Also I didn’t want to come back and lie and sit here and say, ‘Everything’s great’ so with her blessing she wanted me to talk about it today.”
But in the midst of such a an awful time for the Linda and the Nolan sisters, Coleen revealed that the family has tried to focus on the positives. She added.
“The positive thing is, although it is not curable, it is treatable and it hasn’t spread anywhere else. Linda wants to get it across she isn’t dying of cancer because it is treatable and she could have years, so we have to focus on that.”
Coleen’s team also took to Twitter to thank fans for their messages of encouragement.
Linda’s cancer struggle is the latest in the line of challenges faced by presenter Coleen. The star has recently had question marks over her marriage to hubby Ray Fensome and THAT shock interview for Channel Five’s In Therapy the 52-year-old has had her every move scrutinised.
Coleen has been notably absent from the ITV debate show in recent weeks. A fact that didn’t go unnoticed by fans:
Viewers have speculated that the mum-of-three’s recent tragic revelation about her half-sister – who she fears could have been among the hundreds of bodies found in an unmarked grave at the site of Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway – could be the main driver being her retreat from the cameras.
Speaking about her heartache on a recent episode, Coleen said:
“I’ve talked about the half-sister I’ve never met. She was born in Ireland.
“I always wondered why she didn’t get in touch and I thought, she could have been one of those babies.”
And a recent Tweet on Coleen’s account – which is now run by a web team as she ‘can’t stand the trolls!’ – also confirmed that the star had taken recent time out to focus on family matters.
We really feel for Coleen and our hearts go out to Linda and her family.
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