Sopravvissuta al cancro rivela come le sorelle Nolan l'hanno aiutata

La superfan di Nolan Sisters rivela come il gruppo l'ha aiutata a combattere il cancro dopo che Bernie l'ha esortata a controllarle il seno quando si sono incontrati a un concerto – while Linda has become her friend as they both battle the disease

  • Gail Jones, 56, found lump during breast check last year, turned out to be tumour
  • She has been a fan of the Nolans since seeing them perform live when she was 16
  • Bernie Nolan, who died of cancer in 2013, told her to check breasts ten years ago
  • Gail became friends with Linda Nolan, also battling cancer, after her diagnosis
  • A mum has beaten cancer thanks to the two of the Nolan sisters who helped her find and fight the disease.

    Carer Gail Jones, 56, who lives in Manchester with her wife Susan, 57, has been a lifelong superfan of the all-girls group but never expected Bernie and Linda Nolan, 62, would help to save her life after she developed breast cancer.

    The mum-of-four owns every The Nolans album and seen them perform live more than 100 volte – and it was backstage at one of these concerts when she received lifesaving advice.

    The late Bernie Nolan, who had then just been diagnosed with cancer herself and died in 2013, encouraged Gail to ‘always check your breastsat a concert a decade agowhich led to an early diagnosis after finding a lump during a check last year.

    After reaching out to her hero Linda Nolan, who was diagnosed with cancer herself in 2008 and has since learned the disease is incurable, Gail was supported through every step in her terrifying journey and they became close friends.

    Gail Jones, 56, who lives in Manchester, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She revealed how the late Bernie Nolan told her to regularly check her breasts ten years ago

    After her diagnosis, Gail reached out to Linda Nolan, 62 who is also battling her own cancer diagnosis, who helped her through her treatment

    Gail Jones, 56, sinistra, who lives in Manchester, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She revealed how the late Bernie Nolan told her to regularly check her breasts ten years ago. After her diagnosis, Gail reached out to Linda Nolan, 62, giusto, who helped her through her treatment

    Gail, sinistra, has been a fan of the Nolan sisters ever since she saw them perform live when she was 16. She regularly meets with the musicians, and has developed a strong bond with Linda, pictured during a previous meeting

    Gail, sinistra, has been a fan of the Nolan sisters ever since she saw them perform live when she was 16. She regularly meets with the musicians, and has developed a strong bond with Linda, pictured during a previous meeting

    After getting the all-clear last month, Gail says she owes her life to the Nolan sistersbecause she’d never have spotted the lump without Bernie, and never had the strength to face treatment without Linda.

    Carer Gail, originally from West Bromwich, West Midlands, disse: ‘I couldn’t quite believe it when I was told the cancer was gonebecause there were times where I didn’t think I’d make it at all.

    ‘But even in the darkest of times, Linda was with me every step of the way and she has been a total strength for me because she’s going through it herself.

    ‘I still remember so clearly when I saw Bernie backstage and she made me promise I’d always check for lumps.

    Coleen, Maureen, Bernie and Linda Nolan performing during a concert in November 181. Gail has been a lifelong fan of the band

    Coleen, Maureen, Bernie and Linda Nolan performing during a concert in November 181. Gail has been a lifelong fan of the band

    ‘I kept the promise for a decade but ever expected to find anythingI don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t found that lump when I did.

    ‘Bernie saved my life when she told me to check my breasts for cancerand now Linda has saved my life by helping me through it.

    Linda Nolan commented: ‘I love that Gail felt she could approach me when she was diagnosed.

    ‘It’s so important to have contact with someone else who’s going through the same thing as you.

    Gail with Coleen Nolan in 1985. The carer would meet with the Nolan sisters backstage at their concerts

    Gail with Coleen Nolan in 1985. The carer would meet with the Nolan sisters backstage at their concerts

    Gail lives in Manchester with her wife Susan, 57, sinistra. She explained she began checking her breasts regularly after Bernie Nolan told her to

    Gail lives in Manchester with her wife Susan, 57, sinistra. She explained she began checking her breasts regularly after Bernie Nolan told her to

    Eight most common signs of breast cancer

    • A change in size or shape

    • A lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast

    • A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)

    • A redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple

    • Your nipple has become pulled in or looks different, for example changed its position or shape

    • Liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing

    • Pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time

    • A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone

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    ‘I had no idea how far our friendship went back until I got the message from Gailit’s lovely to catch up with old friends and build on that friendship.

