Dame Joan Collins Opens Up About The Heartbreaking Loss Of Her Dear Sister: "I Miss Her Terribly"
May 8, 2018 11:34 By Fabiosa
Five days before a long battle with cancer ended her life, Jackie Collins, a bestselling author, gave her last interview where she opened up about her devastating diagnose. Right until the very end of her life, she hoped for the best and insisted on living everyday day to the fullest.
Jackie had only made her daughters know about her six-and-a-half-year battle with stage 4 breast cancer, as she didn’t want her friends and the rest of the family to help her.
Her sister, Joan Collins, only found out about the illness over the phone a few weeks before Jackie passed away in 2015 at 77 years old.
In her last review, Jackie said she found an unexplained limp that after a body scan revealed to be cancer that had already spread. She started treatment, which included a lumpectomy, radiation, and drugs, but never stopped living her life in the way she wanted. She said:
I certainly don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘Oh, I have terminal cancer,’ because I don’t. I have a chronic disease. We’re all going to go at some time. I want people to see me as an example of strength – and doing things my way.
Although she kept her disease in secret, Jackie stressed that it’s very important to stay positive and embrace life.
After her death, Dame Joan Collins was heartbroken. During her appearance on This Morning, she said:
I miss her terribly. Grief is a process. I think I cried for two or three months then you get over it and accept it in a begrudging way. Then you get angry like why did this happen to her.
She also admitted that she still has her sister’s belongings in her apartment, unable to let go the memory of the person she loved with all her heart.
Breast cancer awareness
To honor Jackie Collins’ courageous battle with cancer, there is a need to look at some information concerning the disease that took her life.
- breast cancer is almost always a long-term-illness;
- breast cancer is the most common cancer in women;
- the signs of the disease include a lump in the breast or nipple, an irritation in that area that won’t heal, breast or nipple pain, nipple discharge (other than milk).
Having any of these symptoms should be a good reason to contact your doctor.