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Deborah James makes final TV appearance as she shares life-saving message

Dame Deborah James made her final TV appearance on Thursday to talk about her heart-breaking bowel cancer diagnosis and shared a life-saving message.

The 40-year-old journalist was discharged from the hospital last month with doctors giving her just days to live, and didn't think she would live to see the episode of Embarrassing Bodies she filmed air on E4.

Deborah is receiving end-of-life care at her parents' home in Woking and has so far defied doctors' expectations – inspiring the nation with her will to make the most of her final days.

On the show, Deborah spoke candidly about her diagnosis, and the disease she has had to live with for the past five years, telling GP Tosin Ajayi-Sotubo that it was the "last thing she was expecting" aged just 35 at the time.

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She also spoke about the early signs of bowel cancer, and how she wanted to dispel the idea that it is an "old man's disease" – which is what she thought was the case before her diagnosis.

In speaking openly about her disease, she is hoping she will help others who feel they are in a similar position and inspire people to seek advice.

Deborah said: "I started going to poo – we need to say that – eight times a day. And I used to be a once-a-day kind of girl.

"Then I started getting really tired and I remember drinking loads of cups of coffee just to try and keep myself awake.

"Then I started losing loads of weight and I started having blood in my poo."

Talking with GP Dr Tosin, Deborah said this was the moment she had a "gut instinct that something wasn't right" and needed to get it checked out.

She then went on to tell viewers that "talk of poo should never be taboo", and that "our favourite celebrities poo" so there is no reason why we shouldn't talk about it more.

As part of the program, Dr Tosin headed to Hammersmith in London to educate people about the colour of stools and when you should consult a GP.

Ahead of the program, Deborah posted on her Instagram Story on Thursday saying: "I recorded this with the Embarrassing Bodies team a good while ago but it's out tonight."

This week, the Dame shared her joy of experiencing Royal Ascot again, even though still being alive has left her in "limbo land".

She said on Instagram: "I find myself living in limbo land, not really knowing what the future holds and for how long.

"It’s a very stressful uncertain place to be because when I was discharge from hospital over a month ago I was given days, maybe a week to live. And I felt like it.

"But as we all know life doesn’t go according to plan, so I’m just grateful for what ever extra time, the powers that be have decided to grant me. So despite the unnerving tears, I look at the sunshine, smile, and think, wow, life is a funny thing isn’t it!! Better enjoy it!"

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