Deborah James shares photo of special moment with her brother | The Sun

DAME Deborah James has enjoyed cocktails with her brother as she continues to soak up the sun this week.

The 40-year-old said she is 'finding diamond in the rough moments' after being moved to palliative care last month.



In an update on Instagram, the Sun writer filmed her brother Benjamin James making Bloody Marys.

Posting a picture of the finished result, she said: "It's the pickle juice that does it for me! Feels like a salad in a cocktail."

The mum-of-two has been enjoying the high temperatures seen across the UK over the last few days and even managed to pop out for a margarita last week.

In a visit to Beaverbrook country estate, Surrey, she said she was feeling grateful to be able to enjoy another moment of sunshine on her face and food that makes her smile.

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"Just trying to find the diamond moments in the rough – but when you look hard enough you realise they can still be there," she added.

Part of these moments include spending time with her brother, who also previously dropped in during her girly sleepover.

Earlier this month Deborah celebrated Benjamin's engagement to his girlfriend of 11 years.

The Duke of Cambridge is said to have given Ben a nudge when he presented his sister with a Damehood last month.

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Wills reportedly asked him why he hadn't yet popped the question after such a long time together.

Deborah had shared a series of snaps in which she, Ben and his wife-to-be Ashley grin as they showed off the ring.

Underneath, she said: "He finally put a ring on it! Congratulations to Ben and Ashley for finally getting engaged after 11 years.

"If you ever followed my podcasts, brother banter features highly, and even Prince William joined in on the action recently.

"The question to my brother has always been, 'why haven’t you proposed?'

"As a family everyone knew they both wanted to, it wasn’t like the it’s been off the cards, it’s just always been apparently about 'the right time'.

"So they finally did it, and then face timed me from Cornwall and then friends all afterwards – my mouth was still opened for the rest of the day."

Dame Debs, who last month revealed her body was "no longer playing ball" after five years battling bowel cancer, went on to say she was "of course sad" she won't be at the wedding.

She was, however, was grateful for an excuse to throw her "last impromptu party" full of cake and silver fairy lights.

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The signs of bowel cancer you need to know – remember BOWEL

  1. 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

Deborah added: "I couldn’t be prouder to be able to finally say that Ashley will be my sister in law – I adore her.

"And she makes Ben happy which is all that matters and vice versa."

Ben and Ashley's engagement comes after a tearful Debs told how her cancer has brought them closer than ever.

The 40-year-old broke down as she described the "mind-blowingly" close relationship she shares with her brother and sister, and how they have been her guiding light during her darkest time.

"It’s been the best our relationships have ever been," she said, her voice cracking as she held back tears.

Dame Debs and her family have been focusing on the small things as her death draws inevitably closer.

Since moving to her parents home the campaigner has continued to fundraise for causes close to her heart.

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Her Bowelbabe fund has now reached £6.7million – with another £1.1million set to be added on top of that with gift aid donations.

Debs previously said that she was 'die with a massive smile on her face and a glass of champagne, after raising millions for charity.


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