    ‘My main message is the same as Bernie’s wasalways check your breasts!’

    Gail, who lives with wife Susan Jones, 57, a Manchester, told how she had been a huge fan of the Nolans since she first saw them live aged 16.

    Negli anni, she has spent thousands on show ticketsand developed a close relationship with the Nolan family after meeting them backstage countless times.

    She recalled on one occasion meeting Bernie Nolan, who later died of cancer in 2013, and being given strict instructions which would later save Gail’s own life.

    Gail, who has four children and eight grandchildren, disse: ‘I remember Bernie told mePlease promise me you’ll always check your breasts, it can save your life.

    ‘When Bernie said that, I felt like I owed it to her.

    Gail heeded the advice and diligently checked for lumps every day for a decadeuntil she found a small cancerous lump in June 2020.

    During a mastectomy on July 20 to remove what doctors suspected was early-stage cancer, a grade-three tumour was found.

    A biopsy showed it had also spread to her lymph nodesand she recalled the moment she began to think she’d never live to see her grandchildren grow up.

    Lei disse: 'Ero devastato – I was crying day and night.

    ‘You never expect it to happen to you and my world fell apart.

    Gail, left and Linda, giusto, have become close friends since Gail's diagnostic. She got the all-clear this year

    Gail, left and Linda, giusto, have become close friends since Gail’s diagnostic. She got the all-clear this year

    Gail with Susan, giusto. The carer said she was devastated after her diagnosis and was crying 'day and night'

    Gail with Susan, giusto. The carer said she was devastated after her diagnosis and was crying ‘day and night

    Then Gail decided to reach out to Linda Nolan, who has been fighting her own cancer battle for over a decade, after the pair became good friends after meeting at one of the many concerts Gail attended.

    Linda, 62, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and given the all-clear soon after, before learning in 2016 the cancer had returned to her hip.

    A maggio 2020, she found out the disease had spread to her liver and become incurablebut that didn’t stop her stepping in to support long-time pal Gail just two months later.

    Gail said: ‘I wasn’t sure whether to message Linda because she has her own cancer battle, but as soon as I did, I knew I’d made the right decision.

    ‘But as soon as I did, supported me every day and helped me stay calm in a truly terrifying time.

    ‘It’s was such a relief to speak to someone who understood what I’m going throughand I can’t believe that someone is the same person I’ve looked up to since I was 16.

    After undergoing more than a year of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, Gail was finally given the all-clear last month.

    Gail backstage with Maureen and Anne after a concert in 1983. The Nolan's superfan said the group is her all-time favourite girl band

    Gail backstage with Maureen and Anne after a concert in 1983. The Nolan’s superfan said the group is her all-time favourite girl band

    And now she can officially say the Nolan sistersher all-time favourite girl groupsaved her life.

    Reflecting on her 18-month cancer battle, Gail said: ‘It’s been a very tough year and I had some points where I hit rock bottom.

    'Pensavo di morire – at one point I even said to my wife I wanted to end it all.

    ‘But Linda has been a strength for meshe texted me every night and reminded me that we’re in it together and I need to keep going.

    ‘I remember at a dark point Linda telling me ‘Bernie wouldn’t want you to give upand it’s true.

    Gail said she lost hope several times during her cancer treatment but revealed Linda would text her every evening to keep her strong

    Gail said she lost hope several times during her cancer treatment but revealed Linda would text her every evening to keep her strong

    ‘Linda and my wife were the two people who reminded me life is worth living and I will come out the other side of it, when I didn’t believe it myself.

    Gail says she has no doubt she and Linda will remain ‘friends for lifeand will forever be grateful for the advice Bernie gave her years back.

    Lei disse: ‘Bernie was the one who told me to check my breasts that night and I kept my promise to her.

    ‘Then Linda was the one who helped me get through the scariest experience in my life even while fighting her own battle.

    ‘Even now I’m cancer-free, I’ll still be there for Linda and give her the same support she always gave me.

    ‘Bernie saved my life when she told me to check my breasts for cancerand now Linda has saved my life by helping me through it.

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