LINDA NOLAN JOINS LOOSE WOMEN TO TALK ABOUT WRITING HER NEW BOOK AND TO UPDATE US ON HER STORY AFTER SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SECONDARY BREAST CANCER LAST YEAR.
While talking about her book From My Heart, which is released on 8th March,
Linda Nolan explained to Ruth, Debbie, Kaye and her sister Coleen that she was scared following her cancer diagnosis, but that it had given her a newfound freedom -and even the courage to date.
Explaining her new outlook to the panel, she said: 'I don't have to put up with rubbish and I don’t have to see the people I don’t want to have to see!'
'I’m going to have a party to celebrate my life. I’m going to send invites to people who are invited, and I'm going to send invites to other people and tell them they’re not invited,' she joked.
But the 59-year-old confessed that it wasn't at all easy, admitting: 'I’m scared to death. I don’t want to die and that’s why I'm grasping every minute I have. They do have women living with this type of secondary cancer for 10, 15, 20 years, and hopefully i’ll be one of those.
'I don’t want cancer to rule the time I have left, and there’s a danger of that when you have to have a scan every three months. You then worry for the next three months about the next scan.
'If it spreads and they offer me chemo to prolong my life for a coulpe of weeks or months, I don’t think i’ll have that. Bernie was amazing but she was in pain for the last few months and the chemo made her much sicker. And so if I’m given the terrible news that I’ve got six months to live, I’d rather spend three months having a whale of a time.'
Her sister Coleen blurted out that Linda is ready to date, with Linda admitting: 'I had my first kiss in ten years last year. He was the right person at the right time... But I only kissed him! I’ve had the love of my life, and I know that some people don’t experience the love that I had with [late husband] Brian in their whole lifetime.'
Watch the video to see the full chat with Linda.
COURAGEOUS CATRIN PUGH JOINS US TO BARE ALL IN SUPPORT OF OUR BODY STORIES CAMPAIGN FOLLOWING A COACH ACCIDENT WHICH LEFT HER WITH A 0.01 PER CENT CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.
Catrin Pugh, from Wrexham in South Wales, is a 96 per cent burns survivor. In 2013, aged 19, she was travelling by coach in the French Alps after the trip of a lifetime when it crashed and burst into flames. She spent three months in an induced coma and had 200 operations as well as rehabilitation. Told she had a 0.1 per cent chance of survival, she pulled through. Now, she’s begun rebuilding her life and says that by showing her scars she hopes to encourage others to feel less ashamed or embarrassed about theirs.
'I cried when I woke up and had one and a half hands instead of two,' Catrin revealed. 'But now those hands allow me to do everything.
'When I first looked at my face I sobbed and sobbed for weeks but I can't imagine hiding my smile... Now I know my scars are beautiful.'
Talking about about her awareness of the incident, she explained: 'I was sat right behind the driver, he unfortunately lost his life but saved everyone else’s,' she explain. 'Rather than run he stayed at the front knowing he would loose his life.
'I remember being alight unfortunately. My arm was multicoloured and the skin wasn’t where it should have been.
'I remember it felt like stinging but numbness at the same time, it’s a very difficult thing to describe.'
Talking about the support she received from Katie Piper, Catrin explained that meeting her was one of the reasons that she was able bare her own scars. And Katie herself sent in a video, telling Catrin, 'You're an incredible woman, you inspired me when I first met you and you inspire me now.
WATCH CATRIN'S FULL INTERVIEW
REALITY FAVOURITE GEMMA COLLINS JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT HER ONGOING QUEST FOR LOVE WHICH SAW HER APPEARING ON THE JUST CONCLUDED HIT SHOW CELEBS GO DATING.
The GC is in the building! We've been glued to her quest for love on Celebs Go Dating, but has she met The One? Last night we saw her choose nice guy Laurence for her final date, and he joins us in the audience today. Is romance blossoming with the couple?
'I met the lovely Lawrence who’s been amazing,' the TOWIE star told the panel. 'I’ve had him doing all sorts of jobs.'
She also admitted they've 'become great friends from doing the show', ' while Laurence added, 'I’ve got a very thick skin, I like that about Gemma she keeps me on my toes...Who knows that the future holds.'
However, his hopes of romance were slightly dashed when Gemma started talking about her ex, Arg, who'd called her that very morning. 'I have to say it’s like the old fashioned saying you can’t get a man and then three come along at once,' she explained. 'He called me and was like, 'Gem can I take you on a date tonight?''
'I’m getting all emotional, sorry Lawrence,' she added. 'It’s been six years [Arg] still hasn’t asked me to be his girlfriend so unless he asks me I’m definitely going to move on.'
Though on the subject of marriage, she told the panel; 'I’ll invite you all to the wedding.'
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH GEMMA
There was a wee bit of a tense moment on Loose Women earlier when the panel were asked if any of them would be willing to try out a new health and beauty trend. But unfortunately for them, it wasn't a new makeup technique or facial. Oh no...
According to some, drinking your own urine brightens your eyes and skin, and can even help with depression.
With the condition that the show's producer Ashley also took part, our Nadia gamely agreed. Bottoms up, guys! 🙊😱💦
Watch the video above to see Ashley and Nadia trial the trend, and see below for their debrief. U R-in it together, Ashley and Nadia!
Needless to say, the audience was a wee bit shocked...
PAUL GASCOIGNE JOINS LOOSE WOMEN TO TALK ABOUT HIS BATTLE WITH ALCOHOLISM AND THE RECENT DEATH OF HIS FATHER
England football legend Gazza joined Christine, Linda, Jane and Stacey to talk about being three months sober, addictions and his dad's recent death.
When asked when he had his last alcoholic drink, Paul revealed, 'Three months ago. Christmas. My dad wasn’t well, I didn’t take that well, because I’m really close to my dad. He passed away. With my dad’s sense of humour, it was funny because I said to him, "Dad, you’re not going to pass away are you?" And he said, "The way you’re going you won’t be far behind us!"'
'I was going to go home for Christmas, but I decided to check myself in [to rehab] for a few weeks just to make sure I was OK.'
Gazza has had a well documented alcohol addiction following his legendary England football career. But he is sober and determined to stay that way.
'If I feel like I drink, normally I ring a sponsor or go to a meeting - this time I decided not to and just go and make sure I was OK for him [his dad],' Gazza said. 'I went in [to rehab] on the 2nd of December for a few weeks. Then I went up to see my dad, made sure he was OK. He was struggling a little bit.'
'I thought, the way he was, and if he was going to pass away, a drink would never bring him back anyway. That’s what I was thinking all the time.'
And Paul also discussed his other addictions, saying, 'I got addicted to Calpol. What was embarrassing [was] when I went to rehab and people were in for this and that, they asked, "What you in for?" I said Calpol… everyone started laughing.'
And Gazza also touched on football saying, 'Sometimes it’s hard to watch football now as well. When you see a player score a goal and he doesn’t really celebrate. If I was a young kid growing up and I’d see that it would turn me off football. It’s a shame to see that.'
Watch the video to see the full interview with Paul.