Linda Nolan addresses doctors’ warning that if she gets Covid she’ll die amid cancer fight
Linda Nolan admits she's ‘scared’ about cancer diagnosis
Linda Nolan, 61, has addressed her health concerns after being diagnosed with cancer during the coronavirus pandemic. The Nolans band member has been battling the disease at the same time as her sister Anne Nolan, 70.
Linda and Anne were diagnosed within days of each other, with Anne suffering from breast cancer and Linda with secondary cancer.
Linda opened up after receiving a warning from her doctors saying that if she contracts Covid and the flu this winter she “will die”, as her immune system is depleted from chemotherapy.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk alongside her sister Denise Nolan, 68, who she has been living with following her cancer diagnosis, Linda said: “If I get the flu and then Covid I will die.
“That’s what me and my sister Anne were told, we will die because we have nothing to fight it with, because chemotherapy depletes your immune system.”
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Linda then took the opportunity to encourage those who are in the same position as her to get the free flu jab this year to protect themselves.
She added: “So it is vitally important that you get it [the jab] and the thing is it’s so easy, it takes 10 minutes out of your day.”
Denise continued: “As Linda said, when she goes into a shop she’s had a go at people who are in there without masks.
“And she said exactly that, ‘It’s alright for you, but if you give Covid to me I will die’ and they’ve gone out very sheepishly.”
Linda explained while discussing the difficulties of shielding at home due to her health: “Yeah I always throw the cancer card in!
“It is difficult, I know it sounds weird but I love a little mooch around the supermarket, I could spend two hours in the big supermarket but I can’t do that now and it’s like, oh God, I can’t do that!
“Denise gets my shopping, but all of a sudden there’s things that I can’t do and then I see people doing them and think, ‘Oh for God’s sake, we’ve all got to do this together’.”
Linda also gave an update on her condition after finishing her chemo.
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The star divulged: “I’ve finished my chemo and I’ve had some scans and I’m actually getting the results of them soon.
“So fingers crossed the chemo’s worked and we get good news.
“I feel okay, I get tired, and both Anne and I are suffering with neuropathic pain in our fingers and feet, my feet are really bad actually.”
Explaining the issue, Denise chimed: “It’s like the worst pins and needles.
“It doesn’t even describe it because it’s 10 times worse than ordinary pins and needles.”
Linda added: “It feels like you’ve got a block of wood in your shoes, it’s terrible.
“But apart from that we’re okay, we’re doing well.”
To find out if you’re eligible for the free flu vaccine, contact your local GP or pharmacist, or visit: www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine.
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