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BBC’s Deborah James surrounded by family and friends in hospice care as she says ‘goodbye’



BBC presenter Deborah James has been battling bowel cancer for five years and has shared the heart-breaking update that she is now in hospice care and spending time with her family and friends. The Mirror reports Deborah, who is just 40, is widely known for campaigning and raising awareness for bowel cancer.

Deborah shared the devastating news on Twitter, saying she was still struggling to accept the news and it was time to say goodbye. She said: “The tweet I never wanted to write. The time has come to say goodbye. It has been 5 years to prepare, doesn’t make it any easy. I’m under hospice at home care, & I’m spending my time surrounded by my family. Please buy me a wine to see me out and raise vital funds.”

The presenter also explained on Instagram that her body “simply isn’t playing ball” and that she did not know how long she had left to live. She said: “The message I never wanted to write. We have tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball.”

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“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 we have left no stone unturned.”

Deborah, who is the mum of two young children, went on to describe her illness as “heartbreaking to be going through”, she said: “In over 5 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.”

“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.”

She has asked her followers to donate to bowel cancer charities including Bowel Cancer UK and she has created the Bowelbabe fund which is supporting Cancer Research UK. She said: “As a result, the @bowelbabefund is being established and I’d love nothing more than for you to help it flourish. Please visit bowelbabe.org for all the info and to donate.”

“All I ask if you ever read a column, followed my Instagram, listened to the podcast, or saw me dressed as a poo for no reason.”

Deborah finished her message by telling her followers to enjoy life, she said: “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!!) at every possible moment.”

“You are all incredible, thank you for playing your part in my journey. No regrets. Enjoy life x”

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