SARAH Harding told her bandmates Girls Aloud about her battle with breast cancer in an emotional phone call just days before telling her fans, it was reported.
The 38-year-old star bravely revealed she was diagnosed with the disease earlier today – and spread to other parts of her body.
Sarah was quickly inundated with messages of support from her famous friends – including former bandmates Cheryl, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle.
And The Mirror has now reported that the girls are doing “all they can” to support Sarah after she privately told them the sad news over the phone.
A source told the publication: “They all shed a lot of tears but all the girls swore to be strong and to be there for her no matter what. They are closer than ever as a unit.
“Sarah is very sick and lives at home with her mother. They are both very strong and everyone is doing everything they can to support them both. “
The girl group was formed on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, and the group broke up in 2013.
Earlier today, Sarah shared a photo of herself in her hospital bed on social media, writing, “Hi everyone, I hope you are all feeling safe during these uncertain times.
“I haven’t posted here for so long, thanks to everyone who contacted me, it really means a lot.
“I think now is the time to share what’s going on.
“There’s no easy way to say this and in fact, it doesn’t even feel real to write this down, but there you go.
“Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a few weeks ago I received the terrible news that the cancer had spread to other parts of my body.
“I’m currently on weekly chemotherapy and I’m fighting as hard as I can.
“I understand this can be shocking to read on social media and it really isn’t my intention.
“But last week it was mentioned online that I had been seen in the hospital so I think now is the time to let people know what’s going on and this is the best way to do it. .
“My mother, family and close friends are wonderful helping me through this situation, and I want to thank the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and continue to be heroes.
“I’m doing my best to stay positive and will keep you posted on how I’m doing.
“In the meantime, I hope you all understand and respect my request for confidentiality during this difficult time. “
What is breast cancer and how is it spread?
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK – with a woman being diagnosed every ten minutes.
While most women can get breast cancer, it is more common in women over 50.
According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer begins in breast tissue.
Breast cancer develops when abnormal breast cells begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled manner and eventually form a growth.
Most invasive breast cancers are found in the upper outer quadrant of the breast.
If it is not diagnosed and treated, it can travel through lymph or blood vessels to other areas of the body.
Every year in the UK there are around 55,200 new cases of breast cancer.
This equates to about 150 new cases per day.
It also accounts for 15% of all new cancer cases each year.
If cancer is diagnosed at its earliest stage, 98% of people will survive the disease for five years or more.
If it’s diagnosed at the last stage, then only 26% of people survive for five years or more.
What are the four stages of breast cancer?
First stage: Cancer is small and only in breast tissue – but can also be found in lymph nodes near the breast.
Second step: Cancer is located either in the breast or in nearby lymph nodes, or both.
Third step: The cancer has spread from the breast to the lymph nodes or to the skin of the breast or to the chest wall.
Fourth step: The cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
What are the signs?
- A lump in the breast or armpit
- Changes in the positioning of the nipple
- Leaky nipples in women who have not had children
- Skin changes
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The Girls Aloud stars were quick to rally, Nadine commenting: “I love you !!!! You have always been able to work miracles when necessary !! I am there for everything and always will be !!! ”
Nicola added: “It goes without saying that this is blind.
“Sarah Harding, you are so loved and supported. ”
Cheryl posted a heartbroken emoji, and Kimberley wrote under Sarah’s Instagram post, “My heart is broken. You are so strong and courageous and we are with you every step of the way. “
So brave, now keep hope
By Kris Hallenga, Founder of CoppaFeel
SARAH sharing her shocking news with the world was a bloody and courageous thing to do.
Hope this served as a good reminder to keep checking our breasts because, guess what, this disease can really happen to anyone.
I was also told that my cancer had spread to other parts of my body. I was 23 years old. That was over 11 years ago.
So Sarah, if you are reading this please know that so many of us live full lives with this disease, sometimes long after diagnosis.
All I wanted when I was first diagnosed was to know that people like me existed.
This secondary and advanced stage 4 (they all mean the same thing!) Didn’t mean near death – and now I’m one of those people.
Whether this brings you or comforts Sarah, I don’t know – but I hope it does.
I was happy to read that she already had great support from her family.
It’s so important to have people around you who cheer you up, cook you food, watch crappy TV or just sit quietly with you – or at least that’s what I’m doing. needed.
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