Watch: Deborah James: I'm still alive and kicking
Dame Deborah James has shared a health update with fans, saying she is “alive and kicking as much as I possibly can”.
The podcast host and cancer campaigner, 40, told fans last month in a moving ‘goodbye’ message that she had moved to hospice care after battling bowel cancer since 2016.
Appearing by video link on ITV’s Lorraine on Thursday (9 June), she said she was currently “stable” and that although she was tired she was ”still a campaigner”.
After thanking host Lorraine Kelly for taking part in charity run Race For Life, she went on: “I am doing OK, I'm stable.
“I think stable is a good thing. I'm taking life slowly. Not on social media too much and just spending time in the garden with my family. A much slower pace of life, which is not what I'm used to.
“Physically, I'm quite tired, but mentally, I'm still a campaigner. I'm still asking people to check their poo. I'm still on it about getting that messaging on loo roll across the country. The No Butts campaign, absolutely. We want it spread far and wide."
The mum-of-two - who was wearing a pink wig in honour of Race For Life - said she was "taking life day by day".
She went on: "I think just continuing to feel blessed to have another day knowing that my time is limited but at the same time, if truth be told, I've already outlived yet again what I was told when I was sent home from the hospital, so I think already even I'm a bit surprised, but I think it's having that sense of purpose.
"Continuing with the campaigning is keeping me going."
She told Kelly she was "so proud" of it and that it was "a legacy that I am so proud to leave behind when I am no longer here".
"But for the moment I'm here, I'm alive [and] kicking as much as I possibly can, and sending my love and thank you for all your kind messages," she said.
Dame Deborah was one of the hosts of the You, Me & The Big C podcast, which she presented with Lauren Mahon and Rachael Bland, who died in 2018 at the age of 40 after battling breast cancer.
She told her fans last month that her body wasn’t “playing ball”.
“My active care has stopped and I am now moved to hospice at home care, with my incredible family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them,” she said.
Last month she was honoured with a damehood.