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Linda Nolan learned of her devastating cancer diagnosis just half an hour after her sister Anne

Linda Nolan has revealed she was diagnosed with cancer just half an hour after her sister Anne learned she was battling the disease.

In her first TV interview since publicly revealing her diagnosis, the singer, 61, admitted it’s been ‘traumatic’ losing her hair after undergoing chemotherapy treatment in lockdown, and described the health battle as ‘a double nightmare.’

On Sunday Linda and Anne stunned the nation when they revealed they had been diagnosed with cancer just days apart, and posed for brave photos after losing their hair during treatment.

Sad news: Linda Nolan, 61, has revealed she was diagnosed with cancer just half an hour after her sister Anne learned she was battling the disease

Sad news: Linda Nolan, 61, has revealed she was diagnosed with cancer just half an hour after her sister Anne learned she was battling the disease

Sad news: Linda Nolan, 61, has revealed she was diagnosed with cancer just half an hour after her sister Anne learned she was battling the disease

Linda said: ”Since I was re-diagnosed in 2017 I’ve had regular three monthly scans and I go in and see the oncologist and he says ‘[yeah everything’s fine treatment’s working” and you carry on with it. 

‘Then we went on the cruise and had a brilliant time ‘the nolan’s go cruising’. And we went on that and then when we got back Anne discovered a lump in her breast and she went to the doctor. 

‘I had my normal scans, I think it was the fourth of May. On the 7th of May Maureen phoned me to say that Anne’s cancer had been confirmed and had to possibly have chemo or a lumpectomy and then half an hour later my oncologist secretary phoned to say that they had seen something on my liver and I had to have an MRI scan.

Difficult: On Sunday Linda and Anne revealed they had been diagnosed with cancer just days apart, posing for brave photos after losing their hair during treatment

Difficult: On Sunday Linda and Anne revealed they had been diagnosed with cancer just days apart, posing for brave photos after losing their hair during treatment

Difficult: On Sunday Linda and Anne revealed they had been diagnosed with cancer just days apart, posing for brave photos after losing their hair during treatment

‘So I didn’t tell anyone for around three days because I can’t turn round and go ”yeah I’ve got it back as well you know”. So its my third time.’

Asked about her own health, she told Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway: ‘I feel OK actually, my chemo isn’t as toxic as Anne’s, it’s actually secondary breast cancer that I have got, the cells have just metastasised. 

‘But Anne is a primary cancer so she is having the full everything thrown at her to make her well again. She’s sorry she couldn’t be here but sends her love.’

She added: ‘We are both getting great treatment from our local hospital Victoria and everybody there is brilliant, all the staff and nurses there are fabulous. 

‘You’ve heard of the chemical brothers, we are now the chemical sisters. Or you know somebody said we could do a right said Fred impression.’ 

Linda admitted it’s been challenging undergoing cancer treatment during the COVID-19 lockdown, as they’ve been unable to embrace their grandchildren or visit loved ones.

During the pandemic, many people undergoing cancer treatment have been advised to stay at home and ‘shield,’ with these rules only changing on Saturday.

She added: ‘During the lockdown its been a double nightmare because normally our family – my husband used to call us the cavalry – when something happens bad or good they rush from all directions and we laugh and we chat and we support each other but of course all we were initially able to do with Anne was to phone her and say we’re here or wave at her through the window. 

‘That has made it more difficult and I think Anne has struggled with that because she has two daughters and grandchildren and not being able to have their support as in hugging and they’re all mad about their gran. 

‘But we do at chemo have a good old chin-wag we compare side effects, pins and needles in our fingers and toes, we swap all that information.’ 

On Monday both sisters Linda and Anne shared brave photos just days after revealing they are battling cancer together. 

The siblings began chemotherapy at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital last month. 

They received 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.

Now, the sisters have shared brave photos of themselves without any hair as they go through chemotherapy to battle the disease. 

The news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie to cancer in 2013. 

The siblings, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, began chemotherapy at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital last month

The siblings, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, began chemotherapy at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital last month

The siblings, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, began chemotherapy at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital last month

A tweet from the Nolan’s account confirmed the devastating news on Sunday. 

It said: ‘For the past few months during lockdown, Linda and Anne have been battling cancer and chemotherapy together.  We will get through this together, as a family.’

Loose Women presenter Coleen also took to Twitter after the news broke.  

‘They’ve beaten it before – they can beat it again,’ she said. ‘Please keep them in your thoughts and well wishes.’  

Speaking of the moment they were diagnosed, Linda told the Sun: ‘We laughed and we cried really, It’s hysterical.’ 

‘Forget the Chemical Brothers, we’ve become the Chemo Sisters,’ she added.        

Mother-of-two Anne said: ‘I don’t want to die. I love my life so much. I love my daughters, my grandchildren, my friends, all my family. 

‘I want to live for as long as I possibly can.’   

Anne, 69, found out she has stage three breast cancer in April, 20 years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2000. 

Her sister Linda, 61, discovered she has incurable liver cancer days later. 

The pop star has also battled cancer before. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, cellulitis and lymphoedema in her arm in 2007 and secondary cancer on her pelvis in 2017. 

Linda said she thought her scans ‘would be just fine as they normally are’, before her oncologist’s office phoned her to say she needed an MRI scan as they had found something on her liver.

The call came just half an hour after her sister Maureen contacted her to deliver the news that Anne’s breast cancer had returned.  

The sisters, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, endured a round of chemotherapy together at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital last month after receiving the devastating diagnoses. Pictured: Denise, Linda, Anne, Coleen, Bernadette and Maureen Nolan

The sisters, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, endured a round of chemotherapy together at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital last month after receiving the devastating diagnoses. Pictured: Denise, Linda, Anne, Coleen, Bernadette and Maureen Nolan

The sisters, who formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans, endured a round of chemotherapy together at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital last month after receiving the devastating diagnoses. Pictured: Denise, Linda, Anne, Coleen, Bernadette and Maureen Nolan

Linda (left), 61, found out she has incurable liver cancer shortly after the pair returned from filming a series of The Nolans Go Cruising with sisters Coleen and Maureen in March

Linda (left), 61, found out she has incurable liver cancer shortly after the pair returned from filming a series of The Nolans Go Cruising with sisters Coleen and Maureen in March

Linda (left), 61, found out she has incurable liver cancer shortly after the pair returned from filming a series of The Nolans Go Cruising with sisters Coleen and Maureen in March

‘I couldn’t tell anyone then because they were so obviously devastated about Anne,’ she said. ‘I thought, ‘I can’t turn around now and say, ‘Actually I’ve got it back as well’.”   

The devastating news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie to cancer in 2013. 

The second youngest Nolan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy and announced in February 2012 that she was cancer-free.

However, months later Bernie shared the heartbreaking news that her cancer had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones. She died in July 2013, aged 52.     

Linda said: ‘I look in the mirror now and I see Bernie, because I think we’re so alike anyway and it just brings back all of her trauma and how sick she was.’     

Anne, 69, found out she has stage three breast cancer in April, 20 years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2000.

Anne, 69, found out she has stage three breast cancer in April, 20 years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2000.

Anne, 69, found out she has stage three breast cancer in April, 20 years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2000. 

Pictured: Maureen, Bernie, Linda and Coleen Nolan as The Nolan Sisters in 1980

Pictured: Maureen, Bernie, Linda and Coleen Nolan as The Nolan Sisters in 1980

Pictured: Maureen, Bernie, Linda and Coleen Nolan as The Nolan Sisters in 1980

After the sisters received their heartbreaking diagnoses, Maureen moved in with Anne and Linda relocated to her sister Denise’s home.

The sisters had their first session of chemotherapy together on June 5, and will both have six rounds of the treatment in total. 

Anne, who was in hospital for 11 days amid her treatment, will then have either a mastectomy or lumpectomy, most likely followed by radiotherapy.  

In April, Loose Women host Coleen told how Linda’s cancer treatment had been delayed amid the coronavirus crisis.   

The Loose Women host, 55, appeared on This Morning as she discussed how the global pandemic left her older sister waiting to receive treatment.

The devastating news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie ( second from right) to cancer in 2013

The devastating news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie ( second from right) to cancer in 2013

The devastating news comes seven years after Linda and Anne lost their sister Bernie ( second from right) to cancer in 2013

Pictured: Coleen, Bernie, Linda and Maureen Nolan of The Nolans perform at the Apollo in Manchester on October 13, 2009

Pictured: Coleen, Bernie, Linda and Maureen Nolan of The Nolans perform at the Apollo in Manchester on October 13, 2009

Pictured: Coleen, Bernie, Linda and Maureen Nolan of The Nolans perform at the Apollo in Manchester on October 13, 2009

Linda receives regular hospital treatment to ‘strengthen her bones and keep the cancer at bay’, she said.

Coleen added: ‘It is worrying. I know one of her injections was delayed for a couple of weeks which meant she was in a lot of pain with her bones. 

‘You don’t want her to miss what she should be having. On the other hand, is it putting her more at risk to put her in a hospital where she’s going to bump into other people?’

Linda was first diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2006.

Although the star went into remission, the cancer returned in 2017, and was confirmed to be incurable. 

She revealed last night she has now been diagnosed with liver cancer.

Source: Daily Mail Australia | News Colony

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