Linda Nolan has opened up about her cancer diagnosis on Loose Women, a week after her sister Coleen revealed the sad news on the show.
Appearing live with Coleen from her home in Blackpool, the former singer spoke about her treatment and the effect the condition is having on her family.
‘It’s very daunting, I’m devastated. I feel so bad for my family having to go through all this again’, she told the Loose Women panel.
Linda also thanked her family for their support, saying she couldn’t go through this difficult time without them.
‘I think that’s why we talk about it so much cause I can’t imagine going through this on your own. I couldn’t do it without their support.’
After sharing the sad news, Linda said the support from fans has been ‘amazing’ and that people even got in touch to say that she’s helping with their battle with the disease.
‘I’ve had messages from people saying I’m helping them with their disease, the support has been amazing’, she said on yesterday’s episode.
Linda has been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, after doctors found a a cyst on her pelvis when she was getting treatment for a broken hip.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror previously, the 58-year-old said she was feeling positive about her diagnosis, after managing to overcome depression following her husband’s death.
‘When I was down in my worst depression after my husband Brian died, all I wanted was to be with him.
‘But slowly I was able to see there was so much to live for. Then all of a sudden, here I am and I could die and it is all out of my control’, she said in an interview.
‘I am really scared. 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.’
The news of Linda’s diagnosis were first shared on Loose Women by her sister Coleen
‘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.’
Linda has battled breast cancer in the past, but had been in remission for six years.
Her history with cancer doesn’t stop there – she also sadly lost her elder sister and husband to the terrible disease.
Linda’s husband Brian passed away in 2007, aged 60
Linda’s husband of 26 years, Brian, passed away in 2007 after suffering from skin cancer, and she’s admitted feeling suicidal following his death.
‘I absolutely struggled, I went into a downward spiral when Brian passed away and I was on treatment.
‘I was suicidal. I was depressed. I wrote them all a suicide note. I knew they would all understand.’
However, Linda says she is feeling positive following her diagnosis and has decided to live out her dreams, which she’s compiling in a ‘f**k it list’.
‘I’ve decided instead of having a bucket list, I’ll have a f**k it list. I’ll do all the things I’ve ever wanted to do.
‘First off I want to go to bingo on a Sunday night with my sisters again. Then I want to take all the little great nieces and nephews and their parents and my brothers and sisters to Lapland. And to Disneyland Paris on the train.
‘And I want to fly first class. I’ve never done that. I want to go to New York with all the family for the Christmas parade. I was there when I was17 and the Nolans were working with Englebert Humperdinck , but I’ve never been back’, she told The Mirror.
The sad news of Linda’s diagnosis was revealed by her sister Coleen on Loose Women last week, where she returned from having a break from the show.
‘This is so hard. It’s difficult to know where to start… they found secondary cancer in Linda’, Coleen said on the show, also revealing the cancer was not curable.
‘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.’