Mccartney: 'I Didn't Tell Linda She Was Dying'

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY's first wife LINDA was unaware her breast cancer was so advanced when she died, because the former BEATLE wanted her to enjoy the time she had left.
The photographer, singer and animal rights activist was diagnosed with the illness in 1995, and she underwent numerous sessions of chemotherapy in a bid to rid her body of the disease.
But when the treatment failed and Linda's hair started to grow back, MCCartney decided not to burden his wife with the full seriousness of her ongoing cancer diagnosis, so she could live her life as she pleased.
Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, MCCartney explains, "At the time she knew she was ill, but she'd had chemo and her hair was growing back.
"I'm not actually sure she ever knew she was dying. You have a decision to make as a family as to whether you tell someone and the doctors leave it to you, the immediate family.
"I talked it over with the doctor and he said, `I don't think she would want to know. She is such a strong, forward-thinking lady and such a positive girl that I don't think it would do any good.'"
Linda passed away on 17 April 1998, aged 56, at the family's ranch in Arizona.


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Gads...such a personal hell for Paul. But I feel he did what was best, and that was to allow her to be more confident and enjoy them as a family until she died. Perhaps, inside she knew that something was not right - maybe saw it in his eyes? Maybe she decided that this was the way it was going to be...period. Regardless, I saw them at the last of Off the Ground Tour in Atlanta and little did I know that was the last time she appeared in public. Oh the hell Paul must have had to wade through. My heart cries out for him.
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no doubt Lady Lynda, realized the situation.being so ill, is always in your body and head, although it isnt something you wish to acknowledge out loud.if lady lynda was that ill, it is doubtful she acknowledged the presence of the illness, without verbalizing it.Sir Paul and her family was around her when the time to leave could no longer be negated, he helped her move on. layda lynda, is still in everyone's heart, sir paul/s, stella/s mary/s and james, as well.she is still smililng at them from heaven. she was his soulmate, more than likely, sir paul also did not want to acknowledge the inevitably, yet, that same comes to us all in time, whether or not we choose to acknowlege it.Better to live life every second, then live in fear of moving on, Sir Paul gave that gift to lady lynda.when the time comes, there is way to deny it is time to go. It is more difficult to accept the situation, after, by those who still love you.Have a fantastic life, sir paul, your soul mate will wait as long as she must to once again be with you, sharing a new life together.
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I adored Linda, She was a wonderful beautiful woman inside and out. And a very talented person in her own right. I have one of her photography books and she had the gift of capturing peoples soul with her camera. I read that on the day she died she rode her beloved horse. What strength of character she had. When I hear her voice singing with Wings to this day I think what a lose.
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to beatles fan'nuff said! excellent commentary!lady linda was very cool, collected, calm,and supportive, and sir paul's personal muse. that is one of the attributes that evolved in sir paul into a reasonable megastar he is today.while married to $$$. having had to say goodbye was not an easy thing to do. she was so supportive, and didnt run around trying to get the press to anoint her in print or a jug of wather, although some we know $$$$$, all you know who did was take and take, she still still wants more. The looney bin is where $$$ belongs.somebody commit her already or boil her in oilSir Paul was lucky enough to have meet lynda, his soul mate. No matter how or why, sir paul and lady lynda were blessed, most people dont have that privelege. they will be together again, no doubt about that. Sir paul has released a plethora of albums since getting rid of $$$$.here is to sir paul and family, it isnt your time yet. so enjoy life and love to the utmost
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lady lynda and sir paul, made love to each other through their music
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What a shame! She has to die.
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someday, this rag will stop garbling what i write.to lady linda sir paul and their family, may they live a long, prosperious life filled with the blessings only a truly loving family experiences. They will never be far from our love and prayers. Now they can be the family lady linda instilled in them. hopefully, $$$$$$, but not likely $$$$ will disappear into the internet chasm where $$$$ can not bother anyone anymore
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