Cancer fighter Deborah James has died at the age of 40

BBC journalist and personality, Lady Deborah James, has died at the age of 40.

James, known to fans as ‘Bowelbabe’, succumbed to stage 4 bowel cancer after a five-year public battle that inspired many and helped raise awareness and millions of dollars for cancer care in the UK.

She passed away on Tuesday surrounded by her family, who announced the sad news on her Instagram account, in a blog post that read: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mrs. Deborah James. The most wonderful wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today surrounded by her family.”

“Deborah, who many of you know as Bowelbabe, has been an inspiration and we are so proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigns and fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that has impacted the lives of so many.”

Prince William introduced James with Damehood
Prince William visited Deborah James and made her a lady.
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The post went on to note how James broke barriers, “challenging taboos and not talking about cancer.”

The mother of two is survived by her husband Sebastian and two sons Eloise, 12, and Hugo, 14.

In early May, James wrote a heartbreaking farewell column for The Sun, announcing that she had run out of treatment options and would be entering a nursing home.

Deborah James chronicled her battle against cancer with humor and grace
James recorded her battle against cancer with humor and grace.

“It’s not about a lack of access to the latest luxury drugs – it’s not about feeling bad about not being able to get a life-saving operation – it’s simply that I have a very difficult cancer in a very difficult area of ​​my body until I write that today’s advanced technology and technology cannot cure it,” she said. … My body is so emaciated that I have no choice but to give in to the inevitable.”

But even after saying goodbye, she continued to make international headlines.

Writer and radio host Deborah James wrote about her battle with bowel cancer
Columnist and radio presenter James recorded her battle with bowel cancer.

James launched her charity, the Bowelbabe Fund, to fund clinical trials and cancer care. Within 24 hours, it had raised over $1 million, and by the end of May, it had more than $7 million in its coffers – a testament to its impact on the public and the cancer community.

Then a week later, Prince William visited her at home, making her a lady.

“Prince William has indeed come to our family home today!! I am absolutely honored that he has joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only took such a generous time to converse with my whole family, but also honored me with Damehood,” the Duke of Cambridge said.

James was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, the B-RAF mutation, just days before Christmas 2016 – at the age of 34.

Deborah James, husband Sebastian and children Eloise and Hugo pose with Prince William.
James, her husband Sebastian and her children Eloise and Hugo pose with Prince William.
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After receiving the devastating news, she became a cancer fighter and bravely chronicled her harrowing health journey with humor and compassion in her usual column in the sun.

The announcement of her death included her last words of wisdom – feelings she had repeatedly shared during her five-year bout with bowel cancer.

“And some last things from Deborah…” Find a life worth enjoying; take risks; deep love; Have no regrets and always, always have a rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo – it could save your life. “

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