Deborah James shares sweet message on Lorraine urging fans to celebrate life

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Dame Deborah James, also known as Bowel Babe, has shared a heart-warming message on ITV's Lorraine.

The 40-year-old charity campaigner congratulated Lorraine Kelly for completing the Race For Life on Wednesday evening and urged viewers to "celebrate life".

She said: "I love Race For Life. I’ve been an ambassador for them since 2019.

"Everyone can join in, you can celebrate life, celebrate someone else’s life. That's why Race For Life is so important for me."

Lorraine, 62, completed Cancer Research UK's Race For Life on Wednesday evening with other members of her ITV show.

Speaking to Dr Amir Khan, she said: "Lovely Sue Bolton and I were walking away and we thought we were doing really well and we turned around and we were last.

"It was such a lovely evening and a great spirit."

Lorraine added: "It was fantastic and it was just great and of course, inspired by our Deborah.

"The first time I heard her speak was at one of these events and it was so inspiring. She’s amazing, she’s astonishing."

Deborah appeared on the show in a bright pink wig in support of Cancer Research UK as she shared a quick health update with fans.

She told Lorraine: "I’m doing okay. I’m stable, I think stable is a good thing, I’m taking life slowly.

"I’m just spending time with my family in my garden.

"I'm physically quite tired but mentally I’m still a campaigner."

Deborah added: "I’m taking life day by day and continuing to feel blessed to have another day knowing that my time is limited.

"I’ve already outlived yet again what I was told when I was sent home from the hospital.

"The Bowel Babe fund I’m so proud of and it’s a legacy I’m so proud to leave behind when I’m no longer here."

Mother-of-two Deborah has recently called for supermarket brands to include symptoms of bowel cancer on toilet paper wrapping.

This came after M&S pledged to add information about the disease on its packaging.

Deborah is currently receiving hospice care at her parents home after revealing last month that she's no longer receiving treatment for bowel cancer.

She was first diagnosed with the disease in December 2016.

Deborah was told early on that it was likely she would not survive beyond five years – a milestone she passed in the autumn of 2021.

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