Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, who is is battling breast cancer, has opened up about being in “denial” about having a serious health problem before she was diagnosed with the condition.
Sarah, 39, tells in her new book Hear Me Out she initially dismissed pain in her body before seeking medical attention.
She said: “At first I thought it was just a cyst. The trouble was the pain was getting worse. It got so bad that I couldn’t sleep in a bed. Eventually my skin started to bruise. By now I was terrified.
“One day I woke up realising I’d been in denial. Yes there was a pandemic but it was almost as if I’d been using that as an excuse not to face up to the fact that something was very wrong.”
The singer also revealed in her book, of which extracts have been published in The Times, that she almost died of sepsis in hospital before she had chemotherapy treatment.
Sarah said she was rushed to intensive care after a port fitted into her chest, which led to sepsis.
“With both my lungs and kidneys failing, doctors decided to put me into an induced coma,” wrote Sarah.
“Even once I was off the ventilator I couldn’t speak properly. All I could do was make noises like a chimpanzee trying to communicate.”
Sarah was then placed in a coma for two weeks as she fought off the potentially-deadly infection.
After coming out of a coma, Sarah went on to start chemo and had a mastectomy.
In the book she recalls how surgeons made a drawing of the parts of her breast that would need to be removed.
She was horrified to see it was ‘virtually all of it’.
The singer said she ‘screamed the place down’ when she came round from the op and was relieved to have her mum by her side.
Hear Me Out also documents Sarah’s life, including her rise to fame in Girls Aloud.
Sarah’s bandmates Cheryl Tweedy, 37, Nadine Coyle, 35, and Kimberley Walsh, 39 have been giving her support through her cancer battle
Sarah revealed her diagnosis last August in an emotional Instagram post, writing: “I am fighting as hard as I can.
She added: “There’s no easy way to say this and actually it doesn’t even feel real writing this, but here goes.”