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Bowelbabe cancer blogger Deborah James receives palliative care at home | Cancer

Podcaster Deborah James has told her social media followers that she doesn’t know “how long I have left” after being transferred to hospice home care to treat her terminal bowel cancer.

The presenter of BBC You podcast Me And The Big C said the last six months had been ‘heartbreaking’ to get through, but she had been surrounded by ‘so much love’ and had ‘no regrets “.

James was diagnosed with the disease in 2016 and since then has kept nearly 300,000 Instagram followers up to date on her treatments, progress and diagnosis.

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On December 14, 2021, she marked five years since her diagnosis, writing on Instagram: “I am fully aware that I should not be alive to write this today.”

But in a new post on Monday, she said: “The post I never wanted to write. We’ve tried everything but my body just doesn’t play ball.

“My acute care has stopped and I’m now moved to palliative home care, with my amazing family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them. .

“Nobody knows how much time I have left, but I can’t walk, I sleep most of the time and most of the things I took for granted are pipe dreams.”

She added that she had left “no effort” in seeking a cure, but that even a “magical new breakthrough” would make no difference.

The former deputy director announced in her post that she was setting up the Bowelbabe Fund and sharing links with charities including Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. His JustGiving page had raised nearly £850,000 by Tuesday morning.

She wrote, “All I ask is, if you ever read a column, follow my Instagram, listen to the podcast or see me dressed in poo for no reason, please buy me a drink to see me out of this world, donating the cost to @bowelbabefund which will allow us to raise funds for vital new cancer research. To give Deborah more time!

She added: “Right now for me it’s all about taking it day by day, step by step and being grateful for another sunrise. My whole family is around me and we’ll be dancing together, sunbathing and laughing (I will cry!!) every moment possible!

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