Davina was with her sister Caroline the whole way and has opened up about her big regret
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Davina has since admitted she 'kicks' herself for not noticing the symptoms – like Caroline's weight loss and the forgetfulness she blamed on the menopause.
Now she has opened up about the moment the family were given the dreaded diagnosis.
Davina told The Sun : “We got the very, very bad diagnosis in A&E.
“I had to keep it together for Caroline because she was going through a much worse time than I was but every now and again I’d go into the corridor and have a meltdown.
She has run the Race For Life in honour of her late sister
“This one nurse came out and rubbed my back as I cried – she told me to take my moment and then pull myself together and get back in there for my sister.”
But the mum of three says she will never forget the empathy and professionalism of the NHS staff as she came to terms with the news.
Back in 2016, Davina found the courage to speak about her sister's decline.
“Caroline was unbelievable – there was something about her acceptance of death, her willingness to say ‘I’m not going to freak out and fight it and make you feel scared," she said.
“I know she was doing it for us – she was so brave. I’d see her pulling it out of the bag for her friends to make them feel better when she was so exhausted.”
Davina misses her sister Caroline every day
Two years later Davina she talked about her biggest life regret.
"We were in total shock. I couldn't breathe, trying to be strong for Caroline but she was the strong one," the telly star told the Daily Mail.
"The traumatic diagnosis was all the worse because it came out of the blue – yes, Caroline smoked with impunity, yes she'd had a cough for as long as we can remember, but neither of us saw this as a warning sign.
"She was getting quite clumsy, which we now know was because her peripheral vision had disappeared.
"Now I know these were all signs. I look back and wonder if I could have done something differently – it's the greatest regret of my life."