Bernie Nolan apologises to Lorraine Kelly for keeping cancer return secret as she vows to fight 'incurable' disease
17:41 GMT, 21 November 2012
Bernie Nolan apologised to Lorraine Kelly this morning for not admitting her cancer had returned when she appeared on her TV show last month.
The singer was interviewed on the breakfast programme during Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October but did not reveal at the time that she was battling the disease again herself – as she hadn't yet told her teenage daughter the heartbreaking news.
Speaking on Lorraine's ITV show today via video link, she said: 'I'm so sorry last time I was there you
asked me a question and I couldn't tell you the truth. I hadn't
told my daughter so I wanted to make sure she knew before everybody
else, so I'm sorry about that Lorraine.'
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Apologetic: Bernie Nolan appeared on ITV's Lorraine today and said sorry for not sharing the news last month that her cancer has returned
Family support: Bernie appeared via video link while her sister Linda, left, joined Lorraine Kelly in the studio
The TV presenter told her not to be 'daft' and that no apology was needed.
Bernie went public about her cancer returning a fortnight ago. She previously battled breast cancer in 2010 and had been given the all clear but earlier this year, she noticed a lump on the same side of her chest where she had her mastectomy.
Not ready to go public: The singer previously appeared on Lorraine last month but did not confess her condition as she hadn't yet told her teenage daughter about it
She was told the cancer had returned and spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones and that it is not curable.
Fight back on: Bernie previously beat cancer in 2010 and is determined to keep fighting
But despite her devastating diagnosis, the 52-year-old said she is determined to keep fighting the disease.
'This time it is slightly different because it's a bit more serious now. It's not curable, but treatable – which is the word we hang onto,' she said.
'You've got to fight it. What else can you do, sit around and wait for it to get me I'm going to get it, before it gets me.'
Bernie and her sister Linda, who has also had breast cancer and is now in remission, appeared on Lorraine today to support new breast reconstruction guidelines that are being launched to improve UK standards of care for breast cancer patients.
Bernie said after she had her mastectomy there was 'absolutely no question' that she wouldn't have reconstruction surgery at the same time.
She said: 'That was the best way for me because you wake up and it's all done, and it looked amazing as well.'
She added that she hopes the new guidelines will help women decide what route is best for them to take.
'Knowledge is power, so if you have all the details at your hands, then you can decide,' she said. 'Some people don't like it, I've spoken to a lot of women who have said, “oh no, I didn't want it straight away”, and that's their choice.
'But for me there is no choice. To wake up without a breast is very traumatic, so for me to wake up and still be whole, as it were, was a big help.'
Postponed: The Nolan Sisters have now cancelled plans for a tour next year
Despite her health, Bernie, who is married to Steve Doneathy and has a daughter, Erin, 13, has carried on performing in a musical tour of Chicago which ends next week and will appear in panto in Eastbourne over the festive season. But the Nolan Sister's reunion tour that had been planned for next year has been postponed.
Linda said her and her siblings are full of admiration for their sister.
'She's amazing and we so have to be amazing for her,' she said. 'People come up and say what an inspiration she is – but let's not go too mad or she'll be getting big headed!' she jokingly added.
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