‘There are lots of things I want to do with my life’: Linda Nolan reveals she’s began ticking items off her bucket list amid her heartbreaking cancer battle
She was left devastated after her cancer returned in 2017.
And now Linda Nolan has began ticking items off her bucket list as she vows to embrace life for as long as she can.
The former singer, 60, has compiled an extensive list which includes trips to Lapland and Las Vegas as she declared: ‘You have to be optimistic.’
Determined: Linda Nolan has began ticking items off her bucket list as she vows to embrace life for as long as she can after her cancer returned in 2017 (pictured October 2018)
In a candid interview with The Mirror, the older sister of Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan, 54, revealed that for now, the cancer is ‘contained’.
She explained that she now goes for check-ups every three months instead of every six, and is adamant she wants to fulfill her life after being given a ‘second chance.’
Linda was first diagnosed first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, but the disease returned two years ago, this time in her hip.
Speaking about her present condition, the star said: ‘The cancer hasn’t spread and that’s the main thing. That is the worry, of course. It’s treatable and not curable – and the treatment is working well. The only side-effect is arthritis in every joint which is very painful, but at least it’s not cancer.’
Embracing life: The former singer, 60, has compiled an extensive list which includes trips to Lapland and Las Vegas as she declared: ‘You have to be optimistic’ (pictured October 2016)
She added: You have to be optimistic. There are lots of things I want to do with my life. I’ve been given a second chance.’
Linda is planning on making the most of her time, and top of her bucket list is a trip to Las Vegas to see her teen idols Donnie and Marie Osmond.
She revealed that her close friend Liz Emmett treated her and her loved ones with an all expenses trip to Sin City, with Linda admitting she still gets ‘starstruck’ when she sees the Puppy Love singer.
The Nolan Sister also told how she’s acquired a swanky new pair of Christian Louboutin shoes to take with her on the trip.
Me time: Linda goes for check-ups every three months instead of every six, and is adamant she wants to fulfill her life after being given a ‘second chance’ (pictured April 2018)
And Las Vegas isn’t the only trip that Linda has planned as she’s planning on taking a trip to Lapland with her whole family.
She explained: ‘I would love to take my great nephews and nieces while they all still believe in Father Christmas, I just need to save up.’
In addition, the former Celebrity Big Brother star revealed that she’s like to go to New York again and see the ‘Christmas Parade’ as she hasn’t been ‘since I was 15’.
Brave Linda also opened up on her TV star sister Coleen buying her a puppy, revealing that sometimes the pooch is the ‘only reason I get out of bed.’
Sisterly love: Brave Linda also opened up on her TV star sister Coleen buying her a puppy, revealing that sometimes the pooch is the ‘only reason I get out of bed’ (pictured in 2017)
She said: ‘It’s a black shih tzu called Betty Boo. Sometimes she is the only reason I get out of bed because she needs a walk. My sisters are a great source of encouragement too. They tell me, “Live every day as if it’s your last”.’
Last year, Linda told the publication that she will not be having chemotherapy to treat the disease, after witnessing her late sister Bernie Nolan’s distressing experience.
In an honest discussion with The Mirror, the legendary singer – who lost her sibling to breast cancer in 2013 – spoke out about Bernie’s difficult final moments: ‘She was a fighter but was also in terrible pain… I’d want to enjoy the last months of my life to the full.’
Family: Linda, who shot to fame as part of The Nolans, is planning a family holiday to Lapland as well as trips to New York and Las Vegas to see Donnie and Marie (pictured in 1980)
Bernie, the second youngest Nolan sister lost her three-year battle with cancer in July 2013 aged 52 after first being diagnosed with the disease back in 2010.
The star also lost her late husband Brian to skin cancer in 2007, after 26 years of marriage.
Linda shared that she would rather choose to have a few average months than to go through the grueling treatment.
Looking at her state in a positive light, Linda expressed her thoughts on holding a final party: ‘Most people don’t have the opportunity to know they’ve only got a limited time left, so I’m determined to make the most of it…as hard as it would be, I would definitely have a party.’
Tragic: The Nolans star, 60, lost her husband Brian to skin cancer in 2007 – who was 60 when he passed away (pictured 1981)
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