Deborah James shares heartbreaking comparison photos following opera trip

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Deborah James shares heartbreaking comparison photos following opera trip

Dame Deborah James shared pictures from an opera venue just five years after visiting the same place just after her initial diagnosis.

In a social media post, Dame Deborah revealed that she and her husband, Sebastien Bowen, went to Glyndebourne Opera House in East Sussex to watch La Boheme on Saturday.

Posting pictures of the trip on Instagram, she wrote: “Another day, brings another excuse to spend half of it exhausting myself getting dressed up to go to one of my favourite places! @glyndebourne to watch #laboheme- But totally worth it.

Dame Deborah James (Instagram)
Dame Deborah James (Instagram)

“Thank you @glyndebourne for being so lovely and welcoming tonight -doing all this in a wheelchair is certainly a new challenge to learn!”

She posted side-by-side comparison pictures of the pair of them at the same venue in 2017.

“I can’t believe I was last here 5 years ago this week - scared, newly diagnosed, just trying to do the same as I’m doing now - taking things one day at a time!,” she wrote.

The mother-of-two, 40, is receiving end-of-life care at home after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.

She was given a damehood by Prince William for her “tireless campaigning” and has launched a number of initiatives, including a clothing line and a book.

Since being diagnosed with cancer, former headteacher has kept her Instagram followers updated about her treatments to raise awareness about bowel cancer signs.

Known as Bowelbabe online, she has raised more than £6.6million for Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through her Bowelbabe fund on JustGiving.

Speaking about her illness, the host of BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C previously said: "I’m taking life day by day and I think just continuing to feel blessed to have another day knowing that my time is limited.

"But at the same time, if truth be told, I’ve already outlived yet again what I was told when I was sent home from the hospital, so I think already even I’m a bit surprised.

"But I think it’s having that sense of purpose. Getting involved. Continuing with the campaigning is keeping me going.

"Obviously, the Bowelbabe fund I’m so proud of, and it’s a legacy that I am so proud to leave behind when I am no longer here.

"But for the moment I’m here, I’m alive, kicking as much as I possibly can, and sending my love and thank you for all your kind messages."

Last month, Dame Deborah announced she had written another book, How To Live When You Could Be Dead, relating what she has learned about a positive mindset when faced with life’s biggest challenges.

Despite it not being published until August, pre-sales shot the book to number one on Amazon. Royalties will go to Bowelbabe.

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