Colon cancer activist Deborah James said she was “burned out” and won’t see the release of her second book as she continues to receive end-of-life care.
Dame Deborah, known as Bowel Babe, has raised more than £6.2million through her online fundraiser, well beating the original £250,000 target.
Last week she announced she was transferred to a home hospice after five years with stage 4 colon cancer.
In an online post shared to Instagram on Tuesday, the podcast host announced that she has written a second book. How to live when you could be dead.
In her caption, Dame Deborah shared her regret that she will likely not be alive by the time the book is published, although the publication date has been brought forward from January 2023 to August of this year.
She said, “I’ve written another book!! So I have a few things to share with you before I die that I’m disappointed and won’t see in real life! But I’ve now received permission to share them and I’m really excited!
“I’ve been working on my second book for two years How to live when you could be dead – oh the irony of the title! I wanted to share all of my (hard won!!) insights on how to keep a positive attitude when facing life’s biggest challenges.
“While it’s in the final stages, as anyone in the publishing industry will know, sudden changes in book release dates (regardless of health!) is no easy feat. It was originally supposed to be released in January 2023!!!
All in all, Penguin managed to get it pre-ordered and intends to release it on August 18th! It’ll be a long time before I fly up, but hopefully a little less longer before you have to wait.”
her debut book, F*** You Cancer: How to face the big C, live your life and still be yourselfreleased in 2018.
Dame Deborah also revealed on Instagram on Tuesday night that £3 from every book sale will be donated to her Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.
She said: “We’ve been working really hard over the past few days to ensure the book benefits the Bowelbabe Fund as much as possible. All my royalties go towards the fund and Penguin has kindly agreed to make an additional contribution per book. The total donation per book is £3.
“£3 per book sold in the UK goes to the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK.”
The activist added: “No pressure to do or order anything as I know your generosity has already been extraordinary.”
That You, me and the Big C The podcast host was awarded a dame’s honor by the Duke of Cambridge at her family home for her “tireless campaign” to raise awareness of the disease.
The 40-year-old thanked Prince William over the weekend for visiting her to showcase her femininity and said she was “deeply honored” that he had joined her and her family for “tea and champagne”.
She said Saturday that she had “the most surreal, overwhelming and humbling five days of my life.”
She was first diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2016 and has shared her journey through treatment through the award-winning podcast, which she co-hosted with Lauren Mahon and the late Rachael Bland, and her column on it The sun.