Karren Brady says she knows how Deborah James feels due to previous aneurysm

Karren Brady has described the effect that Deborah James' cancer battle has had on her, calling it "profound" as it brought back memories of her own health struggles.

The Apprentice star faced the prospect of dying back in 2006 when doctors discovered an aneurysm on her brain.

The bulge in one of her blood vessels meant her prognosis gave her a 30% chance of dying.

The business magnate says she has been able to empathise with how Deborah must be feeling, who is now receiving end-of-life care as her six-year fight against bowel cancer is nearing an end.

The BBC podcast host confessed that she "does not want to die" and can’t fathom not seeing her two children "grow up".

In her column for The Sun, Karren wrote: "How I know that feeling. It wasn’t dying that scared me… But the prospect of not seeing my kids grow up. Not being there for their weddings, and not meeting my grandchildren.

"And that is what Deborah is facing too and my heart goes out to her."

She added that she will "never take for granted how lucky [she] was to survive" her operation and that the ordeal gave her a "newfound appreciation of being alive".

Karren's was informed of her aneurysm after she had gone for a health screening.

She said: "I was at my desk when they called to say the radiologist had discovered a brain aneurysm.

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"My uncle died of a ruptured aneurysm in his early 40s and my financial director also had one, although he had surgery and is fine now, so I knew what it was.

"I was absolutely shocked. I didn't feel ill at all," she wrote in The Guardian back in 2006.

Karren had to undergo surgery, which was a success. Since making a full recovery her outlook on life changed.

She said: "I did think I should spend more time with my children. There will never be a time again when I choose a board meeting over a sports day."

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