Former wild child Sarah Harding found out she was diagnosed with "advanced" breast cancer.
The 38-year-old Girls Aloud singer shared her shocking diagnosis with fans on Instagram on Wednesday, but vowed she "fought as hard as possible" after the cancer spread to other parts of her body.
The star disappeared from the public…. years ago after gaining notoriety for her wild antics, explosive love affairs and a rehab stay in 2011.
Sadly, former wild kid Sarah Harding found out she was diagnosed with "advanced" breast cancer and it has spread to "other parts of her body."
Beloved: The singer is best known as a member of British pop band Girls Aloud (pictured center with L-R Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl in 2009).
Sarah shared a snapshot of her hospital bed and wrote, “Hi everyone, I hope you are all safe and sound in these uncertain times.
“I haven't posted here in a long time. Thank you to everyone who looked after me. It really means a lot.
“I think now is the right 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, but here it is.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, and a few weeks ago I received devastating news that the cancer had spread to other parts of my body."
Party girl: Sarah is known for her wild evenings as a member of the pop band Girls Aloud and her life has been full of romantic relationships and drama, including a rehab stay in 2011 (pictured in 2006).
Fan favorite: She also became a popular pin-up girl for the boys' magazines and appeared alongside bandmate Cheryl in racy editorials for FHM and Arena magazines
Kind: In her post, Sarah wrote her & # 39; amazing & # 39; Mother Marie (pictured 2013), her close friends and NHS staff that she supported them in their struggle for health
Sarah continued, “I am currently doing weekly chemotherapy sessions and fighting as hard as I can. I understand that reading on social media could be shocking, and that's really not my intention.
“But last week it was mentioned online that I was seen in the hospital. I think now is the time to let people know what is going on and this is the best way I can think of doing it.
“My great mom, family and close friends are helping me with this, and I want to thank the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and remain heroes.
“I do my best to stay positive and will keep you here updated on how I am doing. In the meantime, I hope that you all understand and respect my request for privacy at this difficult time. I send so much love to all of you… .xx. & # 39;
Fern: Sarah has been relatively absent from social media for the past two years, but made a brief return to Instagram in May (pictured in January 2018).
For years Sarah was known for her hard partying and was dubbed "Hardcore Harding" by her bandmates and referred to as the group's "Caner" as she was often seen swallowing whiskey bottles and stumbling out of nightclubs
She checked into rehab in 2011 After breaking up with fiancé Tom Crane because of "depression and alcohol addiction".
The Sun reported at the time that she turned to alcohol to help her through the painful period.
A source told the publication: “She went through a traumatic period in her personal life and had to keep her work obligations in addition. She needs some time out to clear her head. & # 39;
"Some of her closest friends had suggested seeking help in the past few months, but she refused," a source told the Sun.
Breaking up with Tom played a huge role in her decision to seek help. She just has to get herself back on track emotionally. She had hit rock bottom. & # 39;
Support: Sarah's mail was soon flooded with messages, and bandmates Cheryl (above) and Nadine Coyle offered their support
Sarah's post was soon flooded with supportive comments from fans, with bandmate Cheryl posting a love heart emoji.
Nadine Coyle also tweeted: & # 39; I love you !!! They always worked miracles when needed !! I am here all the way and always will be !!! & # 39;
Steps Ian & # 39; H & # 39; Watkins also wrote: & # 39; Send HUGE ❤️❤️❤️ stay strong xx we're all behind you xx. & # 39;
TOWIE's Jess Wright also responded with a flood of heart emojis while singer Michelle Gayle wrote, “I love you, honey. xxx & # 39;
Moving: Following Sarah's announcement, many stars rushed to share their support
Bob Geldof's daughter Fifi wrote: & # 39; Oh my angel … I am so sorry to hear this terrible news !!! Fight hard and take care of yourself – please scream if I can help at all. Much love to you. & # 39;
The choreographer Arthur Gourounlian, who is married to Big Brother star Brian Dowling, commented: “Jeuit désolé. That slows my heart. Send you all my love and I am always there for you, stay strong and stay positive, Macherie. & # 39;
X Factor star and Sarah's celebrity Big Brother roommate Amelia Lily wrote, "I hope you are fine Sarah, keep fighting and thinking of you and sending you lots of love."
Great British bake-off star Candice Brown added, "I send you so much love."
Hollyoak's star Gemma Merna also wrote, "I'm sending you a lot of love, Sarah," along with a love heart emoji.
During a break: At the end of last year, it was reported that Sarah had "stopped" after an unsuccessful music comeback and had gone into hiding
Sarah's Instagram post in full
Hello everyone, I hope that all of you are safe and sound during these uncertain times.
I haven't posted here in a long time. Thank you to everyone who looked after me. It really means a lot.
