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Irish singer and actress Bernie Nolan became a pop star during in the 1970s and 1980s with the Nolan Sisters.
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In 1998, Nolan and her husband, drummer Steve Doneathy, had a daughter, Kate, who was stillborn—the cause of a rare genetic disorder called Edwards syndrome.
Nolan left The Bill in 2005 and soon returned to the theater, appearing in a touring production of Mum's the Word. In 2008, she joined the cast of the musical Flashdance for several months.
Nolan reunited with her sisters for a new album, In the Mood Again, and tour in 2009. The following year, she received devastating news regarding her health: She was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease that two of her sisters had previously battled and beaten. Nolan received treatment and was able to return to her active performing schedule. Also in 2010, Nolan starred and was one of the finalists on the British TV competition Popstar to Operastar.
In 2012, Nolan learned that her cancer had returned, and that it had spread to several parts of her body, including her lungs and brain. After learning that she was terminally ill, Nolan spent some time developing a wish list of adventures that she wanted to complete alongside her husband and teenage daughter, Erin (born in 1999). She also took to writing her life story, but became too ill to finish the project. Her husband subsequently stepped in to help out, and Nolan's book, Now and Forever, was published in May 2013.
Despite her grim diagnosis, Nolan has remained surprisingly positive about her life, telling the Daily Mail, "I tried to approach every day as a new beginning, and think, 'Right, what's next?' I couldn't sit around thinking, 'I'm going to die.'"
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