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Dame Deborah James 'gutted' she won't see new book about 'living before you die' published

Dame Deborah James is releasing a book about 'living before you die' but admitted that she's "gutted" that she may have passed away before it is published and out in shops.

The brave 40-year-old, who was made a Dame last week by Prince William, is having palliative care at her parents' house after revealing she has stopped her cancer treatment.

Deborah, a mum-of-two, who is behind the popular BBC podcast 'You, Me and the Big C', has announced on social media that she has penned a book on "how to live when you could be dead".

According to The Mirror, the TV presenter was full of smiles in the pic she shared on the Instagram post as she held up a copy of her new book, along with a bittersweet message for her fans.

Deborah James to release book on 'how to live before you die' amid cancer battle (bowelbabe/Instagram)

The captioned the post: "I wrote another book!! So I’ve got a few things to share with you before I die that I’m gutted I won’t see in real life!

"But I’ve now been granted permission to share them and I’m really excited!

"For the last 2 years I’ve been working on my second book How to Live when you could be Dead - oh the irony of the title!

"I wanted to share all my (hard-won!!) learning on how to have a positive mindset when we are faced with life’s biggest challenges."

Deborah said that the book details were still being finalised and revealed that the publication date was being moved.

She continued: "Whilst it is in its final edits, as anyone in publishing will know, suddenly changing book publication dates (regardless of health!) isn’t an easy feat. It was originally due out Jan 2023!!!

"All things considered, Penguin have managed to put it on pre-order and are aiming to publish it on the 18th August! It is still long after I’m flying high, but hopefully a little less longer for you to wait."

She added to her followers: "We have worked really hard over the last few days to ensure the book benefits Bowelbabe Fund as much as possible.

Deborah James is 'gutted' that she won't see her book published (Instagram/ @bowelbabe)

"All my royalties will go to the fund and Penguin have kindly agreed to make an additional contribution per book. Altogether the donation per book will be £3.

"£3 per book sold in the UK will go to Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK."

Deborah finished the post by sharing: "No pressure to do anything or order anything as I know your generosity has already been extraordinary. "

Deborah received her damehood for her extraordinary fundraising efforts after her Bowelbabe fund received donations of more than £6million in just a week.

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