I think now is the right 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, but here it is.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, and a few weeks ago I received devastating news that the cancer had spread to other parts of my body.
I'm going through weekly chemotherapy sessions right now and fighting as hard as I can. I understand that reading on social media could be shocking, and that's really not my intention.
But last week it was mentioned online that I had been seen in the hospital. I think now is the time to let people know what is going on and this is the best way I can think of doing it.
My amazing mother, family, and close friends are helping me with this, and I want to thank the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and remain heroes.
I do my best to stay positive and I will keep you updated on how I am doing here.
In the meantime, I hope that you all understand and respect my request for privacy at this difficult time. I send so much love to all of you… .xx
After conquering her demons and breaking up with Girls Aloud, Sarah has held back over the past few years, changing her Twitter bio to read "Take Time Out" last year.
She returned to social media for the first time since July 2019 in May when she shared a series of tweets after ex-Chad Johnson claimed "no one really heard from her" last year.
In April, her Chad said he did not know where she was and that no one had "really heard from her".
After meeting at the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2017, they began a brief romance but separated after struggling with the distant aspect of their relationship.
It was also reported late last year that Sarah "quit" and went into hiding after an unsuccessful music comeback.
A source alleged the star no longer had a manager or publicist and that her Twitter and Instagram accounts were barely used.
You also told The Mirror, "She has nothing to do with work right now and nothing for a while."
Sarah was best known in 2002 as a member of the pop band Girls Aloud, which formed in the ITV talent series Popstars: The Rivals.
After storming the charts for seven years, the group signed a new recording deal with Fascination in February 2009, in which the group would have released three more studio albums.
However, in July of that year, they announced that they would be taking a year-long hiatus to pursue their own projects. Instead, the break lasted three years.
In April 2010, Sarah told MailOnline that she was happy to take time off from the band, but insisted that unlike Cheryl or Nadine Coyle, she wasn't interested in starting a solo career.
“Can I just record it, I don't go alone. I read somewhere that it was me, but it's not me. Can I just sort that out? “She said at the Empire Film Awards.
At the time, the actress, who starred in both St. Trinian's films, added that she was in secret talks about more television and film work.
She explained, "I still want to make music (with Girls Aloud), but I want to get into more film work."
The singer contributed to the St. Trinian's soundtrack with the singles Too Bad, Make It Easy, a cover of David Bowie's Boys Keep Swinging.
Girls Aloud reunited between 2012 and 2013 before Sarah changed her mind and decided to produce her own album.
Their EP threads were released in August 2015, which failed to secure a spot on the major UK music charts, but managed to reach number two on the UK Physical Chart.
The thespian starred in TV shows such as Coronation Street and Celebrity MasterChef that same year, and even took part in the competition shows Tumble and The Jump in 2014 and 2016, respectively.
On cloud nine: Sarah triumphantly returned to Celebrity Big Brother screens in 2017, where she found love for US reality star Chad Johnson (pictured)
Racy: Their steamy romance of engaging in intimate acts on television made their tongues wag when the belter had a boyfriend of four weeks
Sarah triumphantly returned to the screens of Celebrity Big Brother in 2017, where she found love for US reality star Chad Johnson for just three months – which made her tongue wiggle when the singer had a boyfriend of four weeks at the time .
She confirmed their separation at the time and said: “It is with sadness that I can now confirm that my relationship with Chad has ended.
“The distance turned out to be too big a hindrance, even though we both tried to get it to work.
"I wish him all the best for the future and thank him for the memories we shared over a very interesting summer."
Emotional: During her stay, she collapsed in the diary room when she was accused of being an "attention seeker" and "unstable".
Hard times: After being moved to tears by her roommates, it was alleged that the socialist was being monitored by health experts in the house
Following Sarah's announcement, the Loose Women panel offered her own words of support while reflecting on her own experiences with cancer.
Carol McGiffin – who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 – admitted the hardest moment had come when she had to tell loved ones about her diagnosis.
She said, "I really think it's the hardest part for Sarah, it's hard enough to get the diagnosis you get used to, but then you tell other people.
“I've told my family and close friends, but each of them really took me to think about in order for them to tell the world in a public forum that I really feel for them. It's difficult when I told Denise it is difficult. & # 39;
Denise Welch added, “I remember meeting Carol for a drink … she looked fit and good and then she said she had breast cancer and I burst into tears.
"I felt bad because she wasn't and said it's okay, babes, it's okay … I was passionately proud of the way she handled everything with her treatment and recovery."
Kaye Adams ended the discussion by saying, "Sarah, our thoughts are really with you."
