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Dame Deborah James finding it ‘harder to engage’ now as she spends remaining time at home with terminal bowel cancer: ‘My body isn’t playing the game’

Dame Deborah doesn’t know how long she has left to live (Picture: Instagram)

Dame Deborah James is now finding it ‘harder to engage’ after revealing she doesn’t know how long she has left with terminal bowel cancer.

The journalist, 40, is currently under hospice care at home as active treatment is no longer possible for her, after being diagnosed with cancer five years ago.

She recently became a Dame, and with Prince William visiting her at home, where she’s spending her remaining time with her family.

The podcast host has been sharing her journey with her followers, now feeling like her body ‘isn’t playing the game.’

Dame Deborah shared a collection of pictures that have ‘made her smile over the last few days,’ including shots of her family and pics of her clothing collection with InTheStyle.

She wrote in her caption: ‘A mix of some pics that have made me smile over the last few days. I feel at the moment I’ve got so much to share, to be thankful for but my body just isn’t playing the game!’

The podcast host is making the most of her remaining days (Picture: Instagram)

‘I’m finding it harder and harder to engage and am just resting up a lot between managing side effects and having lovely random chats with my family,’ Dame Deborah added.

But, she admitted that the ‘very exciting’ news of her clothing line is ‘keeping her going’ after all the ‘hard work’ that went into it.

‘We decided to bring a little pre-order launch forward just so I’d be here to see it, which makes me emotional,’ she shared, before revealing that she will be donating the ‘entire profits’ to her Bowel Babe Fund.

Dame Deborah was inundated with messages of support after sharing the update with her 880k followers.

Radio DJ Adele Roberts commented: ‘Sending you all the love Deborah. Super woman 😍❤️ xxx’

Gaby Roslin added: ‘❤️❤️❤️ my darling Debs ❤️❤️❤️’

Dame Deborah says the launch of her clothing collection has kept her going (Picture: Instagram)

Despite her diagnosis, Dame Deborah does not intend on slowing down, telling The Sun recently: ‘I don’t feel like I’m on my deathbed. I’m not planning on dying anytime soon but it’s just so unpredictable.’

She did confess, though, to feeling ‘scared to fall asleep’ which is one of the ‘biggest reasons’ why she is ‘so tired.’

Dame Deborah has chosen to die at home when the time comes, and has been staying with her two children, 14-year-old son Hugo and daughter Eloise, 12, and her parents in Woking.

The activist wants to ensure her children only see her on her good days and don’t bear the burden of looking after her care.

‘I think my family are knackered, they have all been incredible – going above and beyond to look after me and nurse me,’ she added.

The journalist doesn’t want her children to see her ‘distressed’ (Picture: Instagram)

‘I feel very strongly that I don’t want my kids to see me agitated and distressed. I want to make sure they see me when I’m having a good days.’

Dame Deborah wants to ensure that her children have ‘nice memories’ rather than remembering the difficult parts of this time, saying that would ‘break her heart.’

She was sent home from hospital two weeks ago, being told she had around one week to live.

However, life expectancy estimates can be hard to predict.

When she asked professionals how she would know she was dying, Dame Deborah was told by professionals that for some people, it happens naturally, while others experience a more gradual decline.

She now just wants to enjoy her remaining time and be around her loved ones.



Macmillan cancer support

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan can offer support and information.

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