Joan Collins Says Goodbye to Sister Jackie Collins in Moving Essay: “I Don’t …

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Joan Collins ‘nagged sister about mammograms’, tribute reveals.

doesn’t think she’ll “ever recover” from the sadness of losing her “baby sister,” author Jackie Collins, to breast cancer last week after a secret six-and-a-half year battle. In an emotional new essay for the Mail on Sunday, Joan wrote that she’s focused on celebrating the way the best-selling British novelist lived her life in the wake of her death. “In her inimitable way she had more concern for others than for herself to the end, and anyone who knew Jackie well will tell you how courageous and selfless she was,” Joan, 82, wrote. “This was one of the reasons for her great success in both her personal and professional life, and why she was loved and admired by so many.” Jackie was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2009, and chose to mainly keep her illness to herself – she only revealed her health problems to Joan just two weeks before her passing. The 82-year-old English actress penned an emotional online tribute ‘A Tribute To My Beloved Sister’ mentioning that her novelist sister refused to get mammography done because she was needle-phobic and explained that she didn’t want to be a burden on others with her disease, News.com.au reported. The 82-year-old actress has written a 2,000-word tribute to Jackie, who died aged 77 earlier this month following a six-year battle with breast cancer, on her official website, on which she praised her “courage” and “selflessness”.

The novelist told PEOPLE in her inspiring final interview, just days before her death, that she chose to keep the diagnosis a secret because she felt “sympathy can weaken you.” “Jackie really enjoyed her life so much and lived it to the hilt, and when we were together, even if we hadn’t seen each other for a few months, we were thick as thieves,” Joan wrote in her Mail essay. Noting that Jackie, who was privately battling breast cancer prior to her death on Sept. 19, hadn’t told her about her seven-year struggle until recently, Joan said, “I used to nag my sister about getting mammograms, as our darling mother Elsa had succumbed to the disease in 1962 when she was in her early 50s. Despite being diagnosed six-and-a-half years ago, British author Jackie, who lived in Beverley Hills, told few people about her illness, saying she did not want to “burden” others with it. Joan called her sibling “strong, independent, loyal, caring,” among other things, and said “she wasn’t just a star – to me she was an entire galaxy.”

Like my brother and I she was needle-phobic.” Joan, who said she and Jackie were “thick as thieves”, also revealed the moment Jackie rang her to say she had stage four breast cancer. Joan wrote: “My voice was so choked with tears I could hardly speak.” The pair, who had been rumoured at times to have a difficult relationship, were pictured together in London just a few days before the death when Jackie was on a promotional tour for her new novel The Santangelos. Jackie and I didn’t see each other so much during that period. “Unfortunately, a couple of years later another relationship I had came between us and, having moved back to Europe, we couldn’t be as close as we wanted to be.

The actor has requested that people who read her tribute make donations to Penny Brohn Cancer Care in the UK and the Susan G Komen breast cancer organisation in the US.

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