Channel 4 has aired Dame Deborah James’ last ever TV appearance. It comes after the former journalist was told she had a matter of days left to live.
The 40-year-old defied expectations last month as doctors told her she had days left to live. She is currently recieving end-of-life care at home with her parents.
Channel 4 has now aired the episode of Embarrassing Bodies Deborah filmed earlier this year. She’s admitted she didn’t think she’d live to see the show aired.
On the show, Deborah candidly spoke to GP Dr Tosin Ajayi-Sotubo about her devastating diagnosis, admitting it was the “last thing she was expecting” aged just 35 at the time, says the Mirror.
On the show, she spoke about the early signs of bowel cancer, and how she thought it was an “old man’s disease” in the hope that it might help others who feel they are in a similar position. She said: “I started going to the poo – we need to say that – eight times a day. And I used to be a once-a-day kind of girl.
“Then I started getting really tired and I remember drinking loads of cups of coffee just to try and keep myself awake. “Then I started losing loads of weight and I started having blood in my poo.”
Speaking to GP Dr Tosin, Deborah said this was the moment she had a “gut instinct that something wasn’t right.” In emotional scenes, she went on to tell viewers why “talk of poo, should never be a taboo”.
She said that “our favourite celebrities poo” so there is no reason why we shouldn’t talk about it more. Dr Tosin was seen heading to Hammersmith in London to help educate people about the colour of stools and when you should consult a GP.
Deborah explained on her Instagram Story earlier today: “I recorded this with the Embarrassing Bodies team a good while ago but it’s out tonight.” This week, Deborah has shared her joy at experiencing Royal Ascot again, even if still being alive has left her in “limbo land”.
She said on Instagram: “I find myself living in limbo land, not really knowing what the future holds and for how long. It’s a very stressful, uncertain place to be because when I was discharged from hospital over a month ago I was given days, maybe a week to live. And I felt like it.
“But as we all know life doesn’t go according to plan, so I’m just grateful for whatever extra time, the powers that be have decided to grant me. So despite the unnerving tears, I look at the sunshine, smile, and think, wow, life is a funny thing isn’t it!! Better enjoy it!’