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Deborah James, 40, of The Sun, shares a heartbreaking recent Instagram post saying: ‘My body just can’t keep going’

THE Sun’s Deborah James shared a heartbreaking Instagram post tonight, revealing: “My body just can’t keep going.”

Deborah, 40, told fans she’s moved into a hospice at home, adding: “No one knows how much longer I have.”

Deborah James said tonight: "My body just doesn't cooperate."

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Deborah James said tonight: “My body just won’t cooperate.”Credit: Stewart Williams
she said "Good bye" in a heartbreaking Instagram post

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She said “goodbye” in a heartbreaking Instagram postCredit: Instagram/@bowelbabe
Deborah, pictured after surgery in 2020, was surrounded by her family when she posted

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Deborah, pictured after surgery in 2020, was surrounded by her family when she postedPhoto credit: Instagram

The mother of two was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer just days before Christmas 2016.

Deborah, known to fans as BowelBabe, wrote on Instagram: “I never wanted to write that message. We’ve tried everything, but my body just won’t cooperate.

“My active care has ended and I have now been placed in a home hospice with my incredible family around me and the focus is on making sure I am not in pain and spending time with them.

“Nobody knows how long 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. I know that we have left no stone unturned.

“But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world, or some magical new breakthrough, my body just can’t keep going.”

“In over five years of writing about how I thought it would be my last Christmas, how I wouldn’t see my 40th birthday and not see my kids go to high school – I never intended to write that in which I would actually say goodbye.

“I think it was the rebellious hope in me. But I don’t think anyone can say the last six months have been exactly kind!

“It’s all heartbreaking going through this but I’m surrounded by so much love that I’m hoping if anything can help me.”

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Deborah also announced that she is starting the Bowelbabe Fund and urged her supportive fans to help it thrive. Donations can be made at bowelbabe.org.

She asked them to buy her a drink to “see me out of this world” by donating the cost to the fund.

She said it would raise money for more life-saving cancer research “to give more Deborahs more time.”

And she wrote: “Right now it’s all about taking it one step at a time, day by day, and being thankful for another sunrise.

“My whole family is around me and we will dance through this together, sunbathe and laugh (I will cry!!) at every possible moment!

“You are all amazing, thank you for playing your part in my journey.
No regret. enjoy life x”

Deborah has shared every step of her journey with Sun readers in her Things Cancer Made Me Say column and her army of loyal Instagram followers.

She also has a BBC podcast called You, Me and the Big C with Lauren Mahon and Steve Bland.

Co-host Lauren replied to her post, “I love you. What I would give for one last rosé.”

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Steve Bland added, “I love you so much Deb.”

Gaby Roslin, Jess Wright, Andrea McLean, Bowel Cancer UK and Candice Brown shared their love with her.

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