The family of podcaster and bowel cancer activist Deborah James have revealed their last wishes.
In a heartbreaking statement announced via Instagram, the 40-year-old offered advice such as “take risks”, “love deeply” and “have no regrets”.
The BBC You, Me And The Big C podcast presenter has raised millions of pounds for research in her last few weeks and has been named a Dame for her ‘tireless’ work to raise awareness of the disease.
She revealed in early May that she had stopped active treatment and was instead receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, with her husband Sebastien and their two children close at hand.
The family announces the death of Dame Deborah James
The full statement from Deborah’s family reads: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister and mom. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.
“Deborah, known to many of you as Bowelbabe, has been an inspiration and we are extremely proud of her, her work and her commitment to charity campaigns, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of the cancer that has touched so many lives.
“Deborah has shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most difficult times, her determination to raise funds and awareness was inspiring.
“We thank you for giving us private time as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the @bowelbabefund.
“Thank you for playing your part in his journey, you are all amazing.
And a few last things from Deborah…’Finding a life worth enjoying; take risks; to love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always a rebellious hope. And finally, check your poop — it just might save your life.
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This notice was published: 2022-06-28 20:41:18