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INSPIRATIONAL Deborah James has been hailed a "a shining star" by Sun readers.

Hundreds of heartwarming messages have poured in for the cancer campaigner after she was awarded a Damehood and raised more than £5million for charity.

6Deborah James received her Damehood from Prince William on May 13Credit: Graham Prentice 6Dame Debs has raised more than £5million for charityCredit: Stewart Williams

The mum-of-two was presented with the honour by Prince William yesterday - a tribute to how her honest account of having bowel cancer has touched the hearts of the nation and the Royal Family.

Dame Debs said she was "lost for words" after the Duke of Cambridge personally visited her home to do the honours - as well smashing her original fundraising target of £250,000.

In just five days, thousands of people have donated almost £5.5m to the 40-year-old's Bowelbabe fund for Cancer Research UK.

Deborah launched the GoFundMe, urging people to buy her a drink, on Monday when she revealed she was on end-of-life care.

Since then, Sun readers have written to the "wonderful woman" in her final days.

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You are beyond brave, Deborah. A true inspiration and a shining star. Catherine Bowen

Deborah, you are a beautiful soul inside and out and your bravery shines like a huge beacon. Sarah Cass

The world needs more people like you. You're beautiful inside and out and an inspiration to me and so many more. My heart breaks for you and your family. Gemma Richards

You are a true inspiration. Your selfless act of raising awareness and funds will help many other poor families who are also facing the horrors of cancer battles. Julia Gorski

I honestly don’t know how you’ve done it, to remain so positive and selfless when so easily and rightly you could have gone the other way. You are an incredible women, a true hero. I couldn’t name anyone more deserving of being a Dame. Lauren Quinn

Not many people leave a mark on the world like you have Deborah. Annie Woods

Deborah you’re a true inspiration. Even in your darkest hours your spirit and resilience is just amazing! What an amazing legacy to leave your children and family. May your next journey be full of love, light and dancing. Peace be with you beautiful. Kerry Boxell

Beautiful Deborah, I've followed you all along your battle which you have fought with dignity and courage. You are so brave and selfless. I'll remember you always as a vivacious, beautiful, caring lady who has touched all our hearts. Suzanne Temple

You Deborah have to be one of the most amazing people I have never met. I admire and send you all the love in the world. Everything you have faced you done with a smile and the utter most dignity. You really are one amazing lady. I will never forget you. The whole of the United Kingdom is behind you. Tracey Langley

Dear Miss Sunshine, you are an absolute inspiration. You have fought this awful disease the best that you can and given your beautiful children a role model to remember forever. Katie Jenkins

You're an extraordinary woman who has danced your way through this disease. May you dance your way to the stars knowing you've touched so many hearts. Mel Taylor

Your actions show true grace and selflessness. I hope you inspire others to think similarly should they face any circumstance akin to what you are bravely facing head on. You should be so proud of all that you have given out into this world. L Milner

You will live on in our hearts and we will never forget your courageous fight, or your beautiful face, still smiling after all that you have been through. Anne Brooks

Deborah, if all the love and utter admiration everyone feels for you could save you, you would live forever. We have never met, and probably never will, but I will never ever forget you. You can be assured your legacy will live on forever. Tanya Gillmore

You are truly a modern day heroine. Marion Rubens

Dearest Deborah, I feel compelled to tell you what a inspirational soul you are. I have followed your journey and I have cried, I have laughed, but most of all I am in awe of your strength and determination. You truly are a superhero. Karen Lawrence

Deborah, aka Bowelbabe, and now Dame Debs, I’ve followed you through my own cancer experience your positivity has dragged me out of the gutter at times. Your dancing has kept me going. Laura Michie

Every so often someone very special comes along to change the world for better and my beautiful soul you are one of those. Rhonda Cupples

You've captured the hearts of the nation. You truly are the most incredible, brave, selfless and inspirational human being. Zoe Houghton

You are one of a kind Deborah James. Your children have had the best role model. Elaine Wood

Dame Deborah, you are sunshine in human form. Your fighting spirit, grit and determination has been an example to us all. Elaine Ritchie

You are so brave and wonderful. Melissa

All the love in the world and more. You're simply amazing. A hero of our time. I'll remember you until my dying day. Donna Robertson

You are the strongest human being ever known. Your name will live on eternally. Sheila Gaught

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It might be the last time I feel the rain so I’m embracing it, says Deborah James

DEBORAH James has spent the afternoon happily "embracing" the rain, a week after revealing she had stopped cancer treatment.

