Loose Womens Coleen Nolan opens up on terrifying health scare that left her unable to breathe

Loose Women's Coleen Nolan has revealed a terrifying health scare that left her unable to breathe, as doctors told her she was at risk of emphysema.

The 58 year old TV star took to Instagram to share the news as she revealed that the health prognosis finally got her to give up smoking.

Coleen took to Instagram to post a video where she sat holding a hot drink as she addressed the camera and said: "Guys, I have big news. Big life changing news for me," as words at the top read: "Hardest thing I've ever done."

She went on: "For those who know me, I have been a heavy smoker, and I've tried everything over the year."

Coleen said that she's tried "patches, vaping, tablets, everything" but admitted that none of them had ever worked for her.

Detailing her recent health scare, the mum of three said: "However, recently I got really, really ill with a severe chest infection.

"Could not breathe, genuinely, for a good few days, was struggling to breathe."

She then spoke about how she went to see a specialist doctor, who spoke to her about the possibility of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) emphysema.

Coleen, whose son Shane recently split from his wife, said: "And guess what? Light bulb moment. What are you doing, Coleen?"

She then spoke about giving up smoking, as she said: "And since that day two weeks ago, I haven't had a cigarette.

"And guess what? I don't want one. I don't want to smoke because life is too precious.

"And when I was there thinking 'oh I can't breathe during this', my first thought was 'I'm not gonna be able to be the grandparent I wanna be when my kids have kids. I just won't be able to do anything."

Coleen went on to encourage any of her followers "struggling" to give up smoking to do it.

"I'm with you," she said. "I know it's difficult, but if I can give up, anyone can!"

Her followers rushed to congratulate her in the post's comments section, as one said: "Well done Col. So pleased – it means we'll have you with us for many years longer! x."

Another wrote: "I did same pneumonia and never smoked again ! Well done soon you will hate the smell and wonder how you ever smoked xx."

"Well done! It's one of the hardest addictions to give up so you should be proud of yourself," cheered a third.

A fourth echoed: "Well done Coleen you will feel much better for it. Hope you feeling better now."

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