Deborah James, who co-hosts Radio 5 Live’s You, Me & The Big C podcast, found out she had incurable bowel cancer back in 2016. But after intense treatment including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the presenter and her medical team are “rewriting the text book”.
Taking to Instagram this week, the 38-year-old gave her 91,000 followers a major update on her health.
Sharing a snap of herself posing in a black swimsuit on an idyllic beach, Deborah revealed: “Ok Cancer – you chose the wrong girl. 3 Years on, 10 operations, too many scans, a lot of chemo, some fancy drugs, lots of tears… I’m still standing.
“And you (according to my most recent scans!) are still sleeping! In fact, we have cut you out, burnt you, zapped you, ablated you, used radiotherapy, used targeted therapy, used every tool in the book and right now in fact according to my team we are ‘rewriting the text book!’.”
Saying it was a “bit bonkers” and that she hadn’t quite proceeded it yet, she continued: “I have no evidence of cancer in my body, which seems bonkers considering at one stage I had 15 tumours!”
“This just absolutely made my day! I am beyond happy for you about this and I know it’s hard to celebrate because we never know what’s round the corner but you’re winning right now, and that’s all that matters. Lots of love xx,” a third posted.
In a follow-up post, she said she was “blown away and humbled” by messages of support and revealed: “I’m scared, waiting for the floor to be whipped, wondering how long it will last”.
However, she added: “But I’m hopeful. And grateful. So onwards and upwards.”
Deborah started co-presenting You, Me And The Big C with Lauren Mahon and Rachael Bland in 2018.