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Linda Nolan has shared her heartbreak after her oncologist revealed new tumours have appeared in her liver.
The 61 year old was diagnosed with incurable liver cancer back in August and announced her 70 year old sister Anne was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the same time.
Now, the singer has opened up on being told the disease has spread and she's taking 26 pills daily to ensure she's "around for a few more Christmases".
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“I knew when I went into the room for my appointment because I could tell from the consultant’s demeanour," she told Mirror Online. "He turned to me and said the CT scan had shown something on my liver again. I asked if it was cancer and he said yes."
The TV personality went on to explain that she's trying to keep a positive mindset, but it hasn't been easy. She said: “It’s scary, I’m not going to lie. I try to be upbeat and positive but I had a really bad day when I got back.”
Putting on a brave face for her sisters Anne, Denise, 68, Maureen, 66, and Coleen, 55, she continued: “I told my sisters I was fine but when I got inside my house, I cried. I needed to have that cry because I’m scared to death of dying.”
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Linda, who recently said her "traumatising" hair loss reminded her of her late sister Bernie, was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2006, she then had cellulitis and lymphoedema in her arm in 2007 and secondary cancer on her pelvis in 2017.
After finishing chemotherapy in September following her discovery that her cancer had spread to her liver, she was left waiting for two months to find out if the it had shrunk. But instead she was told she has new tumours.
“When I was told I’d need more chemo I thought, ‘Oh my god, my hair is just growing back.’ It’s oral chemotherapy, 10 tablets a day.
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“It means I’m taking 26 tablets a day now. I asked how long I’d be taking the chemo tablets for and he said for as long as they’re working. I don’t want to know if I’ve got 18 months, two years or whatever. It’s bad enough thinking about it all in my head. But all I want for Christmas is to be around for a few more Christmases.
“That would be the best present of all, to be here for as long as I can. The consultant was very upbeat and said there was no way we were talking about the last year of my life.
“I’m lucky it’s treatable but I do approach it by thinking: ‘This could be my last Christmas’.”
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Attempting to keep herself busy, Linda, who lost her husband Brian in 2007, revealed she joined a dating app and has started speaking to someone.
“I’ve been talking to somebody on a dating app. We met in the park, we took Betty [her dog] for a walk to get to know each other," she said.
Linda added: “It was nice and I might see him again but I wouldn’t want to get too involved with anybody at the moment because I don’t know how long I’m going to be here. I’ve had the love of my life but it would be nice to have somebody to spend time with.”
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