Both Nolan Sisters have previously battled cancer but during lockdown, Linda, 61, was diagnosed with liver cancer and Anne, 69, discovered she has stage-three breast cancer within days of each other.
The Nolans also lost their sister Bernie to breast cancer; she passed away in 2013 at the age of 52, after initially being diagnosed in April 2010.
Although Anne was too poorly to take part in the interview with Kate Garraway and Ben Shepherd today, Linda spoke for both of them, saying: “During lockdown it’s been a double nightmare… All we initially were able to do was phone each other or wave through the window. So that made it more difficult.
"I think Anne has struggled with that, because she has two daughters and grandchildren. Not being able to have their support, as in hugging… and they’re all mad about their gran, so it has been difficult.”
Despite the difficult times, Linda was able to make a joke, saying, “We’re now the Chemo Sisters. Someone said we could do a Right Said Fred impression. [At Chemotherapy] we have a good old chinwag. We compare side effects, pins and needles in our fingers and toes – we swap all those, that information.”
Linda also stressed the importance of staying positive in the face of illness, saying: “The doctors want positivity all the time. They say that helps you as much as what they’re doing.
"Don’t get me wrong, we’ve both had our moments, we’re both scared to death, we want to live. I’ve known that my cancer isn’t curable since 2017 but I’m getting great treatment and I’m going to be living with cancer and I propose to do that for an awful long time.”
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