Then, to Deborah’s astonishment, the pair began having drinks, then dinner, after the sessions.
In November 2016, they made “a big step” and got back together, only for Deborah to receive her shock diagnosis soon after.
“No one thought 35-year-old vegetarian runners got bowel cancer,” she told Daily Mail.
“Everyone assumed it was something that old, meat-eating men got.”
Deborah is currently undergoing chemotherapy once again, after having a stent fitted to ensure she is able to have the treatment.
On Instagram she explained how her drugs had stopped working and now her liver had begun to fail.
She typed: “To cut a long story short, my drugs have stopped working and my liver is failing. But I’ve been given hope. Today I had a stent fitted to my bile duct, in order to hope that my liver can function again And that I can then have more chemo.
I was transferred via ambulance from the @royalmarsden to St Helier Hopsital to have the procedure by a team of awesome doctors, who managed to get it in how they wanted, and now we just need my liver to play ball!”