Linda Nolan on how she 'slides down the wall in a heap'
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Linda, 62, and Anne Nolan, 70, have spoken out about their cancer battles and living in fear of the disease. Loose Women panellist Linda was told she had incurable breast cancer in 2017 which had spread to her liver, while Anne last year told BBC Morning Live that her cancer had “more or less gone”. The two sisters of former Irish girl band The Nolans dubbed themselves “The Chemo sisters” after their sister Bernie lost her battle to the disease in 2013.
If you feel ill or anything at all you think, oh gosh, it’s the cancer coming back
Anne candidly admitted that she lives with the fear of her cancer returning.
Speaking to The Daily Mirror on Facebook Live, she opened up on her concerns.
She said: “You do live with it for a few years – if you feel ill or anything at all you think, oh gosh, it’s the cancer coming back.
“Eventually that feeling fades away and you don’t think that all the time. Eventually it does leave your head.”
Sister Linda jumped in and agreed, but also explained that she turns to medical professionals to advise her on her worries.
She added: “The thing is that if you are worried, your GP is still there for you.
“At Blackpool [where the Nolans were performing] my cancer nurse was there and I would phone her and I would just say.”
The former singer went on to tell of her paranoia following a mastectomy she underwent 15 years ago, where she feared the “lump” was coming back.
She said: “When I had a mastectomy in 2006, for two months I could feel a lump in where they had taken my breast and there was no breast there and I thought, ‘Oh god, it’s growing back’ and I phoned her and she said ‘Don’t worry, it’s scar tissue’.
“What I mean is that it’s inside your head all the time.”
In their new book Stronger Together, Linda revealed that she found out that her incurable cancer had spread to her liver, 30 minutes after hearing the devastating news that her sister Anne had found a lump in her breast.
The Nolan sisters have faced multiple heartaches over the years, including losing sister Bernie to cancer at the age of 52.
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In their new book Stronger Together, Linda revealed that she found out that her incurable cancer had spread to her liver, 30 minutes after hearing the devastating news that her sister Anne Nolan had found a lump in her breast.
Linda was first diagnosed with cancer in 2006 while Anne was told of her diagnosis six years earlier.
They both learnt that their cancers had returned after filming The Nolans Go Cruising last spring.
Linda said “things really went crazy” after getting off the phone from Maureen, who had informed her of Anne’s breast cancer.
“Just as I was coming to terms with Anne’s devastating news, 30 minutes later my doctor’s secretary from Blackpool Victoria Hospital called.
“With my cancer metastasising [spreading] in my hip three years prior, I was given quarterly scans from my thorax down to my pelvis.
“If my heart was already jittery, it literally missed a beat during that call. I couldn’t tell my family when we were dealing with Anne’s diagnosis,” she wrote in Stronger Together, in quotes obtained by the publication.
Linda’s secondary cancer had spread from her breast to her hip, as well as also being located in her liver.
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