‘Nobody knows how long I’ve got left’: BBC’s Deborah James moves to hospice after stopping cancer treatment


Deborah James poses for a photograph.

BBC podcaster Deborah James has told followers on social media she does not know “how long I’ve got left” after halting treatment for bowel cancer and being moved to hospice.

The mother-of-two, who hosts the award-winning You, Me And The Big C, told her almost 300,000 Instagram followers that the last six months had been “heartbreaking”, but that she had been surrounded by “so much love” and had “no regrets”.

Ms James was diagnosed with the condition in 2016 and since then has regularly posted on social media with posts about her diagnosis and treatments.

She wrote on Monday: “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.

Deborah James 56

“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.”

Sharing links to charities including Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, she asked supporters to make donations and “buy me a drink to see me out this world”.

She added: “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.”

Ms James, a former deputy headteacher, has been an avid cancer campaigner ever since her diagnosis and has often shared the trials and tribulations of her disease in newspaper columns and on social media.

She often wrote from her hospital bed and in September last year said she intended to “bang on” about her 40th birthday all week, because doctors previously told her she was unlikely to ever make it to that milestone.

The Independent


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