British Deborah James dies of colorectal cancer

British Deborah James dies of colorectal cancer

DEATH – Deborah James, known on social media as “Bowel Babe”, has lost her battle with illness. Suffering from colorectal cancer diagnosed five years ago, the Briton died on Tuesday June 28, her relatives announced on Instagram.

“We are very sad to announce the death of Dame Deborah James, a wonderful wife, daughter, sister, mother. Deborah left peacefully today [mardi]surrounded by her family”, is it written, accompanied by a photo of the former school principal with a big smile.

Deborah James, 40, had left her job to devote herself to social networks, where she told her daily life to her subscribers. She co-hosted the BBC podcast “You, Me and the Big C”, where she spoke about cancer and wrote in The Sun about his sick life. Mother of two children aged 14 and 12, she has also written a book on the subject.

Her story went viral after she announced in early May that she was in hospice care. Far from giving up her fight, she had called on her community to make donations for research. She wanted to raise 290,000 euros, but did much better with 8 million euros in donations.

Inspiration for people with cancer

For her tireless fight, she received the honorary title of Dame, awarded after approval by Queen Elizabeth. Prince William even visited her home to award her this title.

The announcement of his death caused a wave of sadness on social networks and in the United Kingdom. At the time when her lines are written on Wednesday June 29 in the morning, more than 60,000 people, personalities or strangers, have sent their condolences under the Instagram post and thank her for her fight.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also expressed his sorrow on Twitter: “I am very sad to learn that Dame Deborah James has passed away. What an inspiration she has been to so many. The awareness she brought to bowel cancer and the research her campaign funded will be her lasting legacy. Thanks to her, many lives will be saved.” Same emotion for the leader of the Labor party Keir Starmer, who congratulates his “inspiring” work to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

“Deborah was an inspirational woman of unwavering courage whose legacy will live on,” responded Prince William and his wife Kate.

Deborah James has a final message, shared by her family in the Instagram post announcing her passing: “Live a life where you thrive, love deeply, have no regrets, and always have hope. And finally, watching your poo could save your life.”

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