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Dame Deborah James Had Final 'Wish' To Die At Parents' Home

Dame Deborah James Had Final 'Wish' To Die At Parents' Home

Deborah James didn't want her children to associate their London home with her death

Dame Deborah James passed away yesterday at 40 after a courageous five-year battle with bowel cancer.

On the final episode of her hit BBC podcast, You Me and the Big C, the journalist and campaigner said she wanted to die at her parents' home.

“It's kind of where I've always wanted to die, weirdly," she said. "I've always had that in mind. I think I always knew I didn't want to be at my London home. It doesn't feel right to me."

Deborah, whose BowelBabe fundraiser has made almost £7 million at the time of writing, said her decision was so her children didn't associate their home with her passing.

"There's nothing I can describe that feels relaxing in that capacity. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely place but I also think it's not right for me but it means the kids can go back there and they don't have those medical equipment scars faced everywhere," she shared.

"It can continue to be their home without those memories, which might be a good thing."

After being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, Deborah went on a mission to raise awareness of the disease and encourage others to check their poo in a bid to save lives.

Deborah's family announced her death on social media with a poignant statement reflecting on her incredible life.

They wrote: "We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.

"Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives.

"Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring.

"We thank you for giving us time in private 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 her journey, you are all incredible."

Deborah is survived by her husband Sebastian Bowen and her two children.

The campaigner got her final wish of dying at her parents' home, where she spent her final days receiving end-of-life care.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence, contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, 8am–8pm seven days a week 

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Bowelbabe

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