Deborah James said she had a “gut feeling something was wrong” before her colon cancer diagnosis.
Podcast host and cancer activist Dame Deborah James has died after a battle with colon cancer, her family has confirmed
Dame Deborah became an icon for her outspoken activism in raising bowel cancer awareness after launching the popular BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C.
Her family shared the news on her Instagram, where she regularly updated her followers about her cancer journey.
What did her family say?
Dame Deborah’s family shared the sad news on Instagram, updating her followers to let them know she had lost her battle with colon cancer.
The statement read: “We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mom. Deborah passed away peacefully today surrounded by her family.
“Deborah, who many of you know as Bowelbabe, has been an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and dedication to charitable campaigns, fundraisers and her endless efforts to raise awareness of the cancer that has touched so many lives .
“Deborah shared her experiences with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and transform the conversation about cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspirational.
“We thank you for giving us time as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy well into the future through the Bowel Babe fund.”
“Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all amazing. “And a few final things from Deborah…” find a life worth enjoying; To take risks; to love deeply; regret nothing; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your poop – it could save your life.” x”
Who is Deborah James?
Deborah James was a former Deputy Headmistress-turned-cancer activist from London.
She has written for and appeared in a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun, Daily Mail, The Times, Grazia, Women’s Health and Marie Claire, and The Independent.
She has also appeared as a regular co-presenter on Talk Radio and BBC Radio London and has appeared and presented on BBC Breakfast, Lorraine, Sky News, Victoria Derbyshire, Stand up to Cancer and The One Show.
Deborah is also the author of a bestselling book, F*** You Cancer, which is a self-help guide to living your best life with cancer, and is the presenter of the BBC podcast, You, Me And The Big C. .
She was married to Sebastien Bowen, a banker at Pomona Capital, and has two children – Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12.
Deborah was also honored with a damehood last month after raising more than £6million for charity after setting up a Just Giving page to raise funds for clinical trials and research and to raise awareness of the disease .
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “If ever an honor was well deserved, this is it. Deborah was an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage were a source of strength to so many people.
“Through her tireless campaign and by openly sharing her experiences, she has not only aided in our fight against this terrible disease, but has also made sure that countless others are not alone with the Big C.
“I hope this recognition of Her Majesty – which is sure to be supported across the country – will bring some comfort to Deborah and her family at this difficult time. My thoughts are with them and Deborah should know that she has the love and gratitude of the country.”
Deborah said she was “incredibly honored” to receive the award and that her “Bowl Babe” fundraising campaign “exceeded all expectations.
When was she diagnosed with colon cancer?
Deborah was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and has since kept her almost 300,000 Instagram followers updated on her treatments, sharing candid posts about her progress and diagnosis.
On December 14, 2021, she marked five years since her diagnosis and said in a post, “I am fully aware that I should not be alive today to write this.”
What symptoms did she have?
Deborah said her symptoms started with weight loss, blood leaks, going to the bathroom more regularly than normal, and feeling tired. She sought medical advice after admitting she had a “sixth sense” when something was wrong.
More than 90% of people with the disease have one of the following combinations of symptoms:
- a lasting change in bowel habits – more frequent bowel movements with looser, more liquid stools and sometimes abdominal pain
- Blood in the stool without other symptoms of hemorrhoids (hemorrhoids)
- Abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating, always caused by eating, sometimes leading to a reduction in the amount of food eaten and weight loss
Constipation is rarely caused by serious bowel disorders.
The NHS recommends seeing a GP if you have any of the symptoms of bowel cancer for at least three weeks.
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