Deborah James leaves hospital after bowel cancer surgery

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Deborah James updated her 385,000 Instagram followers on her mood amid her ongoing battle with stage 4 bowel cancer yesterday. The journalist, 40, told her fans and friends alike how “incredible” it felt to have the sun shining on her face.

Deborah presents BBC Radio 5 Live’s podcast You, Me and the Big C and is also a newspaper columnist.

The journalist posted a number of updates on her Instagram story, as she enjoyed a winter walk through nature.

“Happy Tuesday! Oh, my word!” Deborah began with a grin, as the sun shone down on her face.

“So, having been in hospital for weeks, when you don’t see the outside world…

“And then you come out and you feel too weak to…

“I’d lost all confidence in my body to even go for walks and stuff,” she explained.

“Today the sun is shining and there’s a little sun trap at the end of my garden.

“And I cannot tell you how incredible, like, actually incredible it feels to have the sun on my face.

“Oh, my word. It’s the simple things,” she concluded happily.

In the next video, the camera panned across a wild patch of green to the tune of Hello Sunshine by Aretha Franklin.

In the caption, Deborah wrote: “Something amazing about the first warming sunshine of the year…

The next post was a photo, featuring a leafy, overgrown forest, which was captioned: “Something about these trees that gives me life.”

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Just over one week ago, Deborah was released from hospital following another bout of gruelling cancer treatment.

At the time, she wrote: “Two and a half weeks ago it was touch and go if I made it through the night.

“Today, after 18 days across two hospitals, I walked down the steps of the @royalmarsden discharged from life as an in-patient.

“I’m not out of the woods yet, and I’ll be back in soon, but I’ve reached a point that seemed insurmountable weeks ago,” she explained.

“I cried on my last IV treatment today. The trauma of it all is very raw and real.

“I’m realising I’ve been through a lot. A lot of everything – seeing my life slip away, being brought back to life, hairy moments, operations, general anesthesia, antibiotics, pain relief, nervously awaiting blood tests, failed canulars, curveballs, tears.

“It’s been the scariest time of my life – of my whole family’s lives.”

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in December 2016 and over five years later, she has continued to be a passionate advocate and patron of Bowel Cancer UK.

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