Britain's Most Glamorous Infernal Summoner: How Girls Aloud's "Hardcore Harding" became infamous for wild parties, explosive love affairs and stays in rehab – but now faces a battle against cancer
As the singer announced her battle with breast cancer on Wednesday, MailOnline takes a look at the singer's life over the years, topping the music charts, becoming known for her party girl image, winning Celebrity Big Brother and fighting depression and Alcohol fought addiction.
Sarah Harding became known as one-fifth of the hugely successful girls' group Girls Aloud, which formed on the 2002 reality show Popstars: The Rivals.
She grew up with her two half-brothers in Ascot, Berkshire, and followed in the footsteps of her musician father, John Hardman, by creating interest in performing at a young age.
Pals: Sarah became famous in 2002 when she became a member of the pop band Girls Aloud through the talent series Popstars: The Rivals (pictured at the time).
Relapse: After studying hair and beauty at Stockport College, the media personality worked many jobs before gaining a foothold as an artist (pictured 2002).
Party: Referred to as "Hardcore Harding" and the group's "Caner", the star was often photographed swallowing whiskey bottles and stumbling out of nightclubs (picture 2007).
After studying hair and beauty at Stockport College, the media personality worked many jobs before becoming an artist – including jobs as a nightclub promoter, Pizza Hut waitress, van driver, debt collector, and even BT operator.
She eventually pursued her musical passion in her early 20s auditioning for both Fame Academy and Popstars: The Rivals in 2002 before becoming famous on the ITV show.
She won a spot in the band as a fresh-faced 21-year-old alongside Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Nadine Coyle, and was catapulted into the limelight when they scooped the number one Christmas single with Sound of the Underground.
Pop Star Party: The fun-loving Sarah became a tabloid favorite after living in Primrose Hill, where other celebrity residents were the ultimate party girl, Kate Moss (pictured in 2006).
Fan favorite: She also became a popular pin-up girl for the boys' magazines and appeared alongside bandmate Cheryl in racy editorials for FHM and Arena magazines
The musician toured the nation as part of the UK's biggest girl bands from 2002 to 2013 and quickly became known for her party girl image and hits.
Dubbed the "Hardcore Harding" by her bandmates and referred to as the group's "caner," the star has often been photographed swallowing whiskey bottles and stumbling out of nightclubs.
In 2007, she was photographed drinking from a bottle of scotch whiskey after the NME Awards in London, and at another event that year, she looked a little worse stumbling around on the phone with a champagne glass.
When she didn't get on the capital's A-list like Mahiki and Gilgamesh or attended London Fashion Week, Sarah celebrated with her then DJ boyfriend Tom Crane and friends in Ibiza.
After breaking up with her fiancé Tom in September 2011, Sarah described herself as a "rock bottom".
This concerned her bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts, who advised her to seek professional help.
Hard times: Sarah described herself as "such a mess" and spent a stay in a US clinic in October 2011 in order to combat alcohol and sleeping pill addiction (picture 2005).
Sarah described herself as "such a mess" and went to a US clinic starting October this year to combat alcohol and sleeping pill addiction.
"I was told by those around me that I met my worst," she said.
I cried hysterically. I was ashamed, embarrassed, scared – my feelings were everywhere. & # 39;
In July 2009, Girls Aloud took a break to pursue other projects that lasted until 2012.
During their ten-year tenure on the charts, Girls Aloud were haunted by rumors of secret feuds within the band, with Cheryl, Nicola and Kimberley forming a remarkably closer bond.
Split: After Sarah split up with her fiancé Tom Crane in September 2011, she described herself as a “low point” and went into rehab to tackle alcohol and sleeping pill addiction (see above in 2011).
On the mend: Sarah admitted she “cried hysterically” when she hit rock bottom before entering rehab (pictured after her rehab stay).
Nadine has previously claimed their breakup was due to the friction between them because she was given more lines to sing – although she has since ended her feud with Kimberley.
Kimberley also said to MailOnline in November 2019: Cheryl, Nicola and I … we were just very close. I just don't click with the other girls.
"To be honest, there is no crack, we didn't click with Nadine and Sarah in the same way that we want to see each other every week. It was more that we were work friends."
In addition to her singing career with the band, Sarah pursued acting and appeared alongside Danny Dyer in the films of St. Trinian and Run For Your Wife.
Drama: During their ten-year tenure on the charts, Girls Aloud were haunted by rumors of secret feuds within the band, with Cheryl, Nicola and Kimberley forming a remarkably closer bond
In 2015, Sarah started her own solo career, posting threads that could not be chartered.
That year she also appeared on Coronation Street as Joni Preston, wife of Robert Preston, with the star making several guest appearances over the summer.
She also took part in the BBC gymnastics show Tumble in 2014, where she took third and Celebrity MasterChef in 2015.
