Linda Nolan ‘doesn’t know if she’ll see Christmas next year’ in cancer update

Linda Nolan: ‘Who knows how long we’ve got left but make most of that time’

Linda Nolan has said she doesn’t know if she’ll be here next Christmas, in an emotional update about her incurable cancer.

The singer was diagnosed with a form of incurable secondary cancer in her hip back in 2017.

Three years later, she was told it had spread to her liver before doctors found two sizable tumours surrounded by smaller ones in her brain earlier this year.

The 64-year-old has since vowed to see every day she’s alive as a blessing, but admits she has her moments.

Linda told Woman Magazine: “Sometimes it’s hard but I never want cancer to win. Sometimes I slide down the wall and cry my eyes out because I’m having a bad day, but 99.9 per cent of the time I’m OK.”

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The Nolans singer went on to say that Christmas this year will be “extra special because I don’t know if I’ll see it next year”.

“So definitely everything is more poignant. [My Christmas wish] is to be here,” she added.

“It’s important now for me to make memories and to enjoy the time I’ve got left.”

In September, Linda was happy to learn that the tumours found on her brain earlier this year hadn’t grown, but said she won’t be “ringing the bell” for a third time.

The singer does however believe she will see her 65th birthday in February.

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She shared: “Young Linda might have dreaded 65, but nothing would seem more ridiculous now.

“I long to get old. Obviously, the presents will be good too, as ‘it could be my last’.”It’s a line I’ve trotted out for a while now, so these days my family tend to meet it with a round of “Shurrup!” – in harmony.”

The Nolans singer was first diagnosed with cancer in 2005, about a year after noticing a difference in her breasts.

Speaking to last month, Linda’s sister Maureen Nolan expressed the importance of getting checked early if concerned, even if you don’t have a lump.

She said: “The first time she had breast cancer, she didn’t have a lump, she had a misshapen sort of breast and she left it for quite a while because she thought, ‘Well I haven’t got a lump’.

“It’s not necessarily just a lump, it can be a nipple that can look weird or a misshaped breast compared to the other one.

“If you need to go [and get checked] then go, if it’s nothing it’s nothing, but if it’s something, you’ve caught it early.”

Having had sisters Linda, Anne, Coleen and the late Bernie all battle with the disease, Maureen went on to say she does worry about her health, but ensures she checks herself regularly and encourages others to do the same if concerned.

“I try to check myself and just try and get on with my life, enjoy my life. That’s the message from us,” she added.

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