Deborah James of the BBC has updated her bowel cancer status and released a photo of herself in a hospital bed.

In 2016, the podcaster was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer, and she has since been quite open about her hardships, even becoming a cancer campaigner.

The star rushed to Instagram to post an honest snapshot with her 303,000 followers while sitting in a hospital bed in her underpants.

Deborah quickly had tubes inserted into her hands, chest, and stomach.

With a little bleed, the podcaster was hurried back into the theatre for a colonoscopy and Endoscopy ‘within the hour.’
Deborah has transferred to hospice at home care, telling admirers, “Nobody knows how long I have left.”

Deborah James Health Update
Deborah James Health Update

“The message I never wanted to write,” Deborah, also known as BowelBabe, posted on Instagram. We’ve tried everything, but my body just won’t cooperate.

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.

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 the formation of the Bowelbabe Fund and invited her adoring followers to contribute to its success. is where you may donate.

She requested that they buy her a drink and donate the cost to the fund in order to “see me out of this world.”

It would provide funds for more life-saving cancer research, she said, “to give more Deborahs more time.”


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