BBC podcast presenter Deborah James who has incurable cancer celebrates her 40th with a wild birthday party with Sophie Ellis-Bexter performing – after fearing it was a milestone she would never see

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  • London’s You, Me and Big C star Deborah James turns 40 on October 1
  • The mother-in-law of two said she intended to ‘bang out’ about her milestone birthday
  • Deborah was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2016 and told her followers that she was ‘smashing’ every figure to live so long.
  • Earlier this year, she was diagnosed with liver failure and sepsis and is back on chemotherapy to try to stop the rapidly growing cancer.

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BBC podcast presenter Deborah James, who has stage four bowel cancer, has shared photos from her wild 40th birthday party, fearing it’s a milestone she’ll never see again.

The mother of two, the former deputy head of London’s Turner cancer campaigner, has been living with stage four bowel cancer since being diagnosed in December 2016, and was told early on that she might not live beyond five years.

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Last night though, she shared photos and clips as she hosted a huge house party at her home, complete with a performance by popstar Sophie Ellis-Bexter.

posting on instagram, she wrote that she had initially planned a ‘Low Key’ dinner and dance party for her closest friends and family last week, adding: ‘I’m still over 40, but I really don’t care. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to cope with anything crazy.

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BBC podcast presenter Deborah James, who has stage four bowel cancer, has shared photos from her wild 40th birthday party, fearing it was a milestone she will never see (pictured left, popstar Sophie Ellis-Bexter who performed at the event)

Deborah said she initially planned a 'Low Key' dinner and dance party for her closest friends and family last week (pictured)

Deborah said she initially planned a ‘Low Key’ dinner and dance party for her closest friends and family last week (pictured)

‘But then I didn’t want to regret not doing anything! So at the last minute I pulled a party out of the bag, and then Sophie Ellis Bexter justified her point (when we recorded her spinning plates podcast a few months ago), and then put the cherry on the cake. sing! From his kitchen disco to mine!

‘Blown away by kindness and love. I aimed to stay up till midnight and not vomit or cry! (Obtain!).’

She continued: ‘I was still dancing at 3 a.m., (I can’t remember the last time I did that!), and it’s fair to say that I haven’t dressed all day today!

‘I’ll take it easy now! But I conclude that I am not sure about the “less important” features in my terminology!! totally worth it!’

The You, Me and the Big C star, who has been living with bowel cancer since she was diagnosed in December 2016 and a tough few months after an aggressive new tumor near her liver wrapped around her bile duct has suffered - requiring life-saving hospital treatment

The You, Me and the Big C star, who has been living with bowel cancer since she was diagnosed in December 2016 and a tough few months after an aggressive new tumor near her liver wrapped around her bile duct has suffered – requiring life-saving hospital treatment

Snaps shared on Deborah’s social media showed her home being decorated with a vast array of balloons, with her friends and family sitting down for a candlelit dinner before the party.

He later shared the clip as he gave a speech he said he had ‘written on his phone in the bathroom’ before the event.

This wasn’t the first birthday celebration thrown by Deborah in recent days.

Last month, a glamorous looking James shared a picture on Instagram enjoying a night out at a London hotel.

Snaps shared on Deborah's social media showed her home being decorated with a vast array of balloons, with her friends and family sitting down for a candlelit dinner before the party.

Snaps shared on Deborah's social media showed her home being decorated with a vast array of balloons, with her friends and family sitting down for a candlelit dinner before the party.

Snaps shared on Deborah’s social media showed her home being decorated with a vast array of balloons, with her friends and family sitting down for a candlelit dinner before the party.

After a hard summer in which she was told she had an aggressive new tumor near her liver that wrapped around her bile duct—requiring a life-saving stay in the hospital, James said just happy. Hearing the word birthday ‘smiled’.

She told her 222,000 Instagram followers: ‘It’s not my birthday! But last night I got my first “Happy Birthday” and my words made me smile!

‘I appreciate it’s weird to have a birthday bang, but it’s a milestone (40) I was told I wouldn’t watch.’

James followed up with: ‘So sorry on the excitement on the frontlines posting “omg, I can actually see my 40th” next week!

Last month, James urged people to stop if they thought something was not going well after the death of Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding from breast cancer.

Meanwhile, popstar Sophie later performed at Deborah's birthday party in a room decorated with giant gold and white balloons.

Meanwhile, popstar Sophie later performed at Deborah's birthday party in a room decorated with giant gold and white balloons.

Meanwhile, popstar Sophie later performed at Deborah’s birthday party in a room decorated with giant gold and white balloons.

The podcast host later shared a clip as she danced with her husband late in the evening (pictured)

The podcast host later shared a clip as she danced with her husband late in the evening (pictured)

He said: ‘It’s not putting the blame back, I’ve personally beaten myself regret not seeing the GP earlier.’

Sarah passed away on September 5, just 13 months after her terminal cancer diagnosis was confirmed. His death was announced by his devastated family on social media.

Speaking about Sarah’s death, James said it was ‘difficult’, adding: ‘It’s not just breast cancer, it’s getting to know our bodies and understanding the difference between early and late diagnosis.

‘It is sad that headlines like these take it to remind us that none of us is free from the one of us who will have cancer in our lifetime.

The social media star has documented her battle with cancer online since being diagnosed and campaigned for better awareness of bowel cancer diagnosis

The social media star has documented her battle with cancer online since being diagnosed and campaigned for better awareness of bowel cancer diagnosis

‘It’s not about bullying. It is about that if you are sitting at home now, you need to know your body and get it checked at the earliest.

She said she could relate to Sarah’s fears about being diagnosed, saying: ‘I live with incurable bowel cancer and I have put off my diagnosis with bowel cancer.

‘You believe that at that age you are too young to be diagnosed. By the time I was there, I was already diagnosed with late stage bowel cancer.’

She explained: ‘I’m so grateful to be nearing five years, but I know I’m breaking every statistic to make it happen.

‘The key message is really cancer survivorship. More people will try and die 10 years after cancer is diagnosed, but that’s because we’re moving forward in catching things early.

‘The first step in doing this is…

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