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Kimberley Walsh admits she feels ‘completely helpless’ while Sarah Harding battles breast cancer

Kimberely Walsh has revealed she feels ‘completely helpless’ while Sarah Harding battles breast cancer.

In a new interview the Girls Aloud star, 39, admitted that she all she can do is ‘be there’ for her bandmate after she revealed her devastating diagnosis in August.

It comes after Sarah, 39, returned to social media for the first time in three months to thank fans for their ‘love and support’ as she discussed the ‘bad days’ in her ongoing cancer treatment.

Supportive: Kimberely Walsh has revealed she feels ‘completely helpless’ while Sarah Harding battles breast cancer (pictured together in 2010)

Kimberley told Entertainment Daily she’s in awe of Sarah for being able to pen her autobiography while she undergoes cancer treatment.

She added: ‘With anyone who’s suffering from cancer, that is the one thing you do feel is completely helpless. 

‘All you can do is literally be there, constantly remind them that you’re there to help with whatever is humanely possible. 

‘And she knows, she fully knows that, and that’s all that I care about that she knows that she can ask us for anything.’ 

Difficult: In a new interview the Girls Aloud star admitted that she all she can do is 'be there' for her bandmate after she revealed her devastating diagnosis in August

Difficult: In a new interview the Girls Aloud star admitted that she all she can do is ‘be there’ for her bandmate after she revealed her devastating diagnosis in August 

Support: Kimberley, who is pregnant with her third child, said: 'All you can do is literally be there, constantly remind them that you're there to help with whatever is humanely possible'

Support: Kimberley, who is pregnant with her third child, said: ‘All you can do is literally be there, constantly remind them that you’re there to help with whatever is humanely possible’

In August Kimberley joined her Girls Aloud bandmates offering their support for Sarah after she publicly revealed she’d been battling breast cancer. 

On Monday the former Celebrity Big Brother star returned to Instagram to thank fans for their messages of support. 

Sarah, who hadn’t posted on her Instagram or Twitter accounts since the start of December, took to the image-sharing app to discuss her hospital treatments, as well as reveal that she had completed work on her autobiography.

She wrote: ‘I know I’m not really that present on here which I promise I’ll try to get a bit better at, as honestly it means the world to me when I come on and see all your well wishes. Thank you for the love and support, on bad days it helps me so much. 

‘So here’s a little update from me… Mum, the dogs and I had a really lovely but quiet Christmas together, which was different to my usual, but seemed a fitting way to end such a strange year.

Hear Me Out: It comes after Sarah returned to social media for the first time in three months to thank fans for their 'love and support' as she discussed the 'bad days' in her cancer treatment

Hear Me Out: It comes after Sarah returned to social media for the first time in three months to thank fans for their ‘love and support’ as she discussed the ‘bad days’ in her cancer treatment

‘And since then, in between treatments and hospital visits I’ve managed to finish my book! I can’t believe I’ve actually gone and done it and it’s now at the printers! 

‘I’m so excited for it to come out: ‘I can’t rewrite history; all I can do is be honest and wear my heart on my sleeve. It’s really the only way I know. I want to show people the real me. Or perhaps remind them.

‘Because, somewhere – amongst the nightclubs, the frocks and hairdos, the big chart hits, and the glamour of being a popstar – the other Sarah Harding got utterly lost. She’s the one who’s been forgotten. And all I want is for you to hear her out.

‘I called the book Hear Me Out because it’s the title of the song I wrote on the second Girls Aloud album and I’ve always really loved it.

‘The lyrics have always meant a lot to me. It’s been lovely revisiting our songs, looking back over photos and writing down memories from my last 39 years. I really hope you might enjoy reading about them too.

Sharing an update: The singer told her Instagram followers that she had a 'lovely but quiet' Christmas with her mother and their dogs, rounding out a 'strange' year

Sharing an update: The singer told her Instagram followers that she had a ‘lovely but quiet’ Christmas with her mother and their dogs, rounding out a ‘strange’ year

Book: She also shared further details about her upcoming book about her life, which is set to be released next month

Book: She also shared further details about her upcoming book about her life, which is set to be released next month

She concluded the lengthy post: ‘There’s a link in my biog if you’d like to order a copy. There are some signed ones available too. It’s coming out on March 18 and I can’t wait… argh!!! Sending you all lots of love, S x.’ 

The singer previously admitted she was finding things difficult, but assured her followers she was ‘fighting hard’ and ‘being brave’, while posting a throwback photograph of herself as a child.

She wrote: ‘I can’t deny that things are tough right now but I’m fighting as hard as I possibly can and being as brave as I know how.’ 

Tragic: Sarah previously revealed her diagnosis, and told fans she'd been battling the disease for several months with weekly chemotherapy sessions

Sending you all so much love: She thanked her fans for their support

Tragic: Sarah previously revealed her diagnosis in August, and told fans she’d been battling the disease for several months with weekly chemotherapy sessions

The post marked the first time Sarah had spoken about her diagnosis since she made the announcement about having advanced-stage cancer in August. 

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: ‘Hi everyone. Thank you so much for all the messages of love and support that I’ve received since my last post. 

‘Everyone has been so kind and reading your comments and DMs has been such a huge source of strength to me.

‘I can’t deny that things are tough right now but I’m fighting as hard as I possibly can and being as brave as I know how.

Sarah went on to reveal she had been asked to write a book about her life, which gave her something ‘positive’ to focus on throughout her hospital treatment.

 

Moving: Sarah's bandmates Cheryl, Nicola, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine all shared their support for the star on Twitter following her shocking news

Moving: Sarah’s bandmates Cheryl, Nicola, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine all shared their support for the star on Twitter following her shocking news

Sarah’s devastated Girls Aloud bandmates rallied round her after the singer revealed she had been diagnosed with ‘advanced’ breast cancer earlier this year.

She shared her shocking diagnosis with fans on Instagram, leading to an outpouring of support from an array of stars, including former bandmates Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts.

Posting on Twitter, Cheryl, 37, shared a single broken heart emoji, while Nadine, 35, insisted she will continue to support her old friend during the crisis. 

She wrote: ‘I love you!! You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed!! I am here for the all ways & always will be!!!’

Clearly shocked by Sarah’s diagnosis, Nicola tweeted: ‘It goes without saying that this is blindsiding. @SarahNHarding you’re so loved and supported.’

Kimberley also sent her love to her former bandmate, writing: ‘My heart is broken. You’re so strong and brave and we are with you every step of the way.’ 

If you have been affected by this story, call Macmillan Cancer Support on 0808 808 00 00.

Beloved: Sarah is best known as a member of the girl group, who split in 2013 (pictured second left with L-R Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley in 2009)

Beloved: Sarah is best known as a member of the girl group, who split in 2013 (pictured second left with L-R Cheryl, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley in 2009)

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.

When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.

Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.

Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.

The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast growing. High grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.

What causes breast cancer?

A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.

Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign. 

The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

  • Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
  • Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.

If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest x-ray.

How is breast cancer treated?

Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.

  • Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
  • Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
  • Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
  • Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.

How successful is treatment?

The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.

The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk


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