LETTERS addressed to “Deborah James, somewhere in Woking” somehow found their way to the beloved lady.
She posted a snap of a collection of envelopes on Instagram, all with various attempts to describe their whereabouts at her parents’ home.
The Sun writer was clearly both deeply touched and amused by the efforts people and the Post had made to reach her.
The mother-of-two, 40, wrote: “I think my parents have the best Royal Mail services ever!
“The attempted addressed letters give us life!
“How on earth they got here is a small miracle!”
- Donate here to continue raising money for Deborah’s BowelBabe fund
Brits keen to get in touch with the cancer activist had tried different addresses including ‘Dame Deborah James, Woking’, ‘Bowel Babe, c/o her parents’, ‘Dame Deborah, resident at home’.
They somehow managed to get to her, giving her a boost as she spends her final days with her family.
It comes after she praised her “wonderful” army of supporters as her book quickly rocketed to the top of the charts.
Mother Deborah, who is being cared for at the end of her life, announced Tuesday night that the release date has been brought forward because she has “a few things to share” before she dies.
Just hours after the pre-release announcement, her legions of supporters had catapulted “Love’s Labor” to the top of the charts.
Deborah shared her excitement on Instagram but told fans she was “burned out” that she will likely miss seeing the book in stores.
Three pounds from each book will be donated to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK – which was launched on the same day she announced she was ceasing active care.
Deborah, who has continued to grow her army of supporters over the years, inspired donations of more than £6million in one week.
Last Monday she shared a heartbreaking Instagram post saying she is now receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, because the heroic efforts of her medical team at the Royal Marsden Hospital in south-west London have now been fruitless.
She said her body “just doesn’t play ball,” adding, “My body is so emaciated that I have no choice but to surrender to the inevitable.”
What symptoms to look for? Remember “BOWEL”
- : 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.
See your GP if it doesn’t go away or if it’s affecting your diet or sleep.
Yesterday she managed to get out of the house for the first time in 10 days.
The 40-year-old spent some time with her husband Sebastien Bowen at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey.
Posting on Instagram, she said: “Seb took me (small mission but worth it!) to @rhswisley at dawn in front of all the crowds to say I was made up for the book launch and it was easy perfect for an hour.
“I haven’t left the house in 10 days because I was too weak, and although I’ll now be dozing off most of the day (in the sun like a cat!) – I love this image, it reminds me of vivid green.” Life all around, despite the sadness of knowing the state of my body inside me.
“But Seb is an absolute rock to me and together we seem to be able to shake hands, swallow the tears and laugh instead.”
Deborah posted a photo of the couple beaming in the garden.
The mother of two was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer just days before Christmas 2016.
The inspirational cancer activist was made a lady last week after calls – led by The Sun – followed her amazing fundraiser.
Prince William traveled to her parents’ home in Woking, where she is spending her final days, to ensure she gets the gong off him.
Deborah shared how overwhelmed she was from day to day as she posed for a series of snaps and chatted with William.
He spoke to her entire family, who are gathered for her remaining days after she has ceased active care at the hospital.
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