Sarah Harding opens up on regret and anger losing nan to cancer as she faces own battle

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Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, 39, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. She opened up about her battle on social media in August last year, telling fans she was fighting as hard as she could. At the time, she wrote: “I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body. 

“I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can.”

Sarah went on to release her autobiography Hear Me Out, in which she opened up about her childhood, fame, family and health.

Reflecting on her younger years, she said she earned the title of a “rebellious teenager” and attended seven different schools.

After moving up north with her mum, she discovered her dad’s mum had cancer “which took her quite quickly”.

She wrote: “The worst part about moving is that not long after we left, my gran, Dad’s mum, was diagnosed with cancer.

“The speed of it came as a complete shock. I knew she was very ill, but I wasn’t prepared to lose her that quickly.

“Luckily, my dad was able to be with her a lot of the time, but I didn’t really get to see her.”

Sarah said she was left “heartbroken” by her nan’s death and “full of regret but also angry at everyone, including myself”.

“I was angry that we moved up north, angry that gran had died and angry that I was messing up in yet another school,” she added.

Reflecting on her own battle with cancer, she revealed her joy at being told her brain and lung tumours has reduced in size following her treatment last year.

“Before I put this book to bed, I wanted to share a little bit of positive news,” she explained, according to The Mirror.

“MRI scans at the end of December revealed that the tumours in my brain and in my lung have shrunk a bit with the treatment.”

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Sarah said she didn’t fully understand what it meant but said her treatment was moving in the right direction.

The popstar was diagnosed with cancer after seeking advice from a doctor about what she thought was a cyst.

She said a new tumour had been found either at the base of her spine or on her brain, following another scan.

Sarah has opted not to undergo therapy radiotherapy fearing she could lose her hair. She has also ruled out getting a prognosis.

“There’s an option for radiotherapy on my skull but I don’t want to go through that and lose my hair at this stage,” she explained in an excerpt of her new book published by The Times. “Especially with no guarantees at the end of it.

“I don’t want to feel like I have to spend whatever time I have left hiding away.”

Sarah acknowledged people may believe her decision is “vain” but added: “My thinking was that if there’s a chance I’ve only got six months, then I’ve got six months.”

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