Linda Nolan has shared how she struggled to hear her cancer diagnosis without all of her sisters by her side due to Covid’s limitations.
The singer, 62, was told by her consultant that the cancer in her breast and hip has now spread to her liver, meaning they could handle it on their own, but not be cured.
Linda heard the news just 30 minutes after her sister Anne, 50, called to tell her she had been diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump.
Frank: Linda Nolan has opened up about how she struggled to hear her cancer diagnosis without all her sisters by her side due to Covid restrictions
In an excerpt from their new book Linda & Anne: Stronger Together published in the Mirror She said she was afraid of saddling her family with the diagnosis after Anne shared her heartbreaking news.
However, a few days later she decided to tell someone and confided in her sister Maureen, 66, about what the doctor had said.
Linda wrote: Mo called the others and then they all called me and said, “We’d be there, but we can’t because of Covid.”
“To be told I had cancer during lockdown was much worse than before because they couldn’t put their arms around me.”
Family: Linda pictured with her sisters during their time in the group, the Nolan Sisters (photo Maureen, Anne and the late Bernie, left to right Linda and Denise in 1981)
Linda explained that after the phone call from her doctor, she made an appointment and they told her it was incurable and that she was going to have ‘palliative chemo’.
She said, ‘When I see it written down, it becomes real, that it has to buy me time. It was horrible. I got sad thinking about the children – nieces, nephews, grandchildren – will I watch them grow up? And then I gave myself a good talk. ‘
Linda said she had sworn to herself at the time that she wouldn’t let worry destroy her, how much of her life she has left.
Despite her positive attitude, Linda recently confessed to being terrified of dying while waiting for the results of her latest CT scan to see if her cancer has spread.
Sad news: the singer, 62, was told by her consultant that the cancer in her breast and hip has now spread to her liver, meaning they could only make it through but not be cured (photo: Maureen, Coleen, Linda and Bernie Nolan in 2011)
She opened up about her battle with cancer OK! magazine as she revealed she will have another scan soon.
The star was first diagnosed with stage three cancer in 2005 after finding a lump in her breast, but cleared up a year later.
However, 10 years later, she discovered that the cancer had spread to her hip, before it was also found in her liver in May 2020.
She gave an update on her treatment saying, ‘I have a CT scan and then I get the results from my oncologist.
‘Every time I worry if it will spread again. I am afraid of dying. There is so much to live for. You realize that when you’ve been through everything I’ve been through. Every day is a gift. ‘
Strong: A few days after learning her diagnosis, she decided to tell someone and confided to her sister Maureen, 66, (photo left) what the doctor had said
Linda revealed that she should take four chemotherapy tables first in the morning and then another four before going to bed.
Brian Hudson, the media personality’s late husband, died of skin cancer in 2007, and she said she always thinks he would ‘figure it out’ if he were here.
Linda said, ‘When I had cancer in 2006, I woke up in the night with a nonsense and he rubbed my back and gave me what I needed. ‘
During a recent interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Linda’s sister Coleen was torn apart when Piers showed her a clip where Linda admits she’s afraid of dying.
Coleen said, “She’s always strong and always positive. That’s the first time I’ve heard her say that, that she’s afraid of dying and doesn’t want to die. ‘
Struggles: During a recent interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Linda’s sister Coleen was torn apart when Piers showed her a clip where Linda admits she’s afraid of dying
Coleen went on to say that Linda had scans every three months, and the last time she went, doctors told her that her cancer has spread from her hip to her liver.
Nolan’s sister Bernie underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy and announced in February 2012 that she was cancer-free.
Months later, however, she shared the heartbreaking news that her cancer had spread to her brain, lungs, liver, and bones. She died in July 2013.
Siblings Linda and Anne began chemotherapy at Victoria Hospital in Blackpool last July.
Coleen said, “She’s always strong and always positive. That’s the first time I’ve heard her say that, that she’s afraid of dying and doesn’t want to die ‘
They received the news of their shock diagnoses within days of each other, shortly after the sisters returned from filming a series of The Nolans Go Cruising in March.
After the sisters received their heartbreaking diagnosis, Maureen moved in with Anne and Linda moved to her sister Denise’s house in Blackpool.
Anne’s diagnosis came 20 years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2000.
In December, the singer said her cancer had ‘disappeared’ after undergoing chemotherapy.
Band: Coleen, Maureen, Bernie and Linda portrayed LR in 1981
She said, ‘My cancer is essentially gone. I still have treatment to go on, but it’s more or less gone, yes. It is awesome.’
Sister Linda, who appeared on the show remotely from her home in Blackpool, revealed that she too was optimistic about the future after successfully completing treatment in September.
She said it has no cure, so I may be on medication for the rest of my life, but as long as it works, that’s fine.
‘It’s hard not to be positive with this lot around because they are all full of it so it’s great, we had such a great time together.’