Deborah James from THE Sun has shared an Instagram post that is heartbreaking tonight, revealing: “My body just can’t continue.”
Deborah, 40, shared with her fans that she moved to hospice home care. “Nobody knows how long I’ve got left.”
The mum-of-two was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer just days before Christmas in 2016.
BowelBabe is Deborah. We have tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball.
“My active care has stopped and I am now moved to hospice at home care, with my incredible family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them.
“Nobody knows how long I’ve got left but I’m not unable to walk, I’m sleeping most of the days, and most things I took for granted are pipe dreams. I know that we have not left any stone unturned.
“But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world or some magic new breakthrough, my body just can’t continue anymore.”
“In over five years of writing about how I thought it would be my final Christmas, how I wouldn’t see my 40th birthday nor see my kids go to secondary school – I never envisaged writing the one where I would actually say goodbye.
“I think it’s been the rebellious hope in me. But I don’t think anyone can say the last six months have exactly been kind!
“It’s all heartbreaking to be going through but I’m surrounded by so much love that if anything can help me through I hope that will.”
Deborah also announced that she will be establishing the Bowelbabe Fund, and asked for support from her supporters to make it flourish. Donations can be made to www. bowelbabe.org.
They offered to buy her a drink. “see me out this world”You can donate the cost to the fund.
She stated that it would help raise funds for more life-saving research on cancer. “to give more Deborah’s more time”.
And she wrote: “Right now for me it’s all about taking it a day at a time, step by step and being grateful for another sunrise.
“My whole family are around me and we will dance through this together, sunbathing and laughing (I’ll cry!!) Every moment possible
“You are all incredible, thank you for playing your part in my journey.
No regrets. Enjoy life x”
Deborah has been sharing every step of her journey with Sun readers in her column Things Cancer Made Me Say and her army of loyal Instagram followers.
A BBC podcast with Lauren Mahon and Steve Bland is also available.
Lauren, Lauren’s cohost, replied to Lauren’s post “I love you. What I would give for one last rosè.”
Steve Bland has added: “Love you so much Deb.”
Gaby Roslin and Jess Wright shared their love for her with Bowel Cancer UK, Candice Brown, Candice Brown, Andrea McLean and Bowel Cancer UK.