Louise Thompson shared that Deborah James was her “rock” during her difficult labour in a heartfelt post on Monday evening.

The 32 year old revealed this as she penned her praise to Deborah in response to her devastating update on her bowel cancer battle given on Instagram.

The former teacher and BBC Podcast host is in stage four of the disease, following her stage three diagnosis in December 2016, and told followers in an emotional post that she had been moved to hospice care at home.

Stars showed their support in the comments for Deborah as she bravely opened up on her ill health, with Louise also mentioning how the 40 year old helped her on her own difficult journey after her traumatic labour last year which left her hospitalised.

While the mum-of-one said she hadn’t met Deborah, she revealed that the presenter had messaged her following her horrific experience despite being ill herself and classed the star as her “rock” at the time.

“I’ve never met you in the flesh but I feel like I know you and you are a diamond in the rough,” Louise wrote.

“You are so SO incredibly kind for messaging me when I was going through all my hospital hardships despite going through so much awful s*** yourself.


“You have really been a rock to me and to so many other people. You are the strongest chick I know to be so bad ass the entire way through this battle.”

The ex Made in Chelsea star suffered PTSD following her difficult labour with baby boy Leo and hospitalisation, and has been candid these last few months about struggling in her recovery, both physically and mentally.

Louise said that Deborah remained a figure support and inspiration throughout, and the awareness brought by the star to bowel cancer and what should be checked for, influenced her to book a colonoscopy appointment she had previously been holding off.

“I want you to know that all of your incredible efforts in raising awareness about ‘butts’ has made me FINALLY book the colonoscopy I’ve needed and neglected for so long,” the TV star added.

“Sending so much love to you and your family.”

In the hours since Deborah gave her sad update on her cancer battle, family and friends have raised over £1 million for her charity Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer, set up by the presenter in aid of research for the disease in a lasting effort to make a helpful impact.

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