In 2016, she appeared on Channel 4's The Jump series, but was forced to retire after tearing a ligament in her knee during a training session.
The star also appeared on a UK tour of Ghost The Musical but was replaced mid-run after moving out due to her painful The Jump injury.
Film debut: Sarah appeared as a school band member in the 2007 film St Trinian & # 39; s (pictured)
Branching: She also appeared in the critically planned comedy Run For Your Wife, starring Danny Dyer, in 2011
Going Solo: Her EP Threads were released in August 2015, which failed to secure a place in the major UK music charts, but reached number two on the UK Physical Chart (Pic 2015).
Triple threat: In addition to her singing career with the band, Sarah pursued acting and appeared on Coronation Street as Joni Preston in 2015 (pictured)
As of August 2017, Sarah was one of the most recognizable names in the 20th series of Celebrity Big Brother that she won.
The star put tongues on the show with her steamy romance with American reality star Chad Johnson that ended violently shortly thereafter. The media personality has held back over the past few years, changing her Twitter bio to read "Take Time Out" last year.
In April, her ex-boyfriend Chad, 33, said he did not know where she was and no one "really heard from her" after reports last year that she "stopped getting famous" to hide .
Impressive! In 2017, she joined a number of stars at the Celebrity Big Brother house, making the show sit up and take notice with her steamy romance with American reality star Chad Johnson
Champion: She was crowned the last female winner on the show before the show closed in 2018
She returned to social media for the first time since July 2019 in May and sparked an enthusiastic response from fans when she shared a series of tweets after ex-Chad Johnson claimed "no one really heard from her".
The artist's first post featured a GIF of a T-Rex stretching out its arms and saying, "I miss you so much."
With the title of the tweet she wrote: & # 39; Lmfao …. @ taskmaster …. # splatchat & # 39; with multiple prayer hand emojis.
After her first dinosaur-inspired post, the blonde beauty received commentary from enthusiastic fans who missed her during her "break".
The singer then replied to the fans: & # 39; Fankooo dear. I missed you all … Hope you are all well and you stay safe xxx & # 39;
And it wasn't finished there, the Promise singer then celebrated Star Wars Day by saying & # 39; # MayThe4thBeWithYou & # 39; added before telling fans she was a & # 39; newly found fan girl & # 39; the franchise.
Finally, Sarah retweeted a post from a Girls Aloud fan that read: & # 39; 15 years ago today #GirlsAloud opened their amazing debut tour & # 39; What Will The Neighbors Say? & # 39 ;. What's your favorite track from the album? & # 39;
If you are affected by this story, call Macmillan Cancer Support on 0808 808 00 00.
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world, affecting more than two MILLION women each year
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world. There are more than 55,000 new cases in the UK each year and the disease kills 11,500 women. In the US, it hits 266,000 and kills 40,000 every year. But what causes it and how can it be treated?
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from a cancer cell that develops in the lining of a duct or lobe in one of the breasts.
When breast cancer has spread to the surrounding breast tissue, it is called “invasive” breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with "carcinoma in situ" in which no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases occur in women over 50, but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, although it is rare.
Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage, and Stage 4 means that the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancer cells are ranked from low, which is slow growth, to high, which is growing rapidly. High-grade cancers are more likely to recur after the first treatment.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancer tumor originates from an abnormal cell. The exact reason a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is believed that something damages or changes certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiplies "out of control".
Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase your chances of developing breast cancer, such as: B. Genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The common first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are non-cancerous, and fluid-filled cysts that are benign.
The first place breast cancer usually spreads is in the lymph nodes in the armpit. When this happens, you will develop a swelling or lump in one armpit.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- First assessment: a doctor examines the breasts and armpits. You can do tests like a mammogram, a special x-ray of breast tissue that can indicate the possibility of tumors.
- Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is taken from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under a microscope for abnormal cells. The test can confirm or rule out cancer.
If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, you may need more tests to see if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver, or a chest x-ray.
How is breast cancer treated?
Treatment options that can be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments is used.
- Surgery: Breast-saving surgery or removal of the affected breast, depending on the size of the tumor.
- Radiation therapy: A treatment that uses high-energy rays to target cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells or prevents cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
- Chemotherapy: A treatment for cancer with anti-cancer drugs that kill cancer cells or prevent them from multiplying
- Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the “female” hormone estrogen, which can stimulate cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments that lower the levels of these hormones or prevent them from working are often used in people with breast cancer.
How successful is the treatment?
The outlook is best for those diagnosed when the cancer is small and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumor at an early stage can then offer a good chance of recovery.
The routine mammography that is offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 means more breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early.
More information is available at Breastcancercare.org.uk or www.cancerhelp.org.uk
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