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I’m tired and taking life day by day, but still beating the odds for survival, says Dame Deborah James

DAME Deborah James says she continues to improve on her chances of survival since being sent home from hospital to receive palliative care.

The Sun writer, who has terminal colon cancer, is taking his own life “day by day” and at a much slower pace.

Dame Deborah James has updated ITV Lorraine and said she's still exceeding expectations

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Dame Deborah James has updated ITV Lorraine and said she’s still exceeding expectationsPhoto credit: ITV
Dame Debs shared a picture of her Race for Life as she congratulated the participants last night

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Dame Debs shared a picture of her Race for Life as she congratulated the participants last nightPhoto credit: ITV

But she’s still in good spirits, tirelessly campaigning and urging people to “check their bowel movements” and point out symptoms of colon cancer.

Dame Debs gave an update on ITV’s Lorraine wearing a pink wig and beaming from ear to ear in support of Cancer Research UK Race for Life.

After congratulating the program staff for taking part in the Race for Life last night, Dame Debs 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.”

Laughing, Dame Debs said: “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.”

Dame Debs 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.

She has continued to raise awareness for colon cancer since being sent home from the hospital, but most importantly she started the Bowelbabe Fund.

Dame Debs said today she is “so proud” to bequeath the legacy of the Bowelbabe fund.

She added: “But right now I’m here, alive, kicking as much as I can and sending my love and thank you for all your kind messages.

“Physically I’m pretty tired, but mentally I’m still a fighter.

“I still ask people to check their poo. I’m still in the process of breaking that news to toilets across the country.”

The mother-of-two said this week she would take on any supermarket to put colon cancer symptoms on her toilet roll.

M&S will encourage its 30 million customers to be on the lookout for symptoms, which will be printed on toilet paper packaging in its stores from September.

For the five symptoms you need to know – always remember the word DARM:

  1. B – Bleeding from your bottom or blood in your stools
  2. O – obvious change in toilet habits
  3. W – Weight loss and you don’t know why
  4. E – extreme fatigue
  5. L – Lumps or pain – usually in your stomach or back passage

Donate to the Bowelbabe Fund by clicking here.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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