LINDA Nolan has said that her third cancer diagnosis has been the "hardest" as she admitted to taking people "for granted" before the coronavirus pandemic.
The 61-year-old star's incurable but treatable cancer is in her liver, her third recurrence following breast cancer in 2006, cellulitis and lymphoedema in her arm in 2007 and secondary cancer on her pelvis in 2017.
She was delivered the sombre news in May of this year, with her sister Anne being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the same time – marking the second time she has had to fight the disease.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Linda opened up about how different her battle has been third time round, with lockdown meaning that she was unable to get physical support from her loved ones.
However, she did find "comfort" in Anne fighting cancer at the same time, with the pair undergoing treatment together.
Speaking on the ITV breakfast show, Linda explained: "It's been a difficult year, myself and my sister were both diagnosed in May of this year. It was frightening going to the hospital because of Covid but really, at the time, it was the safest place to be.
"It is the third time now that I have had a diagnosis, and this time has been harder because of the pandemic.
"It makes you realise how much you need other people, I possibly took people for granted and all of a sudden I wanted those people to be there to put their arms around me and go through it with me.
"Of course we couldn't this year so I had to dig deep within myself and think I can do this, they're there, they're a phone call away."
Linda continued: "As it happened, because Anne and I had cancer at the same time we were able to go through chemotherapy together, which was a little bit weird but it was a great source of comfort for each other that we were going through it together.
"Our other sisters couldn't be there to sit beside us or hold our hand, we relied greatly on the NHS who have been unbelievable."
And the star spoke candidly about struggling to cope with her illness, sharing: "There's times where I sob into a cushion having been positive for everyone else then I slide down a wall and think: 'What's going to happen?' and: 'It's unfair' but I think you just need to dig deep and realise there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
"Positivity is just believing there will be something better, it's hard, this has been the hardest diagnosis for me – the first time was devastating of course, but this year it came back and it's really testing me now as it takes a little trip around my body.
"But I've got the positivity to keep fighting it and giving it a go and that's what I have to rely on – and being surrounded by the people who love me."
Earlier this month, Linda shared her fear of dying as she revealed what happened the day she was told of her diagnosis this year.
She admitted: "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."
She poignantly added at the time: "I don't want to know if I've got 18 months, two years or whatever.
"All I want for Christmas is to be around for a few more Christmases."
The Sun previously told how Linda and Anne endured a gruelling round of chemotherapy together at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital.
Both stars vowed to overcome the disease, which they have both had to confront before – and that tragically killed their sister Bernie in 2013.
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