BBCs Deborah James hits opera with chemotherapy pump in tow after reaching rock bottom
Deborah James gives update on her latest round of chemotherapy
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Deborah James looked stunning in a fabulous frock when she attended the opera last night with her sister Sarah, despite undergoing chemotherapy. The BBC star, who has stage four bowel cancer, had her chemotherapy pump in her stylish bag during the outing.
Instagram followers that she was feeling at “rock bottom” before her sibling persuaded her to go out for the evening.
The pair were only planning to stay at the event for one hour, but Deborah was feeling able to make the most of her trip to Grange Park Opera, which had been arranged before her health took a turn for the worse this past week.
Deborah said she wanted to live in the now and although she beamed to the camera for her social media snaps, the TV star was suffering with the side effects of her medication.
She explained that it was hard to talk as the drugs caused her throat to spasm.
Alongside her pictures from the event, Deborah wrote: “My sister @sarah.k.wieczorek had planned this opera trip to @grangeparkopera a while back, but I’d written it off seeing that yesterday was my first day not having to visit hospital for 14 days!
“Inside, I was a bit of a mess to be honest. Haven’t slept in 2 days due to the high does steroids, I’m still attached to my chemo pump (hidden in the handbag!).
“I’m rediscovering all the quite scary side effects like throat spasms that I have to navigate again,” she explained.
“I felt wobbly, just trying to trust my body after the hell I’ve been through – honestly my body feels like it’s at rock bottom. Again,” the mum-of-two sadly added.
“But all that being said, Rach used to say, ‘If the insides aren’t quite there yet, start with the outside!’
“So my sister persuaded me I could just go for an hour – 5 hours later I was still there, and ended up staying for it all!” Deborah’s update continued.
Earlier in the day, the pair headed to the shops to select their outfits for the evening.
She thanked the clothing brand for lending her the dress before telling fans about the opera.
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“Thanks to my lovely friend @ridleylondon who lent my sister and I some of her beautiful sustainable bespoke dresses at the very last minute. Matches the setting perfecting.
“My sister was right, if I have something to wear, I’ll at least attempt to go because I’d be too sad stare at it in the cupboard otherwise!!
“Even borrowed the @luxedesigners bag to fit this cycle Chemo pump in!
“Finding Chemo pump bags might have to become a fun way to get me through this!
“Opera was incredible – Falstaff, and setting is just stunning. Hoping to come again another day not attached to the pump, but hey, can’t wait hoping that day will come.
“Can’t live only in the future, when we might not have it. Just got to get busy trying to live in the windows I have right now.
“If my chemo pump has to come, then I suppose that’s what we’ll have to navigate!” she wrote online.
On June 18, Deborah told her followers that things were moving quickly “in the wrong direction”.
Her medication had stopped working and her liver was failing.
Five days ago, she had a stent fitted to her bile duct in order to have another course of chemo.
“She’s BACK in the GAME!” Deborah announced on the picture-sharing site one day ago.
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