Dame Deborah James’ family has issued a heartfelt update on her latest mission.
The Sun author Deborah has been cared for in a hospice at home since the beginning of May.
Debs today admitted she struggled with the side effects of sleeping pills but revealed she was able to enjoy a sleepover with loved ones.
As she continues to make memories, the 40-year-old has named a rose after her, launched a fashion line and even had her very own Lego mini-me sent to her.
Whilst she has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds through these partnerships, her biggest passion and mission to date is the BowelBabe fund.
The podcaster has so far raised over £6.6million for charities including Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Bowel Cancer UK and Royal Marsden.
In an update today on the fund’s Instagram page, the activist’s family thanked everyone for their donations.
To donate to the BowelBabe Fund, visit www.bowelbabe.org
“Through donations, fundraising and partnerships, we all continue to raise an incredible amount of money that will help give more Deborahs more time.
“All funds raised will be used with the support of CRUK to fund causes and projects such as: B. Funding clinical trials and research into personalized medicine that could lead to new treatments for cancer patients.”
They stressed that this includes projects in collaboration with the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and The Royal Marsden.
In addition, the money will go towards further support to raise awareness of cancer, such as Bowel Cancer UK’s Never Too Young campaign.
The family added: “Thank you for your continued support and if you have donated, bought a book, t-shirt, rose or held a bake sale, fundraised or shared Deborah’s story.
“You are all amazing and we are absolutely blown away by you all.”
As donations continue to mount, Deborah this week revealed her struggle to create memories of her final days.
As the days went by, the mother-of-two said she felt “awful”.
Posting on Instagram this afternoon, she revealed that her sister arranged a girls’ sleepover for her, her mother Heather, her daughter Eloise and Debs’ nieces.
I’m becoming less and less able to leave the house or actually go to bed, so I felt pretty down about it
Debs said: “Posting on Instagram, she said, ‘Making memories can be difficult when you’re dying! Oh the pressure!
“I now only have a very packed few hours between sleep and the side effects, but this girly sleepover managed to put such a smile on my face after I was in tears for most of yesterday!
“I’m becoming less and less able to really leave the house or bed, so I felt pretty down about it. Or do anything for that matter!”
She credited local Woking-based company teepeevibetribe for putting together the special evening with just three hours’ notice.
Dame Debs said she felt horrible after a bad day so she didn’t watch the party set up and she cried over leaky drains next door.
“But with the help of my sister and brother I managed to calm down and then last night they wheeled me into the room and yes I cried because of the fairy lights! Good tears! It was just perfect!
“I didn’t stay in my wheelchair anymore but ended up everyone helping me pee in a real tea to see Cinderella with the gang and like a 5 year old with a huge Cheshire cat smile on his face next to my daughter and mine sister to sit !”
Debs said her sister booked the experience as a regular customer, but the brand kindly declined payment.
So Debs, always the fundraiser, donated the cost to the BowelBabe Fund.
- To pre-order Deborah’s book, visit Amazon
- Her t-shirt is still available through In the Style in sizes 6-28
- Dame Deborah James Rose, Bare Root is available at World of Roses
The Signs of Colon Cancer You Need to Know – Think COLON
- B: bleeding
There are several possible causes of bleeding from your butt or blood in your poop.
Bright red blood can come from swollen blood vessels, hemorrhoids, or hemorrhoids in your anus.
Dark red or black blood may come from your intestines or stomach.
Blood in the stool is one of the main signs of colon cancer, so it’s important to tell your doctor so he can investigate.
2. O: Obvious change in toilet habits
It’s important to let your GP know if you notice changes in your bowel habits that last three weeks or more.
It’s especially important if you’ve also noticed signs of blood in your poop.
You may find that you need to go to the bathroom more often, you may have looser stools, or you may feel like you are not walking enough or not completely emptying your bowels.
Don’t be embarrassed, your family doctor will have heard a lot worse! Speak up and have it checked.
3. W: weight loss
This is less common than the other symptoms, but it’s important to be aware of. If you have lost weight and do not know exactly why, you should tell your family doctor.
You may not feel like eating, feel sick, bloated and not hungry.
4. E: Extreme fatigue
Colon cancer that causes bleeding can cause iron deficiency in the body – anemia. If you develop anemia, you are likely to feel tired and your skin may look pale.
5. L: Lump or pain
As with many other types of cancer, lumps or pain can be a sign of colon cancer.
It is very likely that you will feel a pain or lump in your stomach or back passage.
See your GP if it doesn’t go away or if it’s affecting your diet or sleep
Since her diagnosis in 2016, Debs has been passionate about raising awareness about colon cancer.
In addition to the fund, one of her projects is a book that is due out later this year and has already topped the Amazon charts.
On May 18, Debs said the book’s release date had been brought forward as she had “a few things to share” before she dies.
The book How To Live When You Could Be Dead was originally due out next year – but will now be out on August 18th.
Debs previously said: “It was a labor of love! And I think people will find it surprising – it’s certainly not a sequel to a book.
“It’s all about the mindset and how the insights of a positive mindset can help you even in your darkest moments.”
She revealed the book to her loyal Instagram followers, saying the title was “ironic”.
“I wanted to share all of my (hard-fought!!) insights into how to keep a positive attitude when we’re facing life’s biggest challenges,” she said.
Faced with these challenges, Debs also helped change colon cancer screening laws.
As frontman of The Sun’s colon cancer campaign, Deborah helped pressure the government to change the law and lower the screening age from 60 to 50.
Part of early diagnosis is knowing the signs, and last week it was announced that M&S will start printing the symptoms of the condition on the back of its toilet paper rolls.
The retailer will also put up signage in its stores.
Debs has always been clear, control your poo and don’t make it taboo.
The idea for the toilet roll came after M&S employee Cara Hoofe was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2016 at the age of 32.
She was inspired by Debs to pitch the idea after seeing all the work she had done to raise awareness.
About 60 percent of people are diagnosed in the later stages, when treatment is much more difficult.
Part of the problem is low awareness of the warning signs of colon cancer, which should prompt people to contact their GP.
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