Coleen Nolan has candidly reflected on her sisters’ cancer battles and admitted that she panicked she’d ‘be next’.
The singer, 55, spoke about how ‘horrendous’ it has been dealing with two sisters – Anne, 69, and Linda, 61 – finding out they have cancer in 2020 after already losing sibling Bernie, 52, to the disease .
Speaking on Monday’s The Real Full Monty, Coleen said: ‘Cancer took my sister Bernie in 2013, I didn’t think life could get any worse than that then bam 2020 comes alone.
Emotional: Coleen Nolan has candidly reflected on her sisters’ cancer battles and admitted that she panicked she’d ‘be next’
‘My first thought with Anne and Linda was, “I can’t bear losing any more sisters, I can’t bear it!”
‘It’s been horrendous actually, you try and be strong for them, as they are being strong, there’s just times when you feel so weak with it and angry, it’s unfair.’
Coleen emotionally continued: ‘Once I got over shock and trauma, then you go through the panic of “Am I next?” it’s obviously in my family.’
Speaking about Linda and Anne’s prognosis’, Coleen remained positive saying that although Linda’s can’t be ‘cured’ it can be treated for as long as possible.
Close: Anne, 69, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June alongside younger sister Linda, 61, who is battling secondary cancer and has also received chemotherapy treatment
She also discussed how Anne went to the doctor quickly after thinking something might be wrong, which was very important.
Coleen said: ‘Anne went very quickly when she found hers. She’s just had her test results and the cancer has gone, it’s an even more important message to get across just go [to the doctor], don’t be scared it can save your life.’
The singer and Loose Women panellist is hosting this year’s series of The Full Monty alongside Dancing On Ice judge Ashley Banjo.
Stars taking part in the show, which is on ice for 2020, include Shaughna Phillips and Hayley Tamaddon as well as Jake Quickenden and Chris Hughes.
Coleen’s emotional words come after her sister Linda revealed on Sunday that her liver cancer has spread.
The Irish singer was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, cellulitis and lymphoedema in her arm in 2007 and secondary cancer on her pelvis in 2017.
Family: Linda revealed on Sunday that her liver cancer had spread despite having chemo over the summer (pictured together in 2009, before Bernie’s death)
However although completing chemotherapy in September, Linda was told just two weeks ago that more tumours have been found on her liver.
Reflecting on the news, she told The Mirror: ‘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 [home].
‘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.’
Linda added that she didn’t want to talk about her prognosis, saying her consultant is very ‘upbeat’ and told her they weren’t talking about her final few months.
Nolan sister Anne has also been battling cancer at the same time, with the 69-year-old being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer within days of Linda.
All together: The Nolan sisters – Anne, Denise, Maureen, Linda, Bernadette and Coleen – formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans (pictured with their parents in 1982)
After the sisters received their heartbreaking diagnoses, their sister Maureen moved in with Anne, 69, and Linda relocated to her sister Denise’s home.
Anne’s diagnosis came 20 years after she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2000. However she revealed earlier in December that her cancer has ‘disappeared’ after undergoing a course of chemotherapy.
Speaking to BBC Morning Live, Anne admitted she was thrilled after being told her condition has significantly improved in the months following her diagnosis.
She said: ‘My cancer has disappeared basically. I’m still having treatment to go forward but it’s more or less gone, yeah. It’s amazing.
‘I remember being in hospital having my chemo and there was a lady sitting opposite me and she was at the end of her chemotherapy. She said to me, “I just want you to know there is light at the end of the tunnel”, and at the time I thought I can’t really see that at the moment, but there is, and I’m proof there is. It’s fantastic.’
The Nolan sisters – Anne, Denise, Maureen, Linda, Bernadette and Coleen – formed part of Irish pop group The Nolans.
Bernie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy and announced in February 2012 that she was cancer-free.
However, months later she shared the heartbreaking news that her cancer had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones. She died in July 2013, aged 52.
Tragic loss: Lead singer Bernie Nolan (left in 2011) died in July 2013, aged 52, after cancer spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones