Bowel Babe blogger Deborah James moves to hospice at home care

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

Cancer blogger Deborah James has announced she's now moved to hospice at home care.

In a heartfelt goodbye message on Instagram the Bowel Babe influencer said her active care has stopped, posting: "The message I never wanted to write. We have tried everything but my body simply isn't playing ball."

Deborah also announced the "one thing I always wanted to do before I died", launching the Bowel Babe Fund to raise money for research and clinical trials into personalised medicine for cancer patients and to raise awareness around bowel cancer.

"All I ask if you ever read a column, followed my Instagram, listened to the podcast or saw we dressed as a poo for no reason," she posted. "Please buy me a drink to see me out of this world, but donating the costs to @bowelbabefund which will enable us to raise funds for further life saving research into cancer."

Since launching the fund yesterday, over £1,000,000 has been raised already.

Deborah has detailed her cancer journey for five years, raising awareness of symptoms and supporting fundraising for research into the disease. As well as detailing her journey on Instagram, she wrote a column for The Sun and co-hosted the You, Me and the Big C podcast for BBC Radio 5 Live.

In an interview with Prima.co.uk in 2017, she said: "If you're concerned about anything, even if it's niggling you, it's your body, so be persistent with getting yourself checked. It's much better to break the taboo and go and talk about poo than it is to worry."

Deborah's bravery, honesty and positivity shone out as she ended her message, writing: "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 Deborah"

Click here to find out more about the Bowel Babe Fund and donate. To find out more about bowel cancer, including the symptoms, visit Bowel Cancer UK.

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