DEBORAH James has shared a brave photo of herself recuperating from her hospital bed after nearly “facing death”.
Category Sun, 40, said she nearly died in a “traumatic” medical emergency that left her in intensive care.
Writing on Instagram, the mother of two, who has been battling stage 4 bowel cancer since 2016, said: “Sorry for the silence.
“A week ago, at this time of night, I nearly died in an emergency.
“I’m not ready to discuss what happened because the trauma of it all was extremely intense – but that was thanks to an unbelievable team of NHS professionals who worked night and day the next day to save me I couldn’t be more grateful.
“I’m still not out of danger and I have a lot of paperwork to go through. But I’m in intensive care now. And for the first time I feel I can brief you all.”
She posted a photo to her 267,000 followers smiling and giving a thumbs up in the hospital after her third surgery of the week.
Deborah, who has survived cancer against all odds, says she has another one lined up for tomorrow.
She added: “In 5 years with stage 4 cancer – this is the hardest, most heartbreaking and scariest of them all.
“I always prepare for my death, but I’m not prepared for something so blinding and traumatic to happen. I can’t believe I’m here to write this.
“A week ago, my whole family prayed I’d get through the night. I’m getting a lot of help and support to deal with the trauma I’ve been through.
“My family is incredible. I don’t know how my husband held out when he watched me fall when a team of doctors stabilized me in the resuscitation unit.”
She added: “Thanks for your kind messages – they really mean a lot. I’m sure you can appreciate that right now while I can read them, I don’t. have any position to answer.
“And I hope to be able to share with you, when I’m ready in my own words, what I’ve been through.
“For now, I’m just focusing on my health and taking care of my health every day. Thank you for your virtual love and support as always. It really helps.”
In December, Deborah said she was facing a “Uncertain stage” with her stage 4 bowel cancer, after “six scary months”.
The Sun columnist, 40, has been waiting to find out what her next treatment steps will look like in the new year, after there was a failed op.
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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 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.
Her liver began to fail over the summer because a rapidly growing tumor tried to wrap around her bile duct, and she was given an emergency stent.
In December, doctors will replace a stent in Deborah’s liver as standard procedure That was supposed to be straightforward but turned out to be a nightmare, says Deborah.
It was discovered that Deborah’s bile duct had become “uncomfortably more complex”, and that the stent was irreplaceable.
Deborah doesn’t have a stent and “is in dire need of some quick thinking.”
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