Coleen Nolan says ‘warrior' sister Linda's cancer is a 'black cloud' over her family

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Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan has called her sister Linda Nolan a “warrior” as she continues to battle cancer after being first diagnosed 15 years ago.

Coleen, 56 – who introduced her new boyfriend Michael in this week’s OK! – has opened up on how her family is doing at the moment, going into detail about how 62 year old Linda’s results have been “very positive” despite her cancer being incurable.

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“My sisters are doing really well. Linda obviously still has her ongoing battle with cancer,” she told OK!. “But so far, all of the scans and all of the results are very very positive.”

Coleen added: “And although they can’t cure it, she’s still responding to treatment really well. And Linda is just a warrior.

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© OK Coleen Nolan calls her sister Linda a warrior for her cancer battle

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“I mean, you would never know. She’s never looked better and she’s out more than I am, partying, she’s loving life, and it’s really lovely to see.”

The Loose Women host – who co-hosted The Real Full Monty with Ashley Banjo – continued: “But there will always be a little bit of a black cloud over us.”

After 26 years of marriage, in 2007 the disease took the life of Linda’s husband Brian Hudson, and six years later that of her sister Bernie.

Linda and Coleen’s sister Anne also recently battled cancer. She beat breast cancer 20 years ago and was told that the lump in her breast was a new cancer and therefore curable. She announced being officially cancer free in October 2020.

When Anne completed her chemotherapy, she felt bad about ringing the bell as she knew Linda would be continuing with her treatment.

“Chemo was absolutely horrendous for me and I was so happy it finally was over, but at the same time I felt a terrible melancholy that Linda wasn’t ringing the bell with me,” she shared with the Daily Mail.

“I started my chemo a week before Linda, so she still has one more round to go, but she said to me: ‘Anne, I will ring the bell, but we all know my cancer is never going away.'”

Coleen Nolan says ‘warrior’ sister Linda's cancer is a 'black cloud’ over her family
© Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Coleen and sister Linda pictured on Loose Women

Coleen went on to say how she “absolutely loved” taking part in the Real Full Monty, as she said it is a show that is “really close to her heart”.

“Obviously, because cancer has affected my family immensely, as it has many others,” she revealed.

“I really feel deeply about that show.”

Coleen Nolan says ‘warrior’ sister Linda's cancer is a 'black cloud’ over her family
© OK! MAGAZINE/LORNA ROACH Linda Nolan was diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago

She added: “It’s still always nerve-wracking at the end when you have to get the girls out, but it’s part of the show.

“I just love it. It’s been one of my favourite things to do.”

The singer added that every year she receives messages of people thanking her to give them the courage to check themselves.

Coleen Nolan says ‘warrior’ sister Linda's cancer is a 'black cloud’ over her family
© OK Coleen Nolan says the Full Monty has a place close to her heart

“It’s my fourth year doing it and every year I get messages of people who have checked themselves and that they have found a lump and gone straight away,” she told us.

“It’s saved quite a lot of people’s lives, and that’s all we ask for, just to be aware of everything.

“So, yeah, it’s a show that is very very close to my heart and long may it continue.”

Read Coleen’s full interview – and meet her new man Michael! – here. For all your updates on Coleen Nolan and her family, sign up to our daily OK! newsletter.

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