Dame Deborah James: Cancer campaigner dies aged 40

6/28/2022 11:02:00 PM

Dame Deborah James dies aged 40

Dame Deborah James dies aged 40

The host of the You, Me and the Big C podcast had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016.

"My body just can't continue anymore," she saidShe also launched a new fund, called the Bowelbabe fund, to raise money for research into personalised medicine for cancer patients.Image source,Dame Deborah said she was "utterly honoured" the Duke of Cambridge had joined her and her family for afternoon tea and champagne

Instagram postThe podcaster said she had gone to her parents' home to spend her remaining time with her family because it was "where I always wanted to die".

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May she rest in peace🙏🙏🙏💖🕊🌹🇦🇷 Brave, strong amazing woman..May she rest in eternal living peace. ❤ RIP and condolences to her family and loved ones. No one deserves to suffer like that so young. How incredibly sad. Such a strong, articulate and inspirational woman. Done so much to raise awareness and funding. Rest in peace.

So sad. Rest in peace xx What an inspirational woman. 😢 An incredible and dignified woman; RIP

Deborah James ‘taught us how to live and how to die’'She had this incredible zest for life, even in the face of her own death' Friends and colleagues pay tribute to podcast host and cancer campaigner, Deborah James, who has died aged 40 An inspiration! Oh bless her. Sincere condolences to her family and friends 🤗 Rest in peace Deborah 🙏🙏❤️❤️

What a brave lady.....to the very end. Goodnight sweetheart 😘 Rip 💔 Rest in peace beautiful So sad, what an inspirational lady. Sending love and strength to her family and friends, I hope they can find comfort in the amazing life she led and in the strength, support, and hope she gave to so many others. Rest in peace Dame Deborah James.

RIP Beautiful Brave Lady 💜 Such a couragous and amazing woman R.I.P So sad to hear this. Such an inspirational woman. Thinking of her family and friends at this sad time ❤️ Go well

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Image caption, Deborah James was given a damehood by Prince William after raising millions for cancer research Dame Deborah announced on social media on 9 May that she was no longer receiving treatment and did not know how long she had left.Image source, Getty Images Podcast host and campaigner Dame Deborah James has died, after announcing in May that she was receiving end of life care for bowel cancer.Harry Gration with his friend Dickie Bird Tributes continue to pour in for broadcaster Harry Gration who has died aged 71.Jill Dando 'shot by MISTAKE by hitman sent to kill another blonde BBC star' He ended up staying for a year and a half, sleeping in reinforced beds at cost to the NHS of £7,000 a week.

"My body just can't continue anymore," she said in a post on her @bowelbabe Instagram account . She also launched a new fund, called the Bowelbabe fund, to raise money for research into personalised medicine for cancer patients. "She was one of the most remarkable women I've ever met," says BBC 5 Live presenter Tony Livesey, a friend and colleague of Dame Deborah. It surpassed £1m in less than 24 hours - smashing her initial goal of £250,000 and has now raised more than £6. "He will be missed.75m." Diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer at the age of 35 in December 2016, James said, "my entire world changed". She was given a damehood by Prince William at her parents' home, where she had chosen to stay. "There’s nothing medically wrong with Matt now but we’re powerless to get rid of him.

Image source, Deborah James Image caption, Dame Deborah said she was "utterly honoured" the Duke of Cambridge had joined her and her family for afternoon tea and champagne The money raised through her Bowelbabe fund will be going to support Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and the Royal Marsden Hospital - a specialist cancer treatment facility. After her diagnosis, she left her job as a deputy head teacher and began writing a blog, which went on to become her award-winning, weekly column Things Cancer Made Me Say, in The Sun online. He left in October 2020, a day before his 70th birthday. Dame Deborah revealed in an Instagram post that she did not know how long she had left to live after stopping treatment and moved to hospice care at home. The former deputy headteacher said her liver had stopped working over the past six months and doctors had advised that more treatment was "fruitless". Image source, Alamy Image caption, Fellow cancer patients Rachael Bland, Lauren Mahon and Deborah James hosted the ground-breaking podcast. The podcaster said she had gone to her parents' home to spend her remaining time with her family because it was "where I always wanted to die". Yorkshire and England cricketer Jonny Bairstow echoed Mr Bird's sentiments, describing Gration as a "fantastic man". Her mother, Heather James, has said her heart is "broken" following the death of her daughter. "But at the same time, Debs never dialled down the fun.” The Sun told how Matt had previously bragged of splurging his unemployment benefits on a 65-inch TV, and £80-a-month Sky package and £100 football away days.

She shared a series of photos of Dame Deborah on social media and wrote: "My heart is broken. Love you forever." Listen to You, Me and the Big C: Deborah James' Last Dance in which she talks about stopping active treatment for cancer James was a patient at the Royal Marsden hospital, where she underwent more than a dozen operations and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. "He wanted his charity work to tell people, 'I am actually doing this for someone called Jesus who sent me and people are in poverty'." Image caption, Dame Deborah co-hosted You, Me and the Big C with Rachael Bland and Lauren Mahon James began co-presenting You, Me and the Big C alongside Lauren Mahon and BBC Radio 5 Live newsreader Rachael Bland in 2018, with the show earning praise for its frank discussion of cancer. They spoke to celebrity guests and addressed practical matters, including hair loss, tips for dealing with finances and telling your nearest and dearest about illnesses. It was while in an anaesthetic daze following one operation that she ordered a poo costume online. Bland died aged 40 in September 2018, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. "Without doing things like that for people, someone like me who had no connections at all in television would not have had an opportunity to see what that industry was like. Birmingham cabbie Barry Austin held the title of Britain's fattest man when he tipped the scales at 65st.

More on this story . "We need to break the poo taboo," she said.