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Dame Deborah James has tragically passed away at the age of forty after a long battle with bowel cancer.

The cancer campaigner passed away today surrounded by family and friends.

In a moving post shared on her Instagram account Bowel Babe, Deborah’s family wrote: “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.”

The message continued: “Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, has been an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charity campaigns, fundraising of funds and his 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 his most difficult times, his determination to raise funds and awareness was inspiring.

“We thank you for giving us your private time as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah’s legacy long into the future through the @bowelbabefund.”

The message ended with a few final words from Deborah herself: “Find a life worth living; 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.

Deborah – known for her role in the BBC Podcast You, me and the Big C — was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2016 and gained popularity through her candid social media updates and various charitable efforts for cancer research.

After being transferred to end-of-life palliative care in May, Deborah was able to raise over £6.7million for her Bowel Babe Fund, which raises money for charities close to her heart, including Cancer Research UK, Bowel Cancer UK and The Royal Marsden Cancer. Charity.

During this short period, she was also awarded the title of Dame for her ‘tireless campaign’, with Prince William visiting her at her home to honor her with the award just days after the tragic news.

Deborah also announced that she had written a book called ‘How to Live When You Might Be Dead’, saying she wanted to share ‘how to have a positive mindset when faced with life’s greatest challenges’.

First announcing her prognosis in May, Deborah wrote in a heartbreaking social media post: “We’ve tried everything but my body just doesn’t play ball.

“My acute care has stopped and I’m now moved to palliative care at home, with my amazing family all around me and the focus is on making sure I’m not in pain and spending time with them. .

“Nobody knows how much time I have left, but I can’t walk, I sleep most of the time and most of the things I took for granted are pipe dreams.

“I know we haven’t overlooked anything. But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world or some magical new breakthrough, my body just can’t go on.

For more information on bowel cancer and the first signs to look out for, visit Bowel cancer UK and Cancer research in the UK.

Rebecca R. Santistevan