BBC presenter Deborah James walks for the first time after ‘nearly dying’

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BBC presenter Deborah James was delighted to be able to walk for the first time after ‘nearly dying’ last week as she resumed her fight cancer.

You, Me, and the host of the Big C podcast are hurry to the hospital earlier in January following an ‘acute medical emergency’.

Deborah was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in December 2016 and had 17 tumors.

In her latest Instagram post, the presenter is seen wearing a hospital gown and walking through a hallway without an attendant. At one point, she seemed a little upset and clutched her stomach, but kept going when Whitney Houston’s Step By Side came on.

The announcer explained in the caption: ‘I did a walk today – it was the first time in 9 days that I was able to give it a try. It has never been so difficult to muster strength and faith to do so. I’ve had 4 surgeries this week (with many more to come), I’m completely broken with a very weak body. But somehow, my body kept plowing. Sometimes all we can do is take it one step at a time.

‘The nurses and doctors were unbelievable – I cried with quite a few people rushing their heads around the door!

‘I’m making progress, it’s slow, but steady. I am still being watched very closely. Not sure what the next plan is – it’s just taking it one step at a time. It’s hard when you just want a plan, but the real plan is to try to make me better, no matter what the path. ‘

Deborah James took her first steps following a ‘traumatic’ medical emergency (Image: @bowelbabe, Instagram)

She concluded: ‘Thanks for all your wonderful messages. They blew me away. I’m not in a position to respond, but I appreciate your kindness. ‘

Earlier, Deborah shared a photo of herself lying on a hospital bed while hooking up tears and giving a thumbs up with a smile.

The columnist apologized for her absence and explained: ‘A week ago, at this time of night, I nearly died in an acute medical emergency.

‘I’m still not ready to discuss what happened as the injuries were all extremely intense – but that’s thanks to an unbelievable team of NHS experts who have been working night and day the next day to save me. I couldn’t be more amazing [sic]. ‘

Deborah was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2016 (Image: @bowelbabe, Instagram)
The presenter bravely shared his experience to help others (Image: Rex Features)

Deborah said she is ‘still not out of danger’ and faces more procedures but is in intensive care.

She later admitted: ‘In 5 years with stage 4 cancer – this was the hardest, most heartbreaking and scariest of them all. I always prepare for my death, but I am not prepared for something so blinding and traumatic that could happen.

‘I can’t believe I’m here to write this. A week ago, my whole family prayed that I would make it through the night. I’m getting a lot of help and support to deal with the trauma I’ve been through. My family is unbelievable.

‘I don’t know how my husband held it back when he saw me fall as a team of doctors stabilized me in the resumption’.

In October, Deborah was rushed to the hospital after suffering from dehydration and a high fever just days after celebrating a successful round of chemotherapy.

In January 2020, doctors declared Deborah cancer-free but later found the disease had returned and she would need surgery. That November, she had surgery for her 17th tumor.

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