‘I’m so sick of it attacking my family:’ Coleen Nolan breaks down in tears while discussing her sister Linda’s cancer battle after she revealed the disease has spread to her brain
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Coleen Nolan broke down in tears during an emotional appearance on Monday’s Loose Women, after her sister Linda revealed her cancer has spread to her brain.
The Loose Women star, 58, admitted she was ‘sick’ of the disease ‘attacking her family’, as Linda battles the disease for a third time.
Coleen told the panel: ‘Linda’s had cancer since 2005. It’s her strength and will to live, she’s just so strong all the time and it makes the rest of us strong.
‘It was a big shock on Monday when she told us that was the diagnosis, she’s had incurable cancer for a while but it’s always been treatable.’
She continued: ‘Very sadly she told us it had gone to the brain, which normally would be ”OK we’ve only got a certain amount of time”, but she told us a new drug has been developed.
Sad: Coleen Nolan broke down in tears during an emotional appearance on Monday’s Loose Women, after her sister Linda revealed her cancer has spread to her brain
Tragic: Earlier in the day, Linda revealed on Good Morning Britain that her cancer has spread to her brain in a heartbreaking interview
‘It’s only been out a year but it’s showing great signs so they’ve put her on that.’
Coleen went onto praise her sister for staying positive despite her prognosis, saying: ‘You hear her talk and she’s positive so it makes you stronger.’
But Coleen then broke down in tears, telling the panel: ‘This time I haven’t cried because I’ve felt really numb.
‘I’m so sick of it – it just attacks my family, I know a lot of people go through it. I’m scared of crying because I don’t think I’ll stop, but I’m gonna cry now so can we move on.’
Earlier in the day, Linda revealed on Good Morning Britain that her cancer has spread to her brain in a heartbreaking interview.
The singer, who recently celebrated her 64th birthday, was first diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2005 before getting the all-clear in 2006, but in 2017 was diagnosed with a form of incurable secondary cancer in her hip, which later spread to her liver in 2020.
She told presenters Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley: ‘I’ve always been hopeful with my treatment and what’s going on in my life.
‘I just want to tell you unfortunately for me my cancer has spread to my brain and that’s obviously frightening because there isn’t much treatment for brain cancer except for chemotherapy.’
Moving: Coleen admitted she was ‘sick’ of the disease ‘attacking her family’, after Linda was diagnosed with cancer for the third time in 2020
Emotional: But she then broke down in tears, telling the panel: ‘This time I haven’t cried because I’ve felt really numb
Sad: ‘I’m so sick of it – it just attacks my family, I know a lot of people go through it. I’m scared of crying because I don’t think I’ll stop, but I’m gonna cry now so can we move on,’ she added
Tough: Linda is said to have suffered a ‘series of falls’ due to her chemotherapy treatment, leaving her family ‘extremely worried’
She added: ‘I’m not giving up. I’m positive. I’m going to lose my hair again for the fourth time.
‘I’ve moved back in with my sister to live, I was having falls, the cancer in my brain was affecting my balance and I had three quite nasty falls.
‘So, as usual, my amazing family – I’m back living with my sister Denise and her partner. Maureen has been looking after me for the past few weeks.
‘I’ve bought a wheelchair, we’re getting stuff ready for the inevitable really. It’s a scary trip to be on this one.’
Linda said she’s trying to remain positive: ‘I don’t know how long I’ve got left and that’s not me being morbid or anything, but I don’t know, none of us know really. So for me, it’s making the most of every day and spending it with people I love.
‘Just being positive: ”Yes, I’ve beaten it before,” I’ve been fighting it since 2005 originally and then I’ve beaten it before, so hopefully I can do the same again. Obviously, with the great help I’ve always had from the NHS.’
Linda was supported by her famous sisters as she departed hospital in a wheelchair on Saturday.
She was helped into a car by her sister Maureen, 68, who whom she sang alongside in her family pop group The Nolans in the 70s and 80s.
Linda is said to have suffered a ‘series of falls’ due to the chemotherapy, leaving her family ‘extremely worried.’
A source told The Mirror : ‘Linda has been prone to falls, but it’s a common side-effect of the chemotherapy she was on.
‘She had a series of falls a couple of weeks ago, just after her birthday. The family are extremely worried now and are rallying round to support and care for her.
‘Linda doesn’t feel safe in her home alone now. Everyone’s hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.’
It comes after Linda shared a new health update as she tried out a brand new treatment for her cancer diagnosis.
TV personality Linda later had a fall on her hip which is when doctors discovered a form of incurable secondary breast cancer on her pelvis.
In 2020 she was diagnosed with the terrible disease for the third time, and has since received ongoing treatment which has seen her lose her hair and eyebrows, and has even caused her toenails to turn to ‘chalk’.
Since then, the star has been open with her fans about her journey to ‘do anything to stay alive’.
In 2021, Linda started treatment again but was left devastated when she learned it had not had the affect she’d hoped for.
She explained to The Sun : ‘I started the chemo again in September but the doctor said it hadn’t done what they hoped it would do. The tumours on my liver were enlarged and were growing, so they had to put me back on chemo again.
‘It was a shock. But I’ll do anything to stay alive. We agreed on a 12-week course, once a week every Friday.’
She said she spent two days in bed crying after being told the difficult news, questioning if she would be with her family for much longer.
‘I was thinking, ‘Will I see my great-nieces and nephews? Will I see them grow up and get married?’ But then I thought, ‘I don’t want to let cancer win.”
Linda rose to fame with her family pop group The Nolans in the 70s, performing alongside her sisters Anne, 71, Denise, 69, Maureen, 67, and Coleen, 57.
Her last sister Bernie was also a member but she died of breast cancer in 2013 aged 52.
Diagnosis: The singer, who recently celebrated her 64th birthday, was first diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2005 before getting the all-clear in 2006
Heartbreaking: In 2017 was diagnosed with a form of incurable secondary cancer in her hip, which later spread to her liver in 2020
Anne was previously diagnosed with breast cancer but is now in remission.
She went on to explain how she doesn’t say certain things about her illness to her family as she doesn’t want to upset them but finds comfort in humour, although she admits sometimes it is a little dark.
Linda has a WhatsApp group so she can update her family on any progress or test results and often jokes over the messenger service that she hopes the next family event they go to is not her funeral.
She says she has asked her doctors not to tell her how long they think she has left as she just wants to ‘make memories’ and she asked for a break from treatment, rescheduling her December chemotherapy so she could enjoy Christmas.
The star concluded: ‘Three of my nephews are getting married and Denise has her 70th coming up. My godson Danny, who is Maureen’s son, is getting married in Italy and that is my goal — to make sure I am there in August.
‘I am going to be there for all of those things. They are milestones. I am determined.’
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