Linda Nolan has shared an open letter to Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, who announced the sad news last week that she is battling breast cancer.
The Promise singer revealed that she had been diagnosed with the disease earlier this year and is currently undergoing chemotherapy as it has now advanced to other parts of her body.
Just weeks before, Linda and her sister Anne Nolan announced that they were both battling cancer.
Linda, 61, has been diagnosed with incurable cancer in her liver after previously battling breast cancer in 2006, cellulitis and lymphoedema in her arm in 2017, and secondary cancer on her pelvis that same year.
Relating to Sarah’s ordeal, Linda penned an open letter to the pop star in her latest New! Magazine column.
‘Sarah, I was so shocked and devastated to hear about your breast cancer diagnosis,’ Linda wrote.
‘If I can say anything to you, the support you’ll get from the public will be amazing – it was overwhelming for my sister Anne [who is also suffering from breast cancer] and me.
‘People are genuinely lovely and want to wish you the best. Initially, I didn’t want people to pity me, but it was weight off my shoulders when it came out and I hope you’re feeling a sense of relief too,’ she added.
Linda admitted that while it’s her third time being diagnosed with cancer, it is ‘just as scary’ each time.
But offering words of encouragement, she told Sarah: ‘But once you get your head around it – and you’ve got a supportive family, which I know you have – before you know it you’ll be at the end of your chemo treatments.
‘I started my chemo in June and thought, “I’m never going to get to September”, and now I’ve got two treatments left. And you get into a routine with it.
‘Although you’re feeling rubbish, remember it’s treatment to make you better. As you’ve said, the doctors are amazing and give you so much support, but don’t be frightened to ask questions.’
In her announcement, Sarah stated that she is ‘fighting as hard as I possibly can’ to beat the disease.
She praised her family for their support and also the NHS staff members treating her, describing them as ‘heroes’.
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