Sarah Harding on not being able to have children after cancer diagnosis

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding recently shared the heartbreaking news of her incurable breast cancer diagnosis via an emotional social media post. The cancer has advanced to other parts of her body, such as her spine. Now, in a new book Hear Me Out, she has also opened up about not being able to have children, due to chemotherapy impacting her fertility.

Writing candidly about receiving the news her cancer is terminal, and that she is no longer able to conceive, Sarah said, "It might seem odd to worry about not having children when I don't even know how much of a life I have left, but it's there."

She continued, "The truth is, even if my prognosis was better, it still wouldn't be on the cards because of all the chemotherapy. That treatment, harsh as it is, will have killed any chance I might have had. It's making me cry just thinking about it."

Sarah also reflected on how out of her fellow bandmates (Cheryl Tweedy, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts), she and Nicola are the two without children and how surprised she was when Nadine was the first member of Girls Aloud to become a mother. "I was saying how we never thought Nadine would be the first one of us to have a child, and that now three of them have kids."

Photo credit: Dave M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dave M. Benett - Getty Images

When sharing her sad health news online, Sarah wrote: "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.

She continued her Twitter thread, saying: "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."

The Cancer Research UK website explains that chemotherapy can cause the ovaries to stop working, either temporarily or permanently (depending on the strength of the drugs used) and that chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause infertility. It adds that there may be ways to preserve your fertility and that speaking to your consultant, or a fertility expert, is a good place to start. Other options, such as donor eggs, are also a possibility, it says.

Sarah Harding's memoir, Hear Me Out, is out now:

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