Sister talks of Bernie’s brave cancer battle

The Nolans (Coleen, Bernie, Maureen and Linda) pictured last year.

The Nolans (Coleen, Bernie, Maureen and Linda) pictured last year.

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Maureen Nolan has spoken of her sister Bernie’s brave confrontation with cancer.

In an interview with a national newspaper, Maureen, 58, who lives on the Fylde coast, describes her sister’s battle with advanced, incurable breast cancer.

And she revealed the cancer has spread and Bernie, 53, has developed lung cancer and lung disease.

She told the paper: “‘She’s got cancer of everything now, really.

“What’s worse – and what will get her – is that she has lung cancer and now lung disease.

“She is on oxygen and it’s very traumatic.”

Bernie was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and was recently told the condition was terminal.

Maureen said watching her sister’s battle has convinced her to tackle a health problem which has blighted her life - deafness.

She says problems with her hearing date back to the early days of the sisters’ singing career and have left her with 50 per cent hearing loss in her right ear.

She now has two hearing aids which she says have transformed her life.

She was speaking about her problem for the first time to launch Specsavers’ Sound Barrier Star Awards, which celebrate achievement by people with hearing loss.

“Seeing Bernie so poorly has made me more aware than ever that we should do what we can to look after ourselves and make sure we live life to the full,” she said.

“I feel so blessed that hearing is my only health problem, which is entirely in my control to fix and can be easily resolved.”

“I know there’s a stigma about wearing hearing aids but I don’t understand why.

“I don’t mind mine at all – with these new models, you can’t see them at all anyway.”

“The worst thing about hearing loss is the isolation. With aids, you become part of society again. And I now have the TV at a normal sound level – which is a relief to everybody in the house!”