Deborah James gives blessing for final TV appearance to air even if she dies before

Deborah James has given her blessing for TV bosses to air an episode of Embarrassing Bodies she's in even if she's already died.

The 40 year old, who has been courageously battling bowel cancer for five years, announced last week that her body is "just not playing ball" and she's been moved to end-of-life care.

Since then, she's been trying to push for more awareness around the cancer as well as funds to go towards Cancer Research UK.

After recording the Channel 4 show earlier this year, Deborah has now revealed that she's given the OK for it to go ahead and air even if she's not here to see it herself.

In the episode, Deborah spoke to young people about her experience with cancer and the episode is set to air in June this year.

“I might not live to see the episode air but I hope the message to 'Check your poo' will live on, long after I'm gone," Deborah told The Sun.

She continued: "It might be embarrassing but it might just save your life. Early diagnosis of things like bowel cancer saves lives. So don't live to regret it, and don't risk dying because you're shy.

"I've given my blessing for this episode to run if I'm gone, if it helps save one life it will be worth it."

After raising over £6million for Cancer Research UK, Deborah took to her Instagram to announce she's written a book titled Live When You Could Be Dead.

Sadly though, the BBC podcaster shared that she wouldn’t be around to see its release, which is set for 18 August.

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Deborah posed alongside her book in an Instagram photo and told her followers in the caption: “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.

“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.”

The book has already made it to No1 in the Amazon's best sellers list as thousands have pre-ordered it.

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