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Chemo took my hair, eyebrows, and now my nails, says Linda Nolan

Once known as the cheeky Nolan, it’s no surprise that Linda Nolan is battling terminal cancer with as much humor as she can muster.

The singer, 63, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2005 and was given the all-clear the next year. But in March 2017 she was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, which was identified after it spread to her hip following a fall.

Linda Nolan battles terminal cancer with as much humor as she can muster

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Linda Nolan battles terminal cancer with as much humor as she can muster
Doctors see no cure for the cancer that has now spread to Linda's hip

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Doctors see no cure for the cancer that has now spread to Linda’s hip

doctors confirmed they could see no healing – and in May 2020 that it had also spread to her liver.

Linda has since lost her hair, eyelashes and eyebrows chemotherapywhile her toenails “have turned to chalk.”

But one thing she hasn’t lost is her quick wit while continuing to playfully tease her famous loved ones.

She says: “I don’t want to be morbid, but sometimes I make wind my sisters high. If they say they can’t be here on my birthday, I’ll say, ‘Well, that’s fine, but if it’s my last, don’t feel guilty.’

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“In a way, yes gave me a sense of freedom. I now know what is important.

“I don’t know how long I’ll be here so I’ll make the best of the time I have left. Hopefully it will take many more years, but it can’t be.”

Linda found pop fame in the seventies The Anglo-Irish girl group The Nolanswith her sisters Anne, now 71, Denise, 69, Maureen, 67, Coleen, 57, and her late sister Bernie, who died of breast cancer in 2013 at the age of 52. Anne was also diagnosed with breast cancer but is now in remission.

Linda, who also has brothers Tommy and Brian, says: “My sisters and brothers are very excited when I get my results. We have a WhatsApp group called ‘Linda’s Treatment’ and I keep them all updated on this. But when I talk to them, I play around.

“When they said I had weddings this year, I replied ‘and hopefully no funeral.'”

Linda’s humor is one of the ways she copes with the seriousness of her situation after doctors tell her so She has to undergo chemo for life because her cancer is treatable but not curable.

she had went back on chemo in september, with some success. But later, fewer positive scans meant she was told in January she would need ongoing treatment.

Linda says: “I started chemo again in September but the doctor said it didn’t do what they were hoping for. The tumors on my liver were enlarged and growing, so they had to put me back on chemo.

“It was a shock. But I will do anything to stay alive. We agreed on a 12-week course, once a week every Friday.”

When the message got through, Linda collapsed in Maureen’s arms.

She said: “For the next two days I was a complete mess. I cried. It took me these days to get it out of my system.

“I thought, ‘Am I going to see my grandnieces and nephews? Am I going to see her grow up and get married?’ But then I thought, “I don’t want to let cancer win.”

“When you get to the point where you feel sorry for yourself and you’re down, something inside me says, ‘Yeah, but you’re going to be there, so don’t make a fool of yourself.’

In a way it gave me a sense of freedom. I now know what is important. I don’t know how long I’ll be here, so I’ll make the best of the time I have left. Hopefully it will take many years, but it can’t be.

Linda Nolan

“I’m doing my best to be positive but I’m clinging to my fingernails which are damaged from chemo anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I have days where I have to struggle out of bed because I wake up and there’s a big, gray cloud of fate hanging over me. But I try to stay positive.”

Linda’s chemo is taking its toll, but her sister, Loose Women star ColeenHe has words of wisdom for them.

Linda says: “I’ve always treated myself to acrylic nails, but this time they all broke halfway through – they’re like chalk. The chemo took my hair, my eyebrows and now my nails.

“But Coleen put it well. When I told her, she replied, “Well, I don’t care what it takes as long as it doesn’t need you”. But it’s the little things that wear you down.”

Linda also has two wigs that she wears. She is aware of the toll her illness has taken on her closest loved ones.

She says: “I still have an advisor as there are things I don’t want to say to my family as I know they are also devastated.

“When I’m feeling really down, it’s hard for them to know what to do.

“You’re brilliant at asking questions, but with the counselor I can say, ‘I’m scared to death.’

“It’s not acting, but ultimately it’s hard to be positive. I can talk and cry with her.

I’m doing my best to be positive, but I’m clinging to my fingernails, which are damaged from chemo anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I have days where I have to struggle out of bed because I wake up and there’s a big, gray cloud of fate hanging over me. But I try to be positive.

Linda Nolan

“I don’t want to make it any worse for my family than it already is.” Linda doesn’t feel like making a list of things she wants to do before she dies because it’s “too final.”

She’s also chosen not to find out how long doctors think she’s left – instead choosing to live in the present.

She says: “I asked my advisor about my prognosis one day and then quickly said, ‘Don’t tell me’ because I don’t want to know. I just want to bring back memories.

“I was supposed to have more chemo on Christmas Eve but my doctor said it was fine and I could take some time off.

“It really helped me. I had a great Christmas and enjoyed it with family and we celebrated New Year’s at Coleen’s.

“Things like that seem so much more important now.

“I don’t know if it will be my last Christmas this year or my last New Year, but I accept that it could be good.”

However, Linda is adamant that she won’t miss any big family celebrations this year.

She said: “Three of my nephews are getting married and Denise is approaching her 70th birthday.

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“My godchild Danny, Maureen’s son, is getting married in Italy and that’s my aim – to make sure I’m there in August.

“I’ll be there for all of those things. They are milestones. I am determined.”

Linda found seventies pop fame with her sisters in Anglo-Irish girl group The Nolans

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Linda found seventies pop fame with her sisters in Anglo-Irish girl group The Nolans
Loose Women star Coleen has words of wisdom for Linda

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Loose Women star Coleen has words of wisdom for Linda

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