Dame Deborah James ‘surprised’ she’s still here amid terminal cancer battle


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There’s no doubt that Dame Deborah James is a fighter, but even she has admitted she is ‘surprised’ she’s still here after being moved into end of life hospice care last month.

The 40-year-old campaigner was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016 but was recently told by doctors there was nothing else they could do for her.

Sharing an update on how she’s been doing, Dame Deborah said she is ‘stable’ and ‘taking life slowly’.

‘I’m taking life day by day and just continuing to feel blessed to have another day knowing that my time is limited,’ she told Lorraine in a pre-recorded video that aired on Thursday’s episode.

‘At the same time, if truth be told, I’ve already outlived, yet again, what I was told when I was sent home from the hospital.

‘Even I’m a bit surprised,’ she added. ‘But I think it’s having that sense of purpose, getting involved, continuing with the campaigning which is keeping me going.’

Dame Deborah James said she was ‘surprised’ she is still alive as she battles terminal bowel cancer (Picture: ITV)

Dame Deborah also said that while she’s physically quite tired, she’s mentally still a campaigner

‘I’m still asking people to check their poo, I’m still on it about getting that messaging on loo roll across the country,’ she continued.

Dame Deborah – who last month was honoured with a damehood from the Duke of Cambridge – has raised more than £6.6million for Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through her Bowelbabe fund on Just Giving.

The 40-year-old campaigner said that physically she is quite tired (Picture: Instagram)
Dame Deborah is still campaigning (Picture: Instagram)

The podcaster set herself an initial target of £250,000 and has received donations from a huge number of supporters.

Last week, she said she felt ‘angry’ but added that she gets joy at doing things such as helping her family cook and getting ready in the morning.

‘Dying is really hard. I’ve been consumed by anger this week, in all honesty, I’ve been a real bitch,’ she told The Sun.

‘I keep shouting at people and pushing them away. I’m angry at what’s happening to me. I don’t want to die.’

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

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