DEBORAH James spent the afternoon happily ‘kissing’ the rain, a week after revealing she had quit cancer treatment.
She posted a short video of the garden at the back of her parents’ house, cuddled up in a blanket as the raindrops fall.
The mum-of-two was joined by her dog, who sat in a chair with her as she continues to make the most of each day.
She wrote: “A deceased friend once told me to kiss the rain because you never know when you might feel the rain on your face for the last time… so I kiss it. But with blankets! “
Just days ago, Deborah sat in the same garden as Prince William as he officially made her a Lady.
The royal was thought to have erased her diary and made the trip to Woking’s house, including to make sure she got the gong from him.
Deborah told how she was blown away by the day, posing for a number of snaps with William and having a chat.
He has spoken with his entire family, who are reunited for his remaining days after acute care at the hospital ended.
The inspirational cancer campaigner was named a Dame after appeals – led by The Sun – followed her astonishing fundraising effort.
On the same day she revealed the heartbreaking news that she was going to move into hospice care with her mother and fathers, she launched the Bowelbabe fund.
Deborah, who has continued to add to her legion of supporters over the years, has inspired donations of over £6million in one week.
Last week, after hitting the £5million mark, she wrote: “We are completely at a loss for words. This is all beyond anything we could have imagined.
“The past 5 days have been surreal. Thank you for putting a big smile on my face and helping us start a legacy that will hopefully impact cutting-edge cancer care for life.
“Thanks to an incredibly generous donation earlier today, and everyone who has donated to the @bowelbabefund, we have just reached the incredible total of £5million.”
The mother-of-two was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer a few days before Christmas in 2016.
Yet, “riding on the wings of science,” as Deborah described it, she defied the odds time and time again.
She has won hearts and inspired millions with her Sun columns and her BBC You, Me and the Big C podcast.
Last year, she celebrated her 40th birthday and the milestone of five years.
However, last summer the drugs keeping her alive – which did not exist for bowel cancer patients when she was first diagnosed – stopped working.
What are the symptoms to look for? Remember “BOWEL”
- :B: Bleeding
There are several possible causes for bleeding from your butt, blood in your poop.
Bright red blood can come from swollen blood vessels, hemorrhoids, or hemorrhoids, in your back passage.
Dark red or black blood may come from your intestines or stomach.
Blood in your stool is one of the main signs of bowel cancer, so it’s important to tell your doctor so they can investigate.
2. O: Obvious change in toileting habits
It is important to tell your GP if you have noticed any changes in your bowel habits which last for three weeks or more.
This is especially important if you’ve also noticed signs of blood in your poop.
You may notice that you need to go to the bathroom more often, that you have looser stools, or that you are not passing enough or not completely emptying your bowels.
Don’t be embarrassed, your GP will have heard much worse! Talk and have it checked.
3. W: Weight loss
This is less common than the other symptoms, but it is important to be aware of it. If you’ve lost weight and you’re not sure why, it’s worth talking to your GP.
You may not feel like eating, feel sick, bloated and not hungry.
4. E: Extreme Fatigue
Bowel cancer that causes bleeding can lead to a lack of iron in the body – anemia. If you develop anemia, you will likely feel tired and your skin may look pale.
5. L: Lump or pain
As with many other forms of cancer, a lump or pain can be a sign of bowel cancer.
Chances are you will notice pain or a lump in your stomach or back.
Consult your GP if this does not go away or if it affects the way you eat or sleep.
Last Monday, she shared a heartbreaking Instagram post saying she was now receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, because the heroic efforts of her team of doctors at Royal Marsden Hospital in the south- West London were now unsuccessful.
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.”
Deborah’s main mission throughout her cancer journey has been to raise awareness that anyone can get the disease and that early diagnosis is key.
Her close friend and cancer survivor, Lauren Mahon, echoed this earlier today, saying on Good Morning, “If it’s cancer, it’s not going anywhere.
“Buying your head in the sand only means further diagnosis. And the later it is, the less chance there is of getting rid of this thing.
“Make sure you own your health. It will change your life.
“Look what Deborah James did. How many lives has she saved?
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