She posted a short video from the back garden of her parents' home, snuggled in a blanket while raindrops fall.

5Deborah James captured the heart of the nation withCredit: Rex 5Deborah posted wise words this afternoon, as she had a sit down in the drizzle 5She was presented with a damehood by Prince William at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, on Friday

The mum-of-two was joined by her dog, who sat on a chair with her as she continues to make the most of every day.

She wrote: "A late friend once told me to embrace the rain because you never knew when you the last time you might feel that rain on your face is... so am embracing it. Albeit with blankets!"

Just days ago Deborah was sat in the same garden with Prince William, as he officially made her a Dame.

The royal was thought to have cleared his diary and made the trip to the Woking home, especially to ensure she got the gong from him.

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Deborah told how she had been blown away by the day, posing for a number of snaps with William and having a natter.

He talked with all of her family, who are gathered for her remaining days after she stopped active care at hospital.

The inspiring cancer campaigner was made a Dame after calls - led by The Sun - followed her astonishing fundraising effort.

On the same day she revealed the heartbreaking news she was moving to palliative care at her mum and dads, she launched the Bowelbabe fund.

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Deborah, who has continued to add to her legion of supporters over the years, inspired donations of more than £6million in a week.

Last week after hitting the £5million mark, she wrote: "We’re completely lost for words. This is all just beyond anything we could have ever imagined.

"The last 5 days have been surreal. Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face, and helping us to launch a legacy to hopefully impact a lifetime cutting edge cancer care.

"Thanks to an incredibly generous donation earlier today, and to every single person who’s donated to the @bowelbabefund, we’ve just reached the unbelievable total of £5m."

The mum-of-two was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer just days before Christmas in 2016.

Yet, “riding on the wings of science” as Deborah described it, she defied the odds time and time again.

She has captured hearts and inspired millions with her Sun columns and BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C.

Last year she celebrated her 40th, and the five-year milestone.

However last summer the drugs that had been keeping her alive — which did not exist for bowel cancer patients when she was first diagnosed — stopped working.

What are the symptoms to look for? Remember "BOWEL"
  • : B:Bleeding
  • There are several possible causes of bleeding from your bottom, of blood in your poo.

    Bright red blood could come from swollen blood vessels, haemorrhoids or piles, in your back passage.

    Dark red or black blood could come from your bowel or stomach.

    Blood in your stools is one of the key signs of bowel cancer, so it's important to mention it to your doctor so they can investigate.

    2. O: Obvious change in loo habits

    It's important to tell your GP if you have noticed any changes in your bowel habits, that lasts three weeks or longer.

    It's especially important if you have also noticed signs of blood in your poo.

    You might notice you need to go to the loo more often, you might have looser stools or feel like you're not going enough or fully emptying your bowels.

    Don't be embarrassed, your GP will have heard a lot worse! Speak up and get it checked.

    3. W: Weight loss

    This is less common than the other symptoms, but an important one to be aware of. If you've lost weight and don't really know why, it's worth mentioning to your GP.

    You may not feel like eating, feel sick, bloated and not hungry.

    4. E: Extreme tiredness

    Bowel cancer that causes bleeding can cause a lack of iron in the body - anaemia. If you develop anaemia you're likely to feel tired and your skin might look pale.

    5. L: Lump or pain

    As with lots of other forms of cancer, a lump or pain can be a sign of bowel cancer.

    It's most likely you'll notice a pain or lump in your stomach or back passage.

    See your GP if it doesn't go away, or if it affects how you eat or sleep.

    Last Monday, she shared a heartbreaking Instagram post saying she was now receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, Surrey, because the heroic efforts of her team of medics at The Royal Marsden Hospital in South West London were now fruitless.

    She said her body “simply isn’t playing ball”, adding: “My body is so emaciated that I have no choice but to surrender to the inevitable.”

    Deborah's main mission throughout her cancer journey has been to spread awareness that anyone can get the disease, and early diagnosis is key.

    Her close friend and cancer survivor Lauren Mahon echoed this earlier today, saying on Good Morning : "If it's cancer, it's not going anywhere.

    "Burying your head in the sand only means a later diagnosis. And the later it is, the less chance of getting rid of this thing.

    "Make sure you are owning your health. It will change your life.

    "Look what Deborah James has done. How many lives has she saved?"

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