Sarah Harding reportedly made calls to each band member of Girls Aloud before announcing her breast cancer diagnosis.
The band member, 38, announced the heartbreaking news on Wednesday on Instagram.
The tragic news had reportedly brought the once rifted band closer together.
A source told The Mirror: “There is so much shared history between them all and to hear this from Sarah was utterly heartbreaking.
Sarah’s diagnosis has brought Girls Aloud together
“They adore Sarah and are with her every step of the way. They’ve all shed a lot of tears but all of the girls vowed to be strong and be there for her no matter what.”
Sarah shared the news yesterday with her 201,000 Instagram followers.
Sharing a hospital selfie, her post included: “Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago 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.”
Cheryl, Nadine, Nicola and Kimberley shared their support
Cheryl was the first Girls Aloud bandmate to respond, with a broken heart emoji.
Nadine Coyle then posted: “I love you!!!! You have always been able to achieve miracles when needed!! I am here for the all the way & always will be!!!”
Kimberley Walsh penned: “My heart is broken. You are so strong and brave and we are with you every step of the way.”
And Nicola Roberts later tweeted: “It goes without saying that this is blindsiding. @SarahNHarding you’re so loved and supported.”
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Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these uncertain times. I’ve not posted on here for so long, thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in on me, it really does mean a lot. I feel now is the right time to share what’s been going on. There’s no easy way to say this and actually it doesn’t even feel real writing this, but here goes. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago 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. I understand this might be shocking to read on social media and that really isn’t my intention. But last week it was mentioned online that I had been seen in hospital, so I feel now is the time to let people know what’s going on and this is the best way I can think of to do so. My amazing mum, family and close friends are helping me through this, and I want to say a thank you to the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and continue to be heroes. I am doing my very best to keep positive and will keep you updated here with how I’m getting on. In the meantime I hope you’ll all understand and respect my request for privacy during this difficult time. Sending you all so much love….xx
Dr Hilary spoke on Good Morning Britain regarding Sarah’s diagnosis.
He said her type of breast cancer is unusual at her young age.
Speaking on GMB he said: “A lot of people are saying, ‘But that’s so young,’ and it is, if you look at the stats about 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, it’s the commonest cancer of all in women.
“But the majority of those will be over 50, 8,000 are under 50, and only about 2,000 under the age of 40, so it’s relatively uncommon.
“But all the more devastating for that, when it’s diagnosed at such a tender age, and we wish her all the very best.”
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