I was looking for a medical miracle after my liver stent stopped working, says The Sun’s Deborah James

DEBORAH James says she was looking for a “miracle potion” after her liver stent stopped working.

Category The Sun says she needs to “think out of the box of despair” for the latest stumble in her battle with stage 4 bowel cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2016.

Deborah before surgery to replace her liver stent, which didn't go to plan


Deborah before surgery to replace her liver stent, which didn’t go to planCredit: @bowelbabe
Deborah posted this photo from a hospital parking lot on Thursday saying she felt she was on a "visit the hospital" because her stent replacement failed


Deborah posted this photo from a hospital parking lot on Thursday saying she felt like she was on a “hospital tour” because her stent replacement failedCredit: @bowelbabe

40-year-old Deborah’s liver began to fail over the summer because of a rapidly growing tumor near her bile duct.

After suffering from jaundice and Coke-colored urine, the doctors decided 13th activity to put a stent in Deborah’s liver.

But the mother of two, a cancer survivor, said the stent was no longer working to drain the liver and doctors could not replace it.

What was supposed to happen as soon as this week became the discovery that Deborah’s bile duct had become “more complicated, even more annoying”.

After taking a “hospital tour” around London, Deborah updated her 260,000 followers on Facebook. Instagram on Thursday night.

She wrote: “Despite feeling realistic [sic] best i’ve done in a while, we can see this has started to stop working (as they usually do), but unfortunately what was supposed to be a quick replacement operation turned into a flurry nightmare.

“Mainly due to cancer changes in that area, means it’s no longer straight forward to just getting my plumbing working!!

“So now I don’t have a stent, and desperately need some quick thoughts!

“At around 4pm today, I really thought all hope was lost, but luckily a few conversations later with my oncologist and just talking about the avenues we could take was not enough. I can try is all I need.

“Now I’m hoping for some super ‘magic miracle’ – but then I always am, and any chance is a chance right?

“Plan B stenting surgery isn’t an option either, so now I’m back in Marsden as soon as possible to look at Plan C! Or D or Z if available !! ”

Deborah said on her Instagram story today that options are being weighed and any possible treatments will begin until the new year.

The famously optimistic mom and former vice principal says she’s “not sure what her next steps look like” – but she’s been “one step at a time”.

Five years after Deborah was first told she had terminal bowel cancer and couldn’t have surgery after a year of poor health.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past five years – it’s that somehow you can keep walking, even if it’s scary, but you have to keep the faith,” she said. …”

Deborah miraculously lived beyond what doctors thought possible, after they told her her chance of living five years or more was just 8%.

This year alone, Deborah’s cancer journey has seen her hospitalized with sepsis twice and have to undergo nuclear chemotherapy, which has drained her of energy.

She has been in and out of the hospital in recent months with a persistent inflammatory bowel disease, causing digestive problems and weight loss.

But the anti-cancer campaigner also celebrates her milestone forty birthday in October, something she never imagined she would achieve.

In her latest column for the Sun, Thing’s Cancer Made Me Say, she wrote: “The longer you live with incurable cancer, the more exhausted you become. I do my best to live a fulfilling life, but this illness can throw life into chaos without warning.

“After being bedridden for weeks, I lost a lot of weight and muscle mass. I don’t really like looking at myself in the mirror.

“Chemo and my cancer treatment are also at an advanced stage, because my body is too unwell to cope.

“That prompted a new level of anxiety, living in limbo waiting to see if I would be well enough to start treatment again, hoping that my cancer didn’t grow in the meantime.

“In an ideal world, I would pass chemotherapy until the new year and enjoy my first Christmas in five years with no treatment that makes me feel nauseous.

“But the sooner I can get the drug into my body, the better my chances of seeing it again next Christmas, and I daresay it will.”

Deborah photographed at Kew Gardens in November


Deborah photographed at Kew Gardens in NovemberCredit: @bowelbabe
Deborah James celebrates 40th birthday on BBC Breakfast I was looking for a medical miracle after my liver stent stopped working, says The Sun’s Deborah James

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