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Nolan sisters Linda and Anne are both tackling cancer after being diagnosed days apart

Dan Seddon
Photo credit: Paul Brown/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Paul Brown/Shutterstock

From Digital Spy

Linda and Anne Nolan have announced that they have both been diagnosed with cancer.

Speaking to The Sun, the Nolans stars revealed that they found out the news just days apart, following a trip together filming TV series The Nolans Go Cruising alongside sisters Coleen and Maureen earlier this year.

They tragically lost their other sister Bernie to cancer seven years ago.

Photo credit: @quest_red - Instagram
Photo credit: @quest_red - Instagram

Recalling the moment they informed Coleen and Maureen of the double diagnosis, Linda said: "We laughed and we cried really. It's hysterical. Forget the Chemical Brothers, we've become the Chemo Sisters."

Linda now has an incurable form of liver cancer, having previously survived breast cancer in 2006, lymphoedema in her arm a year later and secondary cancer on her pelvis in 2017.

The 61-year-old Irish singer further explained: "On May 7, our sister Maureen called me at 10am to say that Anne's breast cancer had been confirmed. Then half an hour later my oncologist's secretary phoned me to say, 'We need you to have an MRI scan because we've seen something on your liver'.

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

She acknowledged that she will likely be living with cancer permanently but vowed that it wouldn't get the better of her.

"I've had it since 2006 and I'm still here and I was able to go back out and do shows with the girls and live a practically normal life," she said.

"I'm still here and part of a great family that I love very much and I'm going to fight as much as I can to stay around and be with them."

Photo credit: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage - Getty Images
Photo credit: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage - Getty Images

Meanwhile, 69-year-old Anne is hoping to be fully cured by the chemo, as she discussed: "The cancer hasn't metastasised, it's just contained in the breast. That was an amazing thing to hear really.

"I keep telling myself the chemo is horrible, but hopefully it's doing its job. And it's not a case of being brave. I'm not brave. I haven't been brave at all – I've been crying and probably stressing my sisters and my daughters.

"So I'm not brave. I just haven't got any choice. Either I do it, take chemo, or face the consequences."

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