Deborah James’ fund hits a staggering £6.7million as she shares latest health update

DAME Deborah James’ Bowelbabe Fund has reached £6.7million as the activist admits she feels “exhausted”.

The Sun columnist made the most of the warm weather over the weekend and managed to visit Glyndebourne Opera House.

Dame Deborah James visited Glyndebourne Opera House over the weekend


Dame Deborah James visited Glyndebourne Opera House over the weekendPhoto credit: Instagram
The 40-year-old remains committed to raising money for her Bowelbabe Fund


The 40-year-old remains committed to raising money for her Bowelbabe FundPhoto credit: Instagram
The Sun Writer was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer just days before Christmas 2016


The Sun Writer was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer just days before Christmas 2016Credit: Instagram/@bowelbabe

Since being transferred to palliative care last month, the 40-year-old has continued to raise funds for causes close to her heart.

Money from the fund will be used to support Cancer Research UK, Royal Marsden and Bowel Cancer UK to support research to ‘give more Deborah more time’.

The fund has now reached £6.7million – with a further £1.1million to be added with gift aid donations.

Over £6million came from direct donations, with groups and other fundraisers also raising nearly £40,000.

To donate to the BowelBabe Fund, visit

Defiant Deborah James enjoys her'haunted place' for the first time in 5 years
I take life day by day but still beat the odds of survival, says Debs

The mother-of-two, who has terminal colon cancer, said last week she takes life “day by day” and at a much slower pace.

She still fights tirelessly and practically cheers on the participants of the Race for Life.

Over the weekend, Debs dressed up with her husband Sebastien Bowen to see La Bohème at the East Sussex venue.

Opera lover Debs explained she was “trying to see some of her favorites one last time” while undergoing end-of-life treatment for colon cancer.

Known to fans as BowelBabe, Debs said, “Have no illusions! I’m done! I have found that it takes me longer to get ready and organized than I can actually last anywhere!

“Getting dressed is tiring, organizing medication is tiring, the extra exercise, the travelling, wondering what mood your stomach is in – it’s all real!

“But then the feeling of being able to do something you didn’t think was possible, made up, put on new shoes, the sun is smiling – well then it’s all worth it!

“It’s sort of cheeky ‘dying still living’ with two fingers on top of everything.”

Deborah has been enjoying the summer months and soaking up the sun whenever she can – and said she’s trying to “find the diamond moments in the raw.”

When she showed up on Lorraine a few days ago, she said she was taking life more slowly, but was still beating the odds.

She said: “I’m fine, I’m stable, I think stable is a good thing.

“I take life slow, not too much on social media and just spending time in the garden with my family at a much slower pace of life, which I’m not used to.

“I take life day by day and just continue to feel blessed to have another day knowing that my time is limited.”

  • To pre-order Deborah’s book, visit Amazon
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The Signs of Colon Cancer You Need to Know – Think COLON

  1. B: bleeding

There are several possible causes of bleeding from your butt or blood in your poop.

Bright red blood can come from swollen blood vessels, hemorrhoids, or hemorrhoids in your anus.

Dark red or black blood may come from your intestines or stomach.

Blood in the stool is one of the main signs of colon cancer, so it’s important to tell your doctor so he can investigate.

2. O: Obvious change in toilet habits

It’s important to let your GP know if you notice changes in your bowel habits that last three weeks or more.

It’s especially important if you’ve also noticed signs of blood in your poop.

You may find that you need to go to the bathroom more often, you may have looser stools, or you may feel like you are not walking enough or not emptying your bowels completely.

Don’t be embarrassed, your family doctor will have heard a lot worse! Speak up and have it checked.

3. W: weight loss

This is less common than the other symptoms, but it’s important to be aware of. If you have lost weight and do not know exactly why, you should tell your family doctor.

You may not feel like eating, feel sick, bloated and not hungry.

4. E: Extreme fatigue

Colon cancer that causes bleeding can cause iron deficiency in the body – anemia. If you develop anemia, you are likely to feel tired and your skin may look pale.

5. L: Lump or pain

As with many other types of cancer, lumps or pain can be a sign of colon cancer.

It is very likely that you will feel a pain or lump in your stomach or back passage

Laughing, Dame Debs added: “But at the same time, to be honest, I’ve already, once again, survived what I was told when I was sent home from hospital.

“I think even I’m a bit surprised, but I think having that determination, getting involved, going forward with the campaign, that’s what keeps me going.”

Deborah was given an eight percent five-year chance of survival when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2016 at the age of 35.

But she celebrated her 40th birthday last October, a milestone even she never thought possible.

Dame Debs announced in early May that she would be taking on palliative care with her parents in Woking.

A heartbreaking farewell message said her “body just can’t go on.”

Dame Debs wrote in The Sun that she doesn’t know how long she has left and is afraid of falling asleep at night.

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