Podcaster Deborah James has told followers she doesn’t know “how much time I have left” after being taken to hospice at home care for her terminal bowel cancer treatment.
The popular presenter for the BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C said the past six months were “heartbreaking”, but she was surrounded by “so much love” and had “no regrets”.
James was diagnosed with the condition in 2016 and has since amassed his nearly 300,000 Instagram followers with candid posts about his progress with his treatments and diagnosis.
On 14 December 2021, as she completed five years of her diagnosis, she wrote on Instagram: “I am fully aware that I must not be alive today to write this.”
But in a new post on Monday she said: “The message I never wanted to write. We have tried everything, but my body is not playing ball.
“My active care has ceased and I am now moved to hospice at home care with my incredible family and the focus is on making sure I am not in pain and spending time with them.
“No one knows how much time I have left, but I haven’t been able to walk, I’m sleeping most days, and most things I’ve assumed are pipe dreams.”
She said she had “left no stone unturned” in seeking a cure, but that even a “magic new breakthrough” would make no difference.
Sharing links to charities including Cancer Research UK, Bowl Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, he asked supporters to donate and “buy me a drink to see out of this world”.
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She continued: “Right now for me it’s about being grateful for one more sunrise, one day at a time, step by step.
“My whole family is around me and we will dance, sunbathe and laugh together through this (I will cry!!) in every possible moment!
“You are all incredible, thank you for playing your part in my journey.
“No regrets. Enjoy life x Deborah.”