Holy Smoke

Remembering my lovely sister

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Damian Thompson

This photograph shows my dear sister Carmel on what turned out to be her last birthday a year ago today. She died aged 57 on November 23, after a three-year cancer ordeal during which she displayed the most astonishing courage. I interviewed her twice on this podcast about her faith, her illness and her unquenchable optimism. I knew at the time that one day I'd have to record an episode paying tribute to her after she died, and here it is.