Who is Deborah James and when was she diagnosed with bowel cancer?

DEBORAH James has posted a heartbreaking "goodbye" message.

The Sun's columnist has been praised as an inspiration by fans after revealing she has moved into hospice at home care.

Who is Deborah James?

Born on October 1, 1981, Deborah is a former deputy head teacher turned blogger, podcaster and cancer campaigner.

After being diagnosed with stage 4 incurable bowel cancer, she started her blog, BowelBabe.

This blog then became a weekly column for The Sun Online called Things Cancer Made Me Say.

She also presents the podcasts You, Me & the Big C for BBC's Radio 5 Live, and The Good Stuff – which she hosts with her children.

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When was Deborah diagnosed with cancer?

Deborah was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer days before Christmas in 2016.

In May 2022 she revealed she had been moved into a hospice and wrote a heartbreaking goodbye message, saying: "My body just can't continue."

Her Instagram post read: "The message I never wanted to write. We have tried everything, but my body simply isn’t playing ball.

"My active care has stopped and I am now moved to hospice at home care, with my incredible family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them.

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"Nobody knows how long I’ve got left but I’m not unable to walk, I’m sleeping most of the days, and most things I took for granted are pipe dreams."

You can read Deborah's message in full right here.

Deborah is encouraging people to donate to her @bowelbabefund, which can be found at bowelbabe.org.

She said: "Please buy me a drink to see me out this world, by donating the cost to @bowelbabefund which will enable us to raise funds for further life saving research into cancer. To give more Deborah’s more time!"

Is Deborah married and does she have children?

Deborah is married to Sebastien Bowen and he is a banker.

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He works for Pomona Capital, and before that he was a Director at MetLife Investments.

Together they have two children, Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12

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