Podcaster Deborah James has fired back at a troll who says she’s “sexualizing” her colon cancer battle.
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Deborah James has responded to a troll who accused her of “sexualizing” her battle with cancer.
The 40-year-old BBC podcaster, who has been living with terminal colon cancer for five years, has been slammed by cruel online haters who say she ‘sexualises’ her illness with short skirts and ‘sulks too much’.
She’s been plagued with messages from people online criticizing her clothing choices, saying she’s acting “like a teenager”.
The BBC star keeps her followers updated on her cancer journey on the You, Me and the Big C podcast and shares updates and pictures on her Instagram account.
Deborah told The Sun: “I’ve been accused of sexualizing cancer, sulking too much and acting like a teenager.
“I haven’t spent the last five years trying desperately to live to old age to be told how to act when I have the luxury of making it that far.”
She hit out at cruel trolls who said she “loves herself” by saying that her looks and dancing are a part of her and help her with her condition.
Back in January, she gave an update on her colon cancer and shared a photo of herself sitting on a hospital bed.
Sitting on the bed in her lingerie, the star took to her Instagram to share a candid photo with her 303,000 followers.
Deborah had tubes attached to her hands, chest and stomach in no time.
“Argh, the cancer roller coaster! Yesterday the classic ride was high and flat on the last corner! Started off with positive blood results, discharges (unlike in this pic) and I was more excited about my makeup stash at the hospital than anything!” She captioned the post.
“Dry shampoo and Lippy for the win! Felt good (it’s all relative!) and my liver values FINALLY improved (on liver!). My oncologist even talked about taking me home in a few days. Then this afternoon came! “
The podcaster had a minor hemorrhage and was rushed back to the theater for a colonoscopy and endoscopy “within an hour.”
Deborah continued, “It’s amazing how quickly Crash Teams work and as much as I just want to be at home (I’m approaching two weeks in hospital now), it’s also nice to feel like I’m somewhere safe when my body is not playing ball.
“I had a horrible night of new regimens and got punctured 10 times trying to find out what other working vein I have left (yes I have a port, but if you’re on as many drugs as I am, I need more tubes).
“Praying today will be uneventful and stable! Thank you for your love. It’s either me or Mom @bowelgran will be updated – nice to have another source for updating your dear crowd. I have to say teaching Mom how to use Instagram from my hospital bed put a huge smile on my face! It will certainly bring my family some much-needed laughs!”
She concluded: “We’re moving on. One step at a time. As a late friend said, “I didn’t come this far just to go this far”…….”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/bbc-star-deborah-james-responds-26399442 BBC star Deborah James is responding to a troll who accused her of 'sexualizing' the cancer battle