The telly star is determined to keep on living
After Coleen Nolan made the emotional revelation that her sister Linda had been diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer last week, now Linda has opened up about dealing with the heartbreaking news.
The Nolan’s singer, who suffered severe depression when her husband died of skin cancer in 2007, admitted that she had slowly got herself back on track when doctors told her the shocking news.
‘When I was down in my worst depression after my husband Brian died, all I wanted was to be with him,’ she told The Mirror.
‘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.’
The 58-year-old beat breast cancer back in 2007 but found out it had returned after being taken to hospital following a nasty fall and a routine scan revealed a cyst on her hip bone.
And despite putting on a brave face for her family, Linda admitted she’s terrified of dying after sadly losing younger sister Bernie to breast cancer just four years ago.
‘I am really scared. I don’t want to die,’ the star revealed.
‘All my little nieces and nephews, my step-children and step-grandchildren, they are my life now because I never had children.
‘And when they come in to the hospital to visit me, I think, ‘Oh my God, I wanted to see you get married or see you with your first boyfriend.’
‘And I want to grow old with my family… There is so much I want to do. I have to be positive and make sure I do.’
However, brave Linda isn’t about to let the disease control her life and has vowed to keep on living normally for as long as possible, adding: ‘Some people with secondary breast cancer can live for five, ten, twenty years. And that’s what I want to do.
‘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.’
How amazing is that?
Coleen recently spoke of her younger sister’s diagnosis on Loose Women and revealed that although the type of cancer is not able to be cured, the family are focusing on the fact that Linda is not dying.
‘The positive thing is, although it is not curable, it is treatable and it hasn’t spread anywhere else,’ Coleen said.
‘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.’
Sending all of our love to the Nolan family.