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Carol McGiffin's sister Tracy has lost her battle with cancer
Carol, 56 – who has battled breast cancer herself – said that Tracy had sadly passed away just four months after her shock diagnosis.
The former Loose Women panellist wrote: "When my little sister, Tracy, was diagnosed four months ago, it didn’t seem real.
"I knew she was going to die, but I kind of hoped that it would be later… like, years away.
"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.
"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."
Carol said Tracy's cancer diagnosis 'didn't seem real'
Carol spoke out about her heartbreak in her latest column
I knew she was going to die, but I kind of hoped that it would be later…like, years away.
"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," she continued to say in her Best magazine column.
Carol's devastating news comes after she revealed that her sibling had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in the same publication last month.
The presenter spoke out about how she had helped Tracy through her treatment after she found a lump in her breast.
Carol previously explained: “I don’t think Tracy wants to know how long she has left, although the doctors could probably say. We’re in uncharted water, but she’s trying to be positive. We all are."
Carol said she thought she had years left with Tracy
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Carol was also diagnosed with breast cancer and endured chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions as she fought the disease.
“I know that, for once in her life, my sister would have given anything for me to have copied her. But, despite the devastating news, and for as long as I have left, we have grown closer,” she added.
Carol's latest column can be seen in the latest issue of Best magazine, which is on sale now.