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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Deborah James Feels ‘Humble and Blown’ by Demhood

Podcast host Deborah James said she was “honoured and shocked” that she was considered for a demehood.

The 40-year-old, known online as Bowel Babe, was honored for her “tireless campaign”, which has so far raised over £4 million for Cancer Research UK.

In a post on Instagram, James said the past few days were “a whirlwind of real dreaming”, and that she “can’t fathom the kindness and generosity”.

She said: “I don’t even know where to begin with the heavy tears coming along the way.

“I’m humbled and shocked that talking about poo for five years can lead to demehood!

“I feel honored and shocked that I was also considered.

“I can only thank you for the wonderful people in the world and say the most heartfelt thanks for your unconditional support not only now but over the years.”

The presenter of the popular BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C revealed on Monday that she had moved into hospice-at-home care for her terminal bowel cancer treatment.

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In a social media post, she said: “As I’m getting more and more sleep and life is getting a little tougher, I have more time to think about that I’ll ever be able to feel the impact of our podcasting and talking. , and it has been more than five years of campaigning.

“Small interactions can really save lives, small interactions can create ripples where we can see them, and seeds can grow where we never see their fruits.

“And there is something exciting and beautiful in that circle of life. With this money hopefully more people will have more time with their loved ones.

“Who knows what plants we might grow, but when done with hope, we pray that some blossom into a game-changer for our children, and many more to come.

“Keep loving grace, with rebellious hope forever.”

James reached the £4 million milestone on Friday after donating more than 220,000 supporters, including high-profile figures such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Its Just Giving page said it is “raising funds for clinical trials and research into personalized medicines for cancer patients and supporting campaigns to raise awareness of bowel cancer”.

James began co-presenting the podcast, You, Me and the Big C with Lauren Mahone and Rachel Bland in 2018, and has earned praise for his candid discussion about cancer.


Rachel Bland died of breast cancer in September 2018 at the age of 40 (Claire Wood/PA)

Bland died in September of that year at the age of 40, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Bland’s widower, Steve, who joined the podcast as a host after his death, said that James “deals in the extraordinary”.

He continued: “Everyone’s been focusing on the last five days, but really Deb has been doing this for five years, ever since she was diagnosed with incurable cancer five years ago, and since then she’s been trying to help people. are trying.

“She’s beating the drums over and over again — over bowel cancer symptoms, working hard to get drugs approved that she knew would help her but would also help other people.

“While the last five days have been amazing – £4 million is incredible – there are people all over the country who are enjoying their kids’ birthday parties because they basically saved their lives.”

The former deputy headmaster was diagnosed with bowel cancer in late 2016 and has documented his treatment for his more than half a million Instagram followers.

In an Instagram post on Monday, she said she didn’t know how long she had left, and that while the past six months were “heartbreaking,” she was surrounded by “so much love” and had “no regrets”. .

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