Dame Deborah James has shared a photograph of her father brushing her hair, admitting she no longer has the strength to do it herself.
The 40-year-old cancer campaigner and mother-of-two - who revealed in May she had stopped having treatment and was in hospice care at home - called dad Alistair her "unsung hero" as paid tribute to him on a Father's Day she had not expected to see.
Dame Deborah captioned the photo: "Happy Father's Day! Yes, my dad is brushing my hair because I have no strength anymore to brush this."
The You, Me & The Big C podcast host - who was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer in 2016 - told The Sun newspaper: “My dad is my unsung hero, more so than ever. He’s quietly there behind the scenes, making sure I am okay."
When Dame Deborah was in hospital at the beginning of the year receiving treatment for bowel cancer, only her mother Heather was allowed to visit her due to COVID restrictions. But her father drove her mum to the hospital every day.
She said: “It must’ve been horrible for him not being able to come and see me. I am his daughter too.
“It breaks my heart knowing they are having to watch this, I can’t imagine what it must feel like.”
She also paid tribute to her husband on Father's Day, saying: "Seb is a great father, he’s incredible with them both... He loves them so much, and I know that when I’m no longer here, he will love them for me too.”
Dame Deborah recently set up the Bowel Babe fund in her name, which will support Cancer Research UK, The Institute of Cancer Research, The Royal Marsden hospital and promoting cancer awareness among younger people. It has now raised over £6.7 million.
Dame Deborah launched the BBC Radio 5 podcast You, Me & The Big C in 2018 with fellow cancer patients Lauren Mahon and Rachael Bland.
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