Deborah James admits many days ‘are not good’ as she endures end-of-life care

Deborah James has given a candid update to fans saying that many days are “not good” as she continues to receive hospice care amid her cancer battle.

The 40 year old currently has stage four bowel cancer after being first diagnosed with stage three of the disease in 2016, and has been regularly informing fans about her ailing condition in recent months.

Deborah confessed to not feeling good as she was pictured smiling on Tuesday in a photo shared on her Instagram Stories.

The BBC podcaster could be seen in the snap beside her family wearing matching black T-shirts from her Bowelbabe charity through which she’s raising money and awareness.

She wrote: “I love makeup! I was feeling soooooo sh*t in this image.

“Not been a good day, as many aren’t at the moment. But it’s amazing how images don’t tell the 10000 other words!”

Despite her tough last few days, Deborah was able to add some humour following her honest update to fans as she added: “For reference, I spent my day telling everyone to f**k off”, along with a laughing face emoji.

Early last month, the presenter announced that she is receiving hospice care at home and has bravely continued to campaign for bowel cancer awareness, having currently raised over £6,600,000 for her Bowelbabe fund.


The donations made will go to Cancer Research UK, along with proceeds from Deborah’s new book How to Live When You Could Be Dead which will be released in August.

This week Deborah managed to enjoy a family sleepover, though she’d had a tough day of “tears” and was “unable to get out of bed”, writing to followers: “Making memories can be hard why you are dying! Oh the pressure!!

"I’m now only getting some very grabbed hours between the sleeping and side effects, but this girly sleepover managed to put such a smile to my face having spent most of yesterday in tears!

"I’m getting less and less able to leave the house, or bed really now, so was feeling pretty down about it. Or do anything for that matter! But my sister suggested a party sleepover!

"It was just perfect! I went from staying in my wheelchair to ending up everyone helping to get me into an actually Tee pee to watch Cinderella with the gang and sit there like a five year old with a huge Cheshire Cat smile on my face next to my daughter and sister!"

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