Speaking after beginning her treatment for breast cancer in 2010, Bernie Nolan told ITV News that the illness had changed the way she looked at life.
"At lot of things are so less important in life now than they used to be," she said.
"You worry about how you look, what you think - I don't really care any more.
"I'm just who I am. That's why tonight I've come out without a wig to say to all those people out there who have the same illness as me: You do what you want.
"If you want to go bald, go for it. Sod what people think. You are who you are."
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