HINT James says she is facing another “period of uncertainty” with stage 4 bowel cancer, after “six scary months”.
The Sun columnist, 40, is waiting to find out what her next treatment steps will look like in the new year, after there was a failed op last week.
The mother-of-two recounts her battle with cancer with optimism and humour, sharing each milestone in her battle with the world.
After learning she had stage 4 bowel cancer in 2016, her former teacher began writing her column for The Sun, What Cancer Made Me Say, which quickly became a national treasure.
Deborah was told that she didn’t have much time left. But she became part of eight per cent of cases with her type of cancer living for at least five years after being diagnosed.
Asked about her condition on BBC Breakfast This Morning, Deborah said: “I’m fine, thank you. Well, it’s okay maybe not to summarize what I’ve been through the past few months.
“The truth is I’m fine today but I’m definitely on a cancer roller coaster, and right now I’m in another phase of uncertainty, one step at a time, not really sure what to expect. out next.
“I think it’s fair to say, the past six months have been very scary for me in terms of my health.
“But right now I have choices ahead of me, I’m going to embrace them in the new year, and I won’t think too much about where the future might take me, because I’m happy to be here. here today.”
Deborah’s liver began to fail over the summer because of a rapidly growing tumor near her bile duct, and she received an emergency stent.
Last week, doctors replaced a stent in Deborah’s liver as standard procedure – which seemed so simple but turned into a nightmare, Deborah said.
It was discovered that Deborah’s bile duct had become “uncomfortably more complex”, and that the stent was irreplaceable.
Deborah currently doesn’t have a stent and “is in dire need of some quick thinking.”
She said this morning: “For me the best gift I could have this year [for Christmas] will be informed that my body is well enough to return to treatment.
“That sounds pretty random. But what I want is to start chemo again, because that’s my only chance.”
COPY WITH DARK
Deborah today reflected on the darkness she’s gone through with cancer, as she prepares for another Christmas with her two teenage children.
She told the BBC: “When I was diagnosed, literally last week, five years ago, and I heard ‘you have cancer’, I went into this extremely dark hole. , where I spent weeks, maybe months, about three months, trying to find ‘me’.
“Basically, I want to know where I would be on those charts, in terms of those disgusting statistics that I assume no one looks at.
“And most of all, I wanted to know what my life with cancer would be like. Ah, will I still be here? And B, how do I put one foot in front of the other?
“I couldn’t find it, so I hope by sharing that story, I’m someone that someone diagnosed with cancer can look at and say ‘oh, she can live with cancer. mail, me too.”
Deborah said documenting her journey helps her “cope with and overcome the darkness”.
But she added: “Sometimes lying in bed, I just don’t feel like doing anything like that. Behind closed doors at three o’clock in the morning, when the tears began, it was a very different story.
“And I look at my two kids – the oldest are 12 and 13 – my heart is broken, it’s completely broken.
“Showing a brave face — or no, I don’t take half the time — is one of the hardest things to do.
“Five years ago told my children that ‘mummy has cancer’ – and we know from the data that more than 1,000 people are supposed to get cancer every day – there are families from top to bottom in the country that have to do this, and my message to those families, if you’re one of them, is to take things one step at a time. ”
Deborah recently had to take a break from treatment for the past few weeks to recuperate after turbulent year.
Despite her fear of liver failure over the summer, the fix allowed her to return to life-saving nuclear chemotherapy.
In October, Deborah was told that her nuclear chemotherapy had worked and that she the cancer is “stable”, which means she can take a few weeks off treatment.
She wrote on her Instagram @bowelbabe: “Obviously as soon as possible I will go back to treatment because at some point my cancer will grow back, I suspect soon! But even a few more weeks to breathe is longer than I thought! ”
Deborah, write in her latest column told The Sun, that putting chemotherapy in an afterburner had raised concerns about the cancer’s recurrence.
And now, she’s desperate to get back to it and have more time with her two teenage children.
“The sooner I can get the drugs back on,” says Deborah, “the better my chances of seeing him next Christmas, and dare I hope will,” Deborah said.
This year, the anti-cancer campaigner celebrated her milestone forty birthday in October, something she never imagined she would achieve.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/4327248/deborah-james-facing-more-uncertainty-bowel-cancer/ Deborah James of The Sun says