Sarah Harding previously revealed how Nadine Coyle stayed up all night with her, drinking wine after her breast cancer diagnosis left her a ‘mess’
Sarah Harding tragically lost her battle with cancer today – but before her death the shining star oopened up about jsut how she coped with diagnosis
And she turned to an unlikely source of comfort, Nadine Coyle.
The Girls Aloud singer, 39, was tragically diagnosed with cancer in early 2020, and went public with her diagnosis last summer.
In her new book Heart Me Out, Sarah admitted she was a “mess” when she was told the devastating news, and immediately thought she was going to die.
She said she spent the evening with Nadine, crying and drinking wine, as Nadine told her how much she loved her.
When there was a brief break in lockdowns back in December 2020, Nadine, 35, travelled up to Manchester to see Sarah.
They shared a few glasses of wine, Nadine cooked and they bought a Christmas tree and exchanged presents.
Nadine wrote: “Throughout the evening, we all had our moments of hysterical laugher followed by tears.
“At one point, Nadine told me in no uncertain terms how much she cared about me: ‘You don’t understand, Sarah. I love you!'”
The pair stayed up late into the night, eating cheese and biscuits and talking.
Sarah added: “OK, so it wasn’t like the nights of wild partying I did back in the day, but it was still very special.”
Before her diagnosis, Sarah had been feeling pain under her arms and discovered that her lymph nodes were swollen.
But she thought she had a cyst or a bite, and didn’t want to go into hospital because of the pandemic.
She went for an ultrasound and doctors told her she would have to have an MRI.
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Before her appointment her skin began to bruise and the lump became more painful.
Sarah took painkillers to get her through but when it became unbearable she called the doctor, who told her she’d taken too many tablets and had to go to A&E, where she was put on antibiotics.
It was only after this that she arranged to get her breast looked at properly, and she had her scan and then a biopsy.
She went with her friend Anna, her ex-boyfriend’s sister, to get the results.
A doctor, surgeon and a nurse were there at her appointment, which she knew was a bad sign.
Sarah wrote: “When the doctor delivered the news that I had breast cancer, I was a mess – like anyone would be.
“Being faced with your own mortality is not something you consider, but that’s how that moment felt for me.”
The nurse tried to reassure her and told her not to give up hope, and there were a lot of treatment options to try.
Sarah added: “Whatever else she said to me barely sank in. My head was spinning. How was I going to process this news? How was I going to get by from day-to-day with the knowledge that I was suddenly fighting for my life?”
*Hear Me Out by Sarah Harding is out now