January 24 2016 – Carol reveals the heartbreaking news that her sister Tracy has died, aged 53

Our thoughts are with Carol McGiffin and her family at this difficult time. Carol, 56, has revealed in her Best magazine column that her sister passed away just one month after she was diagnosed.

Sharing the tragic news in her Best magazine column, Carol explains that she is still numb with shock.

“I knew she was going to die, but I kind of hoped that it would be later… like, years away,” she said.

Carol celebrated getting the all clear after her mastectomy in January last year

“Now, when I find myself saying the words ‘my sister died last weekend’, it still doesn’t seem real. Perhaps because it hasn’t properly sunk in yet, or that I’m just not ready to believe it.”

“Cancer is scary, but I don’t see the point of getting emotional about it,’ Carole said to the mag when she found out about her sister’s diagnosis. “I said [to Tracy] ‘Right – we’ll find out what the treatment is, deal with it, and you’ll be fine’.

“But she wasn’t fine. I think, deep down, Tracy knew it was bad news. She’d been having massive headaches, and her co-ordination was off – she kept bumping into things. It was all very odd.”

Carol went on her most recent column to add how she’s made the most of these last few months with her sister, getting to know her all over again.

“We were always close as kids, but as we grew up things changed, and I’m really glad that in the end – those last four months – I got to spend some good, quality time with her. We had days out at the seaside, went out shopping, had lovely pub lunches.”

“I felt like I was getting to know her all over again.”

Sending our love, Carol. x

Dec 6 2016 – Former Loose Women panellist Carol McGiffin triumphantly won her battle with breast cancer, after being diagnosed with the disease in 2014.

Sharing her harrowing journey with her loyal fans, and news of the all clear, it seemed that there was finally a light at the end of the tunnel for the 56-year-old.

But now Carol has revealed that her struggle with the disease is far from over, after younger sister Tracy, 53, found a lump in her breast. Speaking to Best magazine the broadcaster shared Tracy’s heartbreaking diagnosis with breast cancer, and the devastating news that her condition is now terminal.

Revealing her strength in the light of such a tragic moment for her family Carol said:

“Cancer is scary, but I don’t see the point of getting emotional about it.

“So when my sister, Tracy, found a lump in her left breast – just like mine – three months ago, I said, “Right – we’ll find out what the treatment is, deal with it, and you’ll be fine.”

Continuing she added:

“But she wasn’t fine. I think, deep down, Tracy knew it was bad news. She’d been having massive headaches, and her co-ordination was off – she kept bumping into things. It was all very odd.”

While the doctors are unsure of just how long Tracy has, Carol emphasised that her family are doing their utmost to make the time they do have together as precious as possible. The first step? Working through Tracy’s bucket list (listed below).

  1. Ride in a hot air balloon
  2. Have lunch on the Orient Express
  3. Swim with dolphins
  4. Play crazy golf and eat fish & chips at the seaside
  5. Go to a ball and wear a gown
  6. Play the flute or bass guitar
  7. Own an original Thomas Kinkade artwork

“I laughed when I read it,”  Carol recalled. “Because most of the items on it are impossible – if not physically, then financially.

“But we could do the last one, which is why we’re here today. Tracy likes to be treated normally. When people know you have cancer, they look at you differently, and it’s so annoying.”

And although the family are trying to remain as positive as possible, Carol couldn’t help but be reminded of her mother’s death once the news that Tracy’s cancer had spread throughout her body really begun to sink in.

“All chemotherapy could do was hold back time,’ Carol admitted. ‘I remember thinking, “Oh, God – it’s just like when our mum, Heather, died of lung cancer, 13 years ago.”

Carol also went on to update on Tracy’s treatment – which includes chemotherapy every three weeks:

“Tracy is in permanent touch with the local hospice, which has a 24-hour hotline for anything she needs, and a Macmillan nurse on hand. They’re wonderful.”

And as the festive season draws near, big sister Carol revealed her greatest wish:

“Let’s just say that my Christmas wish is for my sister to have the best time ever, and to really make the most of the time she has left, because, above all, I don’t want her to have any regrets.”

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