Podcast host, writer and campaigner Deborah James, AKA @bowelbabe, has shared the tragic news that she is being moved to 'hospice at home care' and that her 'body just can’t continue anymore.' Her Bowelbabe fund, devoted to raising money to support clinical trials and research for cancer, has raised over a million pounds in the time since.
You can donate to the Bowelbabe fund, now.
The 40-year-old mum of two, who presents the BBC's You, Me and the Big C, was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer when she was 35. She proceeded to share her progress with an ever-growing Instagram following (now at 451K) and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease, teaming up with cancer charities and media to share her story and to encourage more conversation about the illness.
In a post shared to her page last night (9 May) James stated the sad reality that she is no longer going to be receiving active care.
'The message I never wanted to write,' the post began. 'We have tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball. 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 able 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 5 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 6 months has 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.'
She added that 'one thing' she wanted to do before she died was to establish a 'Bowelbabe Fund' for Cancer Research UK. 'Please buy me a drink to see me out this world, by donating the cost to @bowelbabefund which will enable us to raise funds for further life saving research into cancer. To give more Deborah’s more time!' she wrote.
Incredibly, the fund has already raised over a million pounds since last night.
'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,' she